New JADE prize gets the green light from UWS students


Date: 03/12/2002

Four University of Western Sydney students have received inaugural prizes from the JADE Software Corporation in recognition of their work on a project with the School of Computing at UWS.

The final year computing students, James Oliver from Glen Alpine, Glen McDonald from Ruse, Tristian Barrett from Wattlegrove and Thay Khov from Bonnyrigg, will each receive $250 cash for their efforts. They all study at the University's Campbelltown campus.

The prizes are part of a higher education partner agreement with UWS that recognises students who have shown academic excellence in projects using JADE.

Their team project involved working with cutting-edge 'object-oriented' development software from JADE to create an appointment management system that could be used by a health practitioner.

"These are the first students to participate in the JADE project," says Joanne Curry, project coordinator from the School of Computing.

"They picked it up from scratch and then developed a commercially viable solution to manage rosters and client appointments."

JADE Education Manager, Mr Keith Cowan, praised the students' efforts when presenting the prize at the UWS Computing exhibition on December 3, 2002.

"We are pleased the students took the initiative to use the software. They have been the first students at UWS to build a real business application in JADE as part of their project," Mr Cowan says.

"A health practice will also be invited to trial the project in the near future."

According to Ms Curry, industries are demanding software systems which are easier to use and faster to build.

"It's important that we provide the latest learning environment as it makes our students more attractive to employers. From 2003, JADE will become the object-oriented software tool that UWS will be using for related teaching units."

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

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