UWS students showcase latest 'real world' projects


Date: 21/11/2002

Hundreds of industry representatives and high school students will visit the University of Western Sydney's Parramatta Campus on Tuesday, December 3, 2002, to see the latest innovative student projects at the 2002 UWS Computing Exhibition.

The exhibition will feature a range of projects from over 70 undergraduate and postgraduate computing students.

The projects have involved organisations such as Penrith City Council and the New Children's Hospital in Westmead, says exhibition coordinator Joanne Curry, from the University's School of Computing and Information Technology.

"Our students have worked in teams to develop real world software solutions for commercial organisations, free of charge," Ms Curry explains.

"For instance, our students worked in a project to enhance the software for a sleep management unit at the New Children's Hospital in Westmead. This system monitors the results of sleep tests and patient details and interacts with the main hospital database.

"Another example is a project with Penrith City Council for the development of a new health inspection system using handheld computers and the latest technology.

"This software enables health inspectors to visit a business, input details of the health inspection into the handheld device and then download all inspection details to the main council database," she says.

"UWS students have also made a significant contribution with the development of software systems for other organisations including Sony Australia, BAE systems, NSW Rural Fire Service, Royal Canine Council of NSW, Advanced Metal Products, Conveying Technologies, Flora International, and CHEP Australia."

According to Ms Curry, the practical projects prepare students for entry into the IT industry.

"The exhibition actively demonstrates the real outcomes of our students' projects to industry and the community. These students are future technology professionals who are set to carve out new ways to use technology in our lives. They are keenly sought after by potential employers," Ms Curry says.

Head of the School of Computing and Information Technology, Dr Athula Ginige says the exhibition "will allow members of our community the opportunity to experience the innovative work that is carried out at UWS".

"There will also be a chance to meet academic staff to discuss current research and industry developments.

"The exhibition also provides industry professionals with the chance to meet our students and see the high standard projects that are completed as part of the final year of study."

The computing exhibition will feature three sessions: one for Year 10, 11 and 12 high school students (from Northmead High School, Turramurra High School, Crestwood High School, Model Farms High School, Evans High School, Hornsby Girls High School, Normanhurst Boys High School, Asquith Girls High School) and another two sessions for industry and community.

There will also be display stands on student placement opportunities for interested employers and computing scholarships available for prospective students.

Industries and businesses interested in being involved in future student project programs should contact Joanne Curry, phone (02) 9685 9234 or email jm.curry@uws.edu.au

WHERE: Ian and Nancy Turbott Auditorium, Parramatta campus, Victoria Road, Rydalmere
WHEN: Tuesday, December 3, 2002

High school student sessions will be held from 10.30am to 12pm

Industry/community sessions will be held from 12.55pm to 2.30pm and 2.55pm to 4.30pm.

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Media contact: Suzie Vlaming, Senior Media Officer, 02 9852 5823, 0414 308 701, s.vlaming@uws.edu.au

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