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2022 TRAM Track is here! Welcome to our biggest ever cohort!

Abi Ward · April 14th, 2022

TRAM Track is back with a bang this semester - our new cohorts never cease to amaze us with their innovative solutions to solving society’s problems.

In 2022, we've welcomed researchers who are raising awareness for ICU cardiac surgery patients experiencing a severe condition which is not yet classified as a syndrome. We are working with a team which has created a sensor device that can detect mould, damp and other nasties in your home, preventing you from falling ill and there is even a portable device which has been created for quick on-site detection of pollutants!

The teams hail from a broad range of backgrounds and industries and join us from seven faculties across the University of Melbourne. This includes the Faculty of Arts, Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning and we're really excited to welcome our first Track team from the Faculty of Business and Economics. With 16 teams participating this year, it's our largest cohort yet!

Now in its seventh year, TRAM Track aims to empower researchers with the tools they need to develop customer discovery and insight. We assist our teams with fine-tuning and understanding the relationship between the solution they’re developing and the problem their customers have.

Bonnie Zhang, TRAM’s Program Coordinator, is helping to facilitate and deliver the program this semester. Bonnie is very excited about the broad range of talent in this year’s cohort:

“We are so thrilled to welcome 16 Track teams into our TRAM Fam! Not only has the volume of teams grown, so has the diversity! With seven faculties represented working on a wide spectrum of projects from utilising hemp for building materials and brain chips all the way to disaster relief and nanomagnetic purification solutions."

"I'm particularly passionate about gender diversity, it is so encouraging to see nine out of 16 female led teams. I am more excited than ever to see the progress and evolution of our fabulous teams throughout the program.”

Bonnie Zhang

You can find out more about our participating teams below. Be sure to sign up to our newsletter and follow us on social media so we can keep you updated on the teams’ progress.

Our annual TRAM Track Presentation Day takes place during the afternoon on 16 June - pop the date into your calendar and come along and meet our incredible researchers!

Please join us in welcoming the 2022 TRAM Track cohort:

3D Whiteboard: Teaching 3D content in classrooms is difficult and is currently limited to 2D. The team has developed a 3D whiteboard using VR and AR that allows a teacher to precisely annotate 3D objects and enables real-time teacher-student interaction with minimal training. (Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology)

Capabilities: The compensation and resettlement structures for people who have been affected after a natural disaster has hit are currently insufficient and fails to consider the wellbeing of individuals affected. Capabilities provides a scientific framework to assess these peoples' situations by going beyond simple asset loss and considers the wellbeing of individuals. (Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning)

Crystal Zhao: Our GPs face ethical dilemmas when patients request treatments that are medically unnecessary, causing stress and decreased wellbeing for the GP. Crystal is developing a new ethical support program for GPs and education program for patients. (Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences)

DiO: It is difficult for school graduates to keep track of all the events and activities constantly happening around them. DiO is a platform that consolidates information on these events making them more accessible for the user and increasing engagement at events. (Faculty of Arts)

Flow Chemistry: Traditional manufacturing of active pharmaceutical ingredients has many operational constraints resulting in poor efficiency and productivity. Flow Chemistry has developed a continuous flow synthesis technology that overcomes technical limitations. (Faculty of Science)

Healthy Housing: Living conditions such as mould, damp, heat and cold negatively impact health. Healthy Housing provides assessments of the healthiness of peoples’ home environment using a single, small sensor device. (Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences)

Industrial Hemp: The existing materials for building panels are flammable and not sustainable. Industrial Hemp utilises the core of the hemp, which is called hurd, and turns this into a building product. (Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology)

Leadership Assemblages in Early Childhood Education and Care: In early childhood education and care, service providers appoint an individual as “educational leader” however this role is poorly defined and understood. This project aims to re-conceptualise the role of an educational leader. (Melbourne Graduate School of Education)

Meredith Heily: An increasing number of ICU cardiac surgery patients are experiencing a severe condition that is currently poorly understood and not yet classed as a syndrome. Meredith’s research aims to increase awareness around this condition and develop best practice of how to handle this condition in ICU cardiac surgeries. (Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences)

Nano-Purification: Purification of chemical and biological products is essential but time consuming and expensive. The team has developed a purification technology, which is cheaper and quicker than current solutions. (Faculty of Science)

Nanoscale Bioimaging: Hatchery eggs are incubated and chicks are sexed days/weeks after hatching when it is possible to determine gender. This occupies valuable hatchery resources and is very labour intensive. The team has developed a nanoscale bio-imaging technology that identifies properties such as gender at an embryonic stage. (Faculty of Science)

Navigating Health: Patients find it difficult to navigate the health system in Australia. Navigating Health simplifies the health system for patients by using demonstration models and frameworks. (Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences)

NestAid: NestAid’s project is a social impact project helping international, interstate and regional students to equip their household with diverted hard waste. (Faculty of Science)

Psychologically Informed Audiology: People with hearing conditions are at greater risk of poor mental health; however, healthcare professionals are reluctant to address these mental conditions. This team's solution addresses this gap with evidence-based counselling to assist people with hearing conditions. (Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences)

Xchip: Xchip is a chip technology that replicates the brain/neuronal network entirely using hardware without involving computers or software. (Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences)

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