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04/06/2012

CSI Solution Intrigues at NASSCOM Awards

The ability to ‘see’ through walls is no longer reserved for Superman and the realm of Marvel Comics thanks to a remarkable next-generation radar system developed by four UOW students.

The low cost, efficient Compressed Sensing Imager (CSI) developed by the group wowed judges and took out the Award for IT Innovation at the recent NASSCOM Innovation Student Awards held in Sydney.

The judging panel were impressed by Alex Seng, Matthew Kitchener, Wenbin Shao, Jie Yang and Yhenxin Feng’s use of state-of-the-art Compressed Sensing and Image Processing to non-destructively detect, classify and track targets behind visually impenetrable structures such as walls.

The students’ supervisor is Professor Salim Bouzerdoum, who last year won the Eureka Prize for Outstanding Science in Support of Defence or National Security for his role in the development of the ‘see-through’ technology.

The technology has limitless practical uses such as law enforcement, military and civil applications. Examples of usages include identifying hostages from suspects at crime scenes, use in search and rescue operations and revealing underground objects non-intrusively for resources exploration and infrastructure maintenance.

The team collaborated with universities in the United States to come up with the research and solution and have prototyped the system in various locations, with plans to commercialise the technology soon. The judging panel were impressed not only by their innovative approach to solving a problem, but also by strong technology and patent registration.

The group were presented the award in front of 750 VIP guests by The Hon Sachin Pilot, Minister of State in the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, Government of India, The Hon. Greg Pearce, NSW Minister of Finance and Mr Paul Toole, NSW MP and Parliamentary Secretary to the Deputy Premier.

Six universities from NSW and the ACT nominated student projects in two categories – IT Technical Innovation and IT-enabled Business Innovation. The Awards were judged by an independent panel, with students personally presenting their concepts to leaders in the corporate sector.

NASSCOM Australia is the Australian branch of India’s National Association of Software and Services Companies, a trade association of Indian Information Technology (IT) and Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) industry.

Established in 1988, NASSCOM is a non-profit organisation focused on promoting sustainable growth for the industry and harnessing IT and Communications technologies for inclusive and balanced growth.

To read more about the Innovation Student Awards visit the NASSCOM webpage.

By: Jenna Bradwell.

About NASSCOM

NASSCOM is the premier trade body and chamber of commerce of the IT software and services industry in India. NASSCOM member companies are in the business of software development, software services and IT-enabled BPC services.

NASSCOM Australia is the Australian chapter of NASSCOM. Its members have currently invested upwards of $100M to setup more than 20 development centres in Australia and currently employs more than 7000 people in Australia. They have strong links with many universities in Australia to recruit students for global projects, run student internships programs and have established scholarships.

Details of the NASSCOM Innovation Student Awards are available at: www.consensus.com.au/nasscomawards.html

NASSCOM Australia is the Australian chapter of NASSCOM. Its members have currently invested upwards of $100M to setup more than 20 development centres in Australia and currently employ more than 7000 people in Australia. They have strong links with many universities in Australia to recruit students for global projects, run student internships programs and have established scholarships.

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  • A group of UOW students have been awarded the Award for IT Innovation at the 2012 NASSCOM Innovation Student Awards.