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UNAIR students win a gold medal in IPITEX international competition

The Smartrose team from Universitas Airlangga won the gold medal in the IPITEX international competition in Thailand, on February 6, 2024. (Photo: By courtesy)
The Smartrose team from Universitas Airlangga won the gold medal in the IPITEX international competition in Thailand, on February 6, 2024. (Photo: By courtesy)

UNAIR NEWSUniversitas Airlangga students continue to achieve global recognition. This time, the Smartrose team won the gold medal in the International Intellectual Property, Invention, Innovation and Technology Exposition (IPITEX) international competition. Among the team members are Anasah Zulfah, Ririn Nur Mahmudah, and Atsir Alma Dinisa from the Faculty of Nursing (FKp); Revita Novianti Putri and Marcella Aurelia Yatijan from the Faculty of Sciences and Technology (FST); and Ach. Jazilul Qutbi and Diaz Samsun Alif from the Faculty of Advanced Technology and Multidiscipline (FTMM).

Organized by the Indonesia Invention and Innovation Promotion Association (INNOPA) and the National Research and Council of Thailand (NRCT), the competition took place from February 2 to 6, 2024, in Bangkok, Thailand.

To UNAIR NEWS, the team leader, Anasah Zulfah, stated that the participants consisted of high schoolers and university students from across Southeast Asia. The competition featured 8 innovation themes: health, industry, agriculture, energy and environment, construction and building, education, information technology, and manufacturing.

“IPITEX also invites targeted groups for science and technology development, like entrepreneurs, investors, producers, distributors, and corporates. Their presence is expected to support the dissemination and commercialization process of products by young innovators,” she said.

Anasah and the team presented an innovation called Smartose, a smartwatch for detecting diabetes. This innovation originated from the PKM-KC idea, which successfully won the Most Favorite Presentation Award at the National Student Scientific Week (PIMNAS) in 2023.

“We’re not stopping there because Smartose is still in the prototype stage and needs more development. That’s why we joined IPITEX, hoping to catch the attention of investors who can help us financially to enhance and bring our product to the market,” she said.

Smartose is a smartwatch designed to non-invasively detect diabetes, including blood glucose levels, HbA1C, and Ketones. It utilizes a photoplethysmograph (PPG) sensor and deep learning-based electrochemistry. The deep learning model employed is the Artificial Neural Network (ANN), achieving a testing accuracy of up to 90%.

Smartose is also integrated with a mobile application, making it convenient for users to monitor their check-up results periodically. Smartose is a holistic solution in diabetes monitoring, reducing the risk of diabetic ketoacidosis complications, and improving the health and quality of life for users.

Anasah admitted that participating in such competitions is not an easy feat. Her team faced various challenges, including team members’ initial unfamiliarity with one another, the team bonding process, and differences in opinions. However, good cooperation helped them overcome all challenges and achieve satisfying results.

“Thanks to this event, we also gained numerous connections from various universities, both domestically and internationally. We could learn from the cool innovations they proposed. It was an extraordinary experience,” said the student from Jember.

Author: Rafli Noer Khairam

Editor: Khefti Al Mawalia