Swinburne researchers win accolades for university


KUCHING: Researchers from Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak Campus won the Best of Social Sciences and Humanities Award at the Innovation Technology Exposition 2022 (InTEX22).

All in the team who presented their findings on June 15-16 at Pullman Hotel bagged three gold, seven bronze and one merit medals.

Dr Yii Kwang Jing, Dr Maggie Tang May Jean and Shella Georgina Beatrice’s research on ‘Asymmetric Effects of Socioeconomic Characteristics on Electricity Accessibility: A Disaggregated Analysis at Urban-Rural Areas in Malaysia’ won a gold medal and was awarded the Best of Social Sciences and Humanities Award.

“The researchers investigated the asymmetric effects of socioeconomic characteristics on electricity accessibility in the urban and rural areas and incorporated Sustainable Development Goal 7 and Nonlinear Autoregressive Distributed Lag (NARDL) modelling,” it said.

The Engineering category (ICT) gold medal was won by Dr Lau Bee Theng, Carmen Chai and Dr Mark Tee Kit Tsun for inventing a game to increase the motivation of children with cancer to fight cancer.

Researchers with the awards won at InTex22.

“The invention is a research collaboration with Sarawak Children’s Cancer Society and National Cancer Society Malaysia.”

Chai Ching Yi, Dr Jee Teck Weng, Su Sueh Ing and Scott Wong won gold in the Social Sciences and Humanities category with their ‘Digital Technologies Seniors Program’ project.

The Digital Technologies Seniors Program, a co-developed programme with Persatuan Kebajikan Rolf Schnyder, bridges the generational gap between youths and senior citizens through technology coaching and reciprocal mentorship.

The programme anticipates achieving sustainable ownership and supporting the ecosystem for youths and senior citizens.

Additionally, “Exploring Multi-Modal Fusion-Based Indoor Navigation for Human-Following using Perception Scenes and Deep Learning,” “Raindrop Size Distribution Using Photogrammetric Technique,” “IoT Based Cost-Effective Smart Energy Meter,” “Eco-Friendly and Sustainable Dielectric Material Made of Natural Banana Fiber for Printed Circuit Boards,” and “Synthesis of Borneo Meranti Wood Polymer Composites for Automotive Interior Part” were other innovations that received bronze medals.

The ‘Detection of Artificially Generated Facial Images Using Ensemble Learning’ project won a merit medal.

Swinburne is ranked among the top 1 per cent of universities globally in both the QS World University Rankings 2023 and the latest Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU).

The university utilises the latest technologies to improve teaching and learning, and its undergraduate to postgraduate courses are also aligned to meet the demands of Industrial Revolution 4.0 (IR 4.0).

In addition, Swinburne is guided by the overarching Swinburne Horizon 2025 and its ‘moon shots’ to engage in research with impact by transforming industries, shaping lives and communities, driving innovation built on excellence in science and technology as well as being global in action, presence and reputation.

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