A packed Innovation Week continues at UOW

May 11, 2006

Innovation Week unfolded at the University of Wollongong this week, beginning with the Innovation Week lecture delivered by Director of the Intelligent Polymer Research Institute (IPRI), Professor Gordon Wallace.

Professor Wallace and his team then opened up their headquarters to the public, offering guided Community Tours of the IPRI research facility which showcased their pioneering research into electromaterials science and nano (ultra minute) technology.

The tours (which continue to the end of the week) allow the community to find out more about smart plastics, plastics that can conduct electricity, textiles that change colour, artificial muscles and research into a new generation of bionic ear.

Tours are FREE of charge and are approx 30-45 minutes in duration. Groups are limited and bookings are essential by calling (02) 4221 3110.

The Faculty of Creative Arts at UOW presented a 30-minute original and innovative musical performance at the University Recreation and Aquatic Centre using mobile phones this week. The Pocket Gamelan Performance Ensemble was directed by music and drama lecturer, Janys Hayes, and played faculty member Greg Schiemer’s Mandala 3 and Mandala 4.

“The performance involved players using mobile phones which are programmed to produce music they control,” said Mr Schiemer. “The phone works like a small network of operations in which melodies and the speed at which they’re played can be altered.”

Mr Schiemer and his team have been looking at innovative ways to use mobile phone technology since 2003. A special project funded by the Australian Research Council is seeking to develop new musical applications for mobile hand-held technology.

In addition, the Activity Theory Usability Laboratory (ATUL) at UOW opened its doors to the community as part of Innovation Week.

Open House at ATUL allowed the campus and community to participate in guided tours and view ongoing demonstrations which aimed to answer a number of questions about the usability of websites, software and e-commerce applications.

For more information on Innovation Week at UOW visit: Innovation Week UOW



IPRI research fellow, Carol Lynam, displays single wall carbon nanotubes in water to high-school students Ben Kresevic, James Mortimer (St Joseph's High School) and Mitchell Kejda (Albion Park High-School)

Hold the phone. . . The Pocket Gamelan Performance Ensemble including (left to right) Terumi Narushima, Janys Hayes, Roshni Schiemer and Mark Havryliv using mobile phones in slings attached to metre-long cords. They were swung around to achieve good sound effect.

Pictured at the ATUL Open House are (left to right) Hamad Pousti (Lecturer), Dr Helen Hasan (ATUL Director), Kholoud Alkayd (research student) and Joseph Meloche (Lecturer)

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