The definition of Artificial Intelligence (AI), isn’t exactly clear, it is an area of computer science which emphasises the creation of intelligent machines that work to react like humans. Some of the activities computers with AI are designed for include speech/facial recognition, content extraction, machine translation, decision making, speech to text translation and robotics. Students in Years 7, 9 and 10 have been creating innovative AI concepts to solve real world problems for the Australian AI for Good Challenge.

Harnaaz Dhillon, Mariam Hazara and Mia Fyfe (Y7) developed the concept of an app which can be downloaded on multiple devices, called Learn Your Culture, in order to support young children who have migrated to Australia to maintain an understanding of their cultural heritage. The app has object, facial and emotion recognition which can detect what situations the user is in. It can interpret meaning of spoken words and emotional responses, including the tone of voice of the person speaking. The app takes data and information from the internet and translates it onto the app. In addition, it also has voice-to-text or text-to-voice which can provide translation and the pronunciation of the word and its origin.

Sophia Vnuk and Rose Hurley (Y7) developed the concept of wearable technology to improve accessibility for people living with cerebral palsy. Its main feature is a Google Maps-like app showing the best routes, taking into consideration smooth paths, ramps, stairs, construction, crowds, and restrictions (such as Covid-19 restrictions). It can come in several different forms to suit the users’ preferences, including a watch, as an app, or as a device which can attach to a wheelchair, but the data can be transferred to multiple devices.

Maisha Khan and Mehakdeep Kaur (Y9) developed an AI concept designed to help women suffering from domestic violence, specifically allowing them to collect evidence that will give them accessibility to legal action. It will be a minute microchip that can easily be worn and concealed on the victim’s jewellery, clothing, shoes, or personal belongings with a strong magnet/clip that can only be removed with a special pin provided by the company. The microchip will have the ability to recognise tone of voice and emotion from the voice of the victim/abuser, it will also be able to record / hold data, track location and send an alert to emergency services when the phone of the victim is taken.

Chelsea Chhour, Isobel Leviton and Adie Patrick (Y10) developed an AI concept called Marina in order to help solve the problem by “exorcising” or removing the ghost nets from the ocean. This is done through our three elements: The Buoys, the satellites, and the OCEAN EXORCISTSTM. Each part of our AI works together to solve the problem and clean our oceans.