Winners of the 2000 Awards

The winners this year were as follows:

Arjuna (Bluestone Arjuna Lab)
A research group of the University of Newcastle has spent several years researching into the development of concepts and techniques for building robust distributed systems. This has led to the development of a collection of programming systems for constructing fault-tolerant distributed applications using atomic transactions. Current research work is emphasizing reliability and fault tolerance issues in electronic commerce, network services and Web-based applications. The software developed by the group has been used regularly in a mission critical application by the University for electronic registration of students. The software has been made into a set of products by a company started by the group. The group has contributed to the development of a number of industry standards on open distributed computing.

The Digital Audio Broadcast System
The project is a software based system for the transmission of digital radio. It supports both audio and data information in accordance with the Eureka 147 Digital Audio Broadcast (DAB) Specification from ETSI. Currently all of the DAB broadcast systems available are hardware based, requiring the installation of proprietary hardware. RadioScape has developed a software solution to the needs of the broadcast companies which requires a standard Industrial PC, running Windows NT. This reduces of the cost of spares holding for the customer because the components are effectively commodity parts, and enable the customer to benefit from new functionality in a timely manner by installing simple software upgrades.

TESSA -Text and Sign Support Assistant
Avatar allows speech to be transformed into sign language for the benefit of deaf customers in Post Office locations, leading the way internationally in improving levels of service for deaf people. Further development will follow of more capable speech recognition, accommodating less constrained grammar, and the inclusion of additional languages. The Post Office is investing substantially into this initiative and it is hoped that the prototype will be developed into a final system within two years.