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PENANG, 23 January 2014 - Four final year students from Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) School of Computer Sciences have won the first prize in the 2014 Hilti IT Innovation Competition held in Switzerland last week.

The winning team comprised of Soh Sin Siang, Oh Ying San, Wong Wan Ping and Jonathan Ng Zhen Yuan submitted their idea presentation on “Emotion intelligence. Communication. Link-up the employees” (Ec-Link), beating 10 other teams from Switzerland, Netherlands, Korea, Austria, Liechtenstein, USA, Germany, Indonesia and Malaysia. Ec-Link is an innovative idea that enables one’s emotion to be identified during teleconferencing.

For example, in a teleconferencing meeting, the presenter/speaker can identify whether a particular person in the meeting is paying attention or not, or whether they are happy or sad during the course of the meeting even though they are at different locations.

With the theme ‘Communication and Collaboration. Anytime. Anywhere.’, this competition is held to gather the best ideas on how to create better communication and collaboration between Hilti and its customers as well as among Hilti employees, compile information for easy access/retrieval, prepare instruction manual, and create a team of highly creative individuals with high productivity that works well together.

Hilti is a company providing cutting-edge technology to the global construction industry. Hilti employees are in direct contact with customers on construction sites and provide solutions for complex construction-related problems.

This competition is opened to university students of all levels worldwide including the undergraduates, Masters, and Ph.D students.

For emerging first place, the USM team was awarded a once-in-a-lifetime trip including a five-night stay at one of Hilti’s European or American IT city where they will have the opportunity to meet Hilti members, and also to get to know Hilti and its strategic partners better. - Translation: Tan Ewe Hoe/Text: Nor Rafizah Md Zain/Photo: Students’ contribution


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USM bags three awards at British Invention Show

GEORGE TOWN: Three entries from Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) in the British Invention Show 2013 (BIS) have won gold medals and a special Diamond award.

The three entries – listed as top projects in the university’s Novel Research and Innovation Compe­tition – competed with those from researchers, lecturers and students from 20 countries in BIS 2013, said USM School of Chemical Engineering lecturer Prof Abdul Latif Ahmad.

The BIS was held in London from Oct 23 to Oct 26.

Meor Muhammad Hafiz Shah Budin, 23, and Muhammad Razif Abd Razak, 23, entered their Bachelor’s Degree final-year project “M.O.S (Moringa Oleifera Seeds) Natural Bio­degradable Coagulant”.

It grabbed the gold medal and the Diamond award for its cost-effective solution for wastewater treatment.

“Oil Palm Syrup in Production of Toffee” by Syuhairah Ahmad, 23, took the second gold medal.

“My research is about using sap from oil palm trunks as a new source of alternative natural sweetener,” she said.

All three students are pursuing Master’s degrees at USM.

The third gold was for “The Eyes: Car Security System” that uses image processing, micro-controllers, Google’s cloud service and mobile technologies to detect and recognise authorised drivers.

“This is a system that can enhance car security with immediate response time.

“If the driver has no authority to drive, the system will alert the car owner by sending a notification including an image to the owner’s mobile phone,” said its inventor Ng Poh Sing, 24, who is now working as a software engineer.

Taken from : http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Nation/2013/10/30/USM-bags-three-awards-at-British-Invention-Show.aspx


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2 Projects from School of Computer Sciences was selected to the finals at National Research & Innovation Competition 2013 (NRIC 2013)

1.       Ng Poh Sin (Supervisor En Azam)

a.       Gold Medal in ICT Category
b.      Best Overall NRIC (RM 5000 & will represent USM in British Invention Show in London)

2.       Muna Omar (Supervisor Pn Wahidah)
a.       Silver Medal in Health & Medical Science Category


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