Open Minds 2013 Team: Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology

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A Lemelson-MIT InvenTeam

Each year, NCIIA welcomes a Lemelson-MIT InvenTeam to participate in Open Minds along with the other collegiate E-Teams. The Lemelson-MIT InvenTeam initiative is a national grants program designed to excite the next generation of inventors and problem solvers through hands-on learning, while encouraging an inventive culture in high schools and communities. Teams showcase their prototypes at EurekaFest, an annual celebration of the inventive spirit presented by the Lemelson-MIT Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Learn more about the Lemselson-MIT program and InvenTeams at: http://web.mit.edu/invent/index.html.

This year's InvenTeam is from the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Alexandria, Virginia. The team is developing a high tech bracelet that extracts emotional signatures from speech and displays the person's expressed emotions. Potential beneficiaries include children with autism and other diseases that impair the ability to detect emotion, which hinders their social interactions and the development of meaningful relationships. The algorithm that the bracelet uses will employ machine learning techniques to improve accuracy and efficiency relative to current methods. Initially, the team plans to develop an android-based application as a preliminary benchmark.