Swinburne student wins second prize at IBCEx POSTED ON JANUARY 3, 2021, SUNDAY AT 12:02 AM
Posted on : 03 Jan 2021  Source of News: The Borneo Post

KUCHING: Two teams from Swinburne University here participated in the Environment/Waste Treatment and Biotechnology categories of the Sixth International Biotechnology Competition and Exhibition 2020 (IBCEx 2020) recently.

The teams were led by biotechnology lecturers Dr Daniel Tan and Dr Xavier Chee in the event organised by Bioprocess Engineering Student Society of School of Chemical and Energy Engineering, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), Johor Bahru.

Christopher Ha Heng Xuan

According to its press release, final-year undergraduate Christopher Ha Heng Xuan won second place with his project ‘Machine Learning-driven Drug Discovery of HIV Integrase Inhibitors’ in Biotechnology category.

“Ha started working on his project to discover new drugs that could prevent human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection with the help of artificial intelligence (AI) after signing up for the second FECS Future Researcher Internship Programme in January 2020,” said the press release.

Ha had little prior knowledge about machine learning but with constant guidance from mentor Dr Chee, a machine learning model to predict potential drugs to treat AIDS was created.

Thirty-eight teams from 15 universities across Asia presented their innovative ideas to experts and industrial partners during the two-day virtual event themed ‘Empowering Nations: Towards A More Sustainable Future’. Judging was based on originality, creativity and impact towards more sustainable future.

The four categories competed were Environment/Waste Treatment, Biofuel/Renewable Energy, Green Product/Green Building, and Biotechnology.