In a competition sponsored by the National Institute of Health, breathalyzer company BACtrack won first prize for a smart device that can detect your blood alcohol level. The non-intrusive device works by monitoring the amount of ethanol seeping from the skin and displays the information on a smartphone through Bluetooth.
Students learn the fundamentals behind this type of technology through computer science classes like machine learning, computer security and web application security.
“We foresee the intersection of big data, smart devices and autonomic algorithms making us happier, healthier and safer. The future is even brighter … when the computer and the environment are one,” says Dr. Mohammed Samarah, assistant professor of Computer Science and Big Data Analytics.