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  • Thursday, May 03, 2018 2:20 PM | Amy Kavalewitz Dern (Administrator)

    AMY MCCAIG  – MAY 3, 2018

    New software designed by Rice University students working in the Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen and Liu Idea Lab for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (Lilie) can provide automated sports analytics in an hour.

    Team Cherrypick (Photo by Jeff Fitlow)

    Team Cherrypick (Photo by Jeff Fitlow)

    The software, Cherrypick, was designed by James Grinage, Connor Heggie, Rebecca Lee, Victor Gonzalez, Sachin Jain and Betty Huang as part of their senior engineering design course. The software is the first kind capable of automatically analyzing volleyball matches and providing analytics. It allows coaches to record a game, upload video and receive statistics from the game within an hour. Cherrypick is powered by machine learning and computer vision algorithms developed by the team and is the first software capable of delivering game statistics in an hour.


  • Thursday, April 26, 2018 2:18 PM | Amy Kavalewitz Dern (Administrator)

    6-legged ‘horse’ rides to the rescue


     – APRIL 26, 2018

    Rice University students are working toward a long-standing goal of making the benefits of hippotherapy – equine-assisted therapy – available to those without access to a real horse.

    The students’ robotic device adds levels of sophistication to the project started several years ago. Their steed, named Stewie, is more comfortable and they believe more controllable for riders with neurological or movement disorders or problems with balance who could gain physical and mental benefits.


  • Wednesday, April 25, 2018 2:16 PM | Amy Kavalewitz Dern (Administrator)

    Students pursue innard peace for infants


     – APRIL 25, 2018

    It should go without saying it takes guts to develop a low-cost procedure to treat gastroschisis. A team of Rice University students working on the problem had them in every way.

    The three members of Team Si-Low built a sophisticated system that would be simple for doctors in developing countries to execute as they help infants born with the condition, in which the abdominal wall is not fully closed and some of the child’s intestines remain outside the body at birth.


  • Tuesday, April 24, 2018 1:53 PM | Amy Kavalewitz Dern (Administrator)

    Heart is where the chips are, helping keep the beat


     – APRIL 24, 2018

    A Rice University student team’s demonstration of a next-generation, wireless pacemaker array could point to the future of medical sensors.

    The Love and Pace team of Rice electrical and computer engineering seniors demonstrated its design for a pacemaker that would place a network of chips the size of a grain of rice in various places inside the heart. These would communicate with a base station located under a patient’s skin and charge via radio frequency.


  • Monday, April 16, 2018 1:50 PM | Amy Kavalewitz Dern (Administrator)

    AMY MCCAIG  – APRIL 16, 2018

    A team of Rice University students hopes a device they developed to train doctors and nurses in developing countries and low-resource areas in the U.S. to prevent and treat cervical cancer will improve the outlook for women with this disease.

    OEDK Gyno-mite team

    From left: Christine Luk, Rachel Lambert, Sonia Parra and Elizabeth Stone. Photo credit: Jeff Fitlow.

    Cervical cancer kills close to 300,000 women per year worldwide, with approximately 85 percent of these deaths occurring in developing countries.

    Rice students Christine Luk, Elizabeth Stone and Rachel Lambert are senior design students enrolled in the course Global Health Design. Together with graduate student Sonia Parra, they developed a low-cost, interactive training model that mimics a woman’s pelvic region and can be used to practice different cervical cancer screening and treatment procedures. The training model, which was developed at Rice’s Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen (OEDK) and was based on models developed by other teams of students over the past few years (including Christine Diaz ’17, current Rice students Caroline Brigham, Theresa Sonka and Karen Vasquez, and Malawi Polytechnic students Waheed Mia and Mary Mnewa) was created in collaboration with the Rice 360° Institute for Global Health and the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.


  • Thursday, April 12, 2018 1:41 PM | Amy Kavalewitz Dern (Administrator)

    A lot of needles may help restart a heart


     – APRIL 12, 2018

    The skin presents a formidable barrier to life-saving defibrillators, but a team of students from Rice University believes it has found a way around that problem.

    Or, more to the point, through.

    The Zfib team of Rice senior bioengineering students created an add-on for automated external defibrillators – aka AEDs – that literally punches through the skin to help deliver a jolt to a person in cardiac arrest.


  • Wednesday, April 11, 2018 1:38 PM | Amy Kavalewitz Dern (Administrator)

    Rice U. team’s drones aren’t just for show


     – APRIL 11, 2018

    Light-laden drones over the Super Bowl and Olympics were attractive demonstrations of the technology, but Rice University students have higher aspirations for their flying flocks.

    Six Rice electrical and computer engineering students have developed the hardware and software necessary to coordinate sensor-carrying drones that can evaluate local atmospheric conditions, measure electronic signals such as Wi-Fi, map areas in three dimensions and more.


  • Monday, April 02, 2018 1:33 PM | Amy Kavalewitz Dern (Administrator)


     – APRIL 2, 2018
    The student-run Rice Electric Vehicle Team represents all academic years and over 10 different majors.

    The student-run Rice Electric Vehicle Team represents all academic years and over 10 different majors.

    The Rice Electric Vehicle Team unveiled its competition car March 31 outside the Abercrombie Laboratory for the upcoming Shell Eco-Marathon Americas, an international competition which scores vehicles based on their energy efficiency. The student-run organization designed and constructed the car from carbon fiber over the past two years; the vehicle runs on a 48-volt battery and can achieve speeds of 30 miles per hour. El Desafiador, or “The Challenger,” will be shipped to Sonoma, Calif., for the marathon, where it will compete April 19 to 22 against 150 other high school and university teams’ electric vehicles. (Photo by Katharine Shilcutt)


  • Monday, April 02, 2018 1:31 PM | Amy Kavalewitz Dern (Administrator)

    Students’ monitor will help moms in labor


     – APRIL 2, 2018

    Rice University seniors are developing an efficient and inexpensive uterine contraction monitor to help save the lives of mothers in labor and their newborns in resource-poor settings.

    A team of bioengineering students who call themselves Contractionally Obligated designed, built and programmed not only a sensor to monitor women in labor but also a unique test rig. They plan to validate the monitor’s accuracy with the help of faculty at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) and their patients. 


  • Thursday, March 29, 2018 1:28 PM | Amy Kavalewitz Dern (Administrator)

    Device for patients with diabetes puts feet first


     – MARCH 29, 2018

    Patients with diabetes are often at risk of cuts or other injuries to their extremities that they may not be able to feel or easily check. Rice University students have developed a device to help them find early signs of ulceration that, left untreated, could endanger their health and even lead to amputation.  READ MORE AND SEE VIDEO

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