During Microsoft's //Oneweek Hackathon, worked as a team member on project, "IoT AI to Help Kids with Autism" to implement the Microsoft Cognitive Services Emotion API to help children with Autism recognize facial emotions. This project was inspired a member of my team whose son has autism. May children with autism struggle to connect with and hold conversation with others which limits their social skills and ability to make friendships.

The project combined artificial intelligence with IoT technology to facilitate the recognition of facial emotions. Through the development of this project, I worked with children with autism and incorporated their feedback into design and testing. Some of these children now use our application as a learning tool at home and in therapist sessions, and have demonstrated increased emotional awareness and confidence to engage in conversation. Computational advancement to understand speech has the potential to improve communication for children with autism and to make strides to advance the abilities of people with speech impairment.

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