Sunday, May 7, 2017


On April 27th, the 2017 Senior Project team demonstrated and turned over the iHappy application to the Franciscan Ministries.   The project involved an full featured application that ran on desktops and mobile devices to help the staff at Franciscan Villages and numerous properties across four states.

The project team was:   Phillip Bradley (CS), Lauren Burkhart (Math & CS), Fernando Carrera-Rodriguez (IT), Michael Garver (WD), Joselyn Mena (CS), Trent Saucedo (IT), and Ken VandeWerken (IT).     The project was at the request of Jim Schuler, USF CS 2003, Solutions Architect for Franciscan Ministries and he laid out the requirements.     The project team then built a formal document detailing the user requirements and a project plan for the creation, testing and development.
From L-R:  Nando, Phillip, Garver, Joselyn, Lauren, Trent, Ken

The application tracks a resident's interests and relevant data, as well as likes and dislikes.  The application provided roles for administrators and staff.   Administrators could use the application to create a profile for residents and upload the picture.    Students took seriously HIPAA requirements and did not include last names or year of birth so that there was less information to be accessed.   The profile creation included 10 questions the administrators would pose to a resident.  Because of the data input requirements, it was designed as a desktop application primarily, although it could be run on a mobile device.
Screen cap of mobile app

The other component of the application was designed so that staff could engage with the residents more fully when they encountered them by having relevant data at their fingertips and not only talk about topics that interested the resident, but suggest activities.   This was primarily designed for tablets and phones because of the mobile nature of this component. 

Because of the multiple locations, the students designed the search so that it would focus on the selected location, as a staff member typed in a first name the suggested residents would be filtered by that information.   When a staff member selected a name from the drop down list, the picture would show so they could confirm the resident.  

Jim and Scott
After presenting the technical information about the iHappy (working title) application, the project team demonstrated the application by having Jim act as administrator and one of our audience, alumnus Scott Walton, to act as a resident, and Derek Dailey, CS student, to act as a staff member.   Scott & Derek were required to sign-in with appropriate logins.   

Derek acting as staff
A new profile was created, a photograph uploaded from a
desktop.  then from a tablet, the staff member was able to access the profile.   From the tablet the new profile was located.  The staff member than updated a new 'like' for the resident and it was then visible from the desktop application.  

Describing the LAMP stack
The application was designed upon a LAMP stack (Linux, Apache, MySQL, Python) so that it could easily be ported to servers behind the Franciscan Ministries properties' firewall.   For testing purposes no residents' information was used.   Also for testing and to provide background for the support staff at Franciscan Ministries, the students used Amazon's AWS.  A detailed document on the use and creation of the LAMP and AWS was provided at turnover time.  

The project team turned over electronic copies of the scripts, code, and documentation to Jim Schuler at the conclusion of the presentation.

Working with Nick - February 2017
The project team would like to thank Scott Walton (USF CS 1993), Panagiotis Kourtidis (USF CS 2003), and Nick Bond (USF CS & IT 2015), in addition to Jim Schuler, for their advice and assistance in developing the application.

Congratulations to our Computer Science Department Senior Project Team 2017 on a job well done!

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