Sahil Palnitkar, Campbell Hinrichs, Umang Kantesaria, Cameron Lopez, and Connor Riley from CSCE 482, with their Senior Capstone Project titled ‘SpeakEasy’’ won the 1st place in the poster presentation organized by Student Research Week (SRW) recently. Their senior capstone class is taught by Dr. Tracy Hammond, Director, IEEI and Professor, Computer Science. The Teaching Assistant for this capstone class is Samantha Ray, PhD student.
SpeakEasy is an app that can help people prepare speeches, presentations, interview responses, or other material, in a way that is completely free, does not require equipment such as VR devices, and can be used anytime. There are several therapies for helping people counter the fear of public speaking, but most of them are expensive, time consuming and not directed towards a completely virtual environment. The app comes with multiple settings like tone and pacing, and allows them to get feedback from a natural language processing model, after recording their speech, and then practice as many times as they see fit.
Student Research Week (SRW) is the largest student run research symposium in the nation. SRW is a four-day competition that highlights Texas A&M student research, through either oral presentations or poster sessions. This event allows students, faculty, and the community to see the full extent of research conducted at Texas A&M. For the past 20 years, SRW has been a valuable tool in meeting the university’s mission of academic, research, and service excellence.