Silicon enhanced: Ex-CSIT academic Hugh Williams an eBay success story

Hugh Williams: from RMIT to eBay Vice-President in five years

Hugh Williams: from RMIT to eBay Vice-President in five years

From the RMIT School of Computer Science and Information Technology to Vice-President, Experience, Search, and Platforms at eBay, hear what Dr Hugh Williams has to say about making the leap from Melbourne to Silicon Valley.

Read Hugh’s big story in the RMIT Alumni magazine.

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QS rankings rate RMIT’s School of Computer Science and IT joint 6th in Australia

You may be interested to learn that RMIT University features in the world’s elite (Top 200) institutions in 10 of the 30 subjects featured in this year’s QS World University Rankings by Subject, which will be published on 26th Feb 2014 on www.topuniversities.com and by leading media around the world .
For the third edition of the QS World University Rankings by Subject, we evaluated 3,002 universities and ranked 689 institutions in total. 130 million of citations attributions were analyzed and we verified the provision of 10,639 programs.
Of particular note, RMIT University has an improved ranking or is featured for the first time in the following subjects:
Engineering – Electrical
Engineering – Mechanical
Congratulations!
The wheel chart below illustrates the performance of your institution across all disciplines with more detailed notes below.
In this year’s QS rankings RMIT University’s School of Computer Science and IT is ranked joint 6th in Australia and receives the highest score of any school across the whole university.
Head of the School of Computer Science and IT Professor Athman Bouguettaya welcomed the recognition and looks forward to the School achieving even more in the year ahead.
RMIT University features in the world’s elite (Top 200) institutions in 10 of the 30 subjects featured in this year’s QS World University Rankings by Subject.
For the third edition of the QS World University Rankings by Subject, 3,002 universities were evaluated with 689 institutions ranked in total.
The wheel chart below illustrates the performance of RMIT across all disciplines with more detailed notes below.
QS World University Rankings by Subject | ResultsMethodology

RMIT UNIVERSITY

Subject Academic Employer Citations H Score 2014 Rank
ARTS & HUMANITIES
Modern Languages 29.1

72.7

n/a n/a 42.1

>200
ENGINEERING & TECHNOLOGY
Computer Science & Info Systems 61.3

87.8

79.3

68.8

73.1

51-100
Engineering – Civil & Structural 30.8

81.5

68.3

73.4

54.0

101-150
Engineering – Electrical 61.5

82.3

75.9

65.3

70.5

51-100
Engineering – Mechanical 67.2

82.6

65.1

68.7

71.8

51-100
LIFE SCIENCES & MEDICINE
Agriculture & Forestry 23.0

55.9

38.8

30.0

30.8

>200
Biological Sciences 46.4

79.3

57.1

38.9

50.5

>200
Medicine 46.5

77.5

51.7

38.1

48.8

>200
Psychology 46.0

86.4

37.1

37.2

56.4

151-200
NATURAL SCIENCES
Chemistry 16.7

76.7

58.4

46.6

43.0

>200
Earth & Marine Sciences 31.7

82.0

43.2

32.9

39.9

>200
Environmental Sciences 52.4

64.9

67.3

54.1

57.9

>200
Mathematics 47.1

89.0

46.2

41.0

54.1

>200
Physics & Astronomy 43.8

74.8

51.3

34.8

49.7

>200
SOCIAL SCIENCES & MANAGEMENT
Accounting & Finance 46.0

73.5

68.5

78.2

59.7

51-100
Communication & Media Studies 44.7

81.7

59.3

59.0

54.2

101-150
Education 43.0

78.2

65.1

54.8

51.6

151-200
Economics & Econometrics 36.8

76.4

34.8

22.6

47.1

151-200
Law 26.9

79.6

50.9

46.8

46.9

151-200
Statistics & Operational Research 31.5

79.5

27.5

26.5

34.5

>200
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IEEE nomination honour for CSIT Head of School

I was just nominated to be on the prestigious  IEEE Fellows
Evaluation Committee for 2014 (CS stream).  This committee evaluates nominations of IEEE Fellows, a world top honor and scholarship  in the field of computing and electronics. To quote the IEEE “As it stands today, the IEEE Grade of Fellow is conferred by the Board of Directors upon a person with an extraordinary record of accomplishments in any of the IEEE fields of interest. The total number selected in any one year does not exceed one-tenth of one percent of the total voting Institute membership.”  More information can be obtained from http://www.ieee.org/membership_services/membership/fellows/index.html
Professor Athman Bouguettaya will serve on the IEEE Fellows Committee Evaluation Committee for 2014

Professor Athman Bouguettaya will serve on the IEEE Fellows Committee Evaluation Committee for 2014

Professor Athman Bouguettaya, Head of RMIT’s School of Computer Science and IT, has been nominated to serve on the prestigious IEEE Fellows Evaluation Committee for 2014 (Computer Science stream).  This committee evaluates nominations for IEEE Fellows, globally considered a top honour in the field of computing and electronics.

The IEEE Grade of Fellow is conferred by the Board of Directors upon a person with an extraordinary record of accomplishments in any of the IEEE fields of interest. The total number selected in any one year does not exceed one-tenth of one percent of the total voting Institute membership.
More information about the IEEE Fellow Program can be found on the IEEE website.
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    New RMIT Fellow, Dr Hai Dong, joins the School of Computer Science and IT

    The Vice-Chancellor’s Research Fellowships is a competitive scheme advertised nationally and internationally on an annual basis. Applicants are selected on the basis of their excellent research track record and national recognition in an area aligned with RMIT’s research focus areas.
    2013 Vice-Chancellor’s Research Fellowship awardees
    Dr Hai Dong
    School of Computer Sciences and Information Technology
    Dr Dong has been working as a Research Fellow at Curtin University of Technology, undertaking research on the “Service discovery and composition for SMEs to gain business intelligence in digital business ecosystems”. Hai has been awarded two research grants and has published many refereed journal articles and conference proceedings and also supervised PhD candidates. He is a member of the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society and has worked on editorial boards. His research interests include; service oriented computing, semantic search and digital ecosystems. Dr Dong will commence in the School of Computer Sciences & IT in January 2014.
    RMIT VC's Research Fellow Dr Hai Dong

    RMIT VC's Research Fellow Dr Hai Dong

    Newly appointed RMIT VC’s Research Fellow, Dr Hai Dong, has joined the School of Computer Sciences and Information Technology (CSIT), and the Head of School, Professor Athman Bouguettaya, is delighted with the new arrival.

    “We were successful in attracting one new RMIT Fellow this year and I’m sure I speak for everyone at the School in welcoming Dr, Hai Dong to CSIT,” he said.

    “I would like to thank both Mark Sanderson and Timos Sellis for helping secure this position and candidate, as Hai seems a perfect fit for our School.”

    Dr Dong has been working as a Research Fellow at Curtin University of Technology, undertaking research on the “Service discovery and composition for SMEs to gain business intelligence in digital business ecosystems”. Hai has been awarded two research grants and has published many refereed journal articles and conference proceedings and also supervised PhD candidates. He is a member of the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society and has worked on editorial boards. His research interests include; service oriented computing, semantic search and digital ecosystems.

    RMIT’s Vice-Chancellor’s Research Fellowships is a competitive scheme advertised nationally and internationally on an annual basis. Applicants are selected on the basis of their excellent research track record and national recognition in an area aligned with RMIT’s research focus areas.

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    CSIT PhD Dave Scerri finessing postal delivery networks using modelling and simulation expertise

    Optimising Delivery Networks

    Ex-CSIT PhD candidate Dave Scerri scored an internship with Biarri thanks to AMSI

    Ex-CSIT PhD Dave Scerri scored an internship with Biarri, thanks to AMSI, and it led to a new full time job.

    Smart phone shopping has grown 101 per cent in the last year. Australians spend an average of $285 a week online, with this growth tipped to increase, e-commerce activity needs a revamp. Australia Post knows first-hand the consequences of the online shopping trend, so they approached Price Waterhouse Coopers and Biarri to help optimise their parcel network.

    Biarri, an Australian company, uses innovative mathematical thinking to solve complex business problems, and are fast becoming a global leader in the application of mathematics to industry.

    Having heard of AMSI Intern’s successful track record of placing research expertise – often unattainable and hidden in the academic world – within industry, Biarri engaged Cate
 Ballard and her team to find them a suitable candidate. The short-term research focussed contracts offered by AMSI Intern give businesses access to untapped resources from leading Australian universities.

    Dave Scerri was a PhD candidate at RMIT, armed with a background in computer science and mathematics. His experience in modelling and simulation gave Biarri confidence in his ability to help tackle the network design challenge.

    ‘My experience with Biarri as an AMSI intern allowed me to apply my research to real-world problems to understand how mathematics can be usefully applied in industry. And now I get to do this every day, as my internship culminated in a full time job,’ Dave said.

    By incorporating further intricacies and complexities into Biarri’s cutting-edge network models, Dave enabled Biarri to extend its reach and offer mathematical solutions to other commercial enterprises.

    ‘The AMSI intern program allows Biarri to tap into a talented pool of Mathematics PhD graduates. The interns let us target a range of R&D projects quickly and cheaply,’ said Joe Forbes, Founder, Biarri.

    ​AMSI Intern continues to be a leader in solving the short term research needs of Australian businesses. Leveraging its unique access to young, innovative Australian researchers through AMSI’s member institutions.

    Intern: David Scerri, RMIT University
    Industry Partner: Joe Forbes, Founder, Biarri
    Academic Mentor: Professor Lin Padgham, RMIT

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    B: (03) 9035 5037
    E: cate@amsi.org.au
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    Head of School speaking at two international computing conferences

    Keynote speaker at IEEE GCC 2013 in Qatar, Professor Athman Bouguettaya shows off his plaque and trophy from IEEE

    Keynote speaker at IEEE GCC 2013 in Qatar, Professor Athman Bouguettaya shows off his plaque and trophy from IEEE

    The Head of RMIT’s School of Computer Science and IT, Professor Athman Bouguettaya, is just back from a packed programme of conferences both in Australia and overseas, at two of which he was an invited/keynote speaker.

    Professor Bouguettaya was keynote speaker at the 7th IEEE-GCC Conference and Exhibition in Qatar, from 17-20 November, 2013, and then he spoke again at the third Australasian Symposium on Service Research and Innovation (ASSRI’13), at the Australian Graduate School of Management (AGSM), University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia, from 27-29 November, 2013.

    This was followed by a trip to Berlin for the 11th International Conference on Service Oriented Computing (ICSOC 2013), which took place from 2-5 December, 2013.

    Professor Bouguettaya with two of his books at ICSOC in Berlin this month.

    Professor Bouguettaya with two of his books at ICSOC in Berlin this month.

    It may have been a testing few weeks, with all the travelling, but Professor Bouguettaya was delighted and honoured to be asked to speak at such prestigious conferences.

    “Visiting these top conferences is all part of being at a world class research institution like RMIT,” he said. “But it’s a great honour to speak to your peers from all over the world and I was even given a plaque for one of them!”

    IEEE, pronounced “Eye-triple-E,” stands for the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and is the world’s largest professional association dedicated to advancing technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity. IEEE and its members inspire a global community through IEEE’s highly cited publications, conferences, technology standards, and professional and educational activities.

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    James Harland describes innovative teaching practices at RMIT’s School of Computer Science and IT (video)

    In this video Associate Professor James Harland describes some of the ways that he tries to bring more innovative teaching techniques into his IT lectures.

    IT student Matthew Black provides further insight into how James’ teaching increases student participation and engagement with the course content, as well as each other.

    RMIT INCLUSIVE TEACHING PRACTICES: 3. Build a Community of Learners – James Harland

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    International research impact award for Dr Xiaodong Li

    Dr Xiaodong Li

    Dr Xiaodong Li

    RMIT Programming Club chief Dr Xiaodong Li has won a prestigious Impact Award from his research peers at SIGEVO – the Special Interest Group on Genetic and Evolutionary Computation, which is run under the aegis of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).

    The SIGEVO Impact award recognizes up to three papers a year that were published in the GECCO conference 10 years earlier and which are both highly cited and deemed to be seminal by the SIGEVO Executive Committee.

    Xiaodong received the 2013 award for the research impact of a paper he presented at SIGEVO’s GECCO conference in 2003 - “A Non-dominated Sorting Particle Swarm Optimizer for Multiobjective Optimization”. The announcement came somewhat out of the blue as Xiaodong was not even aware of the award’s existence.

    “I’d not heard of this award before, then I got an email in congratulation from a colleague attending the July GECCO 2013 conference,” he said. “So it was, indeed, a nice surprise, but also a great honour!”

    The ACM Special Interest Group on Genetic and Evolutionary Computation (SIGEVO) aims to promote and disseminate in academia, industry, and society the principles, techniques and applications of Genetic and Evolutionary Computation as well as other bio-inspired methods.

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    Feng Xie talks about studying for her PhD and how Melbourne is her home from home (video in Mandarin)

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    Spring blossoms with 5 PhD Completion Seminars

    PhD completion seminars coming up throughout Spring

    PhD completion seminars coming up throughout Spring

    Spring is sprung, da grass is riz, I wonder where dem PhD students is?

    Well, this spring you can catch five – yes, five! – PhD completion seminars, after morning tea on Fridays at the School of Computer Science and IT. The seminars are on a range of subjects, from data management and usage to mobile computing and much more.

    Come along to show your support for the students and find out about what they’ve been working on.

    All PhD Completion Seminars are in Building 10, Level 8, Room 3, and start at 11.30am

    • 13/9/2013 -  Fahad Abdullah S Alahmari – Interacting with Linked Data
    • 20/9/2013 - Christopher Hoobin – Algorithms and data structures for large text collections
    • 4/10/2013 - Wafaa Al-Saggaf – Applied technology and the learning experience: Enhancement of learning programming using mobile devices
    • 18/10/2013 - Abdullah Mofareh Alamri – Towards a Semantic-Aware Authorization Framework and Mechanisms for Semantic Repositories
    • 1/11/2013 – Nitin Yadav – Behaviour Composition Optimisation
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