Computer Science Trade Show at Wollongong University

THE School of Computer Science and Software Engineering (SCSSE) and School of Information Systems and Technology (SISAT) will hold their annual Trade Show and Research Showcase from 1pm-4pm tomorrow (Thursday) in the University of Wollongong Centre Hall.

The objective is to present the software development work of third year Computer Science and Information Systems project students to a wide audience. Much of this work has an industry focus and students will welcome comments and feedback. The schools’ research centres will present displays and demonstrations from their specialist areas.

CSCI321 project displays include:

Wireless Wars is a mobile cross-platform co-operative multiplayer survival game, which allows you to go solo or match up with up to three friends on Android or iOS devices over a local Bluetooth connection. Battle through waves of enemies on the levels provided and see if you can beat them all, or use the map maker to create your own levels to play and share with others. Your character is your own and keeps all of its progress regardless of what game you are playing in, so you can play your own way with friends or in single player.

Residential Meal Planner A meal management system designed for university residences, but useful to any service that requires meal management. This system allows preferencing of meals to allow kitchen staff to minimise food wastage, and also allows ordering a particular meal. Users can also see meals for the next 28 days, and can submit feedback to the kitchen staff, which the kitchen staff can reply to. The system is fully web based, making this system universally compatible. Native applications for iOS and Android devices are also available.

News Feeder is a news feed aggregator service, which compiles content from multiple online content sources (focusing on RSS). Its main purpose is to provide a single location and format to view news content instead of users having to access multiple websites for their specific news. The News Feeder service consists of four main components, the front-end, back-end, downloader application and database.

Shopping Helper application allows users to create multiple shopping lists, scan the barcodes of products to add them to their shopping lists, as well as store recipes so that they’ll know what materials they would need in order to cook their next meal.

ISIT318 project displays include:

Cycle2UOW On your bike! Cycle2UOW is an exciting new iPhone app designed to help local students, staff and visitors make their travel to the University of Wollongong’s campus faster, safer and more environmentally friendly. The Cycle2UOW application will include campus-specific information and tips to help all visitors find the fastest and safest route to the University, giving them the knowledge and information they need to ride to and from campus with confidence.

The Willing Hands Volunteering contributes 1.5% of GDP or $15 billion dollars/year to the Australian economy. ‘The Willing Hands’ codename reflects the spirit of generosity that volunteers in the local community contribute to charitable causes. Volunteering Illawarra (VI) is a part of the Community, Cultural and Library Services Division of Wollongong City Council. They match volunteers to positions in charities. Our project considers the issue of recruitment matching and the reporting requirements that support the Volunteering process.

en2cn: Business Development Portal for Australian Companies in China The Chinese market draws increasing attention around the world due to the enormous purchasing power of Chinese consumers. As a growing number of Western companies try to develop their business and open their branches in China, they find they not only face a different culture, but different procedures and policies which compound the difficulty and cost of doing business in China. The purpose of the en2cn project is to build a community website which provides a platform for managers of Western companies, Chinese market experts and business agencies to publish, discuss and communicate relevant issues about doing business in China — its culture, government policy, the economy, customs procedures, freight, supply chain and related documentation. With appropriate marketing and operation, the project aims to build a channel that connects those who have the information and those who need it.

Project165: The Kiama Show App The Kiama Show will be brought into the digital age for its 165th anniversary by the introduction of an iPhone app codenamed Project165. The Project165 app will create an online hub of crucial information for show-goers, as well as games and competitions. The app, created by ‘Project165’ includes maps, timetables of show events, sponsor information, ticket prices, opening times and social network integration. Attendees will be able to use Twitter from within the app, as well as viewing other recent posts about the days’ events. Project165 said the app creates an interactive environment for all attendees.

About Mick Roberts

A Sydney journalist, writer and historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in Australia for over 30 years. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides writing a number of history books, Mick has owned and managed several community newspapers. He was one time editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limited), Sydney based, City News, and Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW. He currently calls the inner-Sydney suburb of Surry Hills home.


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