Student Project on ‘Facial Expression Synthesis’ Wins CSI-InApp National Award

In a well-attended virtual Award Ceremony on July 4, 2020, ‘Facial Expression Synthesis Using Voice Tone Analysis’ was declared the winner of the 9th CSI-InApp National Student Project Award, by our Chief Guest Dr. Rajasree M S, Vice Chancellor, APJ Abdul Kalam Technological University. The ceremony was preceded by an insightful panel discussion on ‘Reimagining Education from First Principles”. The winner project had impressed the judges immensely during the final evaluation round, also held virtual, for its originality and applicability. The team was led by Viren Pasalkar, Chatrali Talekar, Sujal Chowdhary, Rohan Hirekerur from PES Modern College of Engineering, Pune Maharashtra.

The consolation prize was awarded to the project ‘Natural Language Interface to Database with Data Retrieval’ represented by Jacob James K, Gayathri Krishna, Kuttymalu VK, and Praveen G Anand from Sree Chitra Thirunal College of Engineering, Trivandrum, Kerala. The project ‘AI-Birdie’ received the Special Jury Award and its team of Arnav Bhavsar, Jaimi Sheta, Jay Sonani, Neha Dadarwala, Nirali Nanavati, Smit Jivani, Vishal Jobanputra belonged to Sarvajanik College of Engineering and Technology, Surat, Gujarat.

The National Student Project Awards contest was organized fully virtual for the first time due to the pandemic with 100 different zoom meetings among the judging panel and project team members spread across over 300 different places. This year the project mix was more exciting and covered innovative projects and the latest trends in AI, Blockchain, IoT, Supply Chain Management and AR/VR.

The Award was instituted jointly by the Computer Society of India (CSI), Trivandrum Chapter, and InApp in 2012 to inculcate real world learning through a non-traditional education model called Project Based Learning (PBL) and to identify and recognize the best software projects designed and implemented by engineering students.