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NCKU team wins Taiwan Microsoft Imagine Cup

2012/04/18 15:39:18

Taipei, April 18 (CNA) A National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) team has won the championship of Taiwan Microsoft Imagine Cup 2012 Software Design recently and will represent Taiwan to compete in Worldwide Finals in Sydney, Australia on July 6th.

UCHAMPsys --Ubiquitous Cloud-based Health Management and Promotion System -- is a four-student team lead by Professor Jeen-Shing Wang of Electrical Engineering won the top honor on April 15th.

Wang said uCHAMPsys has been seeking innovative ways to self-manage health and healthcare problems as risk factors in daily diet and life-style are evident in contemporary life.

This design, uCHAMPsys, based on cloud computing technology with mobile health records, provides users with the most timely and accurate physiological signal analysis, according to Wang, who added that the innovation has involved the interdisciplinary efforts at NCKU that include Electrical Engineering, Education, Family Medicine, Psychiatry, and Nursing.

uCHAMPsys looks like a bracelet that detects human conditions, such as quality of sleep, calories consumption and diet control; the estimated numbers will be calculated and represented in PCs or smartphones as a reminder to help people lose weight or improve sleep quality, the students explained while demonstrating uCHAMPsys.

The service contents of uCHAMPsys include records of activity analysis, sleep analysis, diet analysis, as well as weight loss helper, sleep-well tool and health diary.

The four members of the team are Che-Wei Lin, Chi-Hsiang Weng, Tzu-Ping Kao, Wei-Hsin Wang, all from the Department of Electrical Engineering.

Professor Ya-Ting Carolyn Yang at Center of Teacher Institute of Education, NCKU, said there are more than 2,500 high school student subjects who are using the product to manage their own health and the indications help teachers and parents to be aware of the health condition of the students.

The design of uCHAMPsys is mature and the school is expected to transfer the technology to private companies that have shown an interest in the product, according to Professor Wang, who added that mass production of the product will begin in the near future. Contact:Sonia Chuang, National Cheng Kung University, Tel: +886-6-275-7575 Ext. 50042. Fax: +886-6-238-9919.E-Mail: