KUCHING – Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak Campus researchers have made the university proud again by unleashing their academic and research strengths in the Innovation Technology Exposition 2022 (InTEX22) held at Pullman Hotel from 15 to 16 June 2022.
With the 11 teams contested this year, the university received an inspiring outcome of winning the Best of Social Sciences and Humanities Award, on top of three gold, seven bronze, and one merit medals. Swinburne Sarawak was also one of the co-organisers of this successful InTEX22.
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. People living in remote areas still experience challenges in electricity supply, restricted by their geographical constraints. 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 NARDL modelling.
Dr Lau Bee Theng, Carmen Chai and Dr Mark Tee Kit Tsun won a gold medal in the ICT and Engineering category by inventing a serious game to increase the motivation of children with cancer to fight cancer. 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, with their ‘Digital Technologies Seniors Program’ project, won a gold medal in the Social Sciences and Humanities category. 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.
Meanwhile, other inventions which won bronze medals were ‘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’, ‘Synthesis of Borneo Meranti Wood Polymer Composites for Automotive Interior Parts’, ‘Improved Visual Person Re-Identification Using Deep Learning’ and ‘Implementation of Digital Twinning in Malaysian Construction Industry’. The ‘Detection of Artificially Generated Facial Images Using Ensemble Learning’ project won a merit medal.
Swinburne is ranked among the top 1% 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.