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Help Defeat Cancer...with your computer: SoIT joins World Community Grid

World Community Grid

Imagine if the power of each of the world’s estimated 650 million PCs were linked to focus on defeating cancer.

To make this dream a reality, the Sydney University IT School has become a partner of World Community Grid, joining the IBM Corporation and a group of more than 200 leading companies, foundations, associations and academic institutions.

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Another 'Eureka' moment for Sydney science

Professor Jon Patrick, Chair of Language Technology at the University of Sydney’s School of Information Technologies received the $10,000 Australian Computer Society Eureka Prize for ICT Innovation. The award is made for his development of Scamseek, a language technology computer system for automatic detection of financial scams on the Internet.

Scamseek is used by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) to target internet fraud. By using unique software technologies, Scamseek saves ASIC hundreds of hours of manual searching and further enables them to protect Australian web users from internet fraud, the first time it was used it identified a multi-million dollar scam running out of Adelaide.

Professor Patrick says that Scamseek is only the beginning. ‘It gives us the opportunity to open a new industry niche with worldwide market opportunities. Our methods are applicable to all types of security and policing domains as wells as commercial applications for monitoring corporate reputation, consumer opinions, drug reactions and much more,’ he said.

Professor Patrick will be donating the majority of the proceeds of the prize to two vacation scholarships for the coming year.

Visit the Sydney Morning Herald profile of Professor Patrick.

Courtesy of the University Media Office