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Winter 2024 Wrap Up

· 3 min read
Carlos Valdez
Group Lead

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The 2024 Winter quarter is almost finished! As we get ready to wrap up for Spring break, let's go over some of the accomplishments we had this quarter, as well as the plans we have for Spring 2024. Be back soon!

A look back

Interviews

As we've announced earlier in the quarter, the Ojos Project conducted various interviews with families and healthcare providers. We've interviewed four caregivers and two healthcare professionals. These interviews gave us valuable information that will be used for the project.

Requirements

The Ojos Project has also started requirement analysis. Requirements analysis is a vital part to software engineering and it ensures we are building the right thing with the information we've gotten from the interviews and our research.

Since our requirements aren't yet ready, it isn't published. Once it is though, you can find them here.

Hardware

The goal of this project was to build a hospice device that can run on a Raspberry Pi. Thanks to the UROP grant, we've now purchased both a Raspberry Pi 4 and a Raspberry Pi 5.

We also got hold of some keyboards and monitors that the UCI Informatics department let us use so that we can interact with the Pis.

All of our purchases are publicly available for everyone to see.

(More) Research

We're researching various academic papers regarding hospice, and even started a Research Team to help with reading these articles. Since we weren't able to interview hospice nurses who were on-site in taking care of a patient, we are looking into the various things hospice nurses have stated in previous academic journals to get a better idea of how our device may be able to help them.

You can view our research notes here.

Other Accomplishments

We managed to build two websites to help us communicate our ideas. ojosproject.org and docs.ojosproject.org for general announcements and documentation, respectively.

A look forward

The plans for Spring quarter are a bit fuzzy, but this is what I am (currently) considering:

  • Teams
    • Splitting the URL team into more focused teams, such as developers and engineering
    • Getting someone to properly lead the Research Team
    • Getting someone to lead individuals at Imperial Valley College
  • Requirements
    • Finalizing an iteration of the requirements
    • Start software development
    • More interviews conducted by other team members
    • Continuing to research academic papers
  • Undergraduate Research Lab (URL Team)
  • ... and probably more!

Acknowledgements

All in all, it was a very productive quarter with wins all around. Of course, we didn't do this alone.

First and foremost, thank you to our interviewees who participated in our project. Your input helped us understand the different ways we can help patients and caregivers alike.

And of course, from the bottom of my heart, thank you to the entire team. Without you, none of this would have been possible.

Have a fantastic spring break! 👋🏽