Lahore University of Management Sciences

LUMS CS Students Win at Softec 2012

March 22, 2012

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Muhammad Ahmad Bashir and Muhammad Bilal Zafar, LUMS Students of BS-Computer Science (CS) Programme at School of Science and Engineering (SBASSE), won first prize at Softec 2012 for their project titled "Poor Man's Reader".

The wining project, which is also their Senior Year Project, has been developed under the supervision of Dr. Umar Saif at the Neighbourhood for "Emerging-World" Technologist (NEWT) Lab, LUMS. The project aims at helping the poor and illiterate of the country to read English, which is the official language of Pakistan.

While sharing details about how their system works, the winning team revealed that the proposed system can help the illiterate people understand English texts by using their cell phones. A person can send the VGA (0.3 megapixels) quality image of an English text through Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS) to the system, which will call the user back immediately and play the Urdu translation of the text. This way, a poor and illiterate person can also understand the English texts. The winning team further added that the Poor Man’s Reader can easily be extended to other languages.