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Student Teams Explore Artificial Intelligence in Inaugural CSUN AI-Jam

May 14, 2018

AI-Jam event and winners.

The three winning teams in the AI-Jam innovation track — AI-Amigos, Deaf Connect and AI-Caramba — show off their awards, along with the three winners of the research track — KLab's Butterflies, AI-Adventures and Helia Nutrition and Health. Photo by Patricia Carrillo.

"The winners of California State University, Northridge’s first-ever artificial intelligence (AI) student venture competition — dubbed AI-Jam — were chosen in April at an event that took place at CSUN’s Jack and Florence Ferman Presentation Room in the Delmar T. Oviatt Library.

Each team participated in a showcase and were scored on their project’s use of artificial intelligence, or “AI-ness,” feasibility and quality.

The AI-Jam competition, created by CSUN’s Department of Information Technology, included two tracks: research and innovation.

KLab’s Butterflies, an artificial intelligence project that uses a robot to mimic a child with a behavioral or learning challenge, was awarded first place in the research track. The goal of KLab’s Butterflies is to more effectively train students on how to work with children who express similar reactions as the robot.

The KLab’s Butterflies team is made up of CSUN students Vahe Esmaeili, Ryan Moradpour, Victory Ramirez and Christina Saez. After winning AI-Jam, Saez said that the group plans “on utilizing artificial intelligence to create realistic simulations for practical, individualized training.”

Anyone interested in joining or collaborating with KLab’s Butterflies can visit their website,

AI-Adventurers won second place in research at the inaugural AI-Jam competition. The team’s project takes an approach to healthy eating using AI and image recognition to aid in portion control.

Third place in the research track went to Helia Nutrition and Health. The project aims to increase the accuracy of individual food logs by using AI and image recognition to track an individual’s daily food intake."

Read more about the AI-Jam competition at CSUN Weekly.