Tracking Parkinson's Symptoms and Stages with HandPD Dataset in a Mobile App
Isha Joshi
McLean, Virginia
2022 Honorable Mention
Joyce Kilmer Middle School
8100 Wolftrap Rd
Vienna, VA 22182-5156
7th grade | 13 years old
My project tracks and shows the progress of a Parkinson's patient in an app using the HandPD dataset with a VGG16 transfer learning model prototype.
Why did you enter the Young Scientist Challenge?
I joined because I wanted to dive deep into solving a problem dear to me. Additionally, the videos of previous participants in the challenge motivated me to go further with my project. The Young Scientist Challenge also gives me the opportunity for a priceless mentorship opportunity, if I am chosen as an Improving Lives Finalist.
What is your favorite invention of the last 100 years, and why?
My favorite invention is the paper centrifuge made for inexpensive diagnosis of Malaria. This was invented by Manu Prakash, a researcher at Stanford University. This is my favorite because the paper centrifuge is inspired by the ancient whirling-toy, which I loved to play with when I was younger. Additionally, this paper centrifuge is very inexpensive and does not require any electricity or much medical training, which is perfect for remote locations in sub-Saharan Africa and India that are Malaria prone but do not have the means for normal centrifuges.
In 15 years I hope to be...
A machine learning engineer.
When times get tough, take it as a mountain; there is always a beautiful peak.
Isha Joshi