2013 NASSCOM Innovation Student Awards

Winners announced - 2 Universities win Awards

Students from the University of Technology, Sydney and Australian National Univerity/NICTA have won 2013 NASSCOM Innovation Student Awards. A Project from University of NSW was Highly Commended. Page down for Winning entries and the Judges' Citations. Click here for the Media Release of the 2013 NASSCOM Innovation Student Awards.

The Awards attracted a good number of nominations from across Australia for the best IT Innovation and IT-enabled Business Innovation categories. The Winners received $1,000 and trophies which were presented at the CeBIT ICT Celebration Dinner on Wednesday 29th May at the Sydney Exhibition & Conference Centre in front an audience of more than 700 ICT professionals, industry bodies and invited guests.

The Awards were presented by Deborah Hadwen, Chair of NASSCOM Australia and The Hon. Victor Dominello, MP, NSW Minister for Citizenship, Communities and Aboriginal Affairs. Ms Hadwen said "It gives me great pleasure to present the second annual NASSCOM Innovation Student Awards. The awards have been specially designed to offer encouragement to students in ICT across Australia to showcase innovation and creativity in the field."

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left to right : Deborah Hadwen, Chair of NASSCOM Australia, Vahid Vakiloroaya, Elena Kelareva, Mojtaba Maghrebi, The Hon. Victor Dominello, MP

NASSCOM thanks the Judges of the 2013 NASSCOM Innovation Awards.

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2013 Judges (left to right): Nick Pile, Raga Venkateswar, Krishnakumar VM, Sameer Arora, Tony De Liseo, Ram Kumar and Wayne Li

Click here for the results of the 2012 NASSCOM Innovation Student Awards. To assist nominees, here is an extract of Innovation from the 2012 winning entries.

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2013 Winner - IT Innovation

Ultra Cooler: Innovative Hybrid Design of Solar Air-Conditioner Using Supervisory Programmable Logic Controller    
School of Electrical, Mechanical and Mechatronic Systems, University of Technology, Sydney
PhD Student: Vahid Vakiloroaya

Ultra Cooler addresses the problem of reducing energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions in buildings by using a newly-developed solar air-conditioner. We produced a novel design that added a bypass discharge line and a two-way solenoid valve to a solar-assisted air conditioner, significantly increasing the system's coefficient of performance.

The innovative design is intelligently supervised by a programmed logic controller. These modifications increase the refrigeration effect of the air-conditioner, and hence; the compressor can remain off for longer periods. Results show an average monthly energy saving of about between 25% and 42% using this novel hybrid design.

Judges' Citation: "This submission was a clear winner as it presented a simple but elegant solution that improves the efficiencies of a solar assisted air conditioner.

The solution incorporated a mechanical component that diverted/by passed the discharge line to improve the efficiency of the unit depending on the solar radiation intensity, the building profile and the specific cooling demand.

The "smart" controller was able to learn the building requirements and this readily allows the unit to be retrofitted to existing air conditioner units as well as being incorporated into new units by the manufacturers. The submission has shown an estimated payback within the first year - and will continue to provide saving for the life of the air conditioner.

With ever increasing amounts of electricity being utilised for cooling this has huge potential for dollar savings for the consumer, peak load management for suppliers and also reductions in CO2 emissions ."

2013 Winner - IT-enabled Business Innovation

DUKC® Optimiser    
College of Engineering and Computer Science, Australian National University & NICTA
PhD Student: Elena Kelareva

DUKC® Optimiser is a web-based system for scheduling ship sailing times at a bulk export port so as to maximise the number of ships and amount of cargo carried, thus reducing shipping costs while maintaining safety.

Optimiser uses optimisation models developed by PhD student Elena Kelareva, combined with the Dynamic Under-Keel Clearance (DUKC®) software developed by OMC International to calculate safe ship sailing times. DUKC® Optimiser was developed by Elena Kelareva whilst working at OMC, and it has recently been installed at Port Hedland, Australia's largest bulk export port, after an analysis showed a potential multi-million-dollar annual revenue increase for shippers.

Judges' Citation: "DUKC® Optimiser provides a practical solution to the port and shipping industries optimising their loading and scheduling needs. The product calls for limited investments as it uses existing data sources and rides on an existing draft clearance solution.

Though its use is primarily for the bulk export ports and container ships, the return on investments of this optimiser is immense. The customer base already exists and the cost to implement this optimiser is highly unlikely to be a deterrent compared to the capacity and productivity benefits that the ports will reap.

The product is already proven on the ground with a live installation. The judges chose this product due to its practicality, uniqueness, ease of adoption and the commercial viability. The product can be extended to be used in maritime transportation research as well."

2013 Highly Commended - IT-enabled Business Innovation

Predicting Expert Behaviour in Complex Tasks via Machine Learning    
School of Computer Science Engineering, University of NSW
PhD Student: Mojtaba Maghrebi

In industry there is still no practical solution for automating many complex tasks such as dispatching. These tasks are handled by experts in absence of automated process. Surprisingly, Humans can handle the jobs. The main problem is that industry is very independent on the expert for these tasks. Mojtaba's main PhD aim is to introduce a framework that is able to handle complex tasks automatically by reconstructing the logic of humans.

Judges' Citation: "Mojtaba deserves commendation for picking up one of the most complex pieces in software engineering - Operations Research - and endeavouring to bring industry specific innovation into a subject that has been intensely researched and analysed over the past several years.

The Judges believe his research and the neural logic developed along with the ability for machine based self-learning to be of potentially significant use in logistics and supply chain management industries especially. Mojtaba delivered a simple and crisp presentation and the software application based on his research could deliver financial value to software product vendors or to logistics firms considering optimizing decision times for dispatching perishable goods.

The Judges were however not clear on the approach for commercialization, competitive factors and products and learnings from similar industry innovations in logistics and supply chain management. Several firms have leveraged similar operational research data and logic to deliver blue ocean strategy - including in the ready mix concrete industry - which was the case study discussed.

This proposal is categorised under "Highly Recommended". The concept is timely, has significant industry potential, and would have a 'green' impact. It requires further competitive analysis, industry trends and application development before it can be productised. "

2013 Awards Timetable

Event Date
Nominations Close
Friday 26th April 2013
1st Round of Judging
Online
27th April to 4th May 2013
Presentation Guidelines Webinar
Online - 10am AEST
Wednesday 8th May 2013
2nd Round of Judging
Venue: Tata Consultancy Services, Level 3, 76 Berry Street, North Sydney
Monday 13th May 2013
Award Announcements at CEBIT 2013 in Sydney Wednesday 29th May 2013
Post Awards media and distribution May / June 2013

NASSCOM is the premier trade body and chamber of commerce of the IT software and services industry in India. NASSCOM member companies are in the business of software development, software services and IT-enabled BPC services.

NASSCOM Australia is the Australian chapter of NASSCOM. Its members have currently invested upwards of $100M to setup more than 20 development centres in Australia and currently employ more than 7000 people in Australia. They have strong links with many universities in Australia to recruit students for global projects, run student internships programs and have established scholarships.

The categories in the 2013 Awards are IT Innovation and IT-enabled Business Innovation.

IT Innovation

This broad category is for any IT-related Technical Innovation, so encompasses new processes, innovative design, systems and device innovation.

IT-enabled Business Innovation

IT-Enabled Business Innovation is for any innovative business application or process and could be systems based, cloud based or mobile.

CRITERIA & JUDGING

Both categories have the same criteria, namely Innovation, Performance and Potential. Students have to demonstrate that their innovation is unique, provides real user benefits and has great world-wide potential. The judges may confer as many or few awards as they agree meets these key criteria.