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Join the Ojos Project

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Carlos Valdez
Group Lead

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The Ojos Project is currently not accepting new members. Thank you for your interest.

Please keep an eye out on this page for an update!

The Ojos Project is looking for people to join our team! We are a research project under UC Irvine Professor Mark S. Baldwin's Undergraduate Research Lab. Join us to create a different way technology can help individuals in palliative care and hospice!

If you're interested, please fill out this interest form!

❤️ Purpose

Hospice patients are often immobile and slowly lose their independence, relying on the people around them to take care of them. It is a stressful experience wanting to be there with your loved one, but have other responsibilities, such as work. This can become dangerous if the caregiver forgets critical information about the patient's care, loses track of how often medication was taken, or forgets to report the patient's level of comfort.

The purpose of the Ojos Project is to increase the patient's independence while ensuring their caregivers are on the same page, all with a single kiosk-like device.

🛠️ What are we doing?

At the Ojos Project, we're researching, developing, and building.

We're researching the needs of hospice patients, caregivers, and nurses by reading academic articles and conducting interviews.

We're developing open-source software based on our research to expand access of quality hospice software using Rust, Linux, and other accessibility software.

We're building a device based on our software that will improve the quality of care your loved one gets. We're using Raspberry Pis to physically build the device.

All of our software will be for the good of those in need, and will be 100% free and open-source.

👷 Member Responsibilities

Other member responsibilities depend heavily on the team they're in. The URL Group has three teams:

  • Developers team
    • Software design
    • Learning Rust
    • Developing the software
    • Implement external accessibility software
  • Engineering team
    • Product design research
    • Electrical engineering
    • Computer aided design
    • Additive manufacturing
    • Raspberry Pi to build the device
  • Research team
    • Conduct interviews
    • Read research articles and take notes
    • Explain your research to the other teams

Individuals who are not enrolled in IN4MATX 199 may join and leave the project however they'd like. Please read the Informatics 199 Acknowledgment here.

🙋 How you can help

We're looking for individuals who are curious about software, engineering, and hospice care.

More specifically, we're looking for

  • People to read/take notes of hospice-related academic articles
  • A Research team lead
  • Software developers

This is a learning experience for everyone, so if you don't know how to do some of the things in this post, please know we may just be in a similar boat! 🛶

📧 Contact

If you'd like to join, please fill out this interest form!

... or have any questions, please contact Carlos Valdez via cvaldezh@uci.edu and he'll get back to you as soon as possible!