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Innovation Lab

Celebrating Student Innovation at Texas State

The Texas State University (TXST) Innovation Lab is an opportunity for Texas State research teams to showcase their projects at the TXST Innovation Lab. With help from corporate partners and mentors, Bobcat innovators are using and creating breakthrough technologies to translate their ideas into transformative solutions that solve real-world problems. 

Corporate sponsors will have the opportunity to support the TXST Innovation Lab. Contact Anna Chowdhury, for more information.


2020 TXST Innovation Lab Teams


Laptop and project displayIncident Reporting App for Fire  Services

Department of English
Team Sponsor: Dr. Amy Roundtree
Team Members: Caitlin Starks, Jessica Schneider, Elizabeth Esparza

This app was created to assist firefighters in using the National Fire Incident Reporting Standards(NFIRS). It combines the NFIRS Complete Reference Guide with evidence about best practices from an integrative review on incident reporting and gamification of samples to help first responders improve the accuracy and completeness of incident reports.

Computer Science Student showing attendee AR VR Eye Movements in Virtual Reality: Biometrics and Health Assessment

 Department of Computer Science
 Sponsors: Dr. Oleg Komogortsev, NSF, Google, NIST
 Team Members: Dillon Lohr, Vladyslav Prokopenko, Dmytro Katrychuk, Samantha Aziz, Eugene Hanson, Henry Griffith
This project introduces eye movement-driven biometrics to virtual reality (VR). This exploration of eye movement is able to extract 3D eye movements in VR that could lead to improved biometric performance.

Muon Detecting Satellite
Laptop and muon detector model

Department of Physics
Sponsor: Dr. Rangelov
Team Members: Evan Jellison, Kelly Stephenson

The goal of this project is to determine how muons, a type of subatomic particle, interact with our atmosphere as they travel close to the speed of light. We will achieve this goal by placing a muon detector on a small satellite orbiting close to Earth. The data collected will be broadcast using amateur radio frequencies and available to citizen scientists to analyze.

Keyboard and Laptop Project displayBeats and Lyrics to Go: Mobile Spaces for Learning and Healing

 School of Social Work, Office of Student Diversity and Inclusion and Hip Hop Congress
 Sponsors: Raphael Travis, Ray Cordero, Quentin Williams
Team Members: Raphael Travis, Ray Cordero, Quentin Williams, Daniel Boskind 

This project creates mobile opportunities for music engagement for children, youth, and young adults. It draws from research on the positive effects of structured and unstructured music engagement on well-being and learning. The Soundlab provides hands-on opportunities to engage music but is also used to develop or reinforce musical and music-related skills.

Student demonstrating AR VRAR/IoT and AmBus

Ingram School of Engineering
Sponsor: Dr. George Koutitas
Team Members: George Koutitas, Chaitanya Vyas, Shashwat Vyas, Vinay Lokesh, Shivesh Jadon

Researchers present a novel system of architecture and implementation that integrates Augmented Reality (AR) and Internet of Things (IoT) technologies to create a 4D experience that enables users to interact with IoT networks through avatars and holograms.

‚Äč Photo of project dataDetecting Diagnostic Bias Via Social Network Analysis

 College of Science and Engineering, Department of Computer Science, Department of Mathematics
 Sponsors: Dr. Jelena Tesic, Dr. Lucas Rusnak
  Team Members: Benjamin Bond, Eric Hull, Maria Tomasso, Jelena Tesic, Lucas Rusnak

Students introduce a robust new system to characterize and detect bias in social networks using signed graph analysis. The system is based on proven sociological and psychological balance models as well as a new metric called agreeable bias that measures group influence.

Design for America - Human Centered Design for Mental HealthPhoto of project display

Communication Design   
Sponsors: Claudia Roeschmann and Alice J. Lee
Team Members: Mikaela Buck, Thi Nguyen, Sara Mitschke, Kiera Bailey, Seth Austin, Samantha Stine

Students tackle social challenges creating impact through innovation. Our studio is a space for learning through empathy, collaboration, leadership, and creativity. We believe students have the capacity to take on any challenge and make an impact even while still studying to become the future leaders of change.

Project Apps displayed on poster presentation Designing Mobile Apps for Inclusion and Mobility

 School of Art and Design
 Sponsor: MiHyun Kim
 Team Members: Jasmine Betty, Logan Brannen, Leonardo Cantoran, Isaiah Guzman, Juliana Ratchford

Students are designing mobile apps by considering a wide spectrum of diversity and inclusion. Design merged with technology has the power to open up societal dialogues, to engage with a broader scope of people, and to improve the products, moments and experiences in life.

Photo of Litterbug robot Litterbug: Autonomous Litter Collection

Department of Electrical Engineering
Sponsors: Mr. Lee Hinkle and Dr. Bill Stapleton 
Team Members: Ryan Stoneking, Tel Rosipal, Stephen Hamilton, Isaac Lopez

Students created an autonomous robot that will find, collect, and dispose of four different types of trash while communicating with another autonomous robot "Litterbug" and command that robot to stop littering.

Photo of SolarSno solar powered food truck SolarSno Shaved Ice

 Department of Sociology, Sustainability Studies
 Sponsors: Janet Hale and McCoy College of Business Net Impact Student Group
 Team Members: Thomas Myers, Janet Hale

SolarSno Shaved Ice is a series of fully solar/battery-powered, clean energy food trucks operating three locations in the city of Austin, Texas which sell Hawaiian Shaved Ice and prioritize sustainable business practices. 

App for People with Autism Spectrum DisorderPhoto of App for project

College of Health Professions (Communication Disorders) and Ingram School of Engineering
Sponsors: Maria Resendiz and Damian Valles
Team Members: Maria Resendiz, Damian Valles Molina, Rezwan Matin, Anna Stewart

Students designed an app to allow people with ASD to use a smart device to identify the emotion of their communication partner. Identifying emotions is difficult for people with ASD. The use of the app in conjunction with support from a speech-language pathologist will serve as a tool to help the person with ASD interact in socially appropriate ways.

3-D printer 3D Printing with Recycled Material

 Ingram School of Engineering
 Sponsors: Dr. Austin Talley
 Team Members: Genisis Segundo, Heba Afify, Austin Benjamin, Brandon McDearman, Adrian Medina

Students designed and developed a process that turns a recyclable material sourced from campus into 3-D Printing filament. The process will consist of collecting locally sourced recyclable material from campus, cleaning, shredding, drying, extruding, and spooling filament that will be tested and optimized at Texas State University Ingram Hall.


Innovation Lab Event Archives

Guests fill room at 2016 SXSW Innovation Lab

2016 Innovation Lab at SXSW Interactive Festival

Students presented their research projects and products in March 2016.

SXSW 2017

2017 Innovation Lab at SXSW Interactive Festival

Students showcased their inventions at the Texas State Innovation Lab at SXSW.

SXSW 2018

2018 Innovation Lab at SXSW Interactive Festival

Student research projects came alive at the Texas State Innovation Lab at SXSW in Austin.