HSE Students Take Third Place at Junction International Hackathon
This year 1500 participants from 100 countries took part in the Junction International Hackathon. A team of second-year students of the HSE Faculty of Computer Science (Timofey Smirnov, Igor Zverev, Ainur Nuriev and Aldar Danilov) led by Maxim Dyakov (first-year student of the master's programme in E-Business) presented a smart lighting project.
The Junction Hackathon, which brings together tech enthusiasts from around the world, is held in Helsinki. Over the course of two days, developers presented about 350 projects in digital commerce, gaming, cybersecurity, and health technologies.
Of the competition tracks, HSE students chose the intellectual infrastructure track. The lighting control systems development company, Helvar, and Finnish technical research centre, VTT, challenged participants to solve a task aimed at using radars to modernize room space. By applying machine learning algorithms, HSE students came up with their own system of smart lighting.
The idea was to determine the location of a person in an apartment through WiFi FingerPrinting (WiFi positioning system). Our software can automatically adjust room lighting by analyzing a person’s movement in the apartment. We have provided two smart modes for different purposes. During night work, the light becomes brighter and cooler to make it easier for the user to concentrate and, for example, to meet a project deadline. If the radar detects that a person is about to fall asleep, the light in the system starts to blink. Another mode is sleep mode - as soon as the system detects that the person has fallen asleep, the light turns off automatically.
Smart lighting can be used not only to control the emotional and physical condition of people in different rooms, but also to reduce energy costs. To control the system, the students developed a special application, a simulator of human movements around the house and light switching, as well as a coordination server. The algorithm operation was demonstrated in a special layout.
According to Timofey, though participating students at the end received employment opportunities from Helvar, they turned down these offers since they already work in Russian IT departments.
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