Excellence in Innovation prizes announced

7 November 2012

Xiao Yu has been named the winner of the Excellence in Innovation student prize at Research Conversazione 2012. The $1000 prize, offered by the University through the Research Portfolio, acknowledges innovations or scientific discoveries with considerable commercial potential. Yu was among 22 entrants to presented their novel concepts to a panel of seven judges, including senior industry representives.

Her invention, titled "Information Extraction from Chinese text", uses a rule-based approach to information extraction from Chinese text. Existing methods usually undertake translation before doing information extraction in English. Her invention has had success in extracting information from Chinese medical literature. The judges heavily favoured this invention based on it's clear market opportunity and potential for IP protection.

Second place winner, Rajab Khalilpour, has designed technology that allows the optimisation of vital carbon capture and sequestration systems as applicable to power stations around the world in reducing carbon emissions. The judges noted the strong environmental need for this technology as well as the clear market need.

As well as the cash prize the Research Portfolio's Commercial Development and Industry Partnerships team will provide advice and support to the winners about IP and commercialisation.