Draft of capstone class final project. Includes file of images and wall labels for DRAFT of the exhibition. Includes prints from the UC art collection from the 16th century, 17th century, 18th century, 19th century, and 20th century.
The representation of architecture within art is a main theme for artists of all time periods. Within the UC Art Collection, prints display different stylistic approaches from abstract to realistic when portraying architecture. This exhibit will display five prints that compare and contrast the idea of stylistic approach. By viewing these artworks, there is the question as to why artists chose to portray the two types differently. Does the style dictate the importance or function of the architecture? Through exploration, one could say that there is a correlation between the type of architecture and its stylistic rendering. When viewing the examples of the collection, architecture that is considered monumental, such as cathedrals or government buildings, seem to be portrayed with realistic detailing and perspective, leaving no room for artistic expression in the portrayal. On the other hand, common architecture is portrayed with more abstraction but allows more freedom of expression from the artist to interpret the structure. Is one better than the other or do these two separate approaches give their subjects individualized attention to their charms?
This essay investigates the complex subject matter and the significance of Félix Bracquemond’s etching Le Haut d’un battant de porte (The Top of a Door) through a biographical approach, visual analysis, and examination of the artist’s creative process and intentions. The investigation demonstrates that this etching is not only unusual for its clarity, but also for its ambiguity. The seemingly contradictory yet complementary characteristics – clarity and ambiguity – coexist in this work. It is the coexistence and interaction of clarity and ambiguity that makes this work more significant and intriguing.
Starting a food producing garden should be easier to do successfully. Getting data related to your specific gardening conditions can be time consuming and tedious for the average person who does not have any gardening experience. In 2020 during the coronavirus pandemic, there has been an increase in food insecurities for people because of grocery supply chain fulfillment concerns. A simple yet shocking Google trends search for terms like “how to start a garden”, “food shortage”, and “food insecurity” since 2004 in the US have more than doubled in March of 2020 alone, during the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic. A search for “garden apps” has also shown more than double the interest in the same time frame on average.
People want and need to grow their food to reduce their food anxieties. Having an alternative food source can also reduce national food-related supply chain disruptions caused by climate change, natural disasters, or even global pandemics.
STEMMED Gardens was created to make gardening easier by crowdsourcing scientific data and real-life gardening success and failures. We created an iOS and Android application with an Azure based backend for users to be able to plan, maintain, troubleshoot, and share those gardening experiences. New and experienced users can easily retrieve and identify plant information and gardening techniques that can be used in each stage of their personal food garden journey.
Phishy is a service intended for security administrators in order to allow them to launch several simultaneous, simulated phishing campaigns to gauge and improve the phishing awareness of employees within their organization. With our service, we want to take security awareness training to the next level. We designed Phishy to help combat the major phishing problem companies face today and to help better educate employees on the dangers of phishing. Currently, there is not an open-source platform that acts as a “one stop shop” for managing phishing campaigns and users’ phishing awareness training. Phishy fills this need by helping its users launch realistic phishing campaigns, utilizing WGET to clone websites in order to create realistic phishing situations. Along with giving users the ability to create practical phishing training for their organization, live visual and data analytics will be provided with tools such as Elasticsearch and Kibana. Since we know how busy security professionals are, it would be unlikely that each user who falls for a phishing simulation would be able to receive security training catered to what phishing tactic they fell for. Phishy has the ability to track which users are falling for which phishing scams and enroll them into specific phishing awareness training based on their interactions with the phishing simulation. Our hope is that Phishy will provide security professionals with a comprehensive tool that will allow them to better train and prepare their organization against the dangers of phishing
As of 2019, it was estimated that over 21 million people in the United States go without reliable Internet connectivity (Winslow, 2019). The Internet is integral to everyday life now more than ever; many relying heavily on it for conducting work, obtaining an education, and maintaining communications. Because of these benefits and reliance, it is essential for anyone to have access to the Internet when it is needed, especially in cases of emergency. However, many people do not have the financial resources or technical know-how to stay connected. Our PANIK Guide hopes to help solve this issue by providing a user-friendly approach to setting up an inexpensive mesh network that can be used to help provide this access in areas and times where Internet connection is needed most. PANIK Kits are an affordable, easy to set up, quickly deployable approach to help connect those who are in most need of these resources.
Since February 2020, tickets coming in over channels like WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, direct messages over Twitter, and SMS rose nearly 50 percent. While this is convenient for the user, this could result in tickets not being generated for the help desk and may be negatively impacting their tracking metrics. Our solution integrates itself within multiple commonly used messaging and support desk platforms. This provides end users with easy solutions for their common problems and granting them an easy way to make a support ticket should they require additional support from their help desk. By using readily available technology, we are bringing an easy-to-use solution to those in need of support in a way that is convenient for the end user and easy for the support desk to track. Our Solution provides an easily accessible chatbot that provides end users with quick level one support.
In today’s ever-changing world, people are beginning to increasingly feel the effects of climate change. Many users want to make an impact, but many do not know how they can do to play their part. GreenImpact is the ultimate solution for users to have a better understanding of environmental problems and realize that everyone can contribute to solving environmental problems. Green Impact combines the feed of information, maps locations of social welfare projects, tracks green activities, shares what they find, and gets rewarded points. Based on the research of Pew Research Center surveys dating back nearly two decades, nearly as many Americans say protecting the environment should be a top policy priority (64%) as say this about strengthening the economy (67%) (February, 2020). Our application will serve as a tool for environmentally conscious people, who want to track their actions and see how they are making an impact.
Knowledge bases are a growing industry due to the information required in the background to support multiple applications and daily tasks for employees. These knowledge bases are filled with an abundance of information. This information could include passwords, keys and other credentials that could be critical for an organization. According to the Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report, 78% of attacks on web applications involved the use of stolen credentials with credentials and personally identifiable information as a target. With the Mismanaged Credential Finder, this application is looking to find and help remedy credentials that are in these knowledge bases. By doing so, this application is looking to help IT professionals manage their knowledge base and enforce cybersecurity policies. In doing so, our goal is to minimize risk due to a knowledge base breach for an organization.
Introsec is an informational program that introduces middle and early high school students to the realm of cybersecurity. This web application consists of a series of interactive gamified labs that help students develop skills that are relevant to their personal cybersecurity and the broader industry. According to security firm ProtectWise, 67 percent of millennials have never taken a cybersecurity class (Delaney, 2018). Based on our research, there is a need for a quick and interactive course to introduce middle and high school level students to the basics of cybersecurity and gauge their interest in the field. Introsec provides a fast, fun and effective way to get hands-on experience without needing to commit to a long camp or series of courses. We have created a functioning web application that provides students with basic information about aspects of cybersecurity through multiple scenario-based games.
SchoolSpace is the best solution for any parent or student concerned about Covid-19. By using SchoolSpace students can gain a better understanding of key curriculum classes such as Math, Science, English, History and even Chemistry. There are many functions that SchoolSpace can provide. By using SchoolSpace users will be able to learn these courses through both interactive mini games and cool visuals that will make learning the subject more fun. Additionally, users will be able to create their very own avatars that they can make it look as if they're actually in the game as well as interact with their own classmates!
Simply Scheduled is a solution for Bridger Brewing’s Management and similar small businesses who want to digitize their schedule. Software Advice states that 61% of small businesses experience faster, easier, and more accurate scheduling by using scheduling software. Of those, 70% use a system created specifically for scheduling. The use of an application that provides flexibility for managers and employees to establish an organized digital schedule significantly reduces the administrative load on small businesses. We have supported the Bridger Brewing company by developing a web application that makes their scheduling process simple, quick, and transparent. The integration of overtime visibility, automated scheduling, and team messaging can help the company reduce the time required to create and maintain a schedule, saving money while reducing the strain on managers.
E-waste is a global problem that is growing at an amazing pace, going from 41.4 million metric tonnes (Mt) to 44.7 Mt in just 3 short years. With the amount of devices that are being released each month it’s easy to forget the impact it can have. Our undertaking is to create a more accessible method of disposing and tracking unwanted or outdated devices. We plan to accomplish this with a frictionless web application that will allow anyone to recycle their goods using a painless and efficient pickup system which is both secure and speedy. We will create and test the web app to show both the pickup and delivery of an item as well as safe methods to secure or destroy any unwanted data.
According to research done by Statista out of the 2,000+ respondents Social Media, Binge-watching, and Gaming were three out of the top five leading distractions while on a computer. Lockdown is the ultimate tool to help keep users productive while on their computer whether at home or work. Using solely a C# application and PowerShell scripts we can help minimize the daily distractions of the internet. While there are many ways users can block websites, those are only a portion of the problem with few solutions for the rest. This paper discusses the work, validation, and development of the desktop application as well as our hopes for future features and results.
The UC Disc Golf App is the definitive solution for both new and experienced players to optimize their experience while on the course. With the use of GPS the app allows real-time mapping and visualization of any disc golf course. The UC Disc Golf App allows users to track flight distance for each throw as it happens. The app also provides users with the luxuries of detailed scorekeeping, social media integration, a virtual Disc Bag, and a comprehensive PDGA rulebook. The creators of the app are avid disc golf players looking to lift the sport through passion and innovation. The team planned to integrate a GPS chip into each disc and develop a companion website for the app to optimize the implementation of all its features.
VonLehman Security Auditing is a service that aims to raise cyber security awareness and help local business better understand how to secure their systems. Approximately 60% of small business close within six months of being hacked. Technology is growing at speeds that many companies are not able to correctly implement and secure. VonLehman Security Auditing will review a company using a five-step approach. Educating users and testing various aspects of a company’s security is vital to securing their systems from malicious actors. The results of these tests will be compiled into a final risk assessment report which will recommend next steps and give the client a better understanding of their vulnerabilities.
Proctor Wiz is the perfect blend of functionality and security. This balance is not often seen in the proctoring service market, in many cases either the functionality is limited, and the security is sound, or the features are rich, but everything feels a little invasive. These invasive practices include requiring full control over the computer and tracking the students every movement. Proctor Wiz aims to fix the issues we see in current offerings, by offering essential features and the security that matters. Our product lets the user review any information taken from them to ensure that they feel safe, while also giving the reviewer an easy-to-use management and filing interface.
The Howdy Neighbor web application is an online resource designed for anyone planning a move. While moving, which the average American will do over 11 times during their lifetime (Bureau, 2020), there are many factors that may be overlooked, which could positively or negatively affect the outcome of the move. Some of these factors include area age demographics, nearby crime statistics, and local school district information. As well as obtaining all of this important information, one must also remember to set up necessary utilities for the new home prior to moving in. By using Howdy Neighbor, movers will have access to a virtual checklist to use during the home search process, as well as a pre-move-in task reminder checklist to use prior to the move. Once these checklists are complete, the user will be able to move to their new home with the confidence and peace of mind they deserve.
More than half of the United States workforce is now working outside of the office and 15% face daily connectivity issues. HomeNetCheck is a tool for users and remote support technicians to help better diagnose network issues which would otherwise be difficult to address remotely. Technology departments need a tool that can analyze a user’s machine and network before relaying that information to remote technicians. HomeNetCheck will collect system and network information for a remote user and then display that information in an easy to view format online with little action from the user. Information that is collected for each host during the support will be stored for future use to help diagnose similar problems that may occur.
Technologically Organized is an effort to help a small business develop an internet presence. Websites are the most effective business and marketing channel for small business around the US and are the second most successful at bringing in business behind Social Media. Without a website and general infrastructure to support them, small businesses are at a severe disadvantage to larger corporations and services. Simply Organized is a service committed to providing organization services at a reasonable cost to individuals, families, and businesses alike. They are looking to expand their brand by leveraging a website to promote themselves and provide customers with information about their business. Our team will assist them by creating a website, implementing a Customer Relationship Management Application (CRM), and securing and upgrading their home network to provide them with a platform for growth. We will also place a heavy focus on training business users to maintain the products we provide to ensure effectiveness of the solution for the future. This project will culminate into a valuable asset for Simply Organized and will positively impact revenue and help the service succeed in their market space.
Kollab is an innovative web application solution for young professionals struggling to gain credible experience in their area of interest, for the purpose of building out a reputable online portfolio. E-Portfolios are increasingly being viewed as a tool to not only improve the learning experience of students but also to enhance the employability, career development and professional identity of business graduates. Kollab provides features for users to showcase their online portfolio displaying certifications provided by universities for extra credibility to employers, as well as features for recruiting others with common interests to work on projects that provide relevant experience to their areas of future employment pursuits. Although there are similar solutions for project collaboration in today’s market, Kollab will focus on being the middle man for students on their journey into the job market.
Insiders pose a real threat to the security of data centers. The Chock-o-Lock is an auxiliary security system that uses facial recognition to authenticate users. The system will require the user to authenticate first at the door to the server room and then again to gain access to each individual server rack. The system will log all attempts to access the data center and server racks, along with other important security information. Security teams will be able to easily control who can enter the data center and regulate the number of people in the data center at one time, restrict the access of each user only to the specific server racks they need to work on, audit the logs recording all data center accesses, and gain a clear picture of data center usage.
My Neutral News is a web application that is a hub for media regarding popular social justice issues. Its focus is on easily sharable articles and those respective articles having their political leanings identified by a red-to-blue color gradient. To identify media by their political leaning, the more vibrant and redder the article is highlighted on My Neutral News, the more right leaning the source is. On the other end, the bluer an article, the more left leaning an article is. This will make an easy user experience when it comes to trying to find unbiased media, as well as work to disrupt echo chambers present in social media currently. My Neutral News is created using C# on Visual Studio, hosted in an Azure Dev Ops app service, and visitable via myneutralnews.org. The App Service in Azure is based off ASP .Net Core framework and data is held in a SQL server database.
The Astrum Network Scanner provides small business IT administrators the ability to keep their endpoints secure while saving time and money. According to CenturyLink in 2019, the average cost for network monitoring tools for a business of 100 devices could end up being a pricey $2,656 a year (CenturyLink)†. We have worked towards making an inexpensive and unique solution available. The scanner utilizes Linux-based scripting to scan endpoints and report on any common vulnerabilities as recommended by NIST. This allows IT administrators to automate a large portion of their security auditing. All this scanning capability is achieved through a one-time deployment of the Astrum solution. Astrum is inexpensive, open-source, and perfect for small businesses on a budget.
CarWiz is the all-in-one tool car owners need to keep their car maintained. This android app aims to help its users eliminate the hassle of remembering when they need have their car serviced and what servicing had been done in the past. It will provide service tracking, upcoming maintenance reminders, and video tutorials for DIY maintenance. There is currently no solution that provides all three of these functions in one. Users can create an account to store their car maintenance history into our database which can be accessed from any other android device. We predict that 80% of users will have a better maintained vehicle by utilizing the application.
SoHoIT is a service dedicated to bringing Information Technology (IT) tools to small businesses who cannot find room in their budget to hire IT personnel. Small businesses can benefit from SoHoIT’s services and reduce the cost of their initial IT expenses by using pre-selected software. The software offered can be configured to fit the user’s current environment, and consists of services such as webhosting, VPN, and anti-virus. Custom configuration is dictated by our questionnaire that is filled out by a small business or individual looking to download software offered through our platform. SoHoIT is designed to make IT accessible and valuable to small businesses.
Omnigistics is a scalable inventory management system that offers an intuitive approach to optimizing logistics operations for small to medium-sized companies. Small businesses either do not track inventory or use a manual method that can contribute to disorganization, resulting in costly inventory mistakes and accidental redundancy. Existing solutions offer inventory management modules as a smaller feature within an overcomplicated product. Omnigistics enables organizations to mass control item prices, combine goods and services, and track transactions. The application also improves customers' overall logistical process resulting in higher marginal profits and lower execution time.
Student Life Plus seeks to give students more of a voice and improve the visibility of issues that everyday students encounter. We believe that by partnering our app with UC Student Government, we hope to provide meaningful improvements across the campus. The University of Cincinnati’s current system does not provide nearly enough visibility into how the student body as a whole feels about a topic. Our application will provide a forum-like outlet for students to voice concerns and suggest improvements by making posts, reviewing current issues, and engaging in discussions related to current topics or issues via reading posts from peers and Student Government.
In the beginning of 2020, America was forced to go into lockdown due to COVID-19. With the lockdown, everyone was forced to cook and bake for themselves and their families. Many people do not know how to cook or bake, so they resorted to online solutions such as YouTube videos. However, just following tutorials does not give the person the fundamentals on how to cook or bake. Our proposed solution, Make IT Simple, is a web application that gives people the concrete foundation of cooking and baking while having a safe and secure experience. Any visitor can view the web application content. Users can choose to have a more interactive and customized experience by creating an account with minimal personal identifiable information. Make IT Simple’s goal is to inspire more people to get into the kitchen and have more confidence in their ability to cook and bake.
As a team of indecisive people, our goal is to make choosing what to wear a little easier. Fit of the Day is an innovative application that gives you new ways to style your clothes when you are having trouble deciding for yourself! Using local weather data as well as your daily calendar events, Fit of the Day generates outfits tailored to fit your life. If you are feeling adventurous, you also have the option to generate entirely random outfits. We decided to build Fit of the Day because there was not a provider for a service like this. Fit of the Day not only helps you manage your closet but will also save you time by automating your outfit choices.
Tens of millions of people use smart devices in their homes providing convenience by using virtual assistants like the Google Assistant, Amazon’s Alexa, and Apple’s Siri. These assistants are always on and listening for commands to provide the power to turn on your TV, open a recipe, play your favorite music, or start a video chat. However, that functionality to always be on has a security downside in that these devices are listening to everything that happens in the home. Bloomberg reports that Amazon has this private voice data and with the lack of security in most home networks, hackers could too. The Home Office System provides an easy way to turn off all of your smart device microphones at the hardware level in an easy to configure and foolproof way. By giving people the power to easily control their virtual assistants, we can have truly secure, smart homes.