ABI team wins second place in $100K Velocity Challenge

30 October 2017

Auckland Bioengineering Institute (ABI) congratulates Amir Haji Rassouliha and team on their recent accomplishment in the $100k Velocity Challenge.

Amir and team members Emily Lam Po Tang, Maria Jose-Alvarez, Edward Talbot, and Craig Squire qualified among 87 other teams to enter the final stage of the competition. In the final stage, Amir and team won second place, defeating 13 other finalists to receive a cash prize worth $15000.

The team’s entry was a joint effort between the members, Amir’s PhD supervisors (Professor Poul Nielsen, Professor Martyn Nash, and Associate Professor Andrew Taberner), and the mentors of the team in Velocity (Stephen Flint from UniServices and Steven McLean from Business School).

The entry was based on MicroVision, a camera-based system that can monitor the mechanical behaviour and performance of large structures, as they operate in field, with incredible accuracy (i.e. to a tiny fraction of a pixel that is equivalent to few micrometres in many applications). This system was developed based on the technology developed during Amir’s PhD at ABI.

The data obtained from MicroVision will provide valuable insights into design, performance, maintenance, and safety of large structures such as cranes and wind turbines. Besides that, this technology also has potential applications in other fields, such as biomedical applications. It was initially developed to measure 3D deformations of soft tissues, such as the skin. In one medical application, this technology was used to analyse skin deformations on the neck to identify abnormalities in the pulsation of the carotid artery and jugular vein that could assist in detecting heart failures.

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Amir and team at the prize-giving ceremony. Pictured are (from left to right) Amir Haji Rassouliha, Maria Jose-Alvarez, Edward Talbot, and Craig Squire.
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Amir and team with other participants at the Velocity prize-giving ceremony.