Stony Brook University Team Won Mount Sinai Health Hackathon on Rare Diseases

Eye Can DoThe 3rd annual Mount Sinai Health Hackathon took place on October 19-21 2018,  a multidisciplinary competition focused on creating novel technology solutions for problems in Rare Diseases. The event is held annually by the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, a strategic partner of Stony Brook University.  

The team "Eye Can Do" includes Stony Brook graduate students, Mount Sinai Physician, and a high school student (Andrew Wang, Furqan Baig, Hongyi Duanmu, Karl Bezak, Sina Rashidian, and Xia Zhao), mentored by Prof. Fusheng Wang from Department of Biomedical Informatics and Computer Science. The team developed an eye gaze based approach to interact with smart phones to control smart home devices and interact with the world. This will help patients with diseases such as ALS (a progressive neurodegerative disease making patients too weak to walk, write, nor even do the simple things) to improve the quality of life.

The team was selected as one of the three finalists, with a prize of $2,500. On February 14, 2019, the finalists of the 2018 Mount Sinai Health Hackathon will share their compelling technology solutions at the annual Mount Sinai Innovation Showcase.