28 Jun 2009
Students of the Department of Computer and Information Science Won Silver and Bronze Prizes at the 2009 Pan-Pearl River Delta Region (9+3) Amway Cup University Student IT Project Competition and Second Prize at the IEEE Project Competition 2009 Macau

Cyclops team (left to right): Prof. Li Yiping, Leong San Weng (Brandon), Chan Wai Kit (Sam), Dr. Wong Fai

MacauMap team (left to right): Chan Chi Chon (Samuel), Tang Kai Lon (Allan), Wu Chon Iong (Roy), Dr. Robert P. Biuk-Aghai

Two undergraduate student teams of the Department of Computer and Information Science won silver and bronze prizes, respectively, at the '2009 Pan-Pearl River Delta Region (9+3) Amway Cup University Student IT Project Competition' ('2009泛珠三角(9+3)安利杯大学生计算机作品赛') held at Yunnan University in Kunming, Yunnan Province from 26th to 27th June 2009. The first team, Chan Wai Kit (Sam) and Leong San Weng (Brandon) who were supervised by Dr. Wong Fai and Prof. Li Yiping, won a Silver Cup Prize with their project 'Compact OCR Based on Peripheral Direction Contributivity and Its Application in Pocket Based Snapshot (Chinese) Translation (Cyclops)'. The second team, Chan Chi Chon (Samuel), Wu Chon Iong (Roy) and Tang Kai Lon (Allan) who were supervised by Dr. Robert P. Biuk-Aghai won a Bronze Cup Prize with their project 'MacauMap for iPhone'. This project also participated in the IEEE Project Competition 2009 held at the University of Macau on 27th June 2009 where it won the second prize.


Cyclops system recognizing a Chinese phrase

'Cyclops' is a Pocket PC based vision translation system, and is designed to provide the most efficient way to find the meaning of Chinese text through the use of a handheld device with camera. It takes pictures of (Chinese) text as input and gives the corresponding translation in either Portuguese or English, or both. The system is most suited for use by people or tourists who cannot write Chinese. 'Cyclops' is developed based on the technologies of Image Processing, Optical Character Recognition, and Machine Translation, and more important, 'Cyclops' is developed to be run on a Pocket PC handheld device.



Main screen of MacauMap for iPhone

'MacauMap for iPhone' is a version of the highly popular MacauMap handheld tourist guide for the Apple iPhone device. This new version for the iPhone has re-implemented all the functions of the existing MacauMap, including a map of the whole Macau territory, a hotel, restaurant and sightseeing guide, a bus routing function, and GPS support for showing the user’s current location on the map. Moreover, this version has added new functions not existing before which take advantage of the unique features of the iPhone device. These include: tilt navigation, holding the device horizontally, when tilted in any direction the map pans correspondingly in that direction; a 90 degree rotation rotates the entire user interface; shaking the device clears any bus route highlighted on the screen; two-finger zooming of the map; and use of the GPS function to query places nearby the user’s current location.

The 2009 Pan-Pearl River Delta Region (9+3) Amway Cup University Student IT Project Competition was aimed at providing an opportunity for students to demonstrate their projects, develop contacts and learn from each other by exchanging ideas. Therefore, it targeted graduating students majoring in computing sciences and related departments from universities in the Pan-Pearl River Delta, including 9 provinces of China (Fujian, Guangdong, Guangxi, Guizhou, Hainan, Hunan, Jiangxi, Sichuan, Yunnan), the two special administrative regions of Hong Kong and Macau, and Taiwan. Each province and region sent a delegation consisting of 2 judges and up to 4 student teams to the contest, with a total of 43 student teams. Macau’s delegation consisted of four teams: two from the University of Macau and two from the Macau University of Science and Technology.

The IEEE Project Competition 2009 has the goal of encouraging excellence in IT and EEE projects. It was co-organized by the University of Macau Branch and the Macau University of Science and Technology Branch of the IEEE Macau Chapter. This year’s competition attracted 10 projects, including 1 from Hong Kong, 1 from Guangzhou, and 8 from Macau.