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ECU student uses XBOX Kinect to assist the sick and elderly

With 13 per cent of Australia's population to be aged over  70 by 2021, the need for an easily managed, low-cost home monitoring system was identified. ECU Computer  Science Honours student Laurence da Luz has developed software that utilises the infrared camera and movement  sensor within Xbox Kinect to track an individual's movements in their home and 'learn' their daily routine. If an individual's activity is considered to be out of the ordinary (if they miss a meal for example), the system can notify a family member via SMS or email. This innovative project was shortlisted as a finalist in the 2013 WA Information Technology and Telecommunications Awards.

App developed to assist patients battling Parkinson's disease

From a young age, ECU student Jose Alvarado was motivated to make a difference to the lives of those battling Parkinson's disease. Noticing a lack of continuity of care between different doctors treating his grandmother, Jose knew there was a problem, but it wasn’t until he started studying at ECU that he realised he had an opportunity to solve it. That solution is Parkinson iTest, an app that allows Parkinson's sufferers to use their tablet to perform tests on muscle rigidity and tremors, the results of which can be sent straight to the patients’ doctors. Jose's app was named a finalist in the 2013 WA Information Technology and Telecommunications Awards.

"I've always had a very keen interest in computer and network security"

"After completing my honours degree at ECU, I decided to undertake higher level research in digital forensics - and discovered ECU was the only university to have the high-end resources readily available to assist with such studies. So, my study experience at ECU has been, in a word, exceptional. The staff have always been extremely helpful and I even managed to receive a large ECU scholarship, which was very welcome indeed."

Patryk Szewczyck
Security and Computing PhD student

Mobile phone foetal heart monitor developed by ECU researchers

A successful trial at a Perth hospital has provided hope for on-the-go, mobile heart monitoring for pregnant women living in regional areas of Australia.

Developed by ECU Computing and Security researchers, the system allows doctors to monitor the heart rate of unborn babies through the use of an inexpensive portable monitor that connects to the microphone jack of the expectant mother's mobile phone. The heartbeat is displayed on the phone and the information is then automatically sent to a midwife or doctor via email for evaluation.

World-class Facilities

Our computer and security science labs have the latest equipment and facilities for the conduct of traditional computer science and IT degrees.

Several specialist labs can also be found for networking, games programming and simulation, computer security and digital forensics.

Specialist facilities

Our Computer Security students have access to laboratory facilities contain the latest equipment and include general teaching labs, general purpose labs as well as specialist lab facilities in the following areas of study:

The recently developed Unified Communications Laboratory, utilising CISCO and Nortel equipment, is testament to our commitment to providing leading edge IT curriculum and equipment.

Working with industry

Our Computer & Security Science disciplines have strong relationships with industry partners, with staff working in conjunction with partners to ensure that student projects are relevant and their work assists the greater community.



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