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Wednesday, February 17th, 2016

Melbourne IT researchers study insertable microchips

Researchers at the University of Melbourne are investigating the growth in a new type of technology, inserted under the skin, and set to revolutionise the way we gain access to our homes, our bank accounts and use public transport.

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Insertable chips are very small and made of bio-inert materials. (Photo credit: University of Melbourne)

PhD researcher Kayla J. Heffernan from the university’s Department of Computing and Information Systems says these insertable technologies are no longer part of science fiction.

“Digital devices have become more powerful and are now small enough to be inserted into the human body,” Miss Heffernan said.

“Since 1998, people have been using insertable technology, similar to a pet microchip, to turn on lights, open doors and access computers.

“These inserted microchips are passive, meaning they only give off a signal when they are at close range to a home scanning point.”

“While there are still many issues to discuss around this new technology, the devices can offer great convenience. An insertable device reflects an individual’s personal choice that can allow us to open secure entrances, access our accounts without referring to passwords, grant us access to our workplaces and in future even take us home on a train,” she said.

At present, there would be no legislation that prevents the use of insertable technologies except for the need to show you are over 18 years of age. Project supervisor Professor Frank Vetere says while increasing accessibility and convenience, insertable technologies also raise many social, ethical and technical challenges.

“What limits should be placed on insertable sensors? How do we interface with technology inside our bodies?” he said.

“There is a small but growing group of people who are choosing to augment their human senses by voluntarily (and covertly) inserting devices inside their bodies. This research will help us to understand why people are doing this and the implications for human-technology interactions.”

Miss Heffernan will continue to monitor the uptake and uses of such devices to follow the trends but is clear to reassure the public that the devices are not for tracking but for convenience and access.

Did you know that the University of Melbourne is currently ranked as the #1 university in Australia for Computer Science & Information Systems? (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2015)

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Friday, January 29th, 2016

University of Melbourne “Rapid Feedback” app for student learning

A new app created by learning specialists from the University of Melbourne will enable teachers to assess and provide helpful feedback in real time as students deliver oral presentations.

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Assessing and providing helpful feedback in real time (Image credit: University of Melbourne)

The Rapid Feedback app was developed by Professor David Shallcross from the Engineering Learning Unit and Antoinette Mendoza from Computing and Information Systems, to provide students with individual and immediate feedback on their work.

The app was originally developed to assess oral presentations but there are plans to repurpose it to provide feedback on dental, physiotherapy, nursing and music examinations.

“It will be adapted for a range of practical subjects,” Professor Shallcross said.

“We are also planning to translate this into other languages starting with Mandarin.”

Assessors are able to grade student presentations across different criteria. They can then select as many or as few pre-written comments as they like from an in-built library that addresses more than 160 common issues.

The selected comments then appear in a PDF document that can be e-mailed to the student as soon as their presentation is completed. Assessors also have the option to personalise the feedback by adding an audio file of spoken comments.

Engineering and IT at the University of Melbourne

Engineering and IT at the University of Melbourne has ranked number 1 in Australia across four engineering and technology discipline areas according to the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2015. For Computer Science and Information Systems, the University of Melbourne has been ranked 1st in Australia and 13th in the world.

For Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Melbourne is ranked number 1 in Australia and 33rd in the world.

At a faculty level, the QS Rankings placed Melbourne Engineering and Information Technology at number 1 in Australia and 18th in the world.

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Friday, October 23rd, 2015

Melbourne Endeavour Engineering & IT Exhibition 2015

An e-tool that allows visually impaired people to detect hazards and obstacles is just one of the student inventions that will be launched at the Endeavour Engineering & IT Exhibition 2015, the University of Melbourne’s showcase of design projects.

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Clever engineering from the University of Melbourne can help unlock the future (Image credit: University of Melbourne)

This year, projects include designing robotic arms and emergency cooking methods for refugees.

The Exhibition is hosted annually to showcase the engineering and IT technology of tomorrow, as designed by final-year students.
Endeavour’s Academic coordinator Professor Andrew Western said Engineering and IT is everywhere, and generates new knowledge through diverse research projects.

“Clever engineering can help unlock the future and allows for exciting initiatives to come to light and ultimately improve our lives and the world we live in,” Professor Western said.

“In the case of the e-tool for visually impaired people, students are working on canes with obstacle-detecting capabilities to help avoid risky situations.

“The automated obstacle-detecting cane is both low-cost and portable, and is capable of reliably informing of any obstructions and dangers in front of the user. This is achieved through the use of ultrasonic reflection and video camera image processing.”

Another group made the decision to improve the system design to reduce the sound of trams wheels.

Student Benjamin Kaufman said the screeching of a tram’s wheels as it rounds a corner is a sound all Melbournians are familiar with.

“Our group decided the noise and wheel wear could be significantly reduced as the wheels turn.”

About the Melbourne School of Engineering

The Melbourne School of Engineering offers an internationally recognised curriculum with dual accreditation that is unique in Australia. The Master of Engineering suite of programs are the only engineering courses to be accredited by Engineers Australia, as well having received EUR-ACE® label European accreditation, allowing graduates to register and work as professional chartered engineers in many countries around the world.

The university’s graduate model of engineering education provides depth, breadth and flexibility to a world-class curriculum that is informed by real-world, problem-based learning, industry experience and a generous program of scholarships for both local and international students.

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Thursday, August 27th, 2015

Student Q&A: Studying the Master of Information Systems at the University of Melbourne

Originally from India, Sukirtha Aruna was working as an analyst for a top business management consulting firm, but aspired to enhance her understanding of information technology. Now she studies the Master of Information Systems at Melbourne. In this special Q&A, Sukirtha reveals what graduate IT is really like.

What is information technology?

Information technology is more than a bunch of computers sitting in the back room of an organisation; it is the very backbone of any organisation in today’s world! Studying IT is like understanding all the work that goes into making a movie—which is more than picking the right cast, director and cameraman. A big part of understanding IT is recognising its role in business strategy implementation.

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Melbourne IT student Sukirtha Aruna (Photo credit: University of Melbourne)

Why did you choose the Master of Information Systems?

Prior to my Masters I worked as an analyst at a business management consulting firm, but had no background in information systems. It was like a treasure hunt—I lacked the skills and knowledge to support my work!

After completing one year of the MIS, I have a clearer picture of information systems and its role in a business setting. This course has given me context and explained how aligned technologies can complement business models and has enabled me to provide higher-quality consulting skills.

Stepping out of the office and into the classroom, what was the transition from full-time work to full-time study like?

From an academic standpoint, I found having prior work experience to be a huge benefit. A lot of the course content, especially assignments, are practical and focused on industry. My professional experience was a huge advantage to draw from, giving me the confidence to participate actively in class discussions and helping me to pose relevant, real-life questions to professors. Many students in my course have prior work experience as well, so we have scope to work together and learn from each other.

How is the course structured?

We look at a lot of practical case examples in our assignments and lectures, so the things we learn each week stays with us beyond the semester. The professors have designed the course in a very progressive manner, so we can build upon our knowledge from the previous week.

There are also options to take subjects during the summer and winter break, which can help lighten the study load during semester.

Where are you headed next? 

I would like to become a Subject Matter Expert on one of the application areas of technology, such as IT Strategy or Risk Services and take these skills to the top Strategy Consulting firms. These firms handle large scale projects that affect the wider community, which would enable me to be part of the transformative process that IT has on the current world.

Story by Kristen Goodgame, University of Melbourne

University of Melbourne Master of Information Systems

The Master of Information Systems (MIS) is a premier professional degree for aspiring and current practitioners and consultants in digital business.

The course was designed in consultation with leading IT decision-makers, ensuring that it is among the most industry-relevant graduate IT programs in Australia. The program covers areas of critical importance to IT employers, such as project and change management, emerging technologies, IT strategy and governance, security and service provision.

You will develop strong capability in supporting, managing and changing business processes through information and communications technology and information systems. You will also develop valuable transferable skills in solving business problems, collaboration, project management and application of models, frameworks and management theory.

Elective streams are available in areas such as

  • eHealth
  • IS Project and Change Management
  • IT Service Provision, Business Analytics
  • IT Innovation and Interaction Design
  • Spatial Information, Information Systems Research
  • Accounting and Finance
  • People Management
  • Operations and Marketing
  • General Management

The University of Melbourne is currently ranked as the #1 university in Australia for Computer Science & Information Systems according to QS World University Rankings by Subject 2015.

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Monday, December 8th, 2014

University of Melbourne aims create an energy-efficient Internet

With the number of Internet-connected devices rapidly increasing, researchers from Melbourne are starting a new research program to reduce energy consumption of such devices.

Led by the Centre for Energy-Efficient Telecommunications (CEET) at the University of Melbourne, the program will develop new hardware and cloud-based solutions to improving efficiency of energy consumption.

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Study computer science at the University of Melbourne

As more connected devices are used across the world through the Internet of Things, there is a need to address the energy demands that provide sensing, monitoring and control for a vast array of things, from traffic lights, to home appliances and building components.

The associated increase in data processing and transmission will result in significant energy consumption.

CEET Director Dr Kerry Hinton said the new research agenda would establish Melbourne at the heart of efforts to create a sustainable-networked planet.

“CEET has proven leadership in understanding the complex energy requirements of the global telecommunications network. This next phase will build on that leadership, contributing to industrial solutions that ensure the unquestionable benefits of our connected world do not come at an unsustainable cost.”

Bell Labs Network Energy Research Program Leader Dr Thierry Klein said effective collaboration with skilled specialists would be a key factor in solving future network efficiency issues.

“Efficiency and sustainability are already significant challenges for the telecommunications industry and this will only increase as more devices are connected and more data is moving around the network. Our work with CEET is a critical part of the Bell Labs sustainability research agenda and this new research program will play a big part in how we address challenges for the global telecommunications industry in the future.”

University of Melbourne Master of Science (Computer Science)

The technologies covered in the Master of Science (Computer Science) program are changing the way we live our lives, especially in the health sciences and in social infrastructures delivered by web-based tools.

The program provides a research training experience across three core areas:

  • Distributed and parallel computing
  • Declarative languages
  • Knowledge technologies such as data mining, bioinformatics, language technology and web search.

Career outcomes

This course is a pathway to PhD research and to exciting, innovative roles in the IT industry. Computer scientists find roles as data analysts, applications programmers, information architects, systems and network analysts, software designers and engineers, project managers, research engineers and computational researchers.

Program: Master of Science (Computer Science)
Location: Parkville Campus, Melbourne
Duration: 2 years

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Thursday, November 20th, 2014

Melbourne Engineering xLabs: the power of gaze tracking

Melbourne School of Engineering researcher has developed software that can automatically work out where users look on their screen, using a standard webcam. Thanks to the support of the Melbourne Accelerator Program (MAP), Australia’s preeminent entrepreneurship program, new Melbourne start-up xLabs aims to provide a low-cost eye and gaze tracking service for private and public users.

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OzTREKK’s Australian Engineering and IT Schools Admissions Officer Rachel Brady visiting the University of Melbourne

Combining webcams and software, xLabs have addressed eye-tracking in a unique way. Unlike other eye tracking systems, the xLabs approach does not require expensive hardware or continuous recalibration to determine where users are looking. This means analysis can be carried out in a variety of settings, extending the scope for gaze tracking research.

“Our goal in creating xLabs was to capture human intention and behavior that could not be inferred from keyboard and mouse interactions. As webcams have become a fundamental feature in computers, this approach offers an ideal way to achieve this,” says co-founder and computer science PhD Alan Zhang.

Traditionally, eye-tracking is known for its contribution to user-interaction studies, where marketers and web designers use gaze-tracking information to give their digital architecture a competitive edge. However, xLabs’ functionality extends far beyond this, stepping into the realm of video gaming and education.

“In gaming, eye-tracking has the potential to replace or augment existing controllers, giving computer gamers an edge. In Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), eye-tracking can monitor engagement and use active intervention when the user loses interest and disengages with the material.”

Looking toward the future, Alan envisions gaze tracking as a ubiquitous mode of user input, with close relations to voice and sound input.

“You could ask questions like, “Computer, what is that?” And the computer will be able to pull up information on the object you’re looking at. With this technology, we could build the Star Trek Computer.”

xLabs strongly believe that computers should be companions, not dumb droids. With eye-tracking, they hope to create a human place in the web, that’s easier to interact with.

Originally posted by Kristen Goodgame on The Melbourne Engineer.

Engineering and IT at the University of Melbourne

Engineering and IT at the University of Melbourne has ranked number 1 in Australia across four engineering and technology discipline areas according to the latest QS World University Rankings by Subject. For Computer Science and Information Systems, the University of Melbourne has been ranked 1st in Australia and 15th in the world.

Electrical and Electronic Engineering also improved its rank, up to number 1 in Australia and 28th in the world, up from 32 in 2013.

At a faculty level, the QS Rankings placed Engineering and Information Technology a at the University of Melbourne at number 1 in Australia and 32 in the world.

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Discover more about studying engineering and information technology at the University of Melbourne! Contact OzTREKK Admissions Officer Rachel Brady at rachel@oztrekk.com, or call toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355.

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

Melbourne showcases final-year engineering and IT design projects

A device that can transcribe music directly from a guitar is just one of the student inventions that will be launched at the Endeavour Design Expo, the University of Melbourne’s showcase of final year Engineering and IT design projects.

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Study engineering and IT at Melbourne

The “Tablord” transcribes music as the guitarist plays. This is done by analysing the timing and frequency of the notes played.

Team member Ashley Crabtree-Morton said the idea for the transcriber came from Dr Gavin Buskes, from the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering.

“As guitarists and music fanatics, the idea of a product doing the ‘dirty work’ of songwriting—the dreaded transcribing, was not only a product that we would want, but would also be useful to the guitar players,” he said.

Ashley said that the final year design project process had taught them that nothing was as straightforward as it seemed.

“There is always an extensive procedure of testing and revising until a product meets its requirements.”

Some of the other inventive final year projects to feature at the Endeavour Expo will include

  • An app that can accurately measure your Body Mass Index (BMI)
  • A 3D printed structure that mimics the internal structure of bones, for increased strength in manufactured parts
  • A robot that can help fight fires
  • A multi battery charger that can handle different types of batteries at the same time
  • An improved data platform to promote the development of affordable housing in Melbourne
  • And Baxter, the Human-Friendly Household Robot

Special guest at Endeavour this year is Genevieve Bell an Australian  anthropologist and researcher. Born in Sydney, she is the director of Intel Corporation’s Interaction and Experience Research and was the 15thThinker in Residence in South Australia. In 2010, Bell was named as one of the top 25 women in technology to watch by AlwaysOn. In 2012, Bell was inducted to the Women In Technology International Hall of Fame.

Engineering and IT at the University of Melbourne

Did you know that engineering and IT at the University of Melbourne has ranked number 1 in Australia across four engineering and technology discipline areas according to the latest QS World University Rankings by Subject?

  • Computer Science and Information Systems, the University of Melbourne has been ranked 1st in Australia and 15th in the world.
  • Chemical Engineering also maintained its strong rankings position, coming in at 1st in Australia and 16th in the world
  • Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering also saw a significant jump in rankings, coming in at 1st in Australia and jumping to 17th in the world, up from 25th in 2013.
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering also improved its rank, up to number 1 in Australia and 28th in the world, up from 32 in 2013.

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Find out more about Australian Engineering and IT Schools!

Would you like more information about studying engineering and information technology at the University of Melbourne? Contact OzTREKK Admissions Officer Rachel Brady at rachel@oztrekk.com, or call toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355. Find out how you can study in Australia!

Monday, September 29th, 2014

Melbourne Engineering and IT jumps nine places in QS Rankings

The University of Melbourne has maintained its position as number 1 in Australia for Engineering and Technology in the latest QS World University Rankings by Faculty.

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Melbourne is the #1 Australian uni for Engineering and IT

The latest announcement has seen Engineering and IT at Melbourne jump by nine places internationally, up from number 32 to number 23 in the world.

Overall, the University of Melbourne is currently ranked 33 in the world according to QS, and is the top ranked Australian institution for research citations.

The latest rankings success follows on from last month’s announcement of the latest Academic Ranking of World Universities results, which placed Engineering and Information Technology at Melbourne at number 44 in the world, the first time the discipline had been ranked within the top 50 in that ranking system.

Engineering and Information Technology at Melbourne is also ranked number 1 in Australia and 32 in the world according to the Times Higher Education Rankings for 2014. Earlier this year, QS  ranked Melbourne’s engineering and IT disciplines as follows:

  • 16th in the world and 1 in Australia for Chemical Engineering
  • 15th in the world and 1 in Australia for Computer Science
  • 17th in the world and 1 in Australia for Mechanical Engineering
  • 28th in the world and 1 in Australia for Electrical Engineering

Dean of the Melbourne School of Engineering, Professor Iven Mareels welcomed the latest rankings announcement for Engineering and Technology at Melbourne.

“It is an encouraging recognition of our efforts to achieve world-class teaching, learning and research in our discipline. It is a reflection on the hard work, dedication and high-calibre of our staff at the Melbourne School of Engineering,” he said.

“We will continue to build on our reputation as we strive to remain one the world’s great institutions for engineering and IT.”

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Thursday, July 17th, 2014

Melbourne engineering researchers study smart meters

A team of researchers from the University of Melbourne is leading large-scale field experiments to evaluate how consumers respond to smart meter technologies.

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How will Melbourne respond to the new smart meter technologies?

Energy economists Dr David Byrne and Dr Leslie Martin will analyse how consumers use electricity, opt for new pricing plans and switch retailers.

The joint research project with energy software and services company Billcap, was recently awarded funding of $177,000 over four years, under the Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Projects scheme.

“The results will have important implications for environmental policies designed to conserve energy, for consumer choice and welfare, and for retail market competitiveness,” Dr Martin explained.

Billcap Chief Executive Officer and University of Melbourne Information Systems alumnus, Mr Yann Burden said the project will have a profound impact on the electricity sector.

“We are pleased that Billcap’s research programs have been recognised, and will continue to drive innovation in the energy and software industry here in Australia,” he said.

“The energy industry has long theorised on the impact of smart meters and related technologies. This research aims to deliver concrete insights to benefit both consumers and the energy industry.”

The Linkage Projects scheme provides funding to eligible organisations to support research and development projects which are collaborative between higher education researchers and other parts of the national innovation system.

Billcap was founded in 2010 in Melbourne, Victoria in the heart of the contestable energy market to provide smart-meter enabled customer engagement and retention services for energy retailers.

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Would you like more information about studying engineering and information technology at the University of Melbourne? Contact OzTREKK Admissions Officer Rachel Brady at rachel@oztrekk.com, or call toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355. Find out how you can study in Australia!

Monday, March 24th, 2014

Engineering and IT ranks first in Australia across four subject areas

Engineering and IT at the University of Melbourne has ranked number 1 in Australia across four engineering and technology discipline areas according to the latest QS World University Rankings by Subject.

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For Computer Science and Information Systems, the University of Melbourne has been ranked 1st in Australia and 15th in the world.

Chemical Engineering also maintained its strong rankings position, coming in at 1st in Australia and 16th in the world

Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering also saw a significant jump in rankings, coming in at 1st in Australia and jumping to 17th in the world, up from 25th in 2013.

Electrical and Electronic Engineering also improved its rank, up to number 1 in Australia and 28th in the world, up from 32 in 2013.

At a faculty level, the QS Rankings placed Engineering and Information Technology a at the University of Melbourne at number 1 in Australia and 32 in the world.

For the full rankings tables by subject area for 2014, visit the QS World University Rankings website.

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Find out more about Australian Engineering and IT Schools!

Would you like more information about studying engineering and information technology at the University of Melbourne? Contact OzTREKK Admissions Officer Rachel Brady at rachel@oztrekk.com, or call toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355. Find out how you can study in Australia!