A team comprising three students from the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department of the Faculty of Engineering and Science at Curtin University Malaysia emerged winners of the Google Track in the grand finale of the 'Innovate Malaysia Design Competition (IMDC) 2019' held in Penang recently.
Fourth-year electronic and communication student Ivan Ang Jie Xiong, third-year electrical power engineering student Hu Ho Yee and third-year electronic and communication engineering student Kavin Chelvan Sylvestyne Kathiravan walked away with a cash prize of RM5,000 for their project entitled ‘Enhancing STEM Education using Augmented Reality and Machine Learning’.
Concurrently, their project was first runner-up for the MDEC Digital Tech Award, which won them an additional RM2,000.
The team also won the Innovate Sarawak Open Design Challenge in May this year.
All three students are active members of the Curtin Malaysia Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Student Branch, Ang being its former Technical Head, and Hu and Kavin being its current Technical Head and Website Head, respectively.
The project involves the development of a mobile application called 'AUREL' (Augmented Reality Learning) to enhance the learning experience by projecting Augmented Reality (AR) objects onto 2D images.
Such innovative AR visualisation makes it more engaging and fun for students when learning STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) subjects.
The competition also provided opportunities for students to connect with each other and with various technology companies with the possibility of future collaboration.