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EECS Student Team Takes One of the Top Three Prizes in COU’s IDeAs Competition

An invention of eyeglasses for individuals with hearing impairments that use microphones and speech recognition software to display words spoken to the user has netted a team of EECS students one of the top three prizes in the Council of Ontario Universities’ (COU) Innovative Designs for Accessibility (IDeA) student competition. The team members are: Toni Kunic, Jonathan Lebon, Yantesh Dhir, Vahe Khachikyan, Bilal Raza and Dev Vishnu Dutta.

The six students from EECS placed third among the 10 finalists in the 2015 IDeA student competition, which engages students in an experiential education initiative that has the student teams think about challenges faced by people with disabilities and develop solutions to break down barriers whenever they come across them. Each of Ontario’s 21 publicly assisted universities participated in this year’s competition, funded by the Ontario government’s EnAbling Change program, through the Accessibility Directorate of Ontario in the Ministry of Economic Development, Trade & Employment.