Optometry and computer science combine powers to solve real-world problems

Groups of computer science 3rd year students for the IT Project (COMP30022_2023_S2) subject had to develop a digital solution to a real-world problem as part of a semester 2 pilot trial. Christine Nearchou from the Department of Optometry and Vision Sciences provided students from the Faculty of Engineering and IT with a proposal to develop prototype software to take visual cognition screening test (used to assess visual processing skills in children) to a digital platform for scalability and usability purposes. The innovative solutions students took towards research translation and impact was a fantastic opportunity to observe groundbreaking strategies in action.

On Thursday 16 November, Christine’s team Vis-CAT, and Dr Bao Nguyen'’s team EyeCP, showcased remarkable projects at TRAMaganza – the annual flagship event of Translating Research at Melbourne (TRAM), the University’s premier research impact accelerator.

Reflecting on the learning and teaching opportunities provided by the TRAM program, Christine said “Prof. Leon Sterling (program coordinator), Meiya Lian (program facilitator) and I agree that this has been such a successful pilot that it would be worthwhile showcasing the benefits and learnings from inter-faculty collaboration in both the teaching and research space.”

The students’ feedback and insights on this novel approach to solve real-life problems further showcased how interfaculty initiatives can have far reaching learning and teaching benefits for all involved.

collage FEIT x Optom collab