UofSC Big Data Health Science Center (BDHSC) – one of the recent UofSC Excellence Initiatives – have been awarded a $1,252,550 grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases to develop a state-wide data-driven system to fight COVID-19 in South Carolina. The multidisciplinary investigation team for this project are led by Dr. Xiaoming Li and Bankole Olatosi and includes BDHSC faculty members from the Arnold School of Public Health, College of Arts and Sciences, College of Engineering and Computing (Neset Hikmet and Jianjun Hu), and School of Medicine-Columbia. Dr. Hu will be responsible for helping the development of the mobile app, databases, and data analytics.
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We congratulate the following Computer Science undergraduate students for receiving a Magellan Scholar Award for Summer-Fall 2020.
At the AI Institute of the University of South Carolina, my colleagues and I have processed more than 700 million social media posts since the beginning of March and more than 700,000 news articles about the COVID-19 pandemic. We are monitoring these information sources to capture the evolving human experience in the U.S. during the pandemic. We have found troubling indications of a growing mental health crisis and an increase in social ills such as substance abuse and gender-based violence.
This year the students in the Senior Capstone course developed 35 apps either for industrial clients, for USC members, or for themselves. There were:
- 14 web applications using technologies such as Django, node, express, Angular, react, .NET, dialogflow, firebase, AWS, Unity.
- 19 mobile apps (17 run on Android, and 2 on iOS) using iOnic, react native, flutter, firebase, augmented reality.
- 2 desktop games built with Unity
You can watch video demonstrations and see screenshots of all the apps right now!
If you are interested in having students build an app for you, note that we are looking for clients for next year.
We proudly report that Kevin Gagnon has received the Algernon Sydney Sullivan award. This honor recognizes college students of noble character who have acted as humble servants to others by putting service of others before self-interest. The award is presented each year by more than 70 colleges and universities within the American South. At the University of South Carolina, the award is presented each year to the most outstanding senior female and senior male student. You can learn more about Kevin here and here.