Yesterday I attended the first ITS Projects Roadshow for 2015. These are usually every couple of months and are organised by the ITS Project Management Office (PMO). They provide a forum for IT staff and researchers to learn about some of the technology based research and business projects at Swinburne, developed in partnership with the PMO. I also see them as an opportunity for researchers to show Swinburne ITS the types of technology based projects that they are trying to do and the level of support Swinburne ITS should be providing (a bit cheeky I know...). Most of the talks tend to be about the University's corporate IT projects and dare I say it, they can often be quite dull. But every now and then a really interesting research project (sometimes because I've suggested it...) is presented. The first meeting of this series was no exception:
- The Innovative SMART project – Dr Neil Thomas (Senior Lecturer and Director of the BPsyC eTherapy Centre) & Fiona Foley (Project Manager), Brain and Psychological Sciences Research Centre
- Business Process Management (BPM) program – Jacinta Savage, Finance & Business Analytics
- Engagement project – Tony Scott, Engagement
- Strategic Technology projects overview – Information Technology Services
Not surprisingly the SMART (Self-Management and Recover Technology) project was the most interesting of the four talks. Funded by the Victorian Department of Health, the project is one of five major research programs to promote recovery in serious mental illness. Through consultation with mental health service users, workers and carers, researchers have developed an online resource, designed also for mobile devices (tablets) during consultations in face-to-face services.
Needless to say this is fairly large ITS project.
Check out the project website which features a really nice video summarising the project, its goals and progress to date. Over the next 12 months the SMART project will be running a number of user focussed research programs that will help further develop the technology and future resources.