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Engaging with Research@ECU

Friday, 16 September 2011

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ECU’s cutting edge research was showcased at the Engaging with Research@ECU event, held on Tuesday, 13 September 2011 at the Burswood Convention Centre in Perth.

The event which was launched by the Honourable John Day MLA, Minister for Planning; Culture and the Arts; Science and Innovation showcased how our researchers effectively engage with industry at a local, national and international level, providing benefits to the wider community.

More than a hundred projects from ECU’s eight areas of research strength were profiled including:  

· FireWatch - a partnership between ECU, Landgate and Charles Darwin University. FireWatch is a map service currently used by emergency services. This project looks at making this service available to the general public.

· Securing the Elderly - Computer Security Study - a partnership between ECU’s Security Research Centre (secau) and National Seniors of Australia. The project aims to address the naivety and lack of security awareness among the elderly computer users with the SecureMyComputer website, which explains 21st century security in 20th century words.

· Fibre-optic sensor network for real-time monitoring of temperature and water salinity in reverse osmosis desalination - researchers at ECU’s Electron Science Research Institute are developing a high-sensitivity, corrosion-free, light weight and high-speed fibre-optic sensor network for use in real-time monitoring of temperature and water salinity in reverse osmosis-based desalination systems.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Advancement) Professor John Finlay-Jones said:

“The quality and depth of innovation emphasises the significant role ECU plays in our wider communities and beyond.”

Mr Geoff Metcalf, Principal of Roseworth Primary School and Acting Executive Director, Office of Early Childhood Development and Learning. Dr Brent Wise, Principal Research Scientist at the Department of Fisheries and Dr Vince Hughes, Assistant Director Academic Development, Western Australia Police spoke about the strength of their partnerships and engagement with ECU Research.

This biennial event was organised by the Office of Research Innovation.

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