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The 2020 Curtin Accelerate program saw 9 teams selected from over 70 applications, with projects ranging from autonomous quay cranes to sustainable food packaging. The below teams have progressed through the 2020 Curtin Accelerate program and are now open to investment and partnership opportunities.

AM Lab: Autonomous Quay Cranes

Team members: Shanil Herat, Andrew Pasquale, Nathan Hood and Jawn Looi.

AM Lab is developing the next productivity leap for the container port industry by making the crane perform like the best operator, all the time, by automating ship-to-shore container cranes. The evolution of the shipping industry toward mega-ships and mega-cranes has resulted in reduced operational performance. 3D laser scanning technology is utilised to understand the operating environment, which enables autonomous crane control to move containers in the most efficient and safe manner. AM Lab’s unique advantage is in the ability to land autonomously even if the vessel is moving.

Opportunities: Seed funding and partnerships with the container port industry.

Bionanocomposite films for food packaging

Team members: Yu Dong, Zainab Abdullah and Shaomin Liu.

These novel and multifunctional bionanocomposite films with excellent biodegradability and water resistance help food industries to solve the environmental problem of solid plastic wastes and to improve the shelf life of stored food by reducing their weight loss rate.

Opportunities: Seed funding, technical support and partnerships.

Deep Soil

Team members: Raphael Viscarra Rossel and Zefang Shen.

Deep Soil is an intelligent soil sensing system that integrates hardware and software with machine learning for automatic soil property measurements to depth. It consists of an automated platform that is easy-to-use, sensors to measure signals from the soil and web-based data analytics to convert the signals into information for different uses, e.g. soil carbon monitoring, agronomy, mine-site rehabilitation.

Opportunities: Funding, partners and mentors.

ELICIUS ENERGY - Hydrogen Fuel Cells

Team members: Sam Pearn-Rowe, Suseendiran Ravichandran and Professor Raghunathan Rengaswamy

Emerging industries such as Drones and Autonomous Underwater Vehicles have been hindered by the longevity of power sources such as batteries. Elicius Energy has developed Hydrogen Fuel Cell technology that can greatly extend flight time from 2 to 12 hours. Addressing this pain point would allow exponential growth to these technologies across a wide range of applications, disrupting markets such as precision agriculture/smart farming, wildlife/maritime preservation, search & rescue, disaster management, delivering aid to impoverished communities, law enforcement/security, remote sensing and inspection monitoring.

Opportunities: Funding, strategic industry partnerships and pilot projects.

Non-Invasive Glucose Monitoring

Team members: Shiv Meka, Vladimir Puzyrev and Saritha Puttagunta.

Recent developments in continuous glucose monitoring involve invasive procedures such as inserting sensor needles deep under the skin. Devices currently available on the market come with either low accuracy for an affordable price or with high accuracy but for a high price. An alternative is to use near-field sensing technologies available in smart devices to estimate the concentration of glucose with high precision and non-invasively.