Team Asclepius from University of Johannesburg is on its way to represent South Africa at the Imagine Cup Worldwide Finals in Sydney, Australia.

The Imagine Cup is the world’s premier student technology competition, run by Microsoft to encourage students around the world to apply their imagination, passion and creativity to technology innovations that can make a difference.

Now in its tenth year, the Imagine Cup has inspired a generation, with a cumulative 1,65-million students from over 190 countries participating in the competition.

The 2012 theme was “Imagine a world where technology helps solve the toughest problems”, and team Asclepius won the South African finals in December 2011.

Student team members Joshua Leibstein, Michael Cilliers and their mentor Duncan Coulter from the Academy of Software Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Johannesburg will represent South Africa in the Software Design category. They have also been nominated for the Health Awareness Award.

Their project is “Detecting Tuberculosis in Chest Radiographs using Image Processing Techniques”, and involves a computer-aided detection system using general purpose computing on graphics processing units to assist in the diagnosis of tuberculosis structure in a chest radiograph.