NUS’s School of Computing (SOC) held its semesterly student project showcase, affectionately known as STePs (School of Computing Term Project Showcase) on the 19th November 2013. The third in the series, it is a lively occasion that celebrates the completed final projects of various project modules in the semester. Participants set up posters and man their booths, often with live demos, for a period of three hours whilst guests traipse through the mini-maze of projects set up at Computing’s second floor lobby. Voting by the visitors determine the winners at the showcase.
In this installment of STePs, the participating modules include an array of level-3000 and level-4000 project modules from both the Computer Science, as well as Information Systems streams in SOC.
Some modules, such as Multimedia and Mobile Networking, focused on developing ideas on a particular platform with no restriction to the project function, whilst others focused on a specific content type, such as the creation of networked and mobile games for Networked and Mobile Gaming, or the creation of a working e-business model and prototype for E-Business Capstone Project.
Sarah Tan and Wong Yong Jie, the two-person team behind ‘Advanced Search Functions on Instagram’, were tired of Instagram’s “sucky search function”, prompting them to conceptualize a project that offered “advanced search capabilities on the Instagram platform” that not only included a text-based search on multiple fields, but a visual based search and summarization capabilities. This project was done for Multimedia Technologies: Content Analysis and Search module.
Professor Kan Min Yen, one of the founders of STePs, said, “We see the projects as an epiphany for students, where they realize what they learn to do in class can actually be projected to a real life user, or even a business scenario. They might say, ‘Hey, there’s a chance for me to make my own stuff. I don’t necessarily have to work for a big technological company, or a technical division in the corporate industry.’”
Whilst some of the projects are in a prototype stage, many of them are available for user trials.
STePs is organized by the School of Computing and there are plans to grow it, although organizers are currently limited by logistics and space constraints. Professor Bhojan Anand, the coordinator for STePs this year, also brought together the TechLive showcase, which presents exciting technologies from the graduate labs in SOC.
Look out for the next installment of STePs at the end of semester two! For a full list of the projects on showcase this semester, visit the STePs website @ http://steps.comp.nus.edu.sg/.
*All photos are courtesy of NUS School of Computing unless otherwise mentioned.