NEWS RELEASE: Seidenberg Professor Christelle Scharff Wins IBM Smarter Planet Faculty Innovation Award

NEWS RELEASE: Seidenberg Professor Christelle Scharff Wins IBM Smarter Planet Faculty Innovation Award

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As population rates rise, civic leaders face an unprecedented series of challenges, including massive urbanization, stressed infrastructure and economic crisis. The project from Pace University, for example, “Across Cities for Cities,” involves teams of students in New York working with students from Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Delhi, India, and Dakar, Senegal, developing mobile and smartphone applications for transportation, health care and education, with the solutions being implemented in each city for evaluation and improvement. These solutions will tackle problems such as identifying the closest public transportation to a specific destination or finding the nearest emergency room.

Students around the world are working on innovative projects that will help address critical challenges in city development, transportation and health care, thanks to grants from IBM.  IBM is working with universities around the globe on groundbreaking curricula that is changing the face of education and bringing real-world technologies and applications into the classroom. These curricula include the exploration of a variety of Watson-like technologies that will empower and inspire the next generation of leaders with insights into how technology can help tackle some of the world’s most pressing challenges.

Today IBM announced the 50 global recipients of the inaugural Smarter Planet Faculty Innovation Awards. Each professor  – representing 40 universities in 14 countries — will be recognized with a $10,000 award to create new smarter technology curriculum and prepare the next generation of students for leadership in the industries of their choice.

One winner was Pace University’s Christelle Scharff, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Computer Science, Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. Teams of students will be distributed across four cities around the globe – New York, Phonh Penh, Cambodia, Delhi, India, and Dakar, Senegal — to develop mobile solutions aimed at improving life for people living in cities.  Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N0TXms63jcM

IBM’s Watson technology, which recently bested quiz show champions on Jeopardy, has made technology breakthroughs top of mind for thousands of students around the world. By bringing Watson-like technologies into the classroom, IBM and the winning faculty members are sparking innovation and encouraging students to look at global challenges from a fresh perspective. This competitive award program is intended to foster collaboration between researchers at leading universities and those in IBM research, development and services organizations. In addition, the program aims to promote courseware and curriculum innovation to stimulate growth in disciplines and geographies strategic to IBM.

NEWS RELEASE: STUDENTS WORLDWIDE TO COLLABORATE ON PROJECTS TO IMPROVE CITIES, TRANSPORTATION AND HEALTH CARE

IBM Unveils Smarter Planet Faculty Innovation Awards for Groundbreaking Curricula
ARMONK, N.Y. – May 5, 2011 — University students around the world are working on new projects, including developing smarter urban and transportation solutions and improved health care systems, with help from IBM (NYSE: IBM). Fifty professors from 40 universities in 14 countries have been recognized with a Smarter Planet Faculty Innovation award from IBM.

[EMBEDDED VIDEO: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OuqmgY1-dJ0]

As population rates rise, civic leaders face an unprecedented series of challenges, including massive urbanization, stressed infrastructure and economic crisis. The project from Pace University, for example, “Across Cities for Cities,” involves teams of students in New York working with students from Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Delhi, India, and Dakar, Senegal, developing mobile and smartphone applications for transportation, health care and education, with the solutions being implemented in each city for evaluation and improvement. These solutions will tackle problems such as identifying the closest public transportation to a specific destination or finding the nearest emergency room.

IBM created the $10,000 awards to help universities develop innovative new curricula that address the global challenges of transportation, health care, water, energy and other systems. The new courses will prepare students for future leadership in a variety of industries by exposing them to Watson-like technologies in the classroom, sparking collaboration and innovation.

“We need to focus on developing more advanced skills so that students around the world are equipped to tackle real-world issues when they enter the workforce,” said Jim Corgel, general manager of IBM Academic and Developer Relations. “The work of these 50 award recipients should help change the face of education by enabling students to work on pressing issues facing cities today – and at the same time prepare them for leadership in industries like healthcare and transportation.”

Each year American drivers waste an estimated 3.7 billion hours, the equivalent of five days each, sitting in traffic burning 2.3 billion gallons of fuel. Students at the University at Buffalo are analyzing U.S. border control data to learn how advanced technology solutions may help improve the sustainability of the transportation system. The project focuses on local highway traffic and reducing congestion around the three U.S. and Canadian border crossings in the region.

City infrastructures that deliver vital services can now rely on a wealth of new information and technologies enabling them to sense and respond intelligently to the needs of their growing populations. RMIT University in Australia is helping students explore how advanced technology and sensors can play a role in building a smarter, interconnected city. Working together with students in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, students are using local real-world examples to evaluate new urban planning and development options for vital city services such as transportation, healthcare and energy.

These new classes are being taught in the 2011-2012 school year.  Find out more about the award winners at http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/university/smartplanet/awards. Additional videos of select award winners are available at www.youtube.com/IBMFacultyAwards.

Editors’ Note: Photos are available via the Associated Press Photo Network and on the Internet at Feature Photo Service’s link through http://www.newscom.com.

Fall 2011 Smarter Planet Faculty Innovation Awards Now Open for Submissions

The fall 2011 Smarter Planet Faculty Innovation awards are now open for submissions of proposed curricula to support Smarter Commerce, Smarter Communications and Smarter Energy.

For more information on IBM’s university initiatives, visit www.ibm.com/press/university.

IBM Press room – 2011-05-05 Students Worldwide To Collaborate On Projects To Improve Cities, Transportation and Health Care – United States.

Read more about Scharff’s work here.

Watch the YouTube video here: http://youtu.be/OuqmgY1-dJ0

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