04 October 2019

Women in Innovation Awards. 
Women in Innovation Awards. 

A UniSA industrial designer who has developed a smart mirror which can detect early-stage Parkinson’s and dementia was among a line-up of exceptional women recognised at last night’s Women in Innovation Awards. 

UniSA women were represented in eight of 11 categories at the annual awards held at the National Wine Centre, taking out three categories: 

  • TECHNOLOGY: Kelly Carpenter, CEO AND Co-Founder of Lookingglass, a South Australian startup based at UniSA’s Innovation and Collaboration Centre, which has designed a smart mirror for the home that detects symptoms of Parkinson’s disease and early stage dementia; 
  • MATHS: Dr Dorothea Dumuid for a project which uses data and statistics to optimise daily time use for better health and wellbeing in areas such as school curriculums and mainstream media; 
  • RURAL, REGIONAL & REMOTE: Dr Hazel Vandeleur for re-imagining contaminated sediments near smelters in Port Pirie as a resource in order to recover and repurpose desirable metals. 

Five other UniSA researchers were also finalists on the night: 

  • Dr Ming Liu is part of a team helping to develop a new thermal storage solution for dispatching renewable electricity and empowering South Australia’s green energy future; 
  • Dr Caroline Tiddy is using data-driven tools to more accurately locate mineral deposits to address global supply and demand issues; 
  • Dr Zoe Doubleday is working with a Port Lincoln business, SA Premium Octopus, to assess the viability of establishing South Australia’s first octopus fishery; 
  • Dr Daisy Yang for her rock-on-a-chip research, optimising the process of mineral leaching for mining, using fluid to selectively dissolve and recover precious metals from crushed rock; 
  • Dr Miko Yamada for empowering women to self-diagnose skin cancer without scars or pain using a micro-biopsy device and cancer signatures. 

UniSA Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Research and Innovation, Professor Simon Beecham, paid tribute to all eight UniSA researchers, describing their work as “exceptional and innovative”. 

“UniSA has a reputation for enterprising, innovative and industry-engaged research and this result underlines that status. In a record year of nominations, having eight of our researchers represented in eight out of 11 categories – and winning three - is outstanding,” he says.

Caption: Dr Dot Dumuid (middle, back row); Kelly Carpenter (far right back row); Dr Hazel Vandeleur (far left, front row).

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