Sunny is one of Wisen’s advanced students in AI class since 2018 at Palo Alto location.🏘 And below is her application letter to STEM & Science Fair class. She submitted this letter to the high school she is starting in September in order to pursue her STEM aspirations more seriously. FYI, Sunny was, in particular, captivated by the face recognition technology during her Wisen AI class and embarked on this ambitious but very innovative way of approaching mental illnesses as her final project from Wisen’s AI class. (Check her app out here and please remember this is still ongoing project with many features to analyze and implement as part of her longterm AI learning plan with Wisen)🛣
“I would like to research the symptoms of mental illnesses and how we can use (AI Face Recognition) technology to detect them”.~ By Sunny (Minjeong) Kim
Describe a scientific question or issue that interests you and explain why you are interested.
I am interested in using technology to recognize and improve people's mental health. Although some factors of mental illnesses are genetic, there are definitely factors that substantially increase the risk of developing them. By recognizing the symptoms early on, which can easily be detected, the person suffering from it could receive routine treatment before the illness escalates. Exploring and innovating new ways to prevent or at least improve these global and life-lasting illnesses, we would not have to witness the increasing number of people whose lives are ruined because of their minds.
Why do you want to do research?
I want to do research because I believe that technology is much more reliable than people. Technology cannot get tired or lie, so it would be the most accurate tool we could use to consistently observe and analyze a person's actions or facial expressions.
Do you have a topic that you would like to research and, if so, what is it? *
I would like to research the symptoms of mental illnesses and how we can use technology to detect them. More specifically, I would like to use cameras and images or webcams to record the person's facial expression or body language during certain intervals of time. This way, I could use the computer to analyze and determine a person's mental health adequately.
Also, for my impression on the AI/Machine Learning class and Mr. Lera, I liked the way he paced the class. He stopped for all of us to catch up and understand what we had just programmed, and always reused and reviewed the concepts in later classes as well. This way, the concepts that we learned were engraved in our brains. When I first joined the class, I had absolutely no idea on what was going on, but I eventually began to catch on after using the tools constantly.
Thank you Sunny for sharing your application letter which shows your passion so clearly on this project and Wisen would love to help you and your project all the way!🙆🏻♀️ And if anyone wants to know more about face recognition technology and its broad impact, please check out this insightful article.👍