Nanyang Polytechnic wins SAS Hackathon

  • Nanyang’s SAS AI-powered system gives 'ears' to common manufacturing machines
  • Virtual SAS Hackathon saw winners chosen by more than 50 expert judges

From left: Nanyang Polytechnic teachers Wayne Wong, Zheng Xinhua and Zhao Zhiqiang; with students Mog Kun Han and Israt Jahan PiaSINGAPORE's Nanyang Polytechnic has been crowned the winner of SAS Hackathon under the Asia Pacific category, the business analytics software provider said in a statement.

Also announced were the winners in the different global regions and specific industry and technology sub-categories, which were all chose by more than 50 expert judges.

Nanyang Polytechnic's team of students and professors developed a SAS AI-powered system that applies pattern-recognition neural networks and machine learning to acoustic patterns for computer numerical control (CNC) machines.

Its invention gives 'ears' to these common manufacturing machines and the data driven system can help monitor for and detect anomalies (such as tool wear or break) in real time.

This, claimed the institution, could improve efficiency, predict maintenance cycles and improve worker safety all of which are crucial elements in the manufacturing industry. 

With the proposed system, CNC machines will be equipped with an intelligent engine with the ability to have awareness of their real-time working conditions, it said.

Meanwhile, the winner in the Americas is NPKEver, a team from North Carolina State University and startup Phinite, which used SAS Analytics to create a model for manure-based fertiliser recycling, which it said could improve the environment and food production. This also garnered the team a win under the Agtech global sub-industry category.

KPMG Austria picked up the win for the EMEA region with their new data analysis feature for their ESG (environmental, social and governance) tool CLIMAID.

The virtual SAS Hackathon was held in March 2021. It comprised a competition that challenged data scientists, technology enthusiasts and business visionaries in a host of industries to apply technology to solve real-world business and humanitarian problems.

SAS will name overall global winners in three categories – Industry, Data for Good and Startups – at the virtual SAS Global Forum 2021.

In addition to recognition, several teams will earn an invitation to partner with SAS to commercialise their ideas. These selected teams will have continued complimentary access to SAS Viya on Azure, expert guidance, and resources and support to further develop their applications.

"We launched our hackathons to inspire and innovate and help society and business," said Bob Messier, senior vice president of customer engagement and support at SAS.

"The diverse teams in this global hackathon sparked new ideas while addressing nearly 100 unique use cases. As a technologist, I'm amazed by the broad range of analytics technologies they used. All the teams deserve special recognition and thanks for their hard work and contributions."


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