UOWD’s Computer Science Innovation Fair: Pioneering Solutions for Tomorrow
Monday, 18 December, 2023
The University of Wollongong in Dubai (UOWD) recently hosted the Computer Science Innovation Fair, at the UOWD Campus. With a 20-year history rooted in computer science trade shows, this edition of the Computer Science Innovation Fair hosted a diverse range of 15 student projects, showcasing an impressive blend of technological innovation and practical solutions. These projects, developed by 70 senior students, spanned various aspects of modern technology, from advanced AI applications to ground-breaking AR tools, each tailored to address specific real-world challenges.
Over a six-month period, students engaged in a comprehensive developmental journey. They formed teams, brainstormed ideas, and then meticulously worked through the design, implementation, and testing phases. This rigorous process was designed to enhance their technical skills and promote critical thinking.
Speaking of the vision behind the innovation fair, Dr. May El Barachi, Head of School of Computer Science at UOWD said: “Our computer science programs are skills-based and industry focused. They aim at producing innovative, well-rounded, hands-on computer scientists who are well versed in the latest computing tools and technologies. Forming an integral part of the computer science program, the innovation fair was conceived as a platform for showcasing students’ talents and capabilities, and exposing them to industry experts. The fair is designed to put an emphasis on innovation and entrepreneurship, and using computer science as a powerful tool to solve real-life problems using software.”
Having gone through the scrutiny of the judging panel, formed of a mix of judges from industry and from academia, the winners and top participants often attract the attention of industry leaders, leading to offers of internships, job opportunities, and in some cases, the commercialization of their projects. This aspect of the fair provides invaluable exposure for students, connecting them with industry experts and opening doors to their future careers.
Team Blu earned the top honour with their AI virtual trainer app, VirtuFit. This application distinguishes itself by offering users a personalized fitness journey, assisting them in setting fitness goals, creating tailored training programs, and providing real-time feedback on exercise form. Its interactive approach and use of AI technology in enhancing personal fitness highlighted the potential of AI in everyday wellness.
Following closely, Team Synapse secured second place with CyberVault, a cybersecurity solution designed for today's increasingly mobile workforce. This portable firewall solution is ideally suited for those frequently using public networks, such as travelers and remote workers. Featuring advanced AI and machine learning for threat detection and security recommendations, CyberVault stands out with its user-friendly interface, real-time updates, and comprehensive monitoring capabilities, including an Intrusion Detection System (IDS).
Team Artemis won third place with their innovative AR Sewing App, Swetique. This application revolutionizes the traditional sewing process by minimizing paper and material waste. Users can input their body measurements, design custom garments, and use AR technology to assist with the precise cutting and assembly of fabric. Swetique represents a creative application of AR technology, merging sustainability with the practical aspects of garment making.
The Computer Science Innovation Fair at UOWD serves as a pivotal showcase of the university's commitment to industry-relevant, practical education. It not only showcases the talent of its students but also prepares them to be the next generation of technology innovators and leaders, ready to make impactful contributions in the tech world.