A team of BS Computer Science students from NUST School of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science (SEECS), with its project Fe Amaan (Fetal Monitoring & Analysis), has been announced as the winner of the National Finals of Microsoft Imagine Cup 2018, during a ceremony held at the Higher Education Commission (HEC) in Islamabad on Tuesday, May 8, 2018. Fe Amaan competed against 110 projects from all over Pakistan.
Microsoft Imagine Cup is the world's premier student technology competition. Since 2003, Microsoft has provided a global platform for student teams to bring their biggest, boldest ideas to life. Imagine Cup National Finals happen in dozens of countries all over the world, organised by Microsoft subsidiaries in those countries. The National Finals select the best teams from each participating country to pitch their ideas at the coveted Imagine Cup World Finals, where the world champion gets up to USD 100,000 cash prize, and a chance to take home the Imagine Cup! Pakistan has been ranked 4th highest participating country for Microsoft Imagine Cup 2018 in the world.
The winning team of Pakistan National Finals of Microsoft Imagine Cup 2018, Fe Amaan, will participate in the Middle East semi-finals in Cairo, Egypt, on May 23, 2018. The finals will be held in Seattle, USA. The Fe Amaan team comprised BS Computer Science students Iqra Irfan, Sami Ullah and Areeba Kamil. Dr Imran Mahmood, Assistant Professor at SEECS, supervised the project.
Fe Amaan is a wearable belt that regularly monitors fetal health through the use of IoT sensor device placed on the mother’s abdomen. The device captures fetal heart rate and movement, and sends it via Bluetooth to a mobile application. The data received is analysed and displayed, enabling doctors to know about the health of the fetus. The main feature of this system is to provide automated analysis of fetal health on regular basis without any harm to the mother or the fetus. In case of anomalies in heart rates or movement patterns, the system generates alerts, enabling timely precautionary measures. The system makes remote monitoring of the fetus possible, and aims to reduce the high rate of miscarriages in Pakistan. The country currently ranks highest in child birth fatalities; miscarriages are frequent in rural areas due to lack of proper medical facilities. Fe Amaan will provide a ready solution to problems related to timely and regular monitoring of fetal health. After mass production, it will be used by lady health workers in rural and remote areas.
Fe Amaan has stood out at other competitions, including:
2018 Imagine Cup Big Idea Challenge - stood among top 50 teams of the world, got USD 600 Azure Pass prize.
Rice 360° Global Health Technologies Design Competition 2018 - placed in top 20 international projects.
Finding Innovative & Creative Solutions (FICS) 2018 – finalist at the intra-NUST social entrepreneurship competition.