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ECU professor finalist in WA Innovator of the Year Awards

Thursday, 21 October 2010

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Congratulations to the Head of the School of Computer and Security Science and Director of the secau - Security Research Centre, Professor Craig Valli, whose research team has been selected as finalists in the 2010 WA Innovator of the Year Awards.

An initiative of the State Government, the Awards aim to promote and recognise innovation and entrepreneurship across the public, private and education sectors in Western Australia, providing researchers with skills training, mentoring and financial support.

Professor Valli and his team have been nominated in the Start up Category, for the development of an initial response software tool entitled SiMPLE, which can find, view and export files stored on a suspects computer, allowing authorities to then determine whether or not the files are offensive or illegal and therefore undertake further investigation.  

“The program was developed in response to the issue of offensive and illegal images being distributed via the internet, which is a major concern for the police force,” said Professor Valli.

“It allows authorities to access files on a computer and then assess whether those files contain offensive images. The program is unique in the fact that it requires minimal technical expertise compared to similar programs which require specialist knowledge and training.”

Professor Valli is working with fellow ECU researchers from the secau - Security Research Centre in the School of Computer and Security Science, Programmer, Mr Glen Thompson; Lecturer in Computer and Security Science, Mr Peter Hannay; Senior Lecturer in Computer and Security Science, Dr Andrew Woodward; and the WA Police to develop the program.

 “It’s a fantastic achievement to be nominated for these awards, and is great recognition of the hard work done by the team of researchers at ECU,” said Professor Valli.

The winners will be announced at a special awards ceremony at the Burswood Entertainment Complex on Thursday, 4 November.

For more information on the awards, visit the WA Innovator of the Year website.  

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