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DLSU All-Female Team Turned out to be an Award-Winning
Written by Loren   
Tuesday, 19 January 2010

All-female team of De La Salle University (DLSU) turned out in the recently concluded National Invention Contest and Exhibits (NICE) 2009.

The finalists received the "Sibol Award-Outstanding Student Creative Research" on the college level with their research "Greenstick Fracture Detection and Diagnosis Using Image Processing and Analysis."

The all-female team composed of Airi Bianca Beltran, Rachel Joyce Oaña and Cathlyn Marie Montano.

The DLSU team, a blend of computer geeks and computer science majors, said it was the time when they were just starting that challenged them the most. They developed a system that performs image processing and analysis to detect fractures, specifically Greenstick fractures. These fractures are one of the most common fractures in children and, if undiagnosed and untreated, can lead to deformity and permanent disability.

X-ray images are improved using image sharpening, smoothing, median, erode, dilate and threshold in the said project, which are not present in simple X-rays.

First-place winners in the Sibol Award received the World Intellectual Property Organization gold medals and certificates.

Other winners in NICE 2009 at the college level were Albert Gonzalo Bautista II, "Herbiplast Revolutionary Natural Ointment Bandage (Anti-bacterial, coagulant, all natural)," of the University of Baguio, second prize; and Richelle Abuan, "Evaluation of Anti-Inflammatory Activity of the Liniment from the Leaf Extract of Lagundi (Vitex negundo) Fam. Verbenaceae," of Saint Louis University, third prize.

With this kind of giving recognitions to our young researchers, this could help the country develop a critical mass of Filipino investors who will build the Philippine industries and services to help deal with the pressing national concerns such as breaking the cycle of our energy dependence, environmental degradation and climate change. [via businessmirror.com.ph]


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