An algorithm that can accurately gauge heart rate by measuring tiny head movements in video data could ultimately help diagnose cardiac disease.
Capping the Institute's 1997 United Way campaign, 19 members of the MIT community were rewarded with prizes after their names were drawn in a raffle during a "solicitor thank-you" ice cream party on February 18. All who made donations and pledges were automatically entered.
As of last week, the campaign stood at 97 percent of its $315,000 goal. A total of 1,235 donors (including 72 Leadership Givers contributing at least $1,000 apiece) had pledged $304,445. This time last year, the totals were $292,856 pledged by 1,165 donors, including 66 Leadership Givers.
Raffle winners and prizes were:
Professor Emeritus Louis Osborne of physics -- $100 American Express gift certificate.
Samuel Tracey, retiree -- overnight stay for two at the Cambridge Center Marriott Hotel.
Kelly Powell, Public Relations Services -- overnight stay for two at the Inn at Harvard.
Annemarie Amparo, Sloan School -- overnight stay for two at the Charles Hotel
Jan Austin Scott, civil and environmental engineering -- Sunday brunch for two at Jonah's Seafood Cafe at the Hyatt Regency Hotel.
Mark Tincknell, Lincoln Laboratory -- two guest vouchers to a performance of "Shear Madness" at the Charles Playhouse, Stage II.
Alan White, Sloan School -- two tickets to a performance of "An American in Paris" at the Boston Ballet.
Luzette Alvarado-Ortiz, Laboratory for Computer Science -- two tickets to the Huntington Theatre production of "Collected Stories."
Jackie Womble, Industrial Liaison Program; Kenneth Kruckemeyer, Center for Transportation Studies; Professor Lowell Lindgren, music and theater arts; Heidi Ganss, Alumni Association -- passes to the New England Aquarium.
Jarmila Hrbek, Technology Licensing Office -- two tickets to Water Country.
Assistant Professor Krishna Rajagopal, physics -- four passes to the Children's Museum.
Professor Lee Grodzins, physics -- 1998 Ski Card International Book.
Rebecca Bisbee, Artificial Intelligence Laboratory -- four Topsfield Fair tickets.
Scott Runkle, Personnel -- four tickets to the Walt Disney World on Ice production of "Hercules."
William Hecht, Alumni Association -- 1998 Entertainment Book.
Paul Menadier, Nuclear Reactor Laboratory -- dinner for two at the Cambridge Sail Loft Cafe and Bar.
A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on February 25, 1998.