CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA: On 25 November 2015, Federal MPs and Senators gathered at the Australian Parliament House to attend the Intel Australia’s Innovation and Coding Boot Camp 2015. The event was organised by Intel Australia and students from five Canberra educational institutions namely Turner Primary School, Canberra Grammar School, Canberra Girls Grammar School, St Clare’s College and Gungahlin College.
Australian students from the above mentioned educational institutions showcased their creativity and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) skills at the Intel Coding and Innovation Boot Camp for parliamentarians in an impressive display at the Parliament House in Canberra. The event was attended by notable personalities like Prime Minister of Australia Malcolm Turnbull, Minister for Innovation Wyatt Roy, Federal MP Bill Shorten and Managing Director of Intel Australia Kate Burleigh amongst others.
Caption: Group photo with the Prime Minister of Australia Mr Malcolm Turnbull. Munib Syed is to the left of PM holding laptop computer. Photo credit: Minister Wyatt Roy’s Twitter timeline
Canberra student, Munib Syed, presented the project together with his co-student Damanvir Singh. Both were representing the Gungahlin College in Canberra. Their project is called Pathway. Their project is an indoor navigation system/application, with the proposed addition of an Indoor Positioning System (IPS) using Wi-Fi triangulation. They have created a user-friendly web-based app that will work in a variety of indoor environments, giving the user short directions to their goal destination using a path-finding algorithm. Since this is a web-app, it will be available on all platforms including OSX, Windows, IOS, Android, etc.
They used technology such as OpenCV in order to read and process image data given to the application. They have achieved an efficient, scalable application that can work universally as long as sufficient map data is provided, that can successfully perform obstacle detection on most suitably-formatted map types. By implementing the A* algorithm as their method of path-finding, they have achieved an excellent running time that makes this a convenient application for the average person to use. The application uses the ray-tracing algorithm for obstacle detection and hence defining a walkable space, and uses the Leaflet library for displaying a map; breaking down the image into easily usable tiles with a Ruby gem called Tileup.
Caption: A screen grab of Project Pathway in action
Munib Syed is an aspiring game developer. He successfully completed Computer Games Programming and Design unit at Gungahlin College with high distinction forming the basis of his game development skills, with a focus on 3D Engines. He will start on his Advanced Diploma in Professional Game Development at AIE (Academy of Interactive Entertainment) in Canberra from 2016.
Munib Syed can be reached at: https://www.linkedin.com/in/MunibSyed
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