Matteo Valoriani at Microsoft Image Cup 2012 world finals

From July 2nd to 11th 2012, the Politecnico di Milano will fly to Sydney for the world finals of Microsoft Image Cup (, to represent Italy with the project "The fifth element", developed by Matteo Valoriani, DEI PhD student, and his colleagues Daniele Midi, Antonio Veccho and Antimo Musone.
Image Cup - the most important international students' competition - aims at rewarding the best hi-tech projects of over-16 students from all over the world. At the Italian level, the project "The fifth element" was chosen this year as the national finalist in the software design category, after a rigorous selection from over 100 submissions from 14 Italian universities.
"The fifth element" is intended to help autistic children - according to latest estimates, 28 million people in the world - to develop intellectual skills through play and movement, according to the principle that "Technology does not cure the disability, but it allows children to overcome the obstacles that a disability disease poses by encouraging attention and participation" "The fifth element" has developed a system that combines speech recognition and recognition of body movement and allows children to perform musical activities, interactive quizzes, educational games, which can be tailored to the specific needs of each disabled person. The playful educational activities have been designed in collaboration with professionals in the field of autism in children. The system can be used in rehabilitation centers or school, as well as in family contexts, with therapists supervising children's activity remotely. In this way, it meets the needs of education and treatment of those who are unable, for economic or logistic reasons, to attend a specialized structure regularly.

The project video is available at

Furthermore, you are invited to vote for "The Fifth Element" at
Your vote will help to increase the chances of the Italian team to get a good placement in the world final!