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5 Star Rating Improvement Tool

We help lowest performing skilled nursing facilities to identify opportunities to improve their overall 5-star rating using data-driven recommendations and analytics

Team Members:
Srinath Vaddepally, Entrepreneurial Lead, CEO & Founder
Eric Dudik, SNF industry advisor
Harinath Vaddepally, Software engineer

Spring 2018

AbiliLife

Providing spinal comfort and support

Team Members:

Courtney Williamson, CEO | Tepper 2015 Ph.D.
Eleanor Haglund, Director of Marketing | DC 2016
Britta Ulm, Contractor | SCS 2014

Fall 2014 

Accessivist 

Informational resource for the access-challenged community: a nation-wide ratings and reviews system for those utilizing wheelchairs and assistive walking devices.

Team Members:
Robert Saul, CEO | Heinz 2015
John-Paul Labadie, CIO
Swaroop Akkineni, Programming Intern

Fall 2014 

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ACT (Addiction Cognition Technology)

Advanced ACT (Addiction Cognition Technology) for substance use prediction in young adults by measuring cognitive load and physical functionality dynamics in real-time.

Team Members:
Sang Won (Grace) Bae | Entrepreneurial Lead | Systems Scientist, HCII, School of Computer Science
Daniel P. Siewiorek| Academic Lead, Faculty, HCII, School of Computer Science
Lynne Porter | I-Corps Business Mentor
Afsaneh Doryab | Faculty, HCII, School of Computer Science, Technological consultant
Prerna Chikersal | Graduate student, HCII, School of Computer Science, Data scientist, Software development
Serim Jang |BS in Statistics and Machine Learning, School of Computer Science, Data analyst, User experience researcher
Tammy Chung | UPMC PhD Department of Psychiatry University Professor, Psychological consultant, Substance use expertise

Fall 2018

i-corps iconAcuity Diagnostics

In depth-analysis of archival clinical samples empowered by high-content, low-cost, super-resolution tissue-expansion imaging.

Team Members:
Feifei Fu, Entrepreneurial Lead, Staff, MCS
Yongxin Zhao, Academic Lead, Faculty, MCS
I-Corps Mentor, MaryDel Brady

Spring 2019

Advanced Respiratory Technologies, LLC

Advanced Respiratory Technologies, LLC focuses on the design and testing of next generation artificial lungs for the treatment of chronic respiratory diseases.

Team Members:
David Skoog, CTO| Engineering Laboratory Technician, Biomedical Engineering
Keith Cook, COO | | Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering
Matthew Bacchetta, CMO

Fall 2015

AE Dreams

Connected Toys

At AE Dreams, our vision is to provide families with a series of connected toys, games and resources, each inspiring magical interactions and hands-on playtime. Turtle Mail, our first product, is a physical mailbox for children that allows them to receive communications from family, friends, fictional characters and toys, through daily printed messages. Turtle Mail is our first step towards an “Internet of Toys” for children!

Team Members:
Alysia Finger, Co-founder | CFA 2014, Tepper 2014
Niko Triulzi, Co-founder | CFA 2010
Airiss Finley, Market Research Analyst | DC 2015
Autumn Finger, Writer & Editor
Bryan Gardiner, Prototyper | CIT 2016
Sam Gao, Product Designer | CFA 2016
Lydia Chung, Communication Designer | CFA 2017
Olga Pogoda, Marketing Director

Spring 2015

Aero Laboratories

Aero Laboratories

Aero Laboratories provides automated asset management through intelligent data acquisitions and drone analytics.

Team Members:
James Laney, Founder | Heinz 2017
Constantin Baumgartner | Heinz 2017
Dhaannesh Veerendran | Heinz 2017

Spring 2016

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Agnoscere

Identity is central to managing trust relations in cyber space. Our technologies introduce novel methods to form and validating identity to empower hastily formed and dynamic communication networks.

Team Members:
Will Casey, Entrepreneurial Lead, Senior Member of Technical Staff, Software Engineering Institute
Bud Mishra, Academic Lead, Professor, NYU
Yang Cai, Senior Systems Scientist, Cylab
Jose Morales, Software Engineering Institute
Ama Boateng, Student, Software Engineering Institute

Spring 2018 

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AIDE: Artificial Intelligence based Diagnosis coding Engine

AIDE provides accurate automated inference of ICD-10 diagnosis codes from EMR (electronic medical record) and affiliated data sources including free text information, laboratory and imaging data.

Team Members:
Xun Zheng,Entrepreneurial Lead, Ph.D. Student, CMU School of Computer Science/Machine Learning
Pradeep Ravikumar, Academic Lead, Professor, CMU School of Computer Science/Machine Learning
Dr. Piyush Mathur, MD, Mentor, Cleveland Clinic
Jeremy Weiss, Assistant Professor, CMU Heinz College, Health Informatics
Dr. Frank Papay, Cleveland Clinic 
Benjamin Oster, JD, LLM, MS, Cleveland Clinic 
Mangone Fall, Cleveland Clinic

Spring 2017

Anactisis

Critical Material Extraction & Recovery

Anactisis designs systems to extract and recover critical materials and minerals, such as the rare earth elements, from unconventional sources, including geothermal fluids and coal combustion fly ash.


Team Member:
Thanasis Karamalidis, Founder & CEO | Associate Research Professor, CEE
Clint Noack, Co-founder & COO | Post-doctoral Researcher, CEE
Newell Washburn, Consultant | Associate Professor, Chemistry
Kedar Perkins, Research Assistant | Ph.D. Candidate, Chemistry
Max Dizard, Consultant| Business Development and Market Analysis

Fall 2015

Ancure, LLC

A medical device coating company that aims to treat brain aneurysms using controlled release of biologics.

Team Members:
Chris Bettinger, Founder | Assistant Professor, Materials Science & Engineering, Biomedical Engineering
Madeline Cramer | CIT 2014, 2015

Fall 2014 

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Ansatz

Focused on commercial applications of a new methodology for machine learning that integrates statistical and physical modeling to provide analysis and predictions of functionality.

Team Members:
Aditya Menon, Entrepreneurial Lead, Ph.D. student, CMU College of Engineering
Newell Washburn, Academic Lead, Associate Professor, Mellon College of Science Chemistry and Biomedical Engineering
Ed Engler, Mentor, CMU Entrepreneurial faculty

Spring 2017

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Arieca

Soft electronic materials for wearable computing

Arieca produces soft and stretchable materials with enhanced electrical and thermal properties. These materials can be used as circuit wiring, sensors, and passive heat exchangers for wearable electronics. 

Carmel Majidi, Founder | Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Navid Kazem | Ph.D. Candidate, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Joshua Umo | Mechanical Engineering

Fall 2016

I-corps iconAudition Technology

Audition Technology was founded in 2018 to develop hearing products for lifestyle, occupation and medical needs. We are developing affordable, accessible, user-centered, and quality hearing products - to serve 466 million mild/moderate hearing impaired individuals and 1.1 billion young adults worldwide at risk of noise-induced hearing loss.

Team Members:
Shayan Gupta, Entrepreneurial Lead, Undergraduate student, CIT, BME/ECE
Shawn Kelly, Academic Lead, Faculty, CIT
Jacqueline Zhang, Undergraduate student, Tepper
Vinay Gonugondia, Undergraduate student, Tepper
I-Corps Mentor, Lynne Porter

Spring 2019

 

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Behaivior

Aims to predict and prevent drug addiction relapses using artificial intelligence. Dashboards for parole/probation officers and apps and wearable devices for addicts will advance addiction recovery, reduce court system costs and prevent overdoses.

Team Members:
Paula Levin, CMU Heinz School for Public Policy and Management alumna
James Tiu, Entrepreneurial Lead, Xavier University and University of Cincinnati College of Law
Jeremy Guttman, Academic Lead, University of Pittsburgh/Treatspace
Ryan O’Shea, PR/media and business, University of Pittsburgh 
Ellie Gordon, UI/UX developer, Duquesne University
Lisa Rubin, programmer, database manager, University of Pittsburgh

Spring 2017

 

Biohybrid Solutions

Biohybrid Solutions specializes in the merged field of proteins and polymers, working on both a R&D company and in direct product sales.

Team Members:
Antonina Simakova, Co-founder | MCS 2015; Post Doctoral Research Associate, Chemistry
Alan Russell, Co-founder | Highmark Distinguished Career Professor, Institute for Complex Engineered Systems and Biomedical Engineering
Kris Matyjaszewski, Co-founder | J.C.Warner University Professor Of National Science, Chemistry

Spring 2016

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BlastPoint

BlastPoint allows you to tell the story of a place, in seconds. Municipalities, community and economic developers, and other organizations have trouble communicating their value to funding agencies, policy makers, and other stakeholders. BlastPoint is a geographically contextualized big data application that allows non-expert users to quickly aggregate and visualize information about the populations and communities they serve. Thus enabling them to better communicate and act on the insights gained.

Team Members:
Derek Gregg, Entrepreneurial Lead and Head of Business Development, MBA student, Tepper School of Business
Dave Mawhinney, Academic Lead, Swartz Center for Entrepreneurship and Tepper School of Business faculty
Alison Alvarez, CEO, Tepper School of Business alumna
Tomer Borenstein, CTO, CMU Electrical & Computer Engineering alumnus

Spring 2017

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Bloomfield Robotics

A robotic solution for harvest optimization and crop health monitoring.

Team Members:
Tim Mueller-Sim | Engineer, Robotics Institute
George Kantor | Senior Systems Scientist, Robotics Institute
Eric Felix | MBA Candidate, Tepper School of Business
Reed McManigle | I-Corps Mentor

Fall 2017

Broken Colors, Inc.

Broken Colors, Inc. gives unprecedented insight into people's natural attention patterns.

Team Members:
Kai-Min Kevin Chang, President & CEO | SCS 2006, 2011; Research Associate, Language Technologies Institute
Yueran Yuan, CTO | SCS 2013; Research Programmer, Language Technologies Institute

Spring 2015

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BuildFit

BuildFit provides ‘FitBit’ for all owners, managers and users of buildings of any size, topology and location. Buildings are complex living systems that must constantly balance resource consumption with services. But too often these dual priorities are out of balance, resulting in unnecessary power, water and gas bills, excessive carbon footprints and/or an uncomfortable space. Building Ideas directly addresses this challenge with a data-driven platform that provides day-to-day resource and service operating and investment decisions by making the most of the pre-existing data sources already embedded in the building. 

Team Members:
Azizan Aziz, COO | Assistant Research Professor, School of Architecture
Bertrand Lasternas, CFO | School of Architecture, Research Scientist, Building Diagnostic and Performance

Fall 2016

 

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BuildSim

Harnessing the powerful GIT and advanced data mining technology, BuildSimHub is an innovative big data management and cross-functional collaboration platform tailored for building energy modeling. We are trying to create a data-driven and agile development framework for architecture industry.

Team Members:
Weili Xu, Entrepreneurial/Academic Lead, Ph.D. student, CMU School of Architecture/CBPD
Zheng Zhang, CMO, Boston University
Haopeng Wang, CTO, CMU School of Architecture/CBPD

 

Spring 2017

 

 

Carbon Freight

Advanced Containers

Carbon Freight develops ultralight pallets and containers that deliver up to half of the fuel burn of traditional ULDs. Welcome to the future of air cargo.

Team Members:
John Dieser, President & COO | MCS 2015
Glenn Philen, CEO | CIT 2015

Fall 2014 

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Cellugreen Technologies (Green Polymer Modifications)

Cellugreen Technologies (Green Polymer Modifications) adds value to polymeric feedstocks using cutting edge advances in chemistry and engineering.


Team Members:
Lawrence J Hill, Co-founder & Technical Lead | Visiting Researcher in Chemistry
John Michael, Co-founder & Researcher | CIT 2015; Chemistry Extern

Fall 2015

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Certain Build is attempting to revolutionize the construction industry by applying advanced analytics and machine learning to the new project estimation process, giving enhanced visibility of the final cost to requisite stakeholders at 30x the speed.

Team Members:
Brian Porter, Entrepreneurial Lead, MBA candidate, Tepper 
Saurabh Misra, Technical Lead, Graduate student, SCS
Shana Pradeep, MBA candidate, Tepper 
Jordan Bender, MBA candidate, Tepper 
I-Corps Mentor, MaryDel Brady

Spring 2019

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Chiroproktor

The CPR Dummy of Spinal Manipulation

Chiroproktor is an instructional medical device developed to assist Doctors of Chiropractic (DC), Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine (DO), Physical Therapists (PT) and Physiatrists in developing techniques for spinal manipulation and adjusting back pain and injuries.


Team Members:
Torrell DaShawne Jackson, Founder & Investor | TPR 2016
Angenique Jackson, Founder & Investor

Fall 2015

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Choitek

Advanced educational technology platforms for students, educators, artists, hobbyists and researchers.

Team Members:
John Choi, CEO | BCSA
Maximilian Kiefer, Business Development and Fundraising Operations Consultant
Software Developers: Aren Davey, John Curcio, Harvey Shi, Fiona Li, Brian Lu, Marcus Horn
Volunteer Outreach Mentors: Ruvini Navaratna, Hannah Loy, Yosser D'Avanzo, Kevin Apolo
Volunteer Middle Managers: Dimitrios Konstantinidis, Oliver Zhang, Terence Huang

Fall 2016 

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Collie

Collie is an online platform dedicated to growing businesses through developing a community of experts and using real business data to drive the decisions of scaling. We provide a dashboard that integrates the data you use to run your business, allowing you to see how your business is performing and address the factors that make the difference between flailing and scaling. Even better, we provide help in times when data alone can’t solve a problem through our expert community of business owners and Collie concierges who can provide support, advice and insight when and where you need it.

Team Members:
Jamie Boudreaux, Entrepreneurial Lead, CEO, MBA candidate, Tepper School of Business
Erin Boudreaux, CMO, MA, Chatham University
Jake Cervilla, Team Member, MBA candidate, Tepper School of Business

ConnectWith (SitWith)

ConnectWith is a professional network building tool that connects four unacquainted people over lunch for purposeful conversation. We use social engineering and social graph analyses to diagnose and improve a company's internal professional network. Our connection and relationship matching engine for networks – or CARMEN for short – uses social psychology research to build the professional network that leaders want in their organization.

Poor company culture and turnover costs businesses in the United States an estimated $1.3T every year. By working with a leadership team, ConnectWith targets and creates the community inside a company that fights disconnectedness and turnover while encouraging innovation.
Acquired by Newton Consulting May,2016

Team Members:
Will Lutz, Co-founder & CEO | Tepper 2015
Patrick Morse, Co-founder & COO
Tyler Matteo, Lead Developer (Web Developer)
Paul Lutz, Android Developer
Vince Liu, iOS Developer | CIT 2017
Sebastian Guerrero, Backend Developer | DC 2018
Jacqueline Pan, Marketing Intern | DC 2017

Spring 2015

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ConvMind

ConvMind's vision is to democratize the latest conversational AI technologies. We provide an end-to-end service that allows any enterprises or individuals to easily create customized, high-performance, deep-learning-driven chatbots at very low cost.

Team Members:
Tiancheng Zhao, Entrepreneurial Lead, PhD in LTI, SCS
Dr. Maxine Eskenazi, Academic Lead, Principal Systems Scientist, LTI, SCS
Kyusong Lee, Postdoc at LTI, SCS
Yilian Liu, University of Pittsburgh

Spring 2018 

ComYoot

ComYoot

ComYoot is a social ride sharing app that revolutionizes how people belonging to similar communities travel, making traveling between and within cities ubiquitous and hassle free.

Team Members:
Jameel Francis, Founder & CEO | Tepper 2018
Jared Pryor, CTO | Computer Science 2011
Harry Shao, Software Development Intern | Computer Science 2018
Gaurav Lahiry, Software Development Intern | Computer Science 2018
Prachi Bodas, Software Development Intern | Computer Science 2019
Angelina Zhou, Marketing Research & Software Development Intern | Computer Science 2018
Batuhan Erturk, Marketing & Customer Discovery | CIT 2017
Abhishek Bhatla, Marketing Analysis & Customer Discovery | Heinz 2018

Spring 2016

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CubeRover (formerly Boost)

Many companies plan to mine the moon for precious materials within the next decade, but currently there are no low-cost, reliable and reusable options to send the materials back to Earth. We plan to build a robotic launch system (or mass driver) that can accurately propel these containers of resources mined on the moon back to Earth without the large recurring costs, resources, or risks associated with rockets. 

Team Members:
Michael Provenzano | CEO | MBA Candidate, Tepper School of Business 
Anna Lawrence | COO | MBA Candidate, Tepper School of Business
Benjamin Martin | CTO | MBA Candidate, Tepper School of Business 
Erika Gustafson | Director of Business Development | MBA Candidate, Tepper School of Business
Wyatt Lowdermilk | Director of Engineering | MBA Candidate, Tepper School of Business
Zach Burggraf | CFO | MBA Candidate, Tepper School of Business
Grant Vandenbussche | MBA Candidate, Tepper School of Business
Dave Mawhinney | I-Corps Mentor

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CyberTalent

CyberTalent provides companies a platform to conduct interviews specialized for system administrators, network administrators, and cyber-security roles. These interviews use virtualization to simulate realistic scenarios and networks that a professional would actually manage in the work environment.

Team Members:
Adam Tse, Entrepreneurial Lead, MS in Information Security student at Information Networking Institute
Kathleen Carley, Academic Lead, Professor, Institute for Software Research, SCS
Nicholas Cifranic CMU Alumnus - Cofounder

Spring 2018

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Dapper Kitchen

A direct to consumer e-commerce kitchen product company that focuses on providing a simple and high value buying experience. The site will also serve as a content provider for how to effectively, efficiently and inexpensively shop for food and cook it at home.

Team Members:
Andrew Ellerhorst, CEO & Founder, Swartz Entrepreneurial Fellow
Stephen Sweeney, Competitor & Customer Research
Danielle Ellerhorst, Website Development & Digital Marketing

Fall 2016

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Diderot

Offering an integrated learning environment to the student where contents, discussions, feedback are all seamlessly integrated.

Team Members:
Umut Acar | Entrepreneurial Lead | Faculty, School of Computer Science
Anil Ada | Academic Lead | Faculty, School of Computer Science
MaryDel Brady | I-Corps Mentor

Fall 2018

Digest-O-Mat

Digest-O-Mat provides smart urban waste management solutions. The Digest-O-Mat converts organics waste into cooking gas and fertilizer for restaurants and commercial food kitchens.

Team Members:
Jacob Douenias, Co-founder | CFA 2013
Rohan Rathod, Co-founder | CFA 2014
Gabrielle Cusimano, Test Manager/Intern | CIT 2014

Fall 2014 

Dranimate

Dranimate

Dranimate allows rapid creation of live animation from drawings and photographs. It functions as both a stand-alone mobile app and a desktop software suite.

Team Members:
Ali Momeni, Founder, CEO & CTO | Associate Professor of Art
Zachary Rispoli | CFA 2017

Spring 2016

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EAGLE Metrix

Evaluation, Analytics, Games, Learning, and Education (EAGLE Metrix)

EAGLE Metrix provides data science solutions for complex interactive systems, such as those found in games and computer-assisted learning environments. EAGLE Metrix has a number of unique metrics that focus on social network analysis.

Team Members:
Michael Eagle, Founder & CEO | Post Doctoral Fellow, HCII

Spring 2016

EDDA Analytics Group

Evidence in Documents, Discovery and Analysis

Evidence in Documents, Discovery and Analytics Group (EDDA) develops software to improve human welfare by finding and displaying evidence in scientific documents.

Team Members:
Tanja Bekhuis, PI & Lead
Eugene Tseytlin, Systems Developer
Faina Linkov, Epidemiologist

Fall 2015

e.e. books

e. e. books is developing software that enables writers (bloggers, teachers, authors) to easily create e-books and add media (e.g. sound, interactivity, animation, dynamic footnotes) for every electronic reading device. With e. e. books, writers can build stories that produce a multi-sensory experience and stand out, building their businesses and creating unique experiences for their readers.

Team Members:
Eleanor Haglund, CEO | DC 2016
Shirley Park, Design & Product Management | ETC 2015

Spring 2016

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Ekto VR

Immerse yourself in vast worlds from the comfort of your living room with Active Control Skates. Experience virtual reality without physical boundaries. 

Bradley Factor | Graduate Student, Robotics Institute/School of Computer Science
Leland Remson | MBA Candidate, Tepper School of Business
Kit Needham | I-Corps Mentor

Fall 2017

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Embedded System Microfluidics, LLC

Through the use of embedded system and microfluidic technology the product will automatically (robotically) collect patient samples and data simultaneously. Targeted to the clinical research market only and focused on hospitalized patients this system aims to collect data from the patient Electronic Medical Record and collect samples from the patient with minimal human attendance.

Alan Rosenbloom, CEO & Founder | Faculty in the Engineering Research Accelerator (ERA)

Fall 2016

 

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ESTAT Actuation

Ultra-lightweight and low-power clutches and energy-recycling actuators based on electrostatic clutching technology could outperform traditional clutches and motors in many robotic applications. 

Team Members:
Stuart Diller | Ph.D. candidate, Mechanical Engineering 
Carmel Majidi| Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Reed McManigle | I-Corps Mentor

Fall 2017

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EXAID

EXAID is a Healthcare-Artificial Intelligence company providing a Clinical Trial Matching application to empower Oncologists to improve patient outcomes and the quality of care, and a Patient recruitment application to pharmaceutical companies to drive adoption rates and quicken drug validation process.

Team Members:
Sandeep Konam, Entrepreneurial/Academic Lead, Masters student, CMU Robotics Institute
Arthur Boni, Mentor, Professor, Tepper School of Business 
Udit Mehrotra, CFO, MBA student, Tepper School of Business
Dr. Kathan Mehta, UPMC 
Dr. Schumarry Chao, USC

Spring 2017

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EXG Wearable Technology

EXG Wearable Technology aims to develop promising solutions that empower human capabilities to give humans extra controllability and augmented sensing abilities to communicate with the world. It can solve various kinds of problems, from helping disabled people interact with the environment as assistive tools, to enabling humans with a natural way of interaction with the smart environment or any electronic devices. 

Team Members:
Ker-Jiun Wang | Alumnus, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Yu-Han Liang, Ph.D. | Research Assistant, Photonics Laboratory
Zhi - Hong Mao | Associate Professor, University of Pittsburgh Electrical and Computer Engineering
John Apostolides | Research Assistant, Department of Computational Biology 
Emily Ackerman | University of Pittsburgh Department of Chemical Engineering
Prakash Thakur | UPMC Hillman Cancer Center
Will Kaigler | I-Corps Mentor

Fall 2017

 

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ExperiML

ExperiML uses AI to enable, accelerate, and automate experimentation. Businesses require experimentation to best meet the needs of their customers, be it developing a new material, optimizing an industrial process, or making personalized recommendations.

Team Members:
Kirthevasan Kandasamy | Entrepreneurial Lead | Ph.D. candidate, School of Computer Science 
Jeff Schneider| Academic Lead | Faculty, School of Computer Science
Willie Neiswanger | Ph.D. candidate, School of Computer Science 
Lynne Porter | I-Corps Mentor

Fall 2018

 

Expii, Inc.

Expii empowers everybody to collaboratively create interactive expositions on high school subjects (currently math and science) on an open platform. Expii aims to crowdsource a one-stop destination filled with the world's most engaging, exciting and interactive expositions, which make difficult school subjects crystal clear. On top of this base, they are building a network of value added services.

Team Members:
Po-Shen Loh, Co-founder | Assistant Professor, Mathematical Sciences

Fall 2014 

FacioMetrics

FacioMetrics is a spin-off company from the Human Sensing Laboratory at Carnegie Mellon University that licenses technology for facial image analysis, in particular, face recognition, facial feature tracking, facial expression analysis, facial attributes (e.g., gender, ethnicity, age) and gaze tracking. Applications of the technology include (but are not limited to): retail sentiment analysis (measuring the consumer engagement with the product and seller), surveillance, facial animation, face editing (e.g., makeup applications) and marketing research.

FacioMetrics was acquired by Facebook November, 2016

Team Members:
Fernando de la Torre, Founder | Associate Research Professor, Robotics Institute
Francisco Vicente, CTO | Research Associate II, Robotics Institute
Xavi Perez-Sala, Principal Programmer

Spring 2015

Farm to FlameFarm to Flame

Farm to Flame aims to provide scalable, end-to-end electricity generation systems for communities in underdeveloped countries.

Team Members:
Kwaku Jyamfi, Entrepreneurial Lead and Co-founder, Graduate student, CIT
Will McKnight, Co-founder
Yool Park, Graduate student, CIT
Vaibhav Mohadikar
Dan Stewart
I-Corps Mentor, Dawn Rucker

Spring 2019

flagtag

Flagtag offers users real-life prizes through a gamified, augmented reality, Easter egg hunt.

Team Members:
Omar El-Sadany, CEO | SCS 2016
Ian Go, CTO | DC 2016
Blake Chasen, COO | Tepper 2016
Jesse Mendelson, CMO | Tepper 2016
Matt Hillman, Director of Business Development | DC 2017
Evan Brown, Software Developer

Fall 2015

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Fluid Form

Developing innovative 3D bio-printing technologies for applications in soft materials fabrication, tissue engineering and regenerative medicine.

Team Members:
Adam Feinberg, Co-founder | Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering, Materials Science & Engineering
TJ Hinton | CFA 2014, CIT 2013, 2015
Rachelle Palchesko | Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Biomedical Engineering
Andrew Hudson | CIT 2014, 2015

Spring 2015

 

Forest Devices

Getting Stroke Patients to the Right Treatment Faster with Non-Invasive Diagnostics Created for the Pre-Hospital Environment

Forest Devices provides a non-invasive, diagnostic technology that can identify stroke in ambulances, nursing homes and other pre-hospital environments.
Team Members:

Matthew Kesinger, CEO | HC 2016
Dan Willis, CTO
Steve Morro, Chief Business Officer
Angelo Butera, Electrical Engineer
Steven Norcup, Director, Clinical Trials
Carmelo Montalvo, Director Operations and Human Resources
Alessandro Migliuolo, Product Manager
Ti-Chen Chen, Lead Quality Engineer
Kyle Winkler, Director Communications

Fall 2015

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Four Growers

Four Growers was founded to provide healthy, affordable, local produce by reducing the production costs of greenhouse growers through robotics technology.

Team Members:
Brandon Contino, CEO, BS Electrical Engineering
Daniel Chi, CTO, BS Mechanical Engineering
Kit Needham | I-Corps Mentor

Fall 2017

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A mobile drawing/laser cutting & etching robot that is capable of accurately drawing specified images on an enormous scale

Team Members:
Kenneth Sladick, Entrepreneurial Lead, Undergraduate student, CIT
Susan Finger, Academic Lead, Faculty, CIT
Mecca Parker, Undergraduate student, CIT
Christopher Bright, Undergraduate student, CIT
Calvin Hubbard, Undergraduate student, CIT
I-Corps Mentor, Lynne Porter

Spring 2019

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Gastronome Foods

A proprietary technological approach to make on-the-go foods such as pancakes as well as desirable on-the-go baked foods with nutritional value for the pediatric and geriatric markets.

Team Members:
Phil LeDuc, Co-founder & Technical Developer | Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Ron Gargani, Co-founder & Business Developer
Rachel LeDuc, Co-founder & Business Developer

Fall 2014

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GenAMap

GenAMap helps physicians to understand their patients by using novel machine learning methods to understand genomic data. The prices of genomic tests have dropped dramatically in the last 10 years and as this price continues to drop, clinicians will increasingly incorporate genomic tests into routine medical care. Using our team's unique expertise in machine learning, computational biology, and human-computer interfaces, we are building the software that will enhance the value of healthcare's coming paradigm shift.

Team Members:
Ben Lengerich, Ph.D. Student, School of Computer Science
Haohan Wang, Machine Learning Lead
Min Kyung Lee, HCI Lead
Eric Xing, Principal Investigator

Fall 2016

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Glu10 (Gluten)

Glu10 is a fast and reliable gluten-sensing platform for people with gluten intolerance and celiac disease.

Team Members:
Bartlomiej Kolodziejczyk, Co-founder | Postdoctoral Fellow, Mechanical Engineering
B. Reeja Jayan, Co-founder | Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Nathan Nakamura, Researcher | CIT 2016

Spring 2016

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GoTracker helps high school teachers better deliver project-based learning courses that enable their students to set individual learning goals, receive a fair amount of work in a group project and individual feedback.

Team Members:
Qianhui Sun, Entrepreneurial Lead, Graduate student, SCS
Wei Gong, Graduate student, SCS, HCII
Xiaofei Zhou, Graduate student, SCS, HCII
Canhei Chen, Graduate student, SCS, HCII
I-Corps Mentor, Lynne Porter

Spring 2019

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Gridfruit

Intelligent Control of Networked Energy Entities

Gridfruit enables a networked control platform for ever increasing distributed entities, such as renewable generations and flexible loads. By turning distributed resources into intelligent grid assets, Gridfruit’s solutions save money for customers, enables integration of clean technologies and supports plug-and-play implementations.

Team Members:
Gabriela Hug, Co-founder | Assistant Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering
Soummya Kar, Co-founder | CIT 2010; Research Faculty, Electrical & Computer Engineering
Javad Mohammadi | Ph.D. Candidate, Electrical & Computer Engineering

Spring 2015

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Heart I/O

Heart I/O has developed the world's most intelligent electrocardiogram (ECG) algorithm. We can interpret signal and image data more accurately than some of the world's leading cardiologists. Within seconds, we can identify the type and location of any cardiovascular event.

Team Members:
Nick Flanigan, Entrepreneurial Lead
Rich Tsui, Academic Lead
Utkars Jain
Adam Butchy
Michael Leasure
Monica Liu

Spring 2018 

HEBI Robotics

Accelerating the Future of Robotics

HEBI Robotics is enabling the rapid development of inexpensive, high-quality and safe robotic systems through the use of intelligent robotic modules.

Team Members:

Howie Choset | Professor, Robotics Institute
Dave Rollinson | Project Scientist, Robotics Institute
Florian Enner | Software Engineer, Robotics Institute

Spring 2015

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Hikari Labs

We have developed a continuous monitoring infrastructure to collect data from online anonymous marketplaces ("dark web"). In addition to producing generic statistics for use by governments and NGOs, we can assist companies' brand protection efforts by performing specialized queries to determine quite precisely how much certain products are being sold.

Team Members:
Jeremy Thomas, Entrepreneurial Lead
Nicolas Christin, Academic Lead, Associate Research Professor, SCS/ISR and EPP 
Kyle Soska, Lead Scientist

Spring 2018

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Hillside Hydro

We have developed a micro hydroelectric generator to recharge your electronic devices from moving water. Our design harnesses the kinetic energy of moving water to spin a turbine. The energy generated is stored in an internal battery while the device is in the water. Once removed the energy can be used to charge any of your devices via USB. 

Team Members:
Hunter Hartshorne, CEO & co-founder | Undergraduate, Mechanical Engineering
Jasper White, CTO & co-founder | Hobart and Williams Smith joint engineering program
George Harter | Product Design | CMU Mechanical Engineering
Adam Newhouse | Chief Electrical Engineer | University of Illinois Electrical Engineering 
Kit Needham | I-Corps Mentor

Fall 2017

Humotech

Human Motion Technologies LLC, analyzes patient feedback and biomechanics data to provide lower-limb amputees with the opportunity to test-drive potential prostheses using a robotic prosthesis emulator.


Team Members:
Josh Caputo, Founder & President | CIT 2010 & 2015; Postdoctoral Researcher, Mechanical Engineering

Fall 2015

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iCareerpaths

We are developing “intelligent Career paths,” or iCareerpaths, a system for job seekers to visualize and explore potential future career paths and query for personalized job recommendations. iCareerpaths computes alternative career recommendations for each job seeker using data analytics and complex algorithms. Once users identify desirable career paths, our system connects them with job opportunities and online skill development courses to help them achieve their goals. 

Team Members:
Maria Tomprou | Research Scientist, Human-Computer Interaction Institute
Laura Dabbish | Associate Professor, Human-Computer Interaction Institute & Heinz College
Divya Mohan | Research Assistant, Human-Computer Interaction Institute
Reed McManigle | I-Corps Mentor

Fall 2017

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imHealthy

ImHealthy is developing a system of mobile apps and electronic health records that can be used to perform comprehensive evaluations of patients and guide the design of personalized intervention.

Team Members:
Leming Zhou, Team Leader
Valerie Watzlaf, Co-team Lead
Paul Abernathy, Consultant
Kristina Abernathy, Consultant
Rocco Adams, MD, Consultant
Matthew Walsh, Consultant
Kim Peterson, PhD Student
Steve Moeini, PhD Student
Peijun Ren, Programmer
Hao Wang, Programmer
Gayathri Hebbar, Programmer

Fall 2015

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Impact Proteomics

Impact Proteomics provides advanced solutions for protein handling, including proteome sample preparation, bulk protein processing and rapid protein analysis methods, to help answer important questions about proteins, the proteome and diseases.


Team Members:
Jonathan Minden, Founder | Professor in Biological Sciences
Amber Lucas, Scientist | MCS 2016

Fall 2015

Innovesca

Innovesca is a food innovation company that develops processing technologies to naturally unlock a food’s nutritional benefits. Through their core technology, Innovesca takes nutritious plants that already exist in developing regions but go to waste, such as amaranth leaves, and manufacture ingredients with optimized nutrition for the functional food market. This research was developed initially at Carnegie Mellon University and has been funded by the Gates Foundation and the National Science Foundation.

Team Members:
Mary Beth Wilson, Founder & CEO | CIT 2007, CIT 2013, Ph.D.
Alison Etheridge, Operations & Supply Chain Strategy

Fall 2014 

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Inventory Connection

Inventory Connection's web application transfers retailers' real-time inventory data to each of their vendors allowing them to stock their supermarket's shelves better.

Team Members:
Kerolos Mikail, CTO & Co-founder, Carnegie Mellon University
John Lipari, Co-founder & CEO, Trinity College
George Saieed, Full-Stack Design Intern, University of Chicago
Isabel Lien, Graphic Design Intern, Purdue University
Don Morrison, Advisor
Kit Needham, Advisor

Fall 2016

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Invisible Intelligence

Automation and analytics for distributed robotic systems.

Team Members:
Eric Feuvrier Danziger, CEO | SCS 2015
Matt Clark, CTO
Drew Marschner, COO | SCS 2015

Spring 2015

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Iron City Oxidations

ICO is commercializing products and processes based on NewTAML catalysts, a new series of homogenous oxidation catalysts recently designed and developed in the Institute for Green Science at Carnegie Mellon University (IGS). The resting catalysts are stable, safe to produce and transport, red, crystalline, iron salts, and when very low concentrations of the resting catalysts are placed in water with a low concentration of an oxidant (usually safe and environmentally friendly hydrogen peroxide), the resting catalysts form active catalysts that produce 'fire in water' to burn targeted compounds at room temperature and near-neutral pH.

Team Members:
Matthew A. DeNardo, Entrepreneurial Lead, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Chemistry
Allan C. Jackson III, External Business Lead, Dartmouth College
Terrence J. Collins, Academic Lead, Teresa Heinz Professor of Green Chemistry
Yogesh Somasundar, ABD Ph.D. candidate, Department of Chemistry

Spring 2018

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Kensho

Kensho is a weight loss management and scheduling optimization platform that helps orthopedists increase patient retention, increase adherence, and lower complications for total knee replacement. 

Team Members:
Lauren D'Souza | MBA Candidate, Tepper School of Business
Will Kaigler | I-Corps Mentor

Fall 2017

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Kent Parker

Kent Parker is a web app that services the media industry by being a search engine for journalists and media outlets looking for hard and soft news stories from companies and other newsmakers that would be beneficial to their viewers, listeners, readers, and other subscribers. Additionally, Kent Parker allows journalists to quickly educate themselves on a company and communicate with their key stakeholders through messaging and feedback allowing for increased transparency and accuracy. 

Team Members:
Jamar Thrasher | Alumnus, Heinz College
Joshua Lawrence | Alumnus, Heinz College
Pawan Khera| Adjunct Faculty, Heinz College
Bolin Song |Alumna, CMU Heinz College
Kit Needham | I-Corps Mentor

Fall 2017

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KOPO, LLC

KOPO provides low-cost, sustainable solutions for water disinfection and transport in the developing world. The Kopo Can is a patent-pending plastic jug that uses passive solar energy to disinfect dirty water with UV and heat, while the accompanying Kopo Roller increases efficiency by transporting Kopo Cans along the ground in a culturally appropriate way.

Team Members:
Jesse Alan Thornburg, CEO | CIT 2016
Brandon Ortiz, Head of R&D, Chemistry &  Biology | CIT 2017
Abhinav Gautam, Media & Website | CIT 2016
Jon Brooks, Finance, R&D & Customer Relations
Jordan Brooks, Mechanical Engineering & Modeling

Spring 2016

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LeanFM Technologies


LeanFM Technologies provides a software solution to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of commercial building operation and maintenance. Built from the patent-pending research projects at CMU, LeanFM utilizes Building Information Modeling technology to integrate building designs, equipment manuals, real-time indoor condition measures and operation and maintenance history. By providing a cloud-based 3D environment, LeanFM enables the facilities operators to easily access, visualize, analyze and exchange building information using multi-platform devices anytime, anywhere.

Team Members:
Pine Liu, Co-founder | CIT 2008, SCS 2009, CIT 2012
Burcu Akinci, Co-founder | Paul Christiano Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering

Spring 2015

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Legal Analytics

Legal Analytics is building a smart software solution for law firms to intelligently estimate and track costs for client engagement.

Team Members:
Greg Martin, CEO | Tepper 2014
Aditya Sharma | SCS 2015

Spring 2015

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Lifeware Labs (formerly Zerosuit)

Aims to manufacture rolls of low-cost wearable patches with embedded sensing and wireless transmission. Material will sense biological data like heart rate, temperature, blood oxygenation, etc, and will likely be sold to military and hospital agencies.

Team Members:
Alexi Charalambides, PostDoc, CMU Mechanical Engineering
Carmel Majidi, Academic Lead, Professor, CMU Mechanical Engineering
Brian Stancil, Business lead, Ph.D. student, CMU Mechanical Engineering
Philip LeDuc, Business consultant, Professor, CMU Mechanical Engineering

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Developed a family of devices providing high-resolution, high frame-rate depth information at the close ranges necessary for advanced vehicle safeguarding and obstacle detection/recognition.

Team Members:
Joe Bartels, Entrepreneurial Lead, Ph.D. candidate, SCS, RI
Srinvas Narasimhan, Academic Lead, Faculty, SCS, RI
I-Corps Mentor, Dawn Rucker

Spring 2019

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Lioba

Radio-frequency communication solutions based on full-in band duplexers.

Team Members:
Gabriel Vidal Álvarez | Entrepreneurial Lead | Postdoctoral Researcher, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Gianluca Piazza | Academic Lead, CTO| Faculty, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Abhay S. Kochhar | Research Scientist, Vice President of Engineering and Manufacturing , Electrical and Computer Engineering
Lynne Porter | I-Corps Mentor

Fall 2018

 

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LittleMoochi is a mobile app that encourages children to form healthy eating habits through an AI-based virtual pet.

Team Members:
Summer Xia, Entrepreneurial Lead, MBA Candidate, Tepper
Zhuyun Dai, Technical Lead, Ph.D. candidate, SCS, LTI 
Yi Xu, Graduate student, Heinz
Molly Vierhile, Graduate student, SCS, HCII
June Byeon, Graduate student, SCS, HCII
Jule Qin, Graduate student, Tepper
I-Corps Mentor, Lynne Porter

Spring 2019

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LumiShield Technologies

LumiShield is a process and materials development company which is disrupting a $6 billion corrosion-resistant coatings market through commercialization of its proprietary aluminum electroplating system. Lumishield coatings have the potential to provide better corrosion protection than existing technologies with a lower price point and substantial improvements in environmental impact and worker safety.

Team Members:

David Luebke, CEO | Senior Research Scientist, Chemistry
Hunaid Nulwala, Chief Innovation Officer | Assistant Research Professor, Chemistry

Fall 2014 

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Marinus Analytics

Unlocking publicly available evidence to fight crime, specifically human trafficking

The Internet has become a marketing platform for human traffickers to expand their exposure to potential customers and to boost sales, while maintaining presumed anonymity and security of their own geographic location. Marinus Analytics capabilities focus on identifying, tracking and understanding trends and behaviors involving sex trafficking, as evidenced by publicly available data.

Team Members:

Cara Jones | Research Programmer, Robotics Institute
Emily Kennedy, Co-founder | Research Analyst, Robotics Institute
Artur Dubrawski, Co-founder | Senior Systems Scientist and Adjunct Professor, Robotics Institute
Amandine Revol
Lisa Tu | DC 2016

Spring 2015

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MealMatcher

MealMatcher finds healthy food at restaurants nearby (vegan, vegetarian, gluten free).

Team Members:
George Steiner | Tepper MBA, 2016
Nick Bartel | Tepper MBA, 2016

Spring 2016

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Mechabotics

Sensor which measures the pose of a rigid object given a CAD model.

Team Members:
Eric Huang | Entrepreneurial Lead | Ph.D. Candidate, School of Computer Science
Jacob Paniklulam | Team Member
Dawn Rucker | I-Corps Mentor

Fall 2018

 

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MechaSpark

MechaSpark provides online and offline STEM education. The learn-by-doing education is further supported by curating associated physical components and supplies to create a multimedia and multimodal environment, enhancing information absorption and retention.

Team Members:
Jason Onoda, Founder | Tepper 2018

Spring 2016

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MedAI

We are building a deep learning software to analyze pathological imaging of the placenta and provide diagnostic feedback to the pathologist as a low cost early detection method for predicting which infants will benefit most from more in-depth pathological inspection.

Team Members:
Daniel Clymer | Entrepreneurial Lead, Ph.D. Candidate, Mechanical Engineering
Philip LeDuc | Academic Lead, Faculty, Mechanical Engineering
Jonathan Cagan | Advisor, Integrated Innovation Institute
MaryDel Brady | I-Corps Mentor

Fall 2018

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MGBFramework

MGBFramework develops and supports a novel, powerful and easy-to-use analytical suite for temporal data analytics. 

Team Members:
Mathieu Guillame-Bert, Creator, Designer, Developer & User | Junior Project Scientist, Robotics Institute
Cara Jones | Research Programmer & Analyst, Robotics Institute

Spring 2016

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Mieryx

Mieryx is developing the next-generation, molecular-computing platform for rapid, point-of-care genetic testing, on-site detection and classification of pathogens.

Team Members:
Danith H. Ly, Founder & CEO | Professor of Chemistry
Weiche Hsieh | MCS 2016
Dinithi Perera | MCS 2016
Gustavo Martinez

Fall 2015

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Nabla Ascent, Inc.

We provide core AI capabilities that remove the need for pilots for drone operations. Our product is an AI software stack and hardware designs for drones that will provide a backend that allows drone application developers to focus on application development rather than autonomy. We will be the go to operating system for drones.

Team Members:
Sankalp Arora, Entrepreneurial Lead, Ph.D. student, CMU Robotics Institute
Sebastian Scherer, Academic Lead, Systems Scientist, CMU Robotics Institute
Daniel Maturana, Ph.D. student, CMU Robotics Institute
Geetesh Dubey, Masters student, CMU Robotics Institute

Spring 2017

NAYAN

NAYAN

NAYAN (Sanskrit for "eyes") is a universally compatible sensor add-on for walkers that aids in gait training with the help of an accessory smartphone app. By remotely transmitting relevant user data to  physical therapists, NAYAN provides an innovative method of monitoring patients.

Team Members:
Prasanna Natarajan, Founder & Hardware Designer | CIT 2016
Brenden Van Buren, Business Development | Tepper 2018
Christie Chong, Smartphone Interface Design | CFA 2018
Steven Ji, Smartphone Interface Design | CFA 2018
Varun Ramesh, Smartphone App Development | CIT 2018

Spring 2016

Nebulus

Google Docs for music

Nebulus is the only real-time, cross-platform collaboration solution for musicians that works with desktop audio workstations.

Team Members:

Andrew Russell, CTO | CFA 2014
Nick Coronado, Front-End Development | CFA 2016
Hillary Mellin, UX Design | DC 2015

Spring 2015

NoRILLA

Novel Research-based Intelligent Lifelong Learning Apparatus

NoRILLA is a mixed-reality platform bridging physical and virtual worlds to improve children's learning, understanding and enjoyment of science in a collaborative way (in museum, school or home settings). The system involves both software and hardware components and utilizes computer vision/depth camera sensing to provide immediate personalized feedback while experimenting in the real world. NoRILLA’s research has shown that their system helps children learn approximately 5 times more than a tablet or computer game while also increasing enjoyment.

Team Members:
Nesra Yannier, Founder | SCS 2016

Spring 2015

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OpenAMR: Open Antimicrobial Resistance

OpenAMR is an instrument that automatically reads and reports antibiotic susceptibility tests.

Team Members:
Morgan Greenleaf | Entrepreneurial Lead|Master's Student MSPM, Tepper School of Business
Dr. Gerard Douglas | Academic Lead | Faculty, Department of Biomedical Informatics
Greg Coticchia |Advisor
Kavya Hiryur | Undergraduate student, Instrument validation
MaryDel Brady | I-Corps Mentor

Fall 2018

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Optipik

Optipik helps real estate owners, hosts, and property managers maximize their visual content and property images. Optipik's activation score system, based on machine learning technology, classifies, ranks, optimizes, and connects photos to demand. 

Team Members:
Luis Garcia | MBA Candidate, Tepper School of Business
Dokyun Lee | Assistant Professor, Tepper School of Business
Zhaoqi Cheng | Back End Developer | Graduate student, Carnegie Mellon University
Bryan Jangro | Business Development Associate | Undergraduate student, Tepper School of Business
Emily Newton | Marketing | MBA Candidate, Tepper School of Business
Brian Stump | Business Development | MBA Candidate, Tepper School of Business
Will Kaigler | I-Corps Mentor

Fall 2017

PalpAid

Not everything that goes bump in the night is breast cancer. PalpAid is developing a novel, low-cost technology that will provide women and their primary care clinicians an alternative to invasive, stressful and costly methods of tracking benign breast masses.

Team Members:

Molly Blank, Co-founder | CIT Ph.D. Candidate
Jim Antaki, Co-founder | Professor, Biomedical Engineering

Spring 2015

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ParkAI

A navigation mobile app that guides drivers to find on-street parking space with minimum circling time, distance to destination and parking fee.

Team Members:
Zhuo Chen | Entrepreneurial Lead | Ph.D. Candidate, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Diana Marculescu| Academic Lead | Faculty, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Ruizhou Ding | Ph.D., Electrical and Computer Engineering, Technology and product development
Ting-wu Chin | Ph.D., Electrical and Computer Engineering, Technology and product development
MaryDel Brady | I-Corps Mentor

Fall 2018

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Percepsense

We built an app that detects potholes and assesses road conditions by crowdsourcing data from vehicles across the city. It creates insightful road condition maps to help civic officials identify and repair damaged roads. 

Team Members:
Umang Bhatt | Product/Engineering Lead | Undergraduate, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Edgar Xi | Modeling Lead | Undergraduate, Statistics and Machine Learning
Shouvik Mani | Undergraduate, Statistics and Machine Learning
J. Zico Kolter | Assistant Professor, Computer Science Department
Robb Myer | I-Corps Mentor

Fall 2017

PillowCastle

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)

Team Members:
Allen Tingley, Co-founder & Producer | Entertainment Technology Center 2014
Albert Shih, Co-founder & CEO | Entertainment Technology Center 2014
Yuxi Zhang, Co-founder & 3D Artist | Entertainment Technology Center 2014

Fall 2014 

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Precision NeuroScopics

Precision NeuroScopics is developing a next-generation, ultra-high-density, non-invasive, portable wireless brain sensing device to replace the traditional EEG with real-time brain sensing.


Team Members:
Ashwati Krishnan, Entrepreneurial Lead
Shawn K. Kelly, Founder & CEO | Senior Systems Scientist, ICES
Pulkit Grover, Founder | Assistant Professor, ECE
Jeffrey A. Weldon, Founder | Assistant Professor, ECE

Fall 2015

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PreFab Services LLC

PreFab Services enables research-scale microfabrication/nanofabrication solutions by providing high quality fabrication services with quick turnaround and at reasonable cost to clients.

Team Members:
Norman Gottron| Entrepreneurial Lead, Staff, Electrical and Computer Engineering and Tepper School of Business alumnus
Lynne Porter | I-Corps Mentor

Fall 2018

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Processly

Processly is an adaptive learning web platform that uses an infinite digital whiteboard making it easy for teachers and schools to apply modern teaching methods in the classroom. We make it easy for students to document, reflect, and communicate within a collaborative environment throughout their process, all the while providing key insights to teachers and the school.

Team Members:
Albert Topdjian, Entrepreneurial Lead, Business Development, Design, BS Industrial Design
Rehan Butt, Design, Frontend Development, Masters Student in Tangible Interaction Design
Luke Hottinger, Backend Development, BS Information Systems
Eddy Man Kim, Advisor, Assistant Teaching Professor School of Architecture

Spring 2018

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Quick Connections

Quick Connections produces Smart Business Cards also known as QC-Cards. These QC-Cards utilize Near Field Communication technology (NFC) to immediately digitize someone's contact information into a Smart Phone or Tablet. 

Team Members:
Gus Jenkins | Graduate student, Electrical and Computer Engineering & Technology Innovation Management
Adam Blazczak | Alumnus, M.S. Computer Software Engineering
Marc Rosenberg | MBA Candidate, Tepper School of Business
Kit Needham | I-Corps Mentor

Fall 2017

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Rapid Flow Technologies

Surtrac is an innovative approach to real-time traffic signal control, combining research from artificial intelligence and traffic theory. Surtrac optimizes the performance of signals for the traffic that is actually on the road, improving traffic flow for both urban grids and corridors and leading to less waiting, reduced congestion, shorter trips, less pollution and happier travelers.
Team Members:

Greg Barlow, Co-founder | SCS 2008, 2011; Robotics Institute
Steve Smith, Co-founder | Research Professor, Robotics Institute

Fall 2014 

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Regius

Two sets of research-based online interactive materials to teach Python programming to both students and instructors.

Team Members:
Steven Moore| Entrepreneurial Lead Ph.D. | Candidate in HCII, School of Computer Science
John Stamper | Academic Lead | Faculty, HCII, School of Computer Science
Norman Bier | Technical Lead support, Director, Open Learning Initiative, Executive Director, Simon Initiative
Dawn Rucker | I-Corps Mentor

Fall 2018

RistCall LLC

Wireless wearable nurse call bell system for healthcare

RistCall LLC helps hospitals and skilled nursing facilities to improve patient safety and satisfaction scores by updating traditional wall-mounted nurse call bell system with wearable devices.


Team Members:

Srinath Vaddepally, Founder & CEO | CIT 2013
Ameya Bhat, VP of Product & Operations | CIT 2013
Yicheng Bai, VP of Product Engineering

Spring 2015

Robotany

RoBotany is automating the commercial vertical farming industry by creating mobile robotic solutions that increase labor efficiency by 25%, double crop output and provide an unprecedented level of data collection to improve farm operations.

Team Members:
Austin Webb, CEO | Tepper 2017
Austin Lawrence, CTO | Disney Research

Spring 2016

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Root Health

Root Health analyzes patient behavior and emotions and provides adaptive, personalized treatment at the right time. Root Health sells its mobile AI health platform to companies providing health coaching services so they can increase their revenues through better outcomes and reduce their costs through scale.

Team Members:
Raj Sharma, Entrepreneurial Lead & Co-founder, Masters student, Tepper School of Business
Eric Ghildyal, Co-founder/CTO and backend developer, University of Pittsburgh, Computer Science
Kevan Dodhia, Machine Learning developer, Electrical and Computer Engineering, CMU
Rakesh Chatrath, Front end developer, Bioinformatics and Applied Math, University of Pittsburgh
Cara Pizzorusso, Marketing, University of Pittsburgh
Will Kaigler, Business Mentor

Spring 2018  

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Salix Lignopolymers

Additives for concrete to increase viscosity, reduce water usage, and improve strength

Team Members:
Newell Washburn, Founder | Associate Professor, Chemistry, Biomedical Engineering
Chetali Gupta, Research Scientist | MSE Ph.D. Candidate

Fall 2014 

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Schtudy

STEMReady is a summer adaptive learning platform that consists of a 12-week online STEM “bootcamp” program, which begins by students completing a diagnostic baseline test to measure each student’s unique needs to allow for the most efficient and effective STEM learning methods for each student. Students are then paired with STEMReady Certified tutors that help students remediate core Calculus concepts and acclimate to the rigors of college courses. 

Team Members:
Jonathan Dyer | Mechanical Engineering & ETIM Dual Grad Degree Student 
Geno Miller | COO | University Of New Hampshire
Ray Millings | University of New Hampshire
Dave Mawhinney | I-Corps Mentor

Fall 2017

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SearchingMemories

A mobile app to search video and images in personal archives through text queries.

Team Members:
Alexander Hauptmann, Founder, Faculty SCS/LTI
Lu Jiang, CTO
Cindy Chepanoske, Advisor

Fall 2016

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Sign Track

Sign Track is developing automatic American Sign Language (ASL) interpreting software to facilitate communication between Deaf and hard of hearing individuals and the non-signing population.

Team Members:
Brandon Taylor | Entrepreneurial Lead | Postdoctoral Fellow, HCII, School of Computer Science 
JoAnna Taylor | Team Member 
Elijah Mayfield | Mentor

Fall 2018

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Brands experiencing issues with counterfeits or diverted products on e-commerce platforms will pay third parties to generate and verify unique serial numbers on products, and to ‘crawl’ through online listings to identify potential infringers. Our team delivers IP and software to incrementally improve upon such third party monitoring tools.

Team Members:
Wallace (Penn) Scott, Entrepreneurial Lead, MBA Candidate, Tepper
Nicolas Christin, Academic Lead, Faculty, SEI
I-Corps Mentor, Dawn Rucker

Spring 2019

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SimSim, LLC

The World's Best Home Access Management Solution

SimSim, LLC, , provides a secure, home-access management solution through sharable locks and mobile apps.

Team Members:
Raghav Kandubai, Founder & CEO | TPR 2015
Xing Chen, Founder & iPhone & Backend Developer | SCS 2015
Tony Gallippi, Founder & Hardware
Stowe Hammarberg, Industrial Design | CFA 2016

Fall 2015

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Skycision, Inc.

Skycision, Inc., offers autonomous aerial mapping, flight planning, and analysis of climate and crop success.

Team Members:

Brendan Carroll, President & CEO | HC 2015
Alec Assaad, Systems Engineer | CIT 2015

Fall 2015

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Smart Electronic Stickers

Customizable smart electronic stickers that can gather information (mechanical, electrical, thermal) about everyday objects, industrial equipment, or robotics without direct integration with the system. The electronic stickers are cheap, small in size, light weight, and the inherent adhesiveness of the patch allow them to bond to a variety of surfaces.

Team Members:
Eric Markvicka, Entrepreneurial Lead, Ph.D. candidate in Robotics Institute
Carmel Majidi, Academic Lead, Associate Professor Mechanical Engineering

Spring 2018

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Smart Parking

Our product can guide drivers to the nearest empty parking spot at an outdoor parking lot, e.g., airport parking or stadium parking lots.

Team Members:
Zhigang Ma, Entrepreneurial Lead, PostDoc, CMU School of Computer Science
Alexander G. Hauptmann, Principal Systems Scientist, CMU School of Computer Science
Robert Myer, Mentor, Swartz Center for Entrepreneurship

Spring 2017

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SpiralGen, Inc.

SpiralGen is developing and commercializing the Spiral technology that automatically generates platform-tuned code to create performance-critical software for signal processing and a growing list of mathematical functions. Our technology not only speeds up the process of transitioning code to new platforms, but generates provably correct, high performance code.

Team Members:
Jane Opgaard, EVP Operations
Franz Franchetti, Academic Lead, Associate Professor CMU Electrical & Computer Engineering/Cylab

Spring 2017

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Statkeeper will apply Computer Vision and Deep Learning techniques such as continuous pose estimation on video feeds of hockey games to automate the tabulation of game stats to significantly standardize and improve the quality of the data.

Team Members:
Karthik Venkateshan, Entrepreneurial Lead & Co-founder, MBA candidate, Tepper 
Dave Mawhinney, Academic Lead and Advisor, Faculty, Tepper
Brien Stelzer, MBA candidate, Tepper
Paul Heffernan, MBA candidate, Tepper
I-Corps Mentor, Dawn Rucker

Spring 2019

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TalkMeUp 

TalkMeUp is a smart soft-skill training tool. They use Machine Learning to assess the presenter’s speech pattern and mannerisms. Adding acting techniques, they provide a fun customized learning experience.

Team Members:
JJ (Jiaojiao) Xu, Co-founder, Tepper School of Business, Swartz Entrepreneurial Fellow
Leon Du, CTO, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Fall 2016

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telling.ai

We're an early stage startup building AI voice analytics software for enterprise clients. We are building a platform that unlocks the treasure trove of information contained in the human voice by commercializing technology from CMU's Language Technologies Institute.

Team Members:
Satya Venneti, Entrepreneurial Lead, Co-founder, Software Engineering Institute
Rita Singh, Academic Lead, Co-founder, Research Faculty, LTI
Bhiksha Raj, Advisor, Associate Professor, LTI

Spring 2018

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Teratonix

Energy harvesting diode that can convert ambient heat into electricity for powering sensors, cell phones, laptops and room AC

Team Members:
Yi Luo | R&D, Product Development | Assistant Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering|
Ivan Pistov | Business Development | MBA, Tepper School of Business

Fall 2014 

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Computer vision based intelligent assistants that help a user to complete a cognitive task.

Team Members:
Junjue Wang, Entrepreneurial Lead, CEO & Founder, Ph.D. candidate, SCS
Mahadev Satyanarayanan (Satya), Academic Lead, Faculty, SCS
Ziquiang Feng, Co-founder, Ph.D. candidate, SCS
I-Corps Mentor, MaryDel Brady

Spring 2019

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There

There is developing a sensor mesh that can be contained within the interior and exterior linings of a purse that will indicate if items tagged with RFID sensors are within it or not.

Team Members:
Joshua Sirchio, Founder & CEO | Integrated Innovation Institute 2016
Shashank Sharma, Co-founder & CTO | CIT 2016

Spring 2016

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Three10 Solutions, Inc.

We have built a prototype of a patent search engine that uses natural language processing and machine learning to identify relevant prior art patents.

Team Members:
Curtis Wadsworth | Entreprenuerial Lead 
Michael Shamos | Academic Lead | Faculty, LTI, School of Computer Science
Jay DePasse | CTO | Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center
Shawn Brown | Technical Advisor | McGill University
Greg Coticchia | Executive Director, MSPM, Tepper School of Business, Advisor
Dawn Rucker | I-Corps Mentor

Fall 2018

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Titan Robotics, Inc. 

Titan Robotics, Inc. is developing a scalable and environmentally friendly robotic system to remove paint and coatings from aircraft.

Team Members:
Stuart Lawrence, Founder & CEO/President | Commercialization Specialist, NREC
Herman Herman, Co-founder | Principal NREC Commercialization Special, NREC
Anthony Stentz, Co-founder | Research Professor, NREC
Eric Meyhofer, Co-founder
Andy Strat, Senior Robotics Engineer | Senior Robotics Engineer, NREC
David Galati, Senior Robotics Engineer | Senior Robotics Engineer, NREC
Gabe Goldman, Robotics Engineer | Senior Robotics Engineer, NREC
Justin Haines, Senior Robotics Engineer | Senior Robotics Engineer, NREC
Brandon Kmetz, Robotics Engineer | Robotics Engineer, NREC

Fall 2015

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UpGrade helps college instructors auto-create learning activities and assessments, which saves instructor time and makes student learning more efficient. The product is a web-based application with supporting backend that combines AI and crowdsourcing to generate learning activities with real-time feedback with data produced by previous students.

Team Members:
Xu Wang, Entrepreneurial Lead, Ph.D. candidate, SCS, HCII
Ken Koedinger, Academic Lead, Faculty, SCS, HCII
Carolyn Rose, Advisor, Faculty, SCS, LTI/HCII
I-Corps Mentor, MaryDel Brady

Spring 2019

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Vayu 

Yoga is a $24B industry. Yoga accessories - including yoga wear, mats, assists (yoga blocks, belts, towels) are stacked in every department and specialty sports store. For practitioners that have just begun, they find it easy to engage their lower body quickly. The upper body - back, torso, chest, shoulders, and biceps are tough to engage, especially for beginners. This has limited yoga to a predominantly female following - those who want to build lean bodies, burn calories, and do not desire muscle bulk. Our first product will be the Yoga Bow - the bow used by the warrior Arjuna, around which all warrior poses are based on. This will allow engaging the upper body, back, shoulders, fore arms, and chest and using the same prop in other poses will help engage the core.

Team Members:
Vineet Jain, CEO, Tepper School of Business, Swartz Entrepreneurial Fellow
Jon Gaul, Marketing, Tepper School of Business
Jonathan Lemor, Manufacturing, Tepper School of Business
Hanna-Rose Bloom, Community Outreach, Ashtanga School of Yoga, Highland Yoga, Atlanta, GA.

Fall 2016

 

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Vera is a smart AI assistant that will revolutionize the way meetings are conducted. Vera will accurately transcribe all the conversations, intelligently summarize it and makes them accessible in a variety of ways.

Team Members:
Apoorv Singh, Entrepreneurial Lead, Graduate student, SCS, RI
Bhiksha Raj, Academic Lead, Faculty, SCS, LTI
Rishi Madhok, Graduate student, SCS, RI
Shubhankar Agarwal, Graduate student, SCS, RI
Rita Singh, Advisor, Faculty, SCS, LTI
I-Corps Mentor, Dawn Rucker

Spring 2019

VIT

Concept. Innovate. Redefine.

VIT applies the Internet of Things Movement and the Quantified-Self Movement into biotechnology, aiming to change an industry lacking consumer-driven designs and functionalities by providing simple, elegant solutions. VIT’s first product, Bracer, is a smart knee brace for a faster, smarter recovery for those suffering from knee injuries/surgeries. Through their combination of aesthetic consumer design and cutting edge research VIT wants to create one of the first mainstream recognized consumer-friendly biotechnology companies.

Team Members:
Andy Chan, Co-founder & CEO | CIT 2015
Connor Young, Co-founder & COO | CIT 2016

Spring 2015

Visantica

Revolutionary machine-learning based solutions for the AEC CAD space providing architects, engineers and designers with unparalleled object recognition and 3D modeling capabilities.

Team Members:
David Bradley, Founder & CEO | SCS 2005, 2010; NREC Commercialization Specialist, NREC
Carlos Vallespi, Senior Software Developer | NREC Commercialization Specialist, NREC
Chris Moehle, Business Advisor | Tepper 2014; National Robotics Engineering Center

Fall 2014 

Visionary Machines

Visionary Machines, LLC

Visionary Machines, LLC, is developing a vision-based autonomous mobile manipulator (robot) for the advanced high school market.

Team Members:
David Touretzky, Sole Proprietor | MCS 1979, MCS 1984; Research Professor, Computer Science Department, Robotics Institute
Vijay Sampath, Mechanical Engineer | CIT 2016

Spring 2016

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VizLens is a first of its kind mobile application for iOS that combines on-demand crowd sourcing with real-time computer vision, allowing blind users to interactively explore physical interfaces like those found on electronic appliances. 

Team Members:
Anhong Guo, Entrepreneurial Lead, Ph.D. candidate in HCII
Jeff Bigham, Academic Lead, Faculty, Scs, HCII
Sujeath Pareddy, Ph.D. candidate, SCS, HCII
I-Corps Mentor, Randy Eager

Spring 2019

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Wav Diagnostics

Wav Diagnostics is developing a microfluidic device in a PMMA prism to separate cells by size, shape and other physical characteristics. The PMMA prism devices are inexpensive to fabricate and allow contactless cell or particle separation in a variety of applications.

Team Members:
Erin Dauson, Co-founder | CIT 2013, CIT 2015; Postdoctoral Research Associate, CEE
Kelvin Gregory | Associate Professor, CEE
Irving Oppenheim | Professor, CEE & Architecture
David Greve | Professor, ECE

Spring 2016

Whisker

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Whisker is a web and mobile application that matches dog owners who are in need of dog sitting, boarding, or walking (SBW) services with other dog owners in their neighborhood who are willing and able to provide dog services.

Team Members:
Prativa Joshi, Founder & CEO | Tepper 2018
Guruprasad Raghavan, Co-founder, CTO & Back-end Developer | CIT 2018
Brian Kesecker, Co-founder, CIO & Front-end Developer

Spring 2016

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Whitebox

Our team is working on a computer security defense system that protects security-sensitive programs by securing them in a parallel, relatively small operating system running on-demand.

Team Members:
Zongwei Zhou, Co-founder | CIT 2013, CIT 2014
Miao Yu, Co-founder | CIT 2016
Virgil Gligor, Co-founder | Professor, ECE
Huilin Hu, Marketing

Spring 2016

Who's Hiring Me

Who's Hiring Me

Who’s Hiring Me aims to be an innovative solution to streamline the outdated recruiting industry, and hopes to provide a smooth and holistic experience for anyone looking for internships or jobs regardless of profession or skill set.

Team Members:
Andrew Feng, CEO | CIT 2017
Richard Lee, CMO | CIT 2016

Spring 2016

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Wick

Creating a series of engaging educational software tools that combine art and programming to allow students to transition from basic, computational thinking programs such as MIT Scratch, to actual, programming experiences. Originally, we will start by using The Wick Editor, an online tool designed to create animations and games by combining art with computer programming.

Team Members:
Luca Damasco, Entrepreneurial Lead, Master of Human-Computer Interaction Candidate 
Tom Hughes, Academic Lead, Associate Director, Studio for Creative Inquiry
Zachary Rispoli, CCO, BFA
GiaGiananthony Damasco, COO, MBA Long Island University

Spring 2018

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Wise Telemetry

(formerly BreatheWise)

A WISER TELEMETRY HAS ARRIVED. BREATHEWISE IS NOW WISE TELEMETRY.

With the Wise Telemetry gas sensor system, gas distributors can monitor real-time supply and usage data at each of their customer’s sites.  The system automatically determines and continuously communicates a gas cylinder’s size, fill level, and usage rate without any user input or special programming.  This data improves delivery route planning, usage tracking, and future demand prediction.  Trust Wise Telemetry to optimize your deliveries and save you money.

Eric Wise, Founder, CEO & CTO | CIT 2014

Fall 2014 (as BreatheWise)

Zensors

Zensors

The Zensors platform can utilize any off-the-shelf camera system and convert it into an array of smart sensors to provide an actionable real time data feed. The system brings the promise of IoT into offices, shops and restaurants using our sensing AI allows users to get real time data on critical business questions.

Team Members:
Anhong Guo, Entrepreneurial Lead, Ph.D. candidate in HCII
Chris Harrison, Academic Lead, Assistant Professor, HCII
Anuraag Jain, Founder, HCII
Gierad Laput, Founder, HCII
Jeffrey Bigham, Advisor, Associate Professor, HCII

Spring 2018