ITR students tell it all in three minutes flat

ITR congratulates three of its HDR students who have been selected to compete in the UniSA Division of ITEE 3MT finals.

The overall winner of the Institute’s 3MT competition held this week was HDR student Yinyue Qiu (middle), with the runner ups being Bao Nguyen (right) and Mohmed Salah (left).

The 3MT competition is a national event initiated by the University of Queensland, where students must explain their research in everyday language in just three minutes, using only one slide. And no singing.

Yinyue started her PhD in 2012 and is doing her research on Energy-Efficient Wireless Communications for Implantable Medical Devices. Bao Nguyen began at ITR in 2013 and is researching Physical Layer Network Coding in Satellite Communications. Mohmed Salah also started his PhD in 2013, investigating Adaptive Free Space Optical Transmission Methods.

Yinyue also resoundingly won the People’s Choice Award at the ITR 3MT day, voted by those present in the room.

Yinyue and Bao are supervised by Dr David Haley, while Mohmed is supervised by Professor Bill Cowley.

ITR Acting Director Jeff Kasparian said he was very proud of all the students who participated this year, and the standard overall was very good.

“The intention of the day was not just to win - it was to enhance students’ communications skills so they can better prepare for presenting at seminars and conferences, as well as for work and life beyond their PhD.”

The three ITR students will now go on to compete at the UniSA ITEE Division Finals and if one is successful, they will go on to compete in the University-wide finals in September.