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MEng Alumni are Finalists in IBM Call for Code 2019 Global Prize

A group of five University of California, Berkeley master of engineering alumni are finalists in the IBM Call for Code 2019 Global Prize. The alums’ Project AsTeR used artificial intelligence to help analyze and respond to the surge of emergency calls that typically take place after a disaster strikes.

Project AsTeR team. From left to right: Pierre-Louis Missler (CEE ’19), Meryll Dindin (BIOE ’19), Oskar Radermecker (BIOE ’19), Florian Fesch (IEOR ’19) and Thomas Galeon (BIOE ’19) (not pictured).

Over 5,000 projects applied to the IBM challenge, and Project AsTeR is one of only five teams to make it to the final round.

The team utilized natural language processing and speech-to-text services to score incoming emergency calls and create a heatmap to help emergency services know where to best place resources. Learn more about the team’s technology and approach in their development blog here.

Above: IBM announces Call for Code 2019 Finalists

Vote for Project AsTeR

IBM is now accepting votes for the 2019 People’s Choice Winner. The Global Challenge winner will be decided by a group of IBM judges, but anyone can vote on the People’s Choice winner by visiting the link above.


Cheers to the Project AsTeR and the rest of the teams for their innovative projects that have the potential to save lives!

Keith McAleer