About

The ZotBins System is a website with “smart bins” deployed in various locations (i.e. buildings, college campuses, cities) that can accurately measure and record the amount of waste in each bin.

The main purpose of this project is to help keep communities clean, make waste management more efficient, and encourage the practice of zero waste (diverting waste away from landfill).

The 3 core features of this project are (1) to collect real-time data, (2) to manage a leaderboard system, and (3) to provide waste guidance....

(1) Collecting real-time data on bin fullness and weight of waste of each smart bin provides facilities management or city planners to calculate useful statistics (i.e. diversion rates or bin usage frequency). It also helps determine the efficacy of certain zero waste resources (i.e. more signage, trash sorters, different bin designs, etc.). With real-time data being collected, the ZotBins system can notify custodians or facilities management on whether a specific smart bin is currently full.

(2) The leaderboards is a feature that helps compare and contrast statistics of users (people who throw away waste in the smart bins), building floors, different buildings, or different areas. For example, one statistic that can be compared is the waste diversion rates (waste diverted away from landfill) among different city buildings. This leaderboard system can help incentive zero waste practices to users while also helping them develop zero waste practicing habits.

(3) The waste guidance feature of ZotBins is a digital guide that users interact with to locate nearest appropriate bins that are not full. This feature can also provide users with resources and interactive content that can educate them on zero waste as well.

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Team Members

-Project Leads and Co-Founders-

  • Name: Joshua Cao
  • Lead Area: Web and Data Analytics
  • Major: Computer Science
  • Class: Undergraduate Class of 2020
  • Name: Owen Yang
  • Lead Area: Hardware, Electrical, and Systems Design
  • Major: Computer Science and Engineering
  • Class: Undergraduate Class of 2020

-Web and Data Analytics-

  • Name: Marissa Lafreniere
  • Major: Computer Science
  • Class: Undergraduate Class of 2022
  • Name: Marawin Chheang
  • Major: Software Engineering
  • Class: Undergraduate Class of 2021
  • Name: Jesse Chong
  • Major: Computer Science and Mathematics
  • Class: Undergraduate Class of 2021
  • Name: Bhavani Panda
  • Major: Computer Science
  • Class: Undergraduate Class of 2021

-Waste Recognition-

  • Name: Anthony Luu
  • Major: Computer Science
  • Class: Undergraduate Class of 2020
  • Name: Tedi Sr Zadouri
  • Major: Computer Science
  • Class: Undergraduate Class of 2021
  • Name: Jesse Chong
  • Major: Computer Science and Mathematics
  • Class: Undergraduate Class of 2021
  • Name: Marissa Lafreniere
  • Major: Computer Science
  • Class: Undergraduate Class of 2022
  • Name: Alpine Tang
  • Major: Computer Science and Engineering
  • Class: Undergraduate Class of 2022

-Hardware and Electrical-

  • Name: Kathy Nguyen
  • Major: Electrical Engineering
  • Class: Undergraduate Class of 2020
  • Name: Mohammed Haque
  • Major: Computer Engineering
  • Class: Undergraduate Class of 2020
  • Name: Andy Tran
  • Major: Computer Engineering
  • Class: Undergraduate Class of 2022

-Systems Design-

  • Name: David Pham
  • Major: Computer Science and Engineering
  • Class: Undergraduate Class of 2020
  • Name: Grace Seung-Mi Choe
  • Major: Computer Science
  • Class: Undergraduate Class of 2021
  • Name: ChingTing Tsai
  • Major: Computer Engineering
  • Class: Undergraduate Class of 2023

-Advisors-

  • Name: Professor Sharad Mehrotra
  • Department: Donald Bren, School of Information and Computer Sciences
  • Name: Professor Nalini Venkatasubramanian
  • Department: Donald Bren, School of Information and Computer Sciences
  • Name: Professor Luyi Gui
  • Department: Paul Merage School of Business
  • Name: Anne Brown Kreighoff
  • Department: Facilities Management

-Mentors-

  • Name:Primal Pappachan
  • PhD Candidate in Computer Science
  • Department: Donald Bren, School of Information and Computer Sciences

-Project Alumni-

  • Name: Derek Feng
  • Past Affilitation: Co-Founder, System Management, Data Analytics
  • Major: Computer Science
  • Class: Undergraduate Class of 2020
  • Name: Marshall Nguyen
  • Past Affilitation: Co-Founder, Web Development, Data Analytics
  • Major: Computer Science
  • Class: Undergraduate Class of 2020
  • Name: Diego Torres
  • Past Affilitation: Hardware and Electrical
  • Major: Computer Engineering
  • Class: Undergraduate Class of 2019
  • Name: Danny Tran
  • Past Affilitation: Systems Design
  • Major: Computer Science and Engineering
  • Class: Undergraduate Class of 2020
  • Name: Dr. Roberto Yus
  • Past Affilitation:Mentor
  • Department: Donald Bren, School of Information and Computer Sciences
  • Name: Sid Lau
  • Past Affilitation: Web and Data Analytics
  • Major: Computer Science and Engineering
  • Class: Undergraduate Class of 2020

Updates

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