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Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016

Sydney Computer Engineering study warns of the rise of artificial intelligence

Artificial intelligence must be kept under human control or we may become defenceless against its capabilities, warn two University of Sydney machine-learning experts.

Professor Dong Xu, Chair in Computer Engineering from the Sydney School of Electrical and Information Engineering said the defeat of the world champion Go player has raised fresh concerns about the future role of artificial intelligence (AI) devices.

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The professor, whose research interests include computer vision, machine-learning and multimedia content analysis, says the question now is how much we should control AI’s ability to self-learn.

“The scientists and technology investors have been enthusiastic about AI for several years, but the triumph of the supercomputer has finally made the public conscious of its capabilities. This marks a significant breakthrough in the technology world,” Professor Xu said.

“Supercomputers are more powerful than the human mind. Competitive games such as Go or chess are actually all about rules  —they are easy for a computer. Once a computer grasps them, it will become very good at playing the games.”

Professor Xu said “The problem is that computers like AlphaGo aren’t good at the overall strategy, but they are good at partial ones because they search better within a smaller area. This explains why AI will often lag behind in the beginning but catches up later.

“A human player can be affected by emotions such as pressure or happiness, but a computer will not.

“It’s said that a person is able to memorise a thousand games in a year, but a computer can memorise tens of thousands or hundreds of thousands during the same period. And a supercomputer can always improve—if it loses one game, then it would analyse it and do better next time.

“If a super computer could totally imitate the human brain, and have human emotions such as being angry or sad, it will be even more dangerous.”

Currently, AI is good for the labour-intensive industries and can work as human substitutes to serve the public interest. They can clean, work as agricultural robots in the fields, or probe deep underground.

“Another challenge is that AI needs a more intelligent environment. For instance, self-driven automobiles often can’t recognise a red light, so if the traffic lights could send a signal to the cars and they could sense them, it would solve the problem. Singapore is making an effort to build an area with roads that are friendly or responsive to self-driven vehicles.”

Professor Xu believes it is crucial for companies such as Google and Facebook to set up “moral and ethics committees” to take control to ensure scientific research won’t head in the wrong direction and create machines that act maliciously.

Dr Michael Harre, a senior lecturer in complex systems who spent several years studying the AI behind the ancient Chinese board game, said “Go is probably the most complicated game that is commonly played today. Even when compared to chess, which has a very large number of possible patterns, Go has more possible patterns than there are atoms in the universe.

“The technology has developed to a point that it can now outsmart a human in both simple and complex tasks. This is a concern because artificial intelligence technology may reach a point in a few years where it is feasible that it could be adapted to areas of defence where a human may no longer be needed in the control loop: truly autonomous AI.”


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Friday, March 18th, 2016

Nanoscience and technology institute launching at University of Sydney

Cross-disciplinary institute and flagship $150m building cements Sydney’s place advancing frontier knowledge.

The Australian Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology, launching next month, provides a world-leading environment for scientists at the forefront of nanotechnology to address some of the biggest challenges facing society. A recent issue of the Sydney Morning Herald featured an insight into the university’s “quantum leap” into the next frontier.

The Australian Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology, which launches next month at the University of Sydney, brings together in a purpose-built facility the capacity to design, fabricate, measure, test and deploy nanotechnology innovations—in an Australian first.

The new $150m Sydney Nanoscience Hub—the headquarters of the Australian Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology—is among the most advanced laboratories for advanced measurement and experimental device demonstration globally built for this purpose and joins just a handful of facilities at some of the most prominent universities globally.

Available for public use will be a prototyping facility and cleanroom, which will be augmented by a bespoke electron microscope in one of the most electromagnetically and mechanically stable environments in the world.

The Australian Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology officially launches on April 20, 2016. 


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Friday, February 26th, 2016

Sydney IT School studies email security

An international research team has provided evidence for the first time of the vulnerability of electronic communication via email.

Dr Ralph Holz, lecturer in Networks and Security at the University of Sydney School of Information Technologies and co-appointed researcher at Data61 a premier innovation network, says experts have suspected weaknesses in email cryptographic setups and authentication for some time but there has been no hard evidence to support these suspicions.

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The research team conducted active scans of the entire Internet, testing the setups of mail and chat servers before analysing the passive Internet traffic of more than 50,000 users in the United States in more than 16 million encrypted connections.

Results of their study revealing how emails can be poorly protected when in transit will be presented at the Internet Society’s Network and Distributed System Security Symposium in San Diego this week.

Dr Holz, a specialist in internet communication and co-appointed researcher at Data61, a premier innovation network, said “We investigated both the client-to-server interactions as well as server-to-server forwarding mechanisms. These can be configured in a number of ways, but these many combinations  are leading to insecure deployments.

“We ran continuous scans of the Internet’s most important security protocols and applications to detect deployment patterns that open systems to attacks.

“While email between users of major providers such as Gmail or Hotmail is relatively secure, this is not true in more general cases and several serious weaknesses exist.

“One of the largest problems identified in the analysis is the lack of support for encryption—less than half of the mail servers supported even basic encrypted communication, and 17 percent used insecure cryptography.

“Only a third of mail servers can prove their identity securely; this means that a sending party often cannot determine whether an email is going to reach the right receiver or will be intercepted at some point,” the Sydney IT School lecturer said.

The researchers will offer several recommendations based on their analysis to help change the status quo, which include providing more measurements and urging software makers to use sane default configurations.

University of Sydney researchers worked with a group which included members from Data61 (Australia), ICSI (USA), and the Technical University of Munich (Germany).

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Information technology professionals create and manage business applications, websites, systems and the IT environment for organizations. Drawing on both computer science and information systems, it involves the study of computers and the programs that run on them as well as the creation of computer systems that satisfy individual and organizational needs.

The University of Sydney School of Information Technologies offers a Master of Information Technology for professionals wanting to extend and update their knowledge of advanced computing subjects, as well as a Master of Information Technology Management, for technically skilled graduates seeking to move up the management ladder.


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Monday, December 14th, 2015

New chip technology inspired by student laser projector

University of Sydney electrical and information engineering researchers have developed a new silicon alignment and packaging system that could improve the manufacturing efficiency of biomedical and measurement sensors.

The system was developed using silicon CMOS technologies, and designers, Professor Xiaoke Yi and research honours student Keith Powell believe it will improve the speed and repeatability of packaging.

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The pair’s invention provides a new closed loop system to perform the silicon photonic alignment and packaging process autonomously, significantly reducing the time, cost and manpower needed.

It has also increased the efficiency, consistency and scalability for massive packaging of photonic inter circuit (PIC) chips. The primary applications for PICs are in the areas of fibre-optic communication, biomedical and photonic computing.

The new technology can also be used in radar, antenna, optical interconnect, nanophotonic packaging and recently the technology was identified as having potential applications for earthquake monitoring and early detection of landslides.

Professor Joe Dong, head of the Sydney School of Electrical and Information Engineering congratulated the team on their groundbreaking achievement, stating he has no doubt that it will create a profound impact for Australian’s industries.

Associate Professor Xiaoke Yi, Fibre-optics and Photonics Laboratory at the university said, “Photonic alignment has been a major stumbling block in the silicon photonics industry.

“I was impressed by the laser projector my honours student, Keith had developed in his spare time and asked him to try and solve the nanophotonic alignment problem.

“Within weeks Keith had a solution. And in just over a year, Associate Professor Yi and Keith had a working prototype developed and experimental verification completed.”

Keith, who is currently a PhD student in the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies, says the unique laser projection technology enables high sensitivity to displacements at the nano-scale and has a large measurement range.

Funding from the Federal Department of Defence through the Capability and Technology Demonstration Program Office (CTDPO) supported the invention and construction of the prototype, which is now under an Australian provisional patent.


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Wednesday, November 18th, 2015

Industry scouts for digital disrupters at graduate show

A growing number of major Australian corporates are supporting the University of Sydney’s annual Design Lab graduate show to find and nurture the brightest emerging talent for the new era of digital disruption.

Price Waterhouse Coopers (PwC), Commonwealth Bank, Deloitte Digital, and IBM have joined several long-standing UX* industry supporters to sponsor this year’s show, Anthelion, which opens at the University of Sydney’s Tin Sheds Gallery on Nov. 26.

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The exhibition is the final showcase of work by students completing a Bachelor of Design Computing and Master of Interaction Design & Electronic Arts (Photo credit: University of Sydney)

The exhibition is the final showcase of work by students completing a Bachelor of Design Computing and Master of Interaction Design & Electronic Arts. The show represents the intersection of two worlds: design and technology—an essential skillset in today’s thriving UX industry that is driving digital innovation.

Associate Professor Martin Tomitsch, Head of Design Lab and Director of Design Computing at the University of Sydney says that the graduating students are in high demand from industry every year.

“Our students have the design thinking and technical skills that can reshape the way we interact with our physical, social and cultural environment.

“The works in the show represent the varied ways our students approach and respond to designing and creating meaningful and user-friendly experiences at home, on the street, in the workplace and virtually,” said Tomitsch.

PwC’s Dr Crighton Nichols leads the innovation team in PwC’s internal core technologies group. He believes that the Design Computing and MIDEA graduates are very well equipped to contribute to today’s digital world, in which user-experience is critical.

”Digital disruption is transforming the way PwC works with our clients. Our engagements are more collaborative and informed by data, often from multiple sources that need to be consolidated. The resulting insights then need to be communicated clearly, which requires creative data visualisation to be truly effective.

“The ability to take a design-thinking approach to working with clients to understand the problem space and then iterate through possible solutions using lean, agile methodologies is essential to achieving our vision to solve complex problems that are important to society”, said Dr Crighton Nichols, Innovator & Enterprise Architect, PwC.

Disruptive thinker and University of Sydney graduate, Victoria Adams, is a UX designer in the innovation team at PwC, who was literally recruited on the spot by Nichols at last year’s show.

“I met Crighton at the design computing showcase through one of the lecturers, and started talking UX, design and innovation. Shortly after giving him my website, I was in the interview room—a few times—and a year later, I am ten months into my job at PwC!” said Adams.

This year’s Anthelion show sees 57 students present new ideas and design challenges across robotics and drones, mobile apps, 3D modelling, interactive digital installations, and wearable technology.

Among some of the unique ideas on show are Waterbender, a smart home app to track and control water usage; Home Command, an app for automated home devices controlling lighting, doors and alarms; You’re the Superhero, a fun interactive installation for children in hospital to assist with their recovery; and KneeTech, a wearable device that monitors patient progress after Anterior Cruciate Ligament reconstructive surgery.

“Some works are experimental ideas for now, but may become central to how we experience the world and live our lives in the future. The exhibition provides a place for industry to meet and see the many and varied imaginings of our students,” said Tomitsch.

An Athelion is a term used in astronomy to describe a rare optical phenomenon that appears in the form of a white halo occurring at the intersection of anthelic arcs. The title for the exhibition emerged as a metaphor for the way the University of Sydney graduates and their skills are situated at the intersection of design and technology.



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Friday, August 28th, 2015

Generous donation to support Farmbot for the People project

Anonymous $1.5-million donation to robotics research aims to make technology accessible to the average Australian farmer.

Project coordinator Salah Sukkarieh Professor of Robotics and Intelligent Systems and Director of Research and Innovation at the Australian Centre for Field Robotics says the affordable farmbots will give farmers a tool to help better manage their farms.

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Professor Salah Sukkarieh and Mark Calleija work on the Ladybird (Photo credit: University of Sydney)

“It will also help them reduce the time spent on laborious farm duties, crop and animal monitoring, as well as invasive pest management,” he said.

“The technology will provide our farming community with low-cost platforms that can be adapted easily to meet the farmer’s individual needs.

“The new technology will assist agriculturalists in taking their farms into the future as well as provide an education tool for the next generation of growers.

“We will develop two low-cost Farmbot devices – the EmuBot™ and the KangaBot™. The platforms will be rugged, robust, battery and solar powered, energy efficient, simple to operate, and easily adaptable to meet different faming needs,” the University of Sydney Engineering School professor said.

The two variants will capture a wide range of agriculture applications from livestock, to tree crops and vegetable rows.

“We want to give all farmers the opportunity to have access to transformational technology by creating an affordable robot,” says senior technical developer Mark Calleija.

“Access to low cost robots would positively impact the quality of life for our farmers and their communities.

“It would help them address input and labour costs and improve efficiencies.

“It will also provide a generic platform that will enable farmers to grow technological capability on their farms as well as provide an educational tool for next generation growers.

“The mainstream use of agricultural robotics will also encourage a renewed interest in farming and attract a new technology-savvy generation back to the farm,” said Calleija.

With Australia’s population expected to reach around 38 million by 2060, the Australian Productivity Commission’s July 2015 update report said future growth in Australia’s agricultural sector “is likely to depend on the more productive use of land, water and other natural endowments through the application of the most up-to-date equipment and technologies against the background of changing productive potential.”

Professor Archie Johnston, dean Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies, said this type of generous donation would accelerate researchers’ efforts in working collaboratively with industry groups to deliver innovative technologies that will inevitably revolutionise farming techniques.

With every gift to the University of Sydney, donors become part of INSPIRED – the Campaign to support the University of Sydney, which aims to raise $600 million by 2017.

University of Sydney Mechatronic Engineering

Mechatronic engineering is the study of computer-controlled systems that form the basis of the ‘intelligent’ products that are ubiquitous in today’s society.

Drawing on aspects of disciplines such as mechanical, electrical and systems engineering, as well as computer science, it provides the foundation for cutting-edge technologies in fields including robotics, manufacturing, aerospace and bioengineering. The University of Sydney Engineering School offers an exciting range of undergraduate and postgraduate research opportunities in mechatronic engineering and robotics.

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Friday, June 19th, 2015

University of Sydney launches high-performance computer

The University of Sydney celebrated the launch of its first high-performance computer (HPC) service, which will allow researchers to leverage big data for research and cross-disciplinary collaboration.

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Available at no cost to University of Sydney researchers across all disciplines, Artemis has been developed by the university in partnership with Dell Australia.

NHMRC Australia Fellow Professor Edward Holmes from the Charles Perkins Centre said the partnership between the university and Dell will greatly benefit Australian science.

“Artemis will enable researchers from diverse fields to perform state-of-the-art computational analysis and improve collaboration between research groups by providing a common set of tools and capabilities with consistent access mechanisms,” Professor Holmes said.

Dell customised the new HPC service specifically for the University of Sydney, using a technical design to meet its performance and capacity requirements.

“The HPC solution designed for Artemis is a wonderful example of how Dell can customise solutions to handle different environments and workloads,” said John McCloskey, Enterprise General Manager at Dell ANZ.

“The HPC solutions will enable researchers to perform complex calculations to provide fast and broad data analysis. HPC is a highly effective way to help analyse complex data and it’s exciting to see it used in research that could potentially impact the world we live in.”

Artemis is a key tool to assist researchers in areas as diverse as molecular biology, economics, mechanical engineering and physical oceanography.

The system has incorporated 1512 cores of compute capacity and consists of 56 standard compute nodes, two high-memory compute nodes and five GPU compute nodes.


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Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015

University of Sydney researchers say computers should make us happier

Two University of Sydney researchers are calling on developers to rethink their entire approach to designing computer software.

Professor Rafael Calvo, School of Electrical and Information Technology and Dorian Peters, Faculty of Education and Social Work are urging developers to employ “positive computing” software methods in their design processes.

Professor Calvo, Director of the Positive Computing Lab and Co-Director of the Software Engineering Group at the university believes we are at risk of becoming slaves to our own computer designs, when instead we should be directing them in ways that foster our happiness.

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“It is not just about getting a computer to do more things for you,” says the Professor whose research is focused on the design of systems that specifically support well-being in areas of mental health, medicine and education.

“For the past three decades we have been focused on technology for improving performance and productivity—we need to move on from that—towards developing technology that respects and improves our well-being, something we call positive computing.”

The pair who has been researching the effects of computer technology on a person’s wellness argue technology can support things, such as positive emotions, self-awareness, mindfulness, empathy, and compassion.

According to Peters, there are already examples that show certain technology designs can increase altruism, positive emotion, and self-awareness. On a recent trip to Silicon Valley, they met with researchers at Facebook who run the company’s “Compassion Project,” and gave a seminar as part of “Mindfulness Week” at Google.

“Even people at the big tech companies are starting to see the benefits of considering impact on well-being for both business and social reasons,” says Peters.

“We know how to make technology irresistible, addictive even,” says the Sydney Information Technology School professor. “We should repurpose this knowledge into designing digital products that support quality of life and psychological flourishing.”

In their recently published book Positive Computing: Technology for Wellbeing and Human Potential, Calvo and Peters explain that technologists’ growing interest in social good is part of a larger public concern about how our digital experience affects our emotions and our quality of life.

In the book they break the notion of well-being down into some of it’s critical parts. They focus on factors like autonomy, connectedness, and meaning, all of which have been shown by research to be key to well-being.

Peters cites two of their current projects (one with Asthma Australia and one with the Children’s Hospital Westmead) both designed to help adolescents with chronic illness transition from paediatric care to mature self-management.

“If this was just about dealing with the practical, we could just make an app that reminded them to take their medicine, but this is about something bigger. It’s about helping young people develop a sense of competence and autonomy, both of which are key factors of psychological well-being.”

University of Sydney School of Information Technology

Information technology professionals create and manage business applications, websites, systems and the IT environment for organizations. Drawing on both computer science and information systems, it involves the study of computers and the programs that run on them as well as the creation of computer systems that satisfy individual and organizational needs.

The University of Sydney School of Information Technology offers a Master of Information Technology for professionals wanting to extend and update their knowledge of advanced computing subjects, as well as a Master of Information Technology Management, for technically skilled graduates seeking to move up the management ladder.

Research programs leading to the degrees of Master of Philosophy and Doctor of Philosophy are also available.


Find out more about Information technology programs available at the University of Sydney School of Information Technology. Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Information Technology Schools Admissions Officer Rachel Brady at rachel@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355.

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015

University of Sydney IT summer school teaches students to code like a ninja

A University of Sydney national summer school created to provide a fresh environment for bright young high school students wanting to learn about computer-programming celebrated its twentieth anniversary at the beginning of January with predictions it will grow even stronger.

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The national computer summer school (NCSS), the brainchild of two University of Sydney information technologies specialists, Professor Judy Kay and Dr Bob Kummerfield, has attracted literally thousands of students over the past two decades. Professor Kay says the school has given young female students in particular an opportunity to immerse themselves in the world of computer science, learn how to write or improve their programming skills for software design and development.

“Initially our aim was to attract students into considering a career choice offered by studying ICT-related subjects at university,” Professor Kay said.

“Many of our graduates have gone on to work with tech giants such as Google, Atlassian and IBM.

“Over the years students have told us that the NCSS gave them a completely new experience, was a lot of fun, even when they were spending a slab of their summer holidays in really intensive learning about programming.”

Since its inception, NCSS has increased its scope and reach now includes two other programs: The NCSS Challenge a 5-week online programming competition for secondary school students held in annually in August; and The Girls’ Programming Network (GPN) a program developed and run by girls and for girls. GPN is managed by female IT students mainly from the University of Sydney. Professor David Lowe, Associate Dean (Education) in the Sydney School of Information Technologies, predicts an even bigger future for the computer-programming outreach programs.

“In the next few years as the new Australian Curriculum is adopted, digital technologies will be implemented by every primary and high school in Australia” Professor Lowe said.

“This will see students from Years 3 to 8 being required to learn to code in school, which will be a massive step forward.

“We can see the NCSS Challenge, our online programming competition, becoming even more widely adopted, with many thousands of students participating around the country. Who knows what Year 12 students will be capable of doing during the NCSS summer school—the sky is really the limit!

“We do know that we’ll be able to do much more sophisticated and complex projects because the students will know so much more before they arrive. I can’t wait to see what we could do then.”

Master of Information Technology

The Master of Information Technology has been developed for IT professionals seeking to extend and update their knowledge on advanced computing subjects. The course also provides an excellent retraining opportunity for professionals who wish to move to a new IT specialty. As part of the course students will choose a major from a number of related areas such as digital media technology, software engineering, data management and analytics, biomedical and health informatics, networks and distributed systems, and telecommunications engineering.

The degree also offers a research pathway to eligible candidates planning to pursue a higher degree by research.

Graduate opportunities

Graduates of the Master of Information Technology are IT specialists who possess an excellent combination of knowledge and practical, hands-on expertise to influence and reinforce an organisations technology infrastructure and to support the people who use it. They will often be responsible for selecting and deploying software products appropriate for an organisation. They may also be involved in creating and managing business applications, web sites, systems and the IT environment in all types of industries.

Program: Master of Information Technology
Location: Sydney, New South Wales
Semester intakes: March and July
Duration: 1.5 years
Application deadline: January 31, 2015 and June 30, 2015; however, it is recommended that students apply a minimum of three months prior to the program start date.

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Friday, June 6th, 2014

Sydney biomedical research students annotate medical images

Biomedical research students at the University of Sydney have joined international efforts to improve the automatic interpretation of 3D anatomical images used by health practitioners.

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The team has received international recognition for their unique algorithm that automatically analyses three-dimensional computed tomographic (3D CT) liver images. The team’s work was awarded first place in the annual Cross Language Evaluation Forum image challenge. The detailed results will be presented at the Cross Language Evaluation Forum (CLEF) to be held in Sheffield in the United Kingdom.

ImageCLEF hosts a variety of challenges. This year the aim of their medical imaging challenge was to automatically annotate 3D CT images of the liver based on an analysis of the images says team member Dr Ashnil Kumar, a post-doctoral fellow in the Sydney School of Information Technologies.

“Medical imaging is now a fundamental aspect of healthcare delivery but the challenge facing clinicians is how best to extract or identify relevant information from these massive data sets,” states Dr Kumar.

“Subtle differences in medical images are often critical in determining patient outcomes. Our work is part of a long-term worldwide goal to develop better clinical support technologies.

“Advances in imaging technology means that we now have bigger, better images, in 3D for example that can be used to detect these differences. The downside is the increased time and effort needed by expert radiologists to analyse them.”

A major challenge is developing technologies to better support a radiologist’s workflow. The ability to automatically analyse and annotate images, and then generate a structured report from the analysis and annotations has the potential to improve the efficiency of the radiologist’s practice.

Ideally, this would have flow on effects in terms of patient throughput and faster communication between radiologists, oncologists, and patients.

Our aim for the future is to build smarter, more accurate systems that enable clinical staff to work more efficiently. This project is the first step in this in goal.

Electrical engineering student, Shane Dyer who was central to the team’s efforts says:

“We know that analysis of 3D liver scans is a time consuming task for physicians, but our team knows we can create technology to overcome.

“We created a system that uses artificial intelligence (AI) techniques in order to automatically determine various properties of a liver for example number of lesions, size of the liver.

“Future work could include detecting when a property is abnormal, and the implementation of such a system could have the flow-on effect of reduced patient waiting times.

“Essentially, our challenge was to create AI that could fill in a form similar to a radiologist’s report. Examples of the annotation included liver and tumour properties such as shape, location, calcification, interaction with nearby vessels,” says Shane.

The team were supported by senior academics including Associate Professor Philip Leong and Dr Jinman Kim from the Biomedical Engineering and Technology group.


University of Sydney Institute of Biomedical Engineering and Technology

The Institute of Biomedical Engineering and Technology was established in 2012. Undertaking pioneering and potentially transformational research, the Institute will help strengthen and gain international recognition for Australian capability and knowledge in this increasingly important field.

The Institute invites research partners from the other faculties, hospitals, industry and other private and public sectors from around the world to join the University of Sydney and help improve the quality of people’s lives.

Key research areas cover

  • Biomechanics, Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering
  • Biotechnology and Biomolecular Engineering
  • Biomedical Devices and Instrumentation
  • Biomedical Imaging, Visualisation and Information Technologies


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