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ECU IT and telecommunications research in the spotlight

Thursday, 29 January 2009


Three ECU research projects have been named as finalists in the 2008 Western Australian Information Technology and Telecommunications Awards (WAITTA).

The WAITTA program showcases the best of WA's IT and telecommunications research developments, and ECU has been very successful this year, with more finalists than any other WA university.

The winners will be announced at an Awards Dinner on Friday, 13 March.

Entries are judged based on benefits to users, effectiveness, innovation, user acceptance and complexity.

Dr Alfred Tan and Dr Douglas Chai have developed the Mobile Multi-Colour Composite (MMCC) 2D-Barcode, a finalist in the Innovation category.

The MMCC is a two dimensional colour barcode designed for storing high capacity data and tailor made for camera mobile phone applications.

A colourful twist on the traditional black and white barcode, the MMCC is a highly innovative product with the potential to revolutionise the way data is stored and accessed.

Consumers can use 2D barcodes to gain instant access to complex information such as product prices, recipes or bus timetables simply by taking a photo of the barcode with a mobile phone camera.

Professor Daryoush Habibi and PhD student Justin Wyatt have developed the Wireless Token Network (WTN), to improve the quality of service for data streaming services that are time sensitive.

The WTN, also a finalist in the Innovation category, ensures the quality of voice and video-over-IP for applications such as Skype.

The third project, a new program to assist nursing students studying pharmacology, is a finalist in the Student Project category.

Developed by ECU's Dr Suzanne Owens in conjunction with the Tisko project team, Nursing Education Revisable Visual Environment (NERVE) uses animation to demonstrate the action of different drugs on body systems.

The application also provides detailed information on each drug, helping students to become familiar with treatments before they go into practicum situations.

ECU Vice-Chancellor Professor Kerry Cox congratulated all successful researchers on their outstanding achievement.

"Information technology is a rapidly changing industry and our researchers are paving the way for new and exciting developments in this area," he said.

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