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A new iPhone keyboard prototype called BiAffect that can track and predict bipolar mood episodes developed by UIC Engineering researchers won the Mood Challenge, a New Venture Program initiative funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to study mood using mobile devices. The UIC team won semi-final and final rounds to develop their prototype through Apple’s open-source platform called ResearchKit and test it among users through Apple’s TestFlight app. As winner of the contest, BiAffect will receive $200,000 to launch publicly in the App Store.

BiAffect is led by Pete Nelson, PhD, dean of the College and professor of computer science, and Alex Leow, PhD, professor of psychiatry and bioengineering.

Read more in UIC News and on WTTW’s Chicago Tonight site.


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