Murdoch’s five finalists in IT awards

April 14, 2017

Prof Bellgard and Minister Kelly at the INCITE awards.

Murdoch University has five finalists in the 2017 WAITTA (Western Australia Information Technology and Telecommunications Alliance) INCITE Awards.

The Centre for Comparative Genomics (CCG) has been made a finalist in the ‘Most Impactful Social Benefit’ category for their Rare Disease Registry Framework (RDRF), an online patient registry that connects health stakeholders within disease communities.

The Murdoch Wayfinder Project is another finalist in the ‘Most Effective Government Solution’ category. Wayfinder helps visitors navigate Murdoch’s campuses and was developed by IT Services in conjunction with Lateral.

Three Murdoch information technology student projects have made it to the finals in the ‘Best Tertiary Student Project of the Year’ category out of seven finalists in all:

  • The Albert Meter project by Harshani Perera, supervised by Dr Mohd Fairuz Shiratuddin and Associate Professor Kevin Wong, helps to detect dyslexia.
  • The Neuromender v3.0 by Adam de Blanken, Connor Berry, Dave Belson, Gilbert Hicks, Joshua Voysey and Adrian Hampel, supervised by Shri Rai in collaboration with the Perron Institute (previously WANRI), is a low cost rehabilitation solution for stroke survivors.
  • Remedy by Luke Phipps, Samuel Evans-Powell, Jaxom Nutt, Julian Smith, Emma Riggelsford and Stefania Eng, supervised by Peter Cole, is a clinical support tool that aids collaboration to improve patient outcomes. The project was developed for Optika Pty Ltd and the Fiona Wood Burns Foundation.

Associate Professor Hamid Laga, Head of Information Technology in the School of Engineering and IT, said the success of the student projects were a testament to the quality of research, teaching and mentoring in IT at Murdoch.

“The success is gratifying because we actively encourage innovation among our student cohorts. With the support of our academics, our students are developing products that are ready to use by real clients,” he said.

Professor Matthew Bellgard, Director of the CCG, said he was delighted the RDRF had been recognised.

“Patient registries are critical tools for clinical research and recruiting patients for drug trials. The RDRF helps medical professionals and researchers quickly create such registries, so they can be globally connected, and spend more time on patient care and disease research,” he said.

Michael Grant, Director IT Services at Murdoch, said the Wayfinder web app was developed in less than three months in time for the beginning of semester one in February.

“It helps to pinpoint buildings, rooms, facilities and other points of interest for our students and staff, providing them with a visual pathway and text directions showing the best way to get to their destination,” said Mr Grant.

The finalists were announced at an Innovation Excellence forum by Hon. Dave Kelly MLA, Minister for Water; Fisheries; Forestry; Innovation and ICT; Science.

The overall INCITE award winners will be announced on the 16 June. They will then go on as finalists to the National iAwards, which will take place in Melbourne on 30 August. Two Murdoch student IT projects, Radiology Assistant Simulator (RAS) and FlexiBrains, won awards at the 2016 National iAwards. FlexiBrains won a merit award at the 2016 Asia Pacific ICT Alliance (APICTA) Awards in Taiwan.

More details on the awards are available here.

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