UTS innovation crosses borders with trifecta of iAwards!
The Faculty of Engineering and IT is the winner of three State iAwards – a trifecta in innovation acknowledged by New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland.
The iAwards are awarded annually by each state council of the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) in recognition of excellence in Australian innovation and contributions to the Australian digital ecosystem.
Research teams from the Faculty of Engineering and IT are collaborating on innovative projects in three different states, highlighting the breadth of our industry, community and research partnerships.
Collectively, the teams bring knowledge and experience in blockchain, machine learning and data science, and software engineering to deliver innovative solutions in the diverse industries and issues characterised by these different Award activities.
iAward NSW for Business and Industry Solution
Blockchain enabled fish tracking
Challenges to Australian’s significant and lucrative seafood industry were identified in workshops with the Food Agility Cooperate Research Centre, Sydney Fish Markets, Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC), Fishermen’s Co-operatives, NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI), Ultimo Digital Technologies, and WWF.
These include a lack of fish origin and quality information within fish supply chains as important constraints to innovation and growth. The UTS research team in the Global Big Data Technologies Centre developed a blockchain enabled fish provenance and quality tracking (BeFAQT) system to overcome the fish supply chain challenges.
BeFAQT combines IoT, image processing, e-nose, blockchain system and mobile apps in an original and innovative way to address issues in the fish supply chain.
iAward Victoria: Government and Public Sector Solution of the Year
Broadband demand forecasting
NBN Co, CSIRO Data61 and the UTS Data Science Institute use data analytics and machine learning techniques to predict demand for top-tier customer service as the network roll out continues.
There is a need to forecast the orders received over time from each region of about 300-3000 premises. The order forecast helps plan the region-wide technical workforce needed to connect end customers. Accurate matching of demand leads to better deployment of the workforce and reduces the ‘time-to-connect’ for new customers. The order prediction is applied to new roll out regions to precisely allocate workforce and resources, and is being integrated to NBN's roll out team’s workforce planning model, which drives the workforce and resource allocation for new areas.
The model also provides insights into the demographic profiles of the regions with higher than average or lower than average take-up. These insights have helped tweak the products and services that NBN offers to meet any unmet market demand and to protect existing market share from competitive erosion.
A breakthrough is the ability to map thousands of demographic factors from ABS census data to NBN regions and use machine learning techniques to select factors most effective in forecasting orders. Insights into the target market gained from machine learning-based analysis complements qualitative approaches like customer surveys to better align NBN’s products and services to the end customers’ expectations.
There is a need for strong domestic skills and an innovation ecosystem which will allow Australia to compete more competitively on the global scale. We believe our winners are reflective of what Australia has to offer to the world.
AIIA CEO, Ron Gauci
iAward Queensland: StartUp innovation of the Year
BotVision: Customising business processes in a single meeting!
The UTS Australian Artificial Intelligence Institute, in a partnership with Codebots Pty, applies artificial intelligence for instant prototyping. As every business is unique, digital transformation is costly for large businesses and cost-prohibitive for SMEs, as it so often requires customised software. BotVision is a world-first solution using novel artificial intelligence and document analysis technology to convert hand-written whiteboard sketches of business processes to a functioning software application prototype in one meeting, without writing a line of code!
Customising off-the-shelf software systems often requires a team of highly skilled staff including business managers, software engineers, user designers and testers and takes many meetings to design and manually code to build a working prototype.
BotVision revolutionises the Codebots platform and software industry by enabling a human team to attend a single meeting with relevant stakeholders, ideate and draw a whiteboard sketch of the software design and have full-stack working and editable software prototype at the end of the meeting.
AIIA CEO, Ron Gauci, said, 2020 has been challenging for so many businesses.
"The AIIA iAwards entries have seen the incredible ways Australian businesses have innovated during this period and looked for growth," Mr Gauci said. "It is important to recognise and award the businesses that have worked so hard to achieve this.
"There is a need for strong domestic skills and an innovation ecosystem which will allow Australia to compete more competitively on the global scale. We believe our winners are reflective of what Australia has to offer to the world."
All three state AIIA iAwards Winners will now compete for the National iAwards 2020 title announced on 17 November 2020.