Four mobile applications created by staff and students from RMIT have won prizes at the 2015 Victorian iAwards.
Selected from a field of 80 nominees, the four winning entries from RMIT was the largest prize haul of any Victorian university or other organisation.
Celebrating new innovations in Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) for more than 20 years, the iAwards recognise new technologies with actual or potential impact on the wider community.
Selected across a range of iAward categories, RMIT’s prize-winning apps deal with business warehouse management, travel planning, and instantaneous information sharing, as well as a children’s game showing the value of reducing carbon footprints.
Vice-Chancellor and President, Martin Bean CBE, was guest speaker at the Cocktail Reception for the official awards announcement, at RMIT’s Storey Hall.
The University’s winning entries came from the School of Computer Science and IT and Head of School, Professor Athman Bouguettaya, said their success reflected the strength of its teaching and research culture.
“These awards show the level of expertise, as well as the creative, innovative capabilities, that our staff and students possess in a whole range of areas, such as mobile technologies and smartphones, artificial intelligence and machine learning, or programming and development,” he said.
“No other university or other organisation won as many awards as our school did alone – quite a remarkable achievement!”
The successful entries now go forward to the national finals, where they will compete against winners from other states and territories.
The National iAwards winners could then represent Australia at the Asia Pacific ICT Awards (APICTA) later in the year.
The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) is the nation’s peak industry body and advocacy group for the ICT industry.
It established the awards to honour companies and professionals at the cutting edge of technology innovation, as well as recognising the achievements of home-grown Australian innovators.
The winning RMIT entries were:
Industry domain – Industrial and Resources
Winner: Smart Picker - Intelligent Warehouse Management, RMIT University and Shiny Pty Ltd
A smartphone warehouse management system using artificial intelligence to help fulfil customer orders. Supervised by Dr Andy Song.
Students domain – Secondary
Winner: Smog Game
Smog Game for iPhone and iPad shows children the benefit of reducing their carbon footprint. Developed by first-year student Josh Caratelli while he was still at high school and studying RMIT’s VCE Extension Program.
Students domain – Undergraduate Tertiary
Winner: EndOfTrip – RMIT University
App that ensures you won’t miss your stop on public transport. Supervised by Associate Professor Margaret Hamilton and Dr Maria Spichkova.
Students domain – Postgraduate Tertiary
Merit Recipient: TouchPoint – RMIT University and Pongolabs
TouchPoint is a world-first, unique technology platform for face-to-face networking and information sharing using any mobile phone - without downloads, passwords or any other setup. Developed by RMIT student Yifeng Chen, with project supervision and industry collaboration by Pongolabs and Barti Murugesan, Manager, Student Projects, School of Computer Science and IT. Although only just finishing his Master of Computer Science this semester, Yifeng is already employed as an engineer and researcher at Pongolabs, as a result of his work on TouchPoint.