Browse below to see the list of past PROBEs (PRoblem-Oriented Business Explorations) at Project Olympus. A key goal is to augment and accelerate the process of moving basic research and great ideas to development and business stages, with licensing, spin-offs, start-ups and corporate collaboration and partnering.
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Novel, targeted cures for cancer.
Proprietary algorithmic ideation technology drives discovery of cancer drugs on human tumor samples.
A web application that provides gym managers essential information that enables Fitness Centers to manage their clubs and gym, as well as creative tools to manage their trainers and clients. We introduce a new system to digitally interact with fitness programs and exercises thus enabling new service offerings without the need for huge investments in integrated equipment. (Founded 2011)
Technology that makes it possible for business software projects to be assessed and tracked even as work is being performed, as opposed to relying on manually created weekly or monthly status reports and documents. (Founded 2008)
Jainik Shah, Tepper MBA 2009
Manish Grover, Tepper MBA 2009
An online school planner for school communities. Our goal is to simplify school life by providing tools such as an innovative visual timeline of work and assessment scheduling analytics to connect and enhance the teaching and learning experiences. (Founded 2013)
Daniel Gorziglia: Founder | CIT Electrical and Computer Engineering 2016
Simplifies car buying for consumers and enables dealerships to reach tech-savvy consumers. AutoRef’s mission is to bridge the gap between car dealerships and customers. We believe the entire process of shopping for a car should be easy, fast and enjoyable. We built this service because we think there is a better way. (Founded 2012)
Todd Medema: COO | Business and SCS 2014
Craig Younkins: CTO | CS 2013
Michael Pena: CEO
Dillon Grove: IS | HCI | 2014
Julie Eckstrom: IS | HCI 2014
Michael Bailey: Business and Film 2012 | University of Pittsburgh
Ilteris Canberk: CS 2015
Leverages off-the-shelf smartphone and global positioning systems to provide support for a rich set of location aware, and context aware mobile applications, including first-responder support, building navigation, retail shopping, smart transportation and more. BeaconSys has developed a cellphone-based solution involving an Internet- and Bluetooth-enabled smartphone to assist the visually impaired with grocery shopping at any store and with cooking at home.
Priya Narasimhan | CEO |Associate Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering Department
Rajeev Gandhi | CTO | Systems Scientist, Electrical & Computer Engineering Department
Dan Rossi | Vice-President of Marketing|System Adminstrator | Carnegie Mellon Unicersity
Blog ranker, aggregator, and search engine that adapts to user preferences by matching search to the content topic and to the tone and source of content. (Founded 2010)
Tim Simpson, Dietrich 2012
Matthew Fiorillo, SCS 2013
Collin Scangarella, MCS 2013
Aaron Bernkopf, Dietrich 2013
Alex Kaminsky, Pratt Institue 2012
A micro-collaboration system that enables internet users to find and connect instantly with an expert through voice and live-video conferencing, making Bright the "eBay for advice."
Software solutions for political candidates and organizations. (Founded 2011)
Aaron Marks, Tepper 2011
Network. Mentor. Fund. A platform to engage alumni, and facilitate unprecedented involvement with their alma mater. Alumni can become mentors and investors in companies on the platform, i.e. provide financial and intellectual capital to entrepreneurs. (Founded 2012)
Our job is making the college application process as painless as possible.
We're bringing the entire process online and eliminating the struggle of juggling visits, deadlines, and reading through tons of books to find your perfect school. Personalized coaching by current students and former admissions officers to perspective students on insights into the admissions process and tips on how to improve their chances of acceptance into the college of their choice. (Founded 2011)
A personalized, intelligent software agent that selects and facilitates optimal meeting scheduling and booking services with other users' agents. (Founded 2007)
Connecting crowds to crowdsourcing by pairing micro-tasks requesting crowdsourcing with appropriate target websites with large user bases. (Founded 2011)
Vamshi Ambati, PhD MCS 2011
Feeds on your Food Waste
Digest-O-Mat recovers nutrient and energy from organic waste using the power of natural systems. They provide local businesses low-cost organic recycling stations where they transform their food waste into a rich fertilizer and natural gas. (Founded 2013)
A private virtual library for storing and organizing articles, cases and medical images for physicians and physicians in training. (Founded 2011)
Margaret Goldsztajn, MBA Tepper 2011
Shivdev Rao, Cardiac Fellow University of Pittsburgh
Daniel Benhayon, Cardiac Fellow University of Pittsburgh
Moises Morgenstern, Cardiac Fellow University of Pittsburgh
DSO Global (Development Solutions Opportunities)
A program where students can partner with an international consulting firm to gain practical experience and potential career opportunities in global NGOs, corporations and organizations dedicated to improving the quality of human life. (Founded 2008)
Edwin Shao, Masters SCS 2009
Ayan Kishore, Masters SCS 2009
Amanbir Singh, MCS 2012
Brittney Krieger, Dietrich 2011
Stephen Ma, Dietrich 2011
Susan Lin, Dietrich 2011
Larry Han, Dietrich 2011
Sauragn Sanghvi, CIT 2010
Matthew Cheung, CIT 2011
Rajit Kumar, CIT 2010
An investment fund that seeks, acquires and actively manages a growing small business in the IT, Business process outsourcing or light manufacturing sectors for an owner seeking liquidity. (Founded 2010)
George Jones, MBA Tepper 2011
Keenan Simmons, MBA Tepper 2011
Bringing crypto currencies to the masses. (Founded 2014)
Fares Nimri, Tepper MBA | 2014
Software product that provides a more cost-efficient and interactive system that revolutionizes the posting of federal and state-required public notices. (Founded 2010)
Brad Barbin, Founder | Tepper 2012
Bin Zhang, Heinz | Ph.D candidate 2013
Jon Stado, Tepper | 2012
Hao Su, Computer Science M.A 2010
Founded by two computer science professors turned entrepreneurs, Flashgroup.com is an online tool that connects people and content around a particular topic or theme. Based on machine learning algorithms, Flashgroup has attracted seed funding from NEA, Innovation Works, and BlueTree Allied Angels, plus grants from the DoD and an Office of Naval Research SBIR award.
An information hub for networks of restaurants, customers and restaurant delivery services that provide reservation, ordering and transaction clearinghouse services for all food delivery orders in designated target markets. (Founded 2008)
We make educational cartoons for mobile devices and tablets. Our stories and games are designed to teach children fundamental concepts such as STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). But your kids and you will have so much fun playing our games that they won't know they're learning until it's too late. (Founded 2012)
Is the next generation global B2B platform dedicated to serve the needs of small to medium-sized businesses involved in global commerce. (Founded 2011)
Smart Mobility. We are different than current car sharing services because it is not simply a fleet of rental cars. It is a set of tools which work in concert and allow municipalities and their citizens to build a smart transportation network that works for them. Go-Op creates a person-to-person vehicle lending network that allows car owners to convert their idle vehicles into revenue generating assets by renting them to friends, and friends of friends, in their social networks. When fully implemented, the Go-Op toolset will remove the restriction of round trip travel, allowing member to create flexible chains of one-way trips to accommodate their unique travel plans.
Robert Hampshire| Co-Founder| Assistant Professor of Operations Research & Public Policy, Heinz College and Language Technologies Institute, Carnegie Mellon
Craig Gaites| Co-Founder| MBA / MSPPM Dual Degree, Tepper School of Business & Heinz College
Provides cloud centric and customer-oriented phone applications and business-oriented web components infrastructure that allows businesses to shape and manage the implicit social network their customer base represents. Our technology automates and drives word-of-mouth marketing, makes customers more loyal, actively encourages them to recruit their friends, intercepts negative reviews before they got posted to the internet, and passes back all of the marketing data to the business owner. (Founded 2011)
Davin Lafon, CEO, CTO and Founder | CFA
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An easy to use, non-intrusive tool to help physical therapists understand how patients are performing home exercises.
A social networking site for the deaf and hearing impaired that allows participants to communicate and share resources through chat, blogs, and discussion boards.
A social network focused on finding better solutions to sustainability problems through action oriented dialog. Better, means shaping a healthier, happier world that offers the same opportunities to future generations. The network focuses on helping users frame problems and suggest answers in the form of actionable steps.
A college communication network using mobile phones to provide quick and efficient flow of information among faculty and students.
Choose what you hear
Tyto is a smart phone case that allows you to select the sounds you want to hear and suppress those you don't.
An online blogging and pen palling platform for classrooms that seeks to increase educational outcomes for African American and African youth, empower them with digital tools and create bridges in the African diaspora.
Kelechi Anyadiegwu | Founder | HCII & MHCI
KnowYourStyle, Now you Can Dress Better. A men’s fashion platform that suggests complete outfits based on the clothes they want to wear. It inspires men to dress better, and facilitates the saving and purchasing of clothes.
A local online marketplace powered by a crowd-sourced delivery system wherein the community members themselves provide delivery services for other community members
Large Scale Image Understanding
Legal Analytics allows law firms to harness historical billing, attorney and client data to quickly and accurately predict the costs of undertaking new legal matters. By using Legal Analytics, a law firm will greatly reduce the time and expense spent on the budgeting process, while maintaining, or even increasing, its profitability as the legal industry transitions from the billable hour to alternative fee arrangements. (Founded 2015)
Gregory Martin, Co-founder | Tepper School of Business, MBA, 2015
Aditya Sharma, Co-founder | Robotics Institute, SCS, M.S. 2015
Frances Tso, Front-end developer | SCS B.S. 2017
LeSyn Labs will be the first company to offer a technology (the XO laptop), an extensive application repository, training, and a support platform, focused entirely on education.Our vision is to bring technology to 21st century education in Pittsburgh by creating an ecosystem value-added infrastructure to the One Laptop per Child (OLPC) XO laptops. (Founded 2012)
Reginald Cox, Chief Administrative Officer | MPM Heinz College 2013
Elizabeth Cullinan, CFO | MPM Heinz College 2013
Ketaki Desai, COO | MPM Heinz College 2013
Timothy Kelly, CIO | MPM Heinz College 2015
Helping schools process visa documents for millions of international students quickly and seamlessly, without touching a sheet of paper.
Parag Goel | ECE, M.S. 2016
Bill Wang | University of Pittsburgh CS, 2016
We manage how much you pay for electricity. You save.
We help residential electricity consumers save money, save time, and save the planet, by managing how much they pay for electricity.
Prashant Reddy, Founder | SCS PhD, 2013
Service that produces high-quality, 3D images and meshes of microstructures for metal, ceramic and composite microstructures that are ready for analysis and testing. Using the models reduces the time to production exponentially.
A project management training simulator that offers a cost-effective alternative to current training programs employed by leading corporations. The Game Based Learning (GBL) simulator teaches how to successfully plan and manage projects so they are delivered on time and under budget.
Find healthy meals at restaurants nearby that meet your diet (vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, etc.). Currently available in New York City.
Organizes medical information from a variety of forms and sources to provide medical professionals with a highly usable reference library and diagnostic tools to help with the evaluation and treatment of patients.
An innovative social-networking schema that circumvents the creation of stereotypes by displaying anonymous posts for others to ‘like'. With each post ‘liked', the user gains a piece of the author's profile, eventually getting his/her full picture, user name and contact information.
A suite of mobile applications that help festival and conference attendees plan their attendance, receive up-to-date information about event activities, share their experiences through photos and messages and coordinate plans with friends and other attendees.
Web and mobile applications that provide a centralized location for campus event postings so that student organizations can effortlessly announce and students can easily search through campus events.
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NAYAN (Sanskrit for "eyes") is a universally compatible sensor system for walkers that will monitor the walker use and provide feedback reports to users, family members and caregivers. NAYAN thus allows occupational therapists and caregivers to observe patient health and safety from their clinic and provide suggestions whenever needed.
Prasanna R Natarajan | Mechanical M.S. 2016
Brenden Van Buren | Tepper MBA 2017
Christie Chong | School of Design BDes 2018
Steven Ji | School of Design BDes 2018
OnlyinPgh is a social enterprise that is building new ways for making it easier to connect to, participate in and interact with local communities online. Through our web and mobile application called Scenable, we connect people to the businesses, places, events, news and other people that make up local communities (“Scenes”) while also providing a platform for local commerce to happen online. (Founded 2010)
With offices in Champaign, IL and Pittsburgh, PA, The Optimization Firm, LLC develops innovative software for decision making. In partnership with the GAMS Corporation (Washington, D.C.) and Paragon Decision Technologies (Netherlands), the company provides commercial versions of the BARON software that was originally developed in Professor Sahinidis’ academic research laboratory.
Nicholas Sahinidis| John E. Swearingen Professor of Chemical Engineering| Carnegie Institute of Technology
Outliers Finance develops next generation applications for users to do investment analytics automatically. (Founded 2014) (Current)
Feifei Lu, Founder & CEO | CMU Mechanical MS, 2014
Winter Peng, Sales Partner | CMU Heinz MS, May, 2014
Ting Yu, Co-founder & COO
A social venture dedicated to improving socio-economic conditions, such as unemployment, by offering research, education, and consulting services.
Pillow Castle is a video game development studio composed of artists, technologists and storytellers coming together to create unbelievable experiences without the need for machine guns or rocket launchers. Their goal is to create safe spaces for daydreamers to explore and imagine — a Pillow Castle, if you will. (Founded 2013)
Albert Shih | Entertainment Technology Center 2014
Allen Tingley | Entertainment Technology Center 2014
Zhengyi Wang | Entertainment Technology Center 2014
Yuxi Zhang | Entertainment Technology Center 2014
Xiao Li | Entertainment Technology Center 2014
A ‘Blackboard' for managing a university's school campus events.
An algorithms that can dynamically adjust server capacity depending on incoming demand, thereby increasing server utilization, and decreasing the amount of power that is being wasted by idle machines, all without compromising on performance. POW’s novel approach merges advanced queueing, optimization, and stochastic processes’ theories to produce new, non-conventional analytical models. Results from POW’s work have demonstrated up to a 30% decrease in response time (for the same amount of power) or up to a 30% power savings (with negligible impact on job response time).
Mor Harchol-Balter| Associate Professor, Computer Science Department | Carnegie Mellon University
Anshul Gandhi|Ph.D. student, Computer Science Department| Carnegie Mellon University
Varun Gupta |Ph.D. student, Computer Science Department| Carnegie Mellon University
Timo Mechler| 2010 MBA Graduate | Tepper School of Business| Carnegie Mellon University
Online retailer of imported consumer goods.
Ro Reynolds: Dietrich BA, 2017
A Bicycle Safety Lighting System
We created a system that requires very little rider input and maintenance, while increasing the visual footprint of bikers from all directions especially from the side. We accomplished this by expanding the surface area of light emitted through the use of RGB LEDs inside the rims of the wheels that change from red when slowing down to white when at cruising speed. (Founded 2012)
Project Productivity Advisor (PPA)
A platform to maximize your mobile revenue by creating a mobile-friendly site for your online store. Prooty provides tools and resources to effectively target consumers on mobile devices. (Founded 2012)
Seong Bae, Product Development Lead | M.S. H&SS 2012
A web-based application which predicts how much consumers will enjoy a bottle of wine prior to purchase based on an individualized taste profile that will allow consumers to make more informed decisions on the value of their purchase. (Founded 2010)
Provides a portfolio of student services to universities such as tools for scheduling laundry and finding study groups. Also provides contract services to start-up companies to help create their online presence and underlying technology.
Find a roommmate you like! Use our personality-based roommate matching test to make a friend in a new city, or just to avoid creepy strangers on Craigslist. RoommateFit has been used by over 7000 people, and growing every day. We also integrate with Facebook to make it as easy as possible to find your ideal roommate. (Founded 2011)
A scheduling tool for college students to plan their course schedules and find out what courses their friends are taking. Schedule+ is useful for students to know which of their friends are free during a certain time to help organize events.
One-stop information hub with integrated and visualized data for high efficiency building management. SchemaFusion is a software solution that uses Machine Learning and Cloud Computing technology to integrate, organize and distribute complex building information to facilities operators and building owners, who can search, visualize and analyze building information using multi-platform devices. By enabling proactive planning and execution of the O&M tasks, SchemaFusion not only directly reduces the maintenance cost, but also minimizes the down-time and yields a safer, more comfortable building environment. (Founded 2013)
Te Gao | CEE Ph.D candidate, 2013
Jianan Jiang | CEE & EPP M.S., 2013
Chen Feng | CEE & EPP M.S., 2014
Chang Liu | CEE Ph.D candidate, 2014
Xiaofei Wang | Public Relationship and Training Specialist
Online searchable database of local scholarships.
A game-based-learning platform for individualized group training and development. Significantly increases decision-making skills and magnifies content retention in the light of real-world scenarios and pressure using the power of interactive game technology.
A new style of recommendation/search engine that uses bleeding edge algorithms to help you find more things you'll love.
A Facebook application that enables users to eliminate shipping charges when making online purchases. ShipTogether combines users' orders based upon users' privacy and sharing settings.
SimSim has a vision to be the world’s access management solution. The first product is a smart lock that helps a consumer access homes and buildings in a safe, reliable way. (Founded 2015)
Raghav Kandubai, Tepper MBA, 2015
Priyadharshni Uthirapathi, Backend engineer
Andrew Zhang, CMU Mechanical, 2018
Xing Chen, CMU Computer Science, 2016
Tina Park, Industrial Design, 2018
Xiaokai Sun, CMU Information technology, 2015
Kaifu Wang, CMU 2015, Frontend engineer
Stowe Hammarberg, CMU Industrial Design, 2016
Brian Yang, CMU Industrial Design, 2017
Tiffa, CMU Entertainment Technology, 2016
Technology that dramatically reduces the cost of video-streaming by allowing peer-to-peer file sharing of pieces of video files between browsers of concurrent viewers. This occurs with no special software, local application or plug-in, or deterioration of the original content. (Company acquired)
RFID technology that allows retail stores to increase service quality by generating personalized clothing and accessory recommendations for individual customers.
A segmentation algorithm, Spectral Rounding, with broad applications in the medical image-processing domain. By efficiently computing and exploiting global functions of medical scans, such scans can be decomposed into a collection of meaningful components in nearly linear time. Unlocking the latent potential of medical imaging by providing quantitative analysis tools that satisfy the time and reliability constraints of a clinical workflow.
Hiroshi Ishikawa, MD | Assistant Professor, Department of Ophthalmology and Bioengineering | University of Pittsburgh
Ioannis Koutis, PhD |Postdoctoral fellow, Computer Science Department |Carnegie Mellon University
Gary Miller, PhD | Professor, Computer Science Department |Carnegie Mellon University
David Tolliver, PhD|Postdoctoral fellow, Computer Science Department | Carnegie Mellon University
Synergy Games is composed of video game enthusiasts that push the boundaries of innovation in modern gaming. Our passion lies in creating inspiring video games that bring gamers together for an addictive and unforgettable experience. Beyond the code and the pixels, Synergy Games strives to create breathtaking moments for you and your friends. (Founded 2015)
Matthew Sheh | Tepper, 2017
Kyle Weaver | MCS ,2017
Jonathan Kim | CFA, 2017
The ‘Netflix' for ebooks. (Founded 2010)
Helen Yangfang Zhou, PhD Tepper 2011
Harry (Jui-Hung) Chien, PhD CIT 2011
Charles Yang, Masters SCS 2011
Pandora for clothes shopping
Tailored Fit is the best way to discover clothing online and in the real world. Their clothing genome project learns your personal style and helps you find the clothing perfect for you. (Founded 2014)
Software that enables government agencies to manage and analyze the large volume of email they receive from the public. Our software groups comments by similarity, organizes them for browsing, and highlights the unique portions of each comment. Regulatory agencies using our software are able to process public comments much more quickly, more accurately, and less expensively than using traditional techniques.
Jamie Callan| Professor Language Technologies Institute| Carnegie Mellon University
Nancy Steadle| Senior Research Programmer| Language Technologies Institute, Carnegie Mellon
Provides real-time personalized news feeds. (Founded 2011)
Ankur Goyal, SCS 2012
Tudor Achim, SCS 2012
Thinkerous provides the means for collaboration between individuals from different backgrounds to produce new and interesting ideas. Ideas need outside help to develop and we’re there to connect the necessary people to get it done. (Founded 2012)
Digital electronic devices are everywhere, from smart phones to car navigation systems, and they will only become even more prevalent in the future. Transactional DA focuses on the technology to automate the development of efficient and verified hardware components for such digital devices. At the heart of our technology is the transactional hardware description and synthesis framework, which can automate critical development tasks that traditionally required tedious and error prone manual effort. Our technology significantly reduces hardware development time and effort, while improving the quality of the resulting hardware implementations.
James C. Hoe| Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering Department
Eriko Nurvitadhi, Ph.D. student| Electrical & Computer Engineering Department
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Ultimate Gift Guide
The Ultimate Gift Guide App is a tool that lets users easily buy gifts for their friends, family or significant others, without ruining the surprise. We know that finding that perfect gift can be hard, and the last thing you want to do is disappoint that special someone by buying them the wrong gift or worse a great gift but wrong size. The Ultimate Gift Guide will enable you to check out a friend or family member’s profile to see their sizes, favorite stores and products they want, so you know exactly what to get. We take the stress and guessing out of gift giving! (Founded 2014)
Marco Loffreda-Mancinelli, Founder & CEO | HC MSISPM 2015, Graduated
A location-based chatroom service delivered through mobile platforms such as Android and iOS. It allows people at a particular location to share moments with each other in real-time. (Founded 2012)
Prashanth Balasubramaniam, Founder B.S. SCS 2014
Jeff Grimes – CS and Marketing, UPenn 2015
Frank Zhou – SCS CMU 2013
# marks the spot. A local search tool crowdsourcing tags to increase the visibility and relevance of neighborhood business and culture. (Founded 2013)
Designs and develops interactive games that will better engage audiences and drive traffic to clients' site and services. Specializes in gaming elements for online dating and library reading programs. (Founded 2009)
Kenneth Hendrata - Founder and CEO | MBA 2009
Ashnfara Judy - Game Engineer
Saagar Sethi - Programmer (CMU)