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MCW teams continue successful run in Foxconn’s innovation competition

Milwaukee, April 4, 2019 - Recently, the Medical College of Wisconsin learned that six MCW teams continue to lead the way in a statewide innovation competition, Smart Cities – Smart Futures, sponsored by Foxconn Technology Group. Foxconn’s goal for this grant competition is to invest in a broad spectrum of new ideas generated by college and university teams throughout the state to improve the health and quality of life of Wisconsin communities.

Foxconn announced Smart Cities – Smart Futures in August, stating it would award up to $1 million over the next three years. The competition focuses on various themes, such as smart mobility, smart buildings, smart homes, smart energy and smart health, as well as efficiency, productivity and the management of resources. More than 300 teams entered the contest, including several dozen from MCW. On March 13, at an event at Gateway Technical College’s integrated Manufacturing and Engineering Technology (iMET) Center in Sturtevant, Smart Cities – Smart Futures representatives announced that 30 teams had been selected to receive $1,500 each to support their ideas; these teams also were invited to prepare brief business plans and pitch videos for their Round Three applications.

Of the 30 teams moving forward in the contest for Round Three, six teams – exactly one-fifth of the entire applicant pool – are led by MCW faculty, staff and students. Round Three submissions, which are due by April 5, will be evaluated independently by judges who will rank proposals using four separate criteria. Up to 16 winners likely will be announced in late April.

“It is an honor for MCW to have such significant representation in Foxconn’s Smart Cities – Smart Futures competition. I applaud the pioneering faculty, staff and students who have submitted their ideas,” says Joseph E. Kerschner, MD, Dean of the Medical College of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Provost and Executive Vice President of the Medical College of Wisconsin. “Our success in this competition underscores the creativity and innovation that occur at MCW each day.”

MCW’s Smart Cities – Smart Futures Round Two winning teams are:

Michelle Botts, Devashish Joshi and Adhitya Ramamurthi, students, School of Medicine

  • Project Summary: Project aims to bring virtual reality modules to medical students and residents to assist in learning and medical exposure. Additionally, the project would target medical employees to train for emergency protocols and patients to ease anxiety about certain procedures.
  • Other Team Members: Adhitya Ramamurthi, Devashish Joshi 

Jennifer Lindner, Information Services

  • Project Summary: Product is a Technology Integrated Home System that connects people with advanced technologies like augmented reality, mixed reality, artificial intelligence, internet of things, and smart devices to improve the quality of life, productivity, efficiency and convenience to all people without compromising efforts and achievements of future generations.

Anna Palatnik, MD, Assistant Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology (Maternal Fetal Medicine)

  • Project Summary: Project focuses on the use of artificial intelligence technology and machine learning to reduce the risks of sudden infant death syndrome.

Shayan Shafiee, student, Graduate School, Biomedical Engineering

  • Project Summary: Project involves the development of a non-invasive means of detecting biomarkers in circulating blood or other bodily fluids that would enable earlier detection of diseases such as cancer and better management of diseases such as diabetes.
  • Other Team Members: Brandon Tefft, PhD

Zak Sharif-Sidi, student, School of Medicine

  • Project Summary: Project focuses on the development of web-based technology that attempts to the close the gap between doctors and the organizations in our community. The solution solves this problem by integrating into the clinical workflow to algorithmically run community-level data against clinical data in order to identify and refer patients to specific resources in the community. The result is early risk identification with actionable next steps, identifying resources in the community and facilitating logical connections for patients to stay healthy.
  • Other Team Members: Bradley Crotty, MD, Mike Anderes, MD

Brandon Tefft, PhD, Biomedical Engineering

  • Project Summary: Project focuses on the development of a modern, computerized stethoscope that can produce 4-dimensional (4D) sound maps from a patient over space and time, which can be used to diagnose diseases of the heart, lungs, respiratory tract, gastrointestinal tract and joints. Furthermore, the system can be deployed into the community by using a smartphone app to capture the sound data and transmit the results to a physician, allowing for more frequent screening and earlier diagnosis and treatment.
  • Other Team Members: Shayan Shafiee

MCW’s Smart Cities – Smart Futures Round Two honorable mention teams are captained by:

Brad Gershkowitz, student, School of Medicine

  • Project Summary: Project combines a digital wallet card with a food diary at a restaurant point-of-sale. The card has a QR code which can be scanned at a restaurant counter, and dietary information from your meal gets immediately displayed on the food diary using the restaurant's sales information.
  • Other Team Members: Keayra Morris, Lap-Heng Keung, Bill Wong, Bradley Crotty, MD

Abigail Goelzer, Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Institute for the Transformation of Medical Education

  • Project Summary: The capacity for empathy is vital for care team members who want to deliver high-quality care to patients with varied backgrounds, some of which they may not yet be familiar with. Clinical environments can be overwhelming places where patients share their stories and health professionals must be prepared to provide high-quality clinical care and be fully present for each patient. With virtual reality and 360° immersive video, learners can put themselves in another’s”‘shoes” and experience emotionally-charged scenarios from diverse perspectives in a safe environment.
  • Other Team Members: M. Chris Decker, MD, Brad Lichtenstein, Cassie Ferguson, MD, Julia Schmitt, Nakia Gordon, PhD (Marquette) and Timothy Ehlinger, PhD (UWM)

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