Senior Design Projects

ECS193 A/B Winter & Spring 2020

Eliminate pointless packaging with Social Media and Computer Vision

Email ericrlaw@gmail.com
Name Eric Law
Affiliation Industry

Project's details

Project title Eliminate pointless packaging with Social Media and Computer Vision
Background Plastic is a substance the earth cannot digest. Every piece of plastic created still exists today. Plastic pollution is destroying our oceans and planet. Unfortunately many businesses continue to use excessive amounts of plastic packaging for their products. Also the retailers who sell these products add additional plastic when they repackage products. Unfortunately many retailers do not respond to individual users pushing back. However they do respond to large movements that highlight the business performing poorly. The goal of this project is to aggregate the feedback users put into social media to drive change at large firms like Amazon, Apple, Walmart, Microsoft, Kraft, Target, etc.
https://www.plasticpollutioncoalition.org/
Description Eliminate excessive packaging from online shopping with Social Media and Computer Vision. Develop a web application that harvests social media reviews of manufacturers and retailers packaging to generate a grade for the retailer. The application will crawl social media posts looking for posts tagged with examples of good and bad packaging tied to manufacturers and retailers. These posts will then be scored by the application to generate a grade for the product manufacture and the retailer. The application will also analyze photos included with the social media post. The grades will be posted on the website and shared via social media channels.
Deliverable Design documents, including Identify a crawling algorithm and Computer Vision algorithm for reviewing the pictures and analyzing the products, amount of plastic on the product, amount used for shipping, and shipping container material.
Proof-of-concept that delivers:
Ability to crawl Social Media Posts
Grading system
CV algorithm that analyzes the pictures to contribute to the grading system
Optional Deliverables based on size of team and schedule
Computer Vision Algorithm that can identify materials, manufacturer and retailer based on pictures posted to generate the grade.
Skill set desirable Internet Crawling, Computer Vision, Data Aggregation, Data Analysis
Phone number 4152643845
Client time availability 30-60 min weekly or more
IP requirement Open source project
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