Student project honoured at the Oscars of the ICT world

December 8, 2016

 IT student Mark Carriedo and Dr Mohd Fairuz Shiratuddin travelled to the Asia Pacific ICT Alliance Awards 2016 in Taiwan and won the Merit Tertiary Student Project Award on behalf of Murdoch University's Flexibrains project.

IT student Mark Carriedo and Dr Mohd Fairuz Shiratuddin travelled to the Asia Pacific ICT Alliance Awards 2016 in Taiwan and won the Merit Tertiary Student Project Award on behalf of Murdoch University's Flexibrains project.

A Murdoch University student IT group project has earned international acclaim at a major industry event in Taiwan.

Known as the ‘Oscars of the ICT world’, the Asia Pacific ICT Alliance (APICTA) Awards 2016 saw 17 nations compete in 17 award categories.

Murdoch’s student project, known as FlexiBrains, won the Merit Tertiary Student Project Award against a high calibre of other entries.

“The Murdoch IT degree is designed so that students get to work very closely with actual end users who benefit from the IT solutions provided by the students,” said Shri Rai, the team’s supervisor from Murdoch University’s School of Engineering and IT.

“The Flexibrains team did a wonderful job and it is fantastic to see them recognised on the world stage.”

Flexibrains is a web/mobile-based cognitive retraining system to assist the rehabilitation of stroke survivors.

It presents challenging aural, visual and visuospatial tasks to promote a faster cognitive recovery through neuroplasticity.

The FlexiBrains system is part of the ongoing Neuromender project, a computer-based Virtual Reality rehabilitation system working to advance the recovery of stroke survivors.

Students Mark Carriedo, Andrew Harrison, Khalid Saleh, Saleh Alanazi, Fahad Alqahtani and Nemanja Jovanovic, worked with IT academic staff Mr Shri Rai and Dr Mohd Fairuz Shiratuddin on the project.

As part of their IT degree at Murdoch University, each student team is paired with a client (or client organisation) to provide solutions for various real-world projects.

The Flexibrains team worked with Associate Professor Michelle Byrnes from the Western Australian Neuroscience Research Institute to develop the solution for stroke survivors.

The FlexiBrains project, along with another Murdoch IT project, has already been recognised at the WA Information Technology & Telecommunications Alliance INCITE Awards and, the national iAwards earlier this year.

“It is great to see that two out of the three national awards going to Murdoch IT teams, with Murdoch being the only Australian university representing Australia in the international competition,” Mr Rai said.

Mr Mark Carriedo and Dr Mohd Fairuz Shiratuddin travelled to Taiwan to compete and won the merit award on behalf of the team and Murdoch University.

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