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Friday, February 23rd, 2018

University of Queensland encourages sign-up to campus safety

Studying abroad can cause some anxiety, especially for parents of international students!

Have no fear if you’re at UQ, or planning to attend UQ. The University of Queensland works hard to ensure the safety of all students, staff and visitors who attend its campuses.

UQ is encouraging new and returning students and staff to sign up to the SafeZone smart phone app designed to improve safety and security across all campuses. The app connects students and staff directly to the UQ Security team or emergency services for on-campus first-aid or emergencies, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

University of Queensland encourages sign-up to campus safety encourages sign-up to campus safety

UQ SafeZone App (Image: UQ)

“The GPS-based app has been incredibly popular since its launch, with almost 8000 registered users,” he said.

“It now has new features, including an after-hours timer for those wanting to work late with confidence they will be monitored to reach their transport safely; and real-time campus safety bus tracking to allow people to time their exit to coincide with the arrival of the safety bus.

“The app is available at UQ’s St Lucia, Gatton and Herston (excluding RBWH) campuses and the Long Pocket, PACE, Pinjarra Hills, Indooroopilly Mine and Moreton Bay Research Station sites, providing the user has mobile phone or WiFi coverage,” Mr Dickson said.

“It’s designed to enhance emergency response and communication during critical incidents such as lockdowns and natural disasters by sending notifications to users’ mobile devices.”

SafeZone uses location-based tracking, but does not track a user’s location until an emergency alarm is activated or a call is made for help or first-aid.

“If the app is activated on one of our campuses then the campus security team will respond to the alarm or call,” Mr Dickson said.

If it’s activated at sites without 24-hour security—Long Pocket, PACE, Pinjarra Hills, the Indooroopilly Mine and the Moreton Bay Research Station—it will dial 000 (same as 911 in North America) to connect the user directly with emergency services.

SafeZone complements a range of security measures, including 788 security cameras, 72 emergency call points, a night safety bus service at St Lucia, night escorts, 24-hour security patrols and published preferred paths for after-dark travel.

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Wednesday, August 17th, 2016

Finding Nemo with new app

Visitors and residents along Queensland’s Great Barrier Reef can play a starring role as citizen scientists to build a brighter future for ‘Nemo’ clownfish and their anemone homes.

The IC-ANEMONE (or ‘I See Anemone’) app launch for National Science Week (Aug. 13–21) invites holiday-seekers and Queenslanders to get involved in saving Nemo by recording sightings in the wild via a new mobile phone app.

Help scientists find Nemo in Queensland with new app

Help scientists find Nemo (Photo: UQ)

This monitoring will help marine biologists from the University of Queensland and Flinders University to expand their conservation efforts.

UQ School of Biological Sciences PhD candidate and Saving Nemo Queensland Project Coordinator Carmen da Silva said she couldn’t wait to show reef visitors how to use the app and get involved.

“This is a really exciting way to gain an understanding of the numbers and the health of anemones and clown fish in the region,” she said.

“If we can get more people excited about reef conservation, hopefully more people will want to help save the reef.”

Her mother, and program director Karen Burke da Silva, is also Associate Professor of Biodiversity and Conservation at Flinders University in South Australia.

“We know that numbers are declining at some coral reefs both in Australia and overseas,” she says.

“We would love citizen scientists to use the new IC-ANEMONE app and learn how they can identify species while snorkelling and diving during their holiday.

“The information collected will be combined with other publicly available data, such as weather and collection statistics, to build a better understanding for clownfish conservation.”

Data collected with the app will enable scientists to monitor density, diversity, health and interspecies relationships of clownfish and anemones in protected and exploited sites across the Great Barrier Reef.

From Aug. 13, scientists from both universities will demonstrate the new app at the Great Barrier Reef Marine Authority’s Reef HQ Aquarium in Townsville, Cairns and Lizard Island.

IC-ANEMONE will help to create the first global database to better understand where clownfish and anemones occur and what threatens their survival in the wild.

Climate change, anemone bleaching, land use practices and over-collection are all potential threats to the species’ survival now and into the future, Associate Professor Burke da Silva says.

Up-to-date visualisations of data, for example maps of where particular clownfish are most frequently reported, will be available for people to compare their sightings to others in their region and beyond.

Using Australia as a baseline, the program will be expanded to include other popular tourism and high vulnerability in Southeast Asia where sustainable fishing practices have not been well enforced resulting in local extinctions.

The National Science Week initiative borrows from the conservation theme of the Disney movies Finding Nemo and sequel Finding Dory, urging the aquaria trade and pet owners to leave wild fish on coral reefs and protect marine sanctuaries from destructive exploitation.

For more information, please go to http://www.savingnemo.org/ or follow on Twitter @savenemo.

This Inspiring Australia initiative is supported by the Australian Government as part of National Science Week.

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Wednesday, February 17th, 2016

UQ launches free campus safety app

The University of Queensland is harnessing mobile technology to improve student and staff safety.

The SafeZone smartphone app (by CriticalArc) connects students and staff directly to the UQ Security team or emergency services for on-campus first-aid or emergencies, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

UQ launches free campus safety app

UQ launches free campus safety app (Photo credit: UQ)

Property and Facilities Director Alan Egan said the app would not only make it easier for UQ Security to respond to emergency situations quickly, but also for the university to alert SafeZone app users about any safety issues on campus.

“Through GPS, the app allows security staff to become aware of someone’s location, talk to them directly and arrange immediate assistance,” he said.

“The app is available any time at UQ’s St Lucia, Gatton and Herston (excluding RBWH) campuses and the Long Pocket, PACE, Pinjarra Hills, Indooroopilly Mine and Moreton Bay Research Station sites, providing the user has mobile phone or wifi coverage.”

SafeZone will improve emergency response and communication during critical incidents such as lockdowns and natural disasters by sending push notifications to users’ mobile devices.

Independent contractors working on campus will also be encouraged to register for SafeZone.

Although SafeZone uses location-based tracking, it does not track a user’s location until an emergency alarm is activated or a call is made for help or first-aid.

“When the user is within one of the defined areas, the campus security team will respond to the alarm or call,” Mr Egan said.

If the SafeZone app is activated at sites without 24/7 security – Long Pocket, PACE, Pinjarra Hills, Indooroopilly Mine and Moreton Bay Research Station – it will connect the user directly with emergency services instead of UQ Security.

If SafeZone is activated outside the defined zones the app will dial “000,” which is the Australian version of 911.

SafeZone will complement existing security infrastructure, including 788 security cameras, 72 emergency call points, a UniSafe night bus service at St Lucia, UniSafe night escorts, 24-hour security patrols and published preferred paths for after-dark travel.

SafeZone is available for iPhones, Android and Windows phones. Download the SafeZone app using one of the links below:

iPhone/iPad: goo.gl/6ED0XV
Android phone/tablet: goo.gl/e3u9mO
Windows phone: goo.gl/5vFxhW

For more information visit www.pf.uq.edu.au/unisafe/uqsafezone/

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Monday, January 19th, 2015

UQ creates atlas smartphone app

A new, free smartphone application offers a guide to the locations and landscapes that provide the backdrop for Australia’s most-loved films, novels and plays.

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The CultureMap Application is a mobile version of the Cultural Atlas of Australia, which was developed by researchers in the University of Queensland’s School of Communication and Arts.

The application is an interactive map depicting more than 1,000 locations referred to in about 180 iconic works.

Associate Professor Jane Stadler, leader of the Cultural Atlas project, said the app would be convenient for students, researchers, and cultural tourists.

“It is location-sensitive, so when you open it you can see what narratives are set or filmed nearby,” she said.

“You can search for your favourite film or author, for example, or browse the locations plotted on the map.”

The app also provides environmental and scientific information for films and novels set in areas with unique or threatened ecosystems, or those with science-related themes like cloning.

“This ‘ecocultural showcase’ will be of particular interest to students and travellers who are interested in the ways in which Australian films and novels foreground environmental concerns or feature environmentally sensitive regions,” Dr Stadler said.

Featured ecocultural case studies are in the Pilbara, where the films Japanese Story and Red Dog were set, and Victoria’s high country, the location for the film The Man from Snowy River.

Dr Stadler said she hoped the accessibility of the CultureMap app would encourage people to contribute more images and information.

“The atlas is designed so people can participate in developing it,” Dr Stadler said.

“We’re inviting the public to contribute photos of locations and their personal knowledge about the settings of specific narrative places or events in Australian cinema, literature, and play scripts.”

Contributions are welcome with directions to a location, or information about why a location is significant.

The app is available for Apple and Android devices, and can be downloaded from iTunes and Google Play.

The Cultural Atlas and App were funded by an Australian Research Council Discovery Grant and an Inspiring Australia grant from the Department of Industry and Science. The research team includes UQ’s Dr Stephen Carleton and Queensland University of Technology researcher Dr Peta Mitchell.

The Cultural Atlas of Australia is on Facebook.

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Thursday, September 18th, 2014

UQ gaming app to improve health

A mobile gaming app developed by University of Queensland Engineering School students to help cystic fibrosis sufferers manage their illness has garnered national attention at the recent iAwards.

The Pepster app delivers breathing therapy for cystic fibrosis in the form of computer games, using a patient’s breath as the controller.

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The application was recognised with the Hill’s Young Innovator of the Year award and the Best Mobile Application award.

UQ engineering student and entrepreneur Elliot Smith said he and his fellow co-founders of Pepster, Jeremy Herbert and Gavin Kremor, wanted to create a device that could have a positive impact on people’s lives.

“Pepster has been a wonderful experience for us,” Mr Smith said.

“It’s a great privilege to be able to apply our knowledge in engineering and healthcare to a project like this.

“Winning the Hill’s Young Innovator award has helped in providing funding for the next stage of our development.

“We are looking to build the best possible version of the device and this will help us get there.”

The application came about after the students were approached by a cystic fibrosis specialist from the Mater Children’s Hospital who was concerned about how often or how well people were doing their chest physiotherapy exercises outside of hospital.

Based around the Positive Expiratory Pressure (PEP) exercise, the Pepster system consists of a breath-measurement device that plugs into a tablet computer and a suite of applications which transform measurements into interactive experiences for the user.

Pepster records the breath measurements taken while the patient plays the game, allowing physicians to monitor their patient’s process.

Currently, a medical trial of Pepster involving 30 patients at the Mater Children’s Hospital is underway.

About the UQ School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering

Located within the Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology, the School of ITEE is at the forefront of research, teaching and learning across the Information & Communications Technology (ICT) and Engineering disciplines.

The School of ITEE offers a multifaceted suite of teaching programs, at both the undergraduate and postgraduate level, in Information Technology, Engineering Hardware, Software and Information Management, Human-Computer Interaction and Multimedia Design.

The school boasts a strong, internationally recognised research base and through its association with a number of research centres, is a research leader in a number of fields including

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Cognitive Systems Engineering
  • Complex & Intelligent Systems
  • Data & Knowledge Engineering
  • e-Research
  • Microwave & Optical Communications
  • Power & Energy Systems
  • Security & Surveillance
  • Systems & Software Engineering
  • Ubiquitous Computing

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Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

UQ Student Guide App

Heading to Oz to study at the University of Queensland? They’ve got a handy new app to help students navigate UQ in all its forms!

The UQ Student Guide App for international students is a free mobile and tablet application that contains general information about the University of Queensland as well as information about your study options at UQ, student life, entry requirements, application instructions, scholarships and tuition fees. It also contains a program finder to help you quickly search for programs available at UQ.

The app is available for iPad, iPhone and Android tablets and smartphones.

UQ Student Guide App Features

The University of Queensland's Student Guide App features

  • Interactive program finder with options to search by keyword, index, or faculty area
  • Easily accessible entry requirements
  • Comprehensive information about the University of Queensland including
    • programs
    • campuses
    • rankings
    • location
    • how to apply
    • accommodation
    • support services
    • financial matters
  • Video content
  • Links to websites, maps and photos
  • Easy-to-navigate contents page

FAQ

How do I get the UQ Student Guide App?

You can get the UQ Study Guide App through your OS store or directly through the phone or tablet.

How much does the UQ Study Guide App cost?

Nothing, the UQ Study Guide App is free!

How do I search the UQ Program Finder?

You can search the program finder by keyword, index or faculty area.

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Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

UoN nutrition researchers use smartphone technology to study pregnancy diets

With little being known about the diets of expectant Indigenous mums, University of Newcastle nutrition researchers are using smartphone technology to gather firsthand insights and provide personalised feedback.

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University of Newcastle nutrition researchers are using smartphone technology

They are currently recruiting for a study titled “Diet Bytes & Baby Bumps,” which began at the Gomeroi Gaaynggal Centre in Tamworth and has since been extended to the University of Newcastle‘s Callaghan campus.

“The method we’ve developed allows pregnant women to use their smartphone to photograph the food they’re about to eat and tag it with either a voice or text annotation,” nutrition and dietetics lecturer Dr Megan Rollo said.

“We are getting rich information like recipes and ingredients, as the voice record allows them to be more descriptive. This is sent to a dietitian for analysis and we provide feedback via a short video message, along with a follow-up phone call with the dietitian.”

In addition to the digital recording, participants are also measured with a food frequency questionnaire and 24-hour recall survey. This approach is less tedious than a traditional written food diary where people have to weigh and measure their food.

With expectant mums monitored for 12 weeks in their first or second trimester, Tamworth-based PhD candidate Amy Ashman said a number of early recruits had since given birth to healthy babies.

“The study is unique because we’re using this innovative method to capture the diets of both Indigenous and non-Indigenous women. It’s especially important as there is limited information regarding Indigenous women’s diets during this important life stage,” Ms Ashman said

Participants receive one-to-one advice based on current dietary guidelines, covering the basic food groups and the key nutrients for pregnancy—such as iron, folate, zinc, calcium and iodine.

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The School of Health Sciences at the University of Newcastle excels in the teaching and learning of allied health professionals, and offers study with a strong clinical focus in the eleven health professions represented within the school.

The School of Health Sciences has specialized teaching laboratories for programs at both the Newcastle and Central Coast campuses. Students learn and refine their practical skills required for professional practice in these laboratories prior to undertaking clinical or other professional placements.

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Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

Local app to save motorists from parking fines

A smartphone app developed with support from the University of Queensland’s ilab start-up accelerator is set to help motorists avoid parking fines.

ParkingMaestro is a “set and forget” solution that warns the user when they should start their return journey to their car, based on the distance to the vehicle and the time remaining before the parking expires.

Users either scan the street parking sign using the app’s image recognition function or manually enter the details of the sign or parking ticket. The app then tracks their movements and uses an algorithm to determine how long it will take to walk back to the car.

ParkingMaestro co-founder Mark Schroder said he developed the app with Patrick Acheampong to solve a significant issue he faced while living in Sydney and then in Brisbane.

“Whether I was at home, at work or going out with friends, I realised my car was nearly always parked in a restricted area,” he said. “There are few people living in inner city areas who have their own garage and don’t have to worry about when their parking is expiring,” Mr Schroder said.

“It is a twenty-four-hour-a-day problem.

“What compounds the issue is your car is nearly always parked in a different place every day, which can be hard to keep track of, and the time it takes to get back to your vehicle is easily misjudged, or you forget, which results in an expensive fine.

“Our solution was to develop an app that alerts you when you need to start walking back to your car, regardless of how far it is.”

Start-up accelerator ilab is a division of the University of Queensland’s main commercialisation company, UniQuest.

“Being part of ilab was fantastic. They were able to guide us through the complex process of turning an idea into a finished product,” Mr Schroder said.

“It is not until you are in the thick of developing an app that you realise how complex it is, and being able to turn to the ilab mentors for advice was absolutely invaluable.”

ilab Program Director Bernie Woodcroft said the ParkingMaestro developers were outstanding participants in ilab’s Germinate Program.

“The program provides access to industry mentors, successful entrepreneurs and funding support, giving applicants like Mark and Patrick the opportunity to develop their digital business ideas into reality.

“Parking is a huge problem in the world’s cities and I’m excited to see the continued growth of their business with this release.” he said.

ParkingMaestro is available for iPhone via iTunes and through www.parkingmaestro.com, and is being adapted for Android.

Applications are now open for the next round of the ilab Germinate Program. Visit www.ilab.com.au for more information.

About the UQ School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering

The UQ School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering (ITEE) offers a multifaceted suite of teaching programs, at both the undergraduate and postgraduate level, in Information Technology, Engineering Hardware, Software and Information Management, Human-Computer Interaction and Multimedia Design.

At the School of ITEE, they understand the requirements of the ICT industry and are continually advancing their programs, with strong industry consultation, to ensure UQ graduates are given the foundation for lifelong learning to respond to this exciting and constantly changing field. UQ Information Technology and Electrical Engineering students are also supported in their studies with an extensive range of state-of-the-art facilities including dedicated specialist laboratories, studios and the latest in software and production equipment.

The school boasts a strong, internationally recognised research base and through its association with a number of research centres, is a research leader in a number of fields including

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Cognitive Systems Engineering
  • Complex & Intelligent Systems
  • Data & Knowledge Engineering
  • e-Research
  • Microwave & Optical Communications
  • Power & Energy Systems
  • Security & Surveillance
  • Systems & Software Engineering
  • Ubiquitous Computing

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Friday, February 21st, 2014

JCU creates own mobile app

James Cook University has just launched “James Cook Uni Mobile,” its first mobile app for current students, staff and the public.

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The launch coincides with the start of Orientation Week (or O week) on both Townsville and Cairns campuses.

JCU’s Web and Social Media team has been developing the app over the past few months with input from key stakeholders and on Monday, Feb. 17, it became officially available from the Apple App Store for iPhone 4/4s/5s/5c and iPad, and the Google Play Store for Android devices.

Manager of JCU’s Web and Social Media, Jane Polak Scowcroft, said the free James Cook University Mobile app was a university-wide initiative to improve the mobile experience of students, faculty, staff, and visitors to JCU’s campuses.

“While the app benefits the entire James Cook University community, it focuses primarily on enhancing student experience, giving both new and returning students the convenience of having online tools in their pocket,” Ms Polak Scowcroft said.

“The app makes finding out about the campus, university events, workshops, and student services easier—not to mention the opening hours of coffee shops during exam time.”

Ms Polak Scowcroft said for staff, the application makes it easier to navigate the campus, access email addresses and find other staff on campus.

“We look forward to the many exciting ideas of where we can take the mobile app.”

Ms Polak Scowcroft said special thanks go to the Web and Social Media team and all those who contributed for their hard work in developing and launching the product.

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Monday, May 27th, 2013

New University of Melbourne UniSafe app

The University of Melbourne has launched a free smartphone app, the first of its kind in Australia, to improve the campus experience for students and staff.

The app—Unisafe—has been designed as part of the Safer Community Program, within the Well-being area of the University of Melbourne’s Student Services. The app allows staff and students to access resources in and around the campus and provides an instant link to assistance and support.

Safer Community Manager, Sally Coates, said UniSafe was part of the university’s commitment to providing students and staff with the best possible experience on campus.

“Our students are fortunate to study at one of the safest and most beautiful campuses in the world and they play an active role in maintaining this environment,” she said.

The app links to a wide range of the University of Melbourne’s services including counselling, disability assistance, human resources, security, and occupational health and safety information. Students can also access the websites of international student support, health services, chaplains, the Student Union, the Graduate Students Association, and information on discrimination, harassment and bullying.

“Unisafe means anyone with a smartphone can locate a range of university services,” Ms Coates said. “One of the handiest tools is the flashlight for walking though the campus at night. Though Parkville is well-lit, at the touch of a button students can find their way around in the evening.”

Another feature of the app is the ability to book a chaperone to escort people to nearby transport.

“Our students work hard and study late. We want them to feel that the campus is their home and that there is always someone to call if they need help. It is exciting to be at the forefront of developing more supportive learning and working,” she said.

“The Safer Community Program and the UniSafe app have received positive feedback from the broader community including Crimestoppers Victoria and the Women’s Domestic Violence Crisis Service,” she said.

UniSafe is the first app of its kind in Australia and it will be used as a prototype to develop similar apps for other Australian universities.

The launch of the app coincides with recent initiatives implemented by the Victorian Government and the City of Melbourne to improve the city’s safety. “We wanted to get on board with these programs to be proactive in promoting safety on campus,” Ms Coates said.

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