MCAST IICT has presented five research projects at the 9th IEEE International Conference On Consumer Electronics in Berlin, Germany also known as the ICCE-BERLIN.
Irisann Marie Agius has presented her B.Sc. 2nd Year research project titled “Re-purposing computers as a cluster for academic institutions” in which we explored the performance benefits of clustering single-board computers as a proof-of-concept to re-purpose workstation computer systems during out-of-office hours as a High Performance Computing system for research purposes.
Damiano Nicastro presented his B.Sc. 2nd Year research project titled “Brand usage detection via Audio Streams” in which we explored techniques, limitations and determining factors when monitoring brand usage in audio streams of videos.
Ricardo Sciberras has presented his B.Sc. final year project which is a continuation of our previous publication. This year’s project is titled “Automated traffic congestion estimation via public video feeds” where we present our findings in estimating traffic congestion in an automated manner from the various video feeds directed on Maltese roads.
Mr Daren Scerri presented the research project of his final year student, Mattea Cauchi titled, “Enriching Tourist UX via a Location Based AR Treasure Hunt Game”, in which they created an AR game located in the capital city of Valletta and researched the experience benefits that Augmented Reality brings.
I presented the research project of my final year student Deborah Catania titled “Creating AR models for challenging sizes”, which we did in collaboration with the Malta Aviation Museum to explore challenges, techniques and factors to consider when created Augmented Reality models of very large and delicate objects such as plane engines and others.
These are just a sample of the various MCAST research projects that have been presented at international conferences this year. Really proud of our students and colleagues for our collective achievements.
MCAST IICT just held its EXPO on Tuesday 2nd July and it was a great success. A great team made up of students, lecturers, management and administration supported by our sponsors came together to share the achievements within our institute.
The event was well received and covered extensively within the media, a real motivational booster to our students and a validation of the great work being done.
On the 12th June 2019 a series of presentations were delivered by my 2nd year and 3rd year IICT students to share their research advancements with 1st Year BSC students and lecturer’s alike.
Damiano Nicastro, a 2nd Year B.Sc. Software Development student presented his research in Brand Identity Monitoring using Audio Streams.
Irisann Agius, also a 2nd Year B.Sc. Software Development student presented her research in Clustering Raspberry PI Devices for Advanced Processing Power needs which is a growing need due to the growth in research being experienced at MCAST IICT.
Axel Curmi, a 3rd Year B.Sc. Software Development student, presented his research in Automated Academic Achievement Verification via Blockchain and Image Processing. The first part of this research was presented in a Springer conference last year and exhibited at the Delta Summit 2018.
Ricardo Sciberras, a 3rd Year B.Sc. Software Development student, presented his research in Automated Traffic Congestion Estimation via Public Video Feeds. The first part of this research was presented in the ICCE-Berlin IEEE Conference last year.
Eman Sammut, also a 3rd Year B.Sc. Software Development student presented his research in Blockchain Based Car Park management system for Automated Vehicles.
From the 28th April till the 4th May, I had the opportunity to visit Saldus Tehnikums in Latvia as part of the Erasmus+ staff mobility, on behalf of MCAST. It was a really great experience seeing how VET programs are created and run, namely the Fire Fighting program and Cyber Security Diploma.
During my visit I also had the opportunity to deliver a couple of lectures highlighting research currently undertaken at MCAST IICT. There are some really talent students and exceptional staff such as Aiva Kiseniece who is the Project and Development Planning Specialist at Saldus Technikums.Latvia is a very beautiful country and I highly recommend the visit.
This year we had the highest attendance yet, with 24 local students and 15 visiting students and thus the change of venue. During the four day event from the 1st to the 4th of April all students were split into groups to work on the SEPA Credit Transfer and SEPA Recall Process using Oracle PL/SQL.
It most definitely was a unique experience for our participants working as a team, networking and learning new skills, whilst also getting feedback from professionals among our sponsors.
This was an unforgettable experience and I look forward for next year. I thank our sponsors, Kevin Picalausa from Odisee, all staff from MCAST for making this possible. Special thanks to my team: Alan Gatt, Daren Scerri, Luke Vella Critien and Robert Abela for their invaluable support. Finally and most of all, thanks to the students for taking our offer and making this experience special.