The Institute for Multi-sensor processing & content analysis (IMPCA) is part of the Department of Computing at Curtin University in Perth, Western Australia. The research conducted at IMPCA includes both government funded ARC projects as well as industrial projects. Our main research areas are Tools for Early Intervention in Autism , Large Scale Surveillance Systems, Smart Homes, Computational Media Aesthetics and the Social Media Project.
At IMPCA our mission is to bridge the growing divide between the collection of large amounts of raw sensory data to produce information and generate patterns that can be better utilised by us.
- Toby Playpad, an iPad app developed by current and former IMPCA staff, is now officially available on Apple iTunes
- Dr Sonny Pham is a member of a team led by Prof. Svetha Venkatesh that won a recent large ARC linkage grant that aims to detect changes in geo-spatial data.
- IMPCA has received a donation of $10,000 from Bank West towards further development of the Toby Playpad.
- Prof. Svetha Venkatesh, Dr Stewart Greenhill, and Dr Dinh Phung have won the 2011 Curtin Commercial Innovation Award for the Toby Playpad, a computer-based interactive tool designed to enhance the learning opportunities and experience of autistic children.
- Dr Duc-Son Pham (Sonny) has received the 2010 Young Author Best Paper Award for a publication in IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing in 2007 from the IEEE Signal Processing Society.
- Dr Dinh Phung has been awarded the "Prize for Early Researcher - Highest Research Performance Index 2009, Faculty of Science and Engineering".
- IMPCA has succesfully secured funding for research in social media from an ARC Discovery grant and in developing tools for early intervention in autism from an ARC Linkage grant.
- iCetana has won the "Broadband Innovation Award" sponsored by the NSW Government in the Tech23 conference in Sydney. For detail, please visit iCetana or watch the presentation on Youtube.
- The IMPCA's spin-off company (iCetana) has received a wide media coverage recently. For more detail, please visit iCetana.
- The Anomaly Detection project, developed by Professor Svetha Venkatesh, Dr Mihai Larazescu, Dr Duc-Son Pham, and Saha Budhaditya was runner-up in the Curtin Innovation 2009 Award. The project is the result of a collaboration between Curtin University and Public Transport Authority WA (PTA). The project is in the early stage of commercialisation with a start-up company being formed.
- The Virtual Observer system, developed by Dr Stewart Greenhill and Professor Svetha Venkatesh, was runner-up in the Early Stage Category of the 2007 WA Inventor of the Year Awards. The system is the result of a collaboration between Curtin University and Perth-based DTI Group Ltd.
- IMPCA is one of only 6 Tier-1 Research Centres at Curtin University.