UCLA Computer Science freshman Bryan Chiang has won the 2019 Imagine World Championship, hosted by Microsoft. Chiang won with his EasyGlucose non-invasive blood glucose level monitor, winning $100K, a mentoring session with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, and $50K in Azure grants.
EasyGlucose is a cloud-powered, non-invasive, and cost-effective method of blood glucose monitoring for diabetic patients. A deep learning computer vision framework using convolutional neural networks developed with Azure Virtual Machines analyzes iris morphological variation in an eye image to predict a patient’s blood glucose level.
“I want to make cost-effective and painless blood glucose monitoring to all diabetic patients around the globe, and Imagine Cup enables me not only to share my idea and get invaluable public feedback, but also to obtain funding and keep validating and improving EasyGlucose.” – Bryan Chiang, EasyGlucose
Chiang is a 1st year computer science student here at UCLA and is an officer for both ACM ICPC and AI, two of ACM’s committees.
The 17th annual Imagine Cup brought together thousands of students from across the globe over eight months of coding, collaboration, and competition. Through hackathons, online semifinals, and in-person Regional Final events, the 2019 competition season all built up to one moment—the World Championship stage live from Microsoft Build. For the first time, finalist teams pitched their projects to kick off Microsoft’s premier developer conference.
Chiang’s team along with other finalist teams gave a live pitch of their original Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, and Virtual Machine projects encompassing solutions in healthcare and accessibility to a panel of three expert judges at Microsoft Build, who selected the most comprehensive idea.
Watch a recap of his journey to the World Championship below.