Taylor’s final year students develop commercially viable ICT Solutions

Final year students from the Taylor’s University School of Computing & IT have developed various commercially viable ICT solutions in collaboration with industries. The Final Year Project Showcase (FYPS) is an event that is held annually and it provides a platform for students to exhibit their ICT solutions to stakeholders such as the academic community as well as the industries. This year, the FYPS was held at CoDA Galley at Taylor’s University. The panel of judges were appointed from Exim Bank, Malaysian Golobal Innovation & Creative Centre (MaGIC), Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC), Cyberview Sdn. Bhd., Cloud IOT Sdn. Bhd. and Prospere Solutions Sdn. Bhd.

“The students from the School of Computing have demonstrated high-level of problem-solving skills and creativity in taking on the challenges to solve real-world problems.” said Dr. David Asirvatham, Head of School for the School of Computing & IT. “Their commercially viable ICT solutions attracted great interest from the stakeholders as well as speak volumes of the students’ abilities.”

Taylor’s University School of Computing & IT final year student explains the concept and idea behind their project during the Final Year Project Showcase at CODA Gallery recently

For one commendable project, a group of students tackled a current challenge in cybersecurity by creating an integrated real-time simulated ethical hacking toolkit called ShadowX. The application possesses an interactive gamification capability and a cybersecurity educational learning platform to spread awareness on the importance of cybersecurity.

According to Ram Anand Palanichamy, pursuing his undergraduate degree in the Bachelor of Computer Science (Honours) (Computer Security & Forensics), “Technology is advancing faster than any of us can keep up. As more and more people own at least one piece of technology device to connect with the world, they are also increasingly susceptibility to cyber-attacks. Most people take this lightly, however, there is a need for education to ensure the safety of the end users in the virtual platform,” he said.

“We created ShadowX to respond to the alarming increase of cyber-attacks and spam incidents to keep people aware and on their feet, should they encounter an attempt of robbing their online safety. We find that people have been receptive to learn how to handle unfortunate events like this and we have conducted trainings for startup companies,” added fellow team member, Vimalnath Nambiar A/L Mathoosoothenen, also in the Bachelor of Computer Science (Honours) (Computer Security & Forensics).

The team behind the ShadowX application demonstrates their software to a judge on ethical hacking during the Final Year Project Showcase at CoDA Gallery, Taylor’s University.

The team has conducted training with startup companies through leading organisations like Kaapagam and Microsoft Malaysia. They hope to expand their software to web applications, mobile industry and take on the virtual reality platform with ShadowX.

Another group of students decided to leverage on the latest technology to create a single-instance system to record coaching hours in the sports management industry. Currently, the system relies on paperwork and filing systems which is time consuming and decreases productivity. In an effort to address this, Ti Deng Jay and Rushdi Abdul Rahman, final year students in the Bachelor of Computer Science (Honours) fashioned “Sports Administrative Resource & Athlete Management System (SARAMS)” as the one-stop sports solution system.

“It took us a year to study the challenges faced by our client and to develop this site which is easy to use, fast and efficient for sports coaches and athletes to clock in their training sessions,” said Deng Jay. “We are pleased with the outcome in meeting the standards of sport and coaching management. The system is now available in 14 international schools in Malaysia –hopefully, it will escalate to the national level, and ultimately, used around the world.”

Some projects have been commissioned in collaboration with industry clients, where some have been earmarked for innovative startup ideas.

The crowd at the Final Year Project Showcase, organised by the final year students at Taylor’s University School of Computing & IT held at CODA Gallery