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D714   Category: Security     Status: Pending
The field of computer vision is quickly advancing to the point where algorithms can automatically detect people in videos and also recognize their activity and actions.
I suggest developing Computer vision algorithms that specialize in detecting suspicious and violent behaviour in open spaces, such as streets, neighborhoods etc.
The input videos can be transmitted in real time from the grid of existing cameras (such as traffic cameras and security cameras on buildings) to a central server that will process the videos and notify the relevant authorities if a suspicious behaviour is identified. Additional cameras can be installed in problematic areas/neighborhoods to increase the coverage.

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D713   Category: Technology     Status: Pending
Most software projects fail or are abandoned before circulation costing government agencies and commercial business millions of dollars. Our tool concept is  to assist in code generation to prevent fatal bugs and to also ensure quality, useful code is produced. Standard metrics will be used to provide basic reports about the code but programmers will also be able to generate custom metric scrips in python to generate more specific reports. The reports will be used as a measure of overall quality of the source code and pin-point problem areas before code release. For agencies that inherit code, running the tool will aid programmers in understanding the source code and will save time in restructuring. 

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D712   Category: Safety     Status: Pending



It is a building to where people can run to save their life from tsunami. Built along the shore between 500 m - 20 000 m from the beach where tsunami potentially happened. Please, look at illustration FORTH_3 to understand it.

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D711   Category: Education     Status: Pending

As many already know, educational curriculum varies quite a lot from school to school, city to city and country to country. This makes it hard for the worlds populous to have fair access to the wealth of information available to the common student. This student may be a just starting out in their academic career or they may be an adult seeking further education to better their current employment situation. Regardless. A system should be implimented to help these people gain equal and fair knowledge to the vast wealth of learning available out there. Yes I understand that educational costs contribute to a countries well being, but still leave so many would-be be great thinkers out of the loop. Education has always been something that is available to the wealthy nations citizens. Sure some form of education is offered to all, but general knowledge is usually the extent of study. Even within my own country when discussing differences in curriculum with people on one coast compared to the

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D710   Category: Energy     Status: Pending

Biological resources are abundant in developing countries in the tropic regions. Such resources found are biomass and oil seeds, however, these resources are not being used to their maximum efficiency due to the fact they do not have the industrial means to utilize them. Although seed oil is easily acquired in the tropics and is the main ingredient in biodiesel, additional raw materials like ethanol or methanol and a base catalyst like sodium hydroxide or potassium hydroxide are needed in the production of biodiesel. Industry-grade compounds are typically not available to the rural areas in Africa. From this comes our motivation for this project to use only local resources to extract methanol, make lye, and use seed oil to produce biodiesel, and to also take advantage of the byproducts by either recycling them back in to the process or producing useful substances i.g. soap.  So, methods for extracting methanol and obtaining oil are available, but a base catalyst (potassium hydroxide or

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D709   Category: Technology     Status: Pending

As the total number of personal robots deployed globally is increasing in the world, the automation of manufacturing—process control application growth—has driven this increase along with the desire to spare people from risking their health in any dangerous, dirty, and even difficult situations, such as rescue robots, military robots, cleaning robots, and space exploring robots. 

Thus, it is clear that as the robot population grows, the ability to manage robotics remotely, and more specifically over the Web, will have increasing value, too. Recognizing this trend and the increased use of personal robotics, for example, the iRobot, Roomba and Scooba, Google and Willow Garage teamed to announce in 2011 that they have launched a "cloud robotics" initiative, with fully supported software and hardware. The initiative includes integration of Willow Garage OpenCV with Robot Operating System (ROS) code and the development of PR2, a personal robotic system that is cloud enabled. My personal

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D708   Category: Health     Status: Pending

Simplistically, the aim of this idea is to develop a wheelchair that allows for simple and comfortable patient transfer, is easy to transport (by car, etc.), and is available to health clinics in third-world regions.

 

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This idea focuses on the production of two similar prototypes of the same wheelchair that will exemplify accessibility in two different ways. The first accessibility aspect this wheelchair will embody is the incorporation of mechanisms that allow for the easier transfer of different types of patients (leg dysfunction, heavyset, low bone density, etc.) into and out of the chair with as little effort or discomfort as possible as well as the ability of the wheelchair to fold for easy transportation. The second type of accessibility associated with this will be the ability to provide it at little or no cost to third-world countries without access to more modern (or any) wheelchair technology.

 

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D707   Category: Security     Status: Pending
WAVE is a revolutionary mobile application that would change how emergency situations are handled in real time. It brings together three technologies that have become part of our daily lives.
1. Internet
2. Smartphones
3. Mobile Applications

The application appropriately accomodates anticipated insecure situations and automatically reports them to the authorities including 9-1-1 call centers. It would be every user's one-stop to report emergency situations (to self or other) and to be on guard  for  potential threats in his proximity. The power of such an application is beyond just ensuring your safety. 

Everyone in close proximimty would be notified of the type of threat and professionals like doctors , army/police personal nearby could approach the victim to help. This would change the world of social networks that we know now. Through this application, a link is formed between a person who needs help and person who can provide help. The receiver and the provider of the help now share
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D706   Category: Transportation     Status: Pending
Over the past decade, the airline industry has undergone significant change. As fuel and energy prices have soared, airlines have scaled back on routes, merged with and acquired other airlines, and shifted regional traffic to key hubs to reduce operating costs and remain competitive.

Particularly in the United States, where several airlines failing to adapt have declared bankruptcy and ceased service, this has caused a significant reduction in the number of airlines and has also reduced the number of major of airline hubs connecting regional routes. These factors are contributing to an increase in hub airport congestion and increased ticket prices, which pose a serious problem to transportation. Although low-cost carriers can keep costs competitive at airports serving more than one million passengers annually, regional airports served only by legacy carriers are vulnerable to future increases in ticket prices. This, coupled with a lack of alternative high-speed mass transit, will leave
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D705   Category: Health     Status: Pending

People in developing countries face a huge difficulty in acquiring water clean enough to meet their needs. According to water.org, a nonprofit dedicated to decreasing water related problems, it is estimated that one in every eight people globally (a total of 884 million people) do not have access to safe water supplies. Approximately 3.575 million people die each year due to water-related diseases. In addition, a total of more than 152 million hours per day are spent collecting water, all of which is time that could be spent in an income-producing job or attending school. This leads to large amounts of societal difficulties and lack of development in the affected countries. By solving this issue and providing safe, clean water to the people without it, one could simultaneously allow for huge global progress in education and economics as well as remove one more source of tension in the lives of a huge population.

            Distillation processes are very effective in purifying water. U
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