2016 awards


A total prize pool in excess of $30,000 was awarded at the Commercial Innovation Awards Gala Luncheon in August 2016.

Overall winner

$15,000 awarded to Shutdown Maintenance Optimisation.

The project, involving Associate Professor Ryan Loxton and his team, developed unique mathematical algorithms for scheduling maintenance activities in mine plant shutdowns. The project was initiated and funded by Linkforce Engineering, one of the largest engineering services companies in WA.

Linkforce is currently developing a professional shutdown planning system based on the Curtin team’s algorithms, and is exploring commercialisation opportunities across the mining and resource sectors.

Health Sciences Prize

$5,000 supported by Curtin’s Faculty of Health Sciences awarded to Selectively Targeting Cancer using Peptides

Led by cell biology and cancer researcher Professor Arunasalam Dharmarajan, the strategy targets cancer stem cells by using peptides to inhibit the Wnt signal pathway, a crucial pathway for cancer cell survival. These peptides are candidates for the development of a new anticancer drug treatment that may be used in combination with existing cancer therapies.

More information is available here.

Science and Engineering Prize

$5,000 supported by Curtin’s Faculty of Science and Engineering awarded to IQBuds™ Augmented Earphones.

The technology was developed by the engineering team at Nuheara, a Western Australian startup company, with assistance from Professor Sven Nordhold and his team in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Curtin.

The project uses signal processing to support a new generation of wireless intelligent earbuds. The earbuds connect with Bluetooth devices and allow the wearer control over what they hear, by augment or block different sounds in the environment.

Teaching and Learning Prize

$5,000 supported by Curtin Teaching and Learning awarded to Virtual Home Visit.

This training tool is a web-based virtual learning environment that is used to train health care professionals in home-based aged care, designed by a team from Curtin’s School of Physiotherapy and Exercise Science.

It provides the learner with an experience where they identify hazards, and gain first-hand experience with social interactions relating to the care of the older adult. This information is used to develop an appropriate falls risk management plan which, when put into action, will assist the client to remain at home.

Humanities Prize

$5,000 supported by Curtin’s Faculty of Humanities awarded to Large-Scale 3D Reconstruction System.

Curtin HIVE manager Dr Andrew Woods and his colleagues have developed the Large Scale 3D Reconstruction System to conduct a 3D imaging survey of the wrecks of HMAS Sydney II and HSK Kormoran and develop digital 3D models of the sites.

Using a process called photogrammetric 3D reconstruction, the team is using large numbers of high-resolution images to create the detailed 3D reconstructions in a reasonable timeframe. The technique has potential application in areas such as subsea oil and gas, underground mining and rock art.

Curtin Business School Prize

$5,000 supported by the Curtin Business School awarded to the Biometric Market Research Laboratory
By measuring a person’s reactions, such as eye gaze, pupil dilation, brain activity, facial expression, skin conductance and heart rate, the laboratory can inform a client what a person truly thinks and feels about a marketing stimulus.

More information is available here.

Climate-KIC Prize

$5,000 supported by Climate-KIC Australia awarded to the project Ethylene Antagonists.

This novel product can be applied pre or post harvest to crops in liquid form to manage harvest and ripening. The compounds have application in extending storage, transport and shelf life of fruits, vegetables and cut flowers and have the potential to significantly reduce the waste in managing fresh produce.

More information is available here.

Student Prize

A prize of a scholarship to attend the Curtin Centre for Entrepreneurship program, Ignition, was awarded to Matt Jones of the Autism Academy for Software Quality Assurance (AASQA).

AASQA is dedicated to providing tech career pathways for those on the autism spectrum. Matt will investigate a sustainable social business model for a high school outreach program for the Academy.

Our Sponsors

We wish to thank our sponsors for their contribution which make the Curtin Commercial Innovation Awards possible.

Gold sponsors

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Bronze sponsor