Augmented Reality Guided Digital Lung Auscultation Assessment System [LAAS] wins Rep. Lucy McBath’s 2023 Congressional App Challenge in Georgia’s Seventh District

Rep. McBath has named Sophie Lin and Keefer Lin of Chattahoochee High School as the winners of the 2023 Congressional App Challenge in Georgia’s Seventh District.

When asked what inspired the creation of Augmented Reality Guided Digital Lung Auscultation Assessment System [LAAS], the students said, “Currently, more than 545 million individuals around the world are living with lung diseases, necessitating regular monitoring to safeguard their health. However, people with pre-existing lung conditions face challenges in accessing clinics or hospitals for various reasons. This makes it crucial to provide a means for individuals to track the progression of their lung conditions in a timely manner, facilitating effective treatment.

In response to this critical issue, we are actively working to develop a comprehensive system designed to address three pivotal challenges. Firstly, we aim to empower individuals without medical expertise to collect respiratory sounds from the most optimal auscultation sites. Second, our goal is to provide users with an easy means to record breath sounds, which can subsequently be stored, played back, or transmitted to remote medical professionals for accurate diagnosis. Finally, our system harnesses the power of a fully-trained machine learning model, meticulously crafted using a professionally acquired dataset, to swiftly identify whether a patient requires immediate medical intervention.

Our innovative approach involves the creation of an affordable device, comprising a chestpiece and microphone, ensuring accessibility to the general public. Augmented Reality (AR) technology is at the heart of our solution, offering users step-by-step guidance on precisely where to position their auscultation sites for lung monitoring. The breath sound acquisition system further enhances user convenience, enabling recording, storage, playback, and easy sharing of breath sound data, facilitating telemedicine consultations or analysis through our Machine Learning classification system.

The promising results from our research affirm the feasibility of the Augmented Reality Superimposed Guiding system for monitoring and detecting lung diseases. This system promises to revolutionize the way individuals manage their lung conditions, offering a versatile, accessible, and real-time solution to monitor and track lung health, regardless of their location or time zone. As we continue to refine and expand this technology, our vision is to provide a lifeline for millions of individuals, ensuring their lung health is never compromised due to logistical constraints.”

This year’s Challenge saw an unprecedented level of participation, with 374 Members of the House of Representatives hosting competitions, surpassing the previous record of 340. A remarkable 11,334 students from across the United States competed in this year’s Challenge, marking an impressive increase of nearly 1,000 participants compared to the previous record set in 2019. The enthusiasm and creativity these students display is a testament to the growing interest in technology and signal a bright future for American innovation. The surge of ingenuity continued with a whopping 3,645 original applications flooding in, nearly a thousand more than the previous year’s high. This remarkable growth showcases the exceptional talent and innovation within our nation’s youth.

The Congressional App Challenge is an official initiative of the U.S. House of Representatives, where Members of Congress host contests in their districts for middle school and high school students, encouraging them to learn to code and inspiring them to pursue careers in computer science. This resounding show of bipartisan support emphasizes the critical importance of STEM education in today’s rapidly evolving world. Each participating Member of Congress selects a winning app from their district, and each winning team is invited to showcase their winning app to Congress during our annual #HouseOfCode festival. The program is a public-private partnership made possible through funding from Omidyar Network, AWS, Rise, theCoderSchool, Apple, and others.

The 2024 Congressional App Challenge will launch in May of 2024, and eligible students can pre-register for the competition now.