Clean sweep for RMIT in student iAwards at ICT industry gala night

RMIT student projects claimed both the undergraduate and postgraduate prizes at the 2014 Victorian iAwards, a showpiece industry event to celebrate the best of the best of Victoria’s ICT scene.

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The two projects from RMIT’s School of Computer Science and IT faced intense competition, with more than 90 nominations across a range of categories – a 40 per cent increase in nominations from last year – and Head of School Professor Athman Bouguettaya believes that winning these iAwards shows the calibre of not just the projects themselves, but also of the work being done in the school.

“I’m so proud of our students for producing such outstandingly innovative projects, and the staff for excellent supervision and leadership,” he said. “It’s gratifying to receive this sort of recognition from the local ICT industry, as that’s primarily the aim of much of the work we do – industry-partnered and industry-focused with real world applications.”

The iAwards are hosted by the Australian Computer Society (ACS), the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) and the Pearcey Foundation, honouring the most innovative and unique ICT solutions, companies and individuals on an annual basis, and are highly valued as industry recognition of excellence and innovation.

2014 Victorian postgraduate iAward for RMIT's EnviS

2014 Victorian iAward for RMIT's EnviS

“Everyone sits up and takes notice of the iAwards, as they’re all about innovation and providing industry-focused solutions, which is why such prestigious institutions as the ACS, AIIA and Pearcey established them,” said Professor Bouguettaya. “We’re keen to build on success like this, to develop even more partnerships with businesses and organisations, whether from within or from outside the ICT industry, who are seeking tech-based answers to their particular problems.”

The winner of the postgraduate iAward, EnviS, is a wireless multi-sensor monitoring system that tracks movement and monitors the accruing data accordingly. It was developed over three months by a team of five RMIT postgraduate Computer Science students during their Software Engineering course, and continued by a product development team, all recent graduates of RMIT’s Industrial Design program, from the School of Architecture and Design. Leading the project is Dr Flora Salim, from the School of Computer Science and IT, and she hopes that this iAward will help EnviS attract an industry sponsor to help develop the tool to its full potential.

“EnviS has mainly been a research project that has been supported by various seed fundings in RMIT,” said Dr Salim. “Now that EnviS has won the Victorian state level iAwards for postgraduate student project category, we are calling for industry partners to collaborate with us and invest in this project.”

The wireless sensor network modules are cheap to manufacture en masse, and end-users will be able to add or remove sensors to suit their needs, which widens the potential market for the product, according to Dr Salim, while creating the app for Android also allows for greater flexibility and scalability in the future. Dr Salim believes the EnviS wireless sensor network modules could be adopted to suit a range of different uses, including:

  • Smart health and activity monitoring. The router-nodes are fitted with accelerometers to monitor the low-level activities (walking, standing, sitting, running, cycling, etc). If combined with location information derived from GPS or Wifi access point data, the data could be analysed to monitor high level routines and predict the users’ activity and mobility patterns over time. If associated with their medical and physiological data, their cardiovascular activities can also be measured.
  • Parents can attach the sensor modules to their children’s school bags and monitor their whereabouts, activities, and the environmental contexts (air quality, noise, etc).
  • Smart home/building monitoring. EnviS could be used as a wireless sensor network at fixed points indoor and outdoor to monitor the changing thermal, light, noise, and occupancy conditions, and air quality indoor and outdoor. With the data management on the cloud, the data could be analysed to inform better operational management and reduce energy.

The undergraduate iAward went to RMIT Bachelor of Software Engineering student Shishir Chawla for his work in the initial development of an evaluation tool for assessing housing options. The tool is currently being developed by RMIT with funding from the Australian Research Council (ARC)SJB Urban and the Telematics Trust. As part of the RMIT team working on the tool, looking into how people make housing choices and implications for the city, Dr Dhirendra Singh is very excited about the interest being shown in Shishir’s work and the potential impact it could have.

“This iAward is great recognition of the value of this tool for home buyers and renters, and the excellent work Shishir has done in developing it,” said Dr Singh. “It really is about helping us make informed housing choices, and building vibrant and sustainable cities and neighbourhoods, and the tool is getting a lot of interest from all sorts of people and organisations (including realestate.com.au), even while still under development.”

Winners of the State iAwards will now go on to compete in the National iAwards in August, which is sponsored by the Victorian Coalition Government. Find out more about the iAwards.

EnviS: personalised wireless sensor monitoring system

EnviS is an integration of configurable wireless sensor network modules with cloud-based web services, which include a database that stores real-time readings from multiple sensor types and a mobile application which provides both historical and real-time data visualization of sensor readings within user-modelled three-dimensional maps of indoor spaces. Find out more.

This project is seeking an industry sponsor to help with further development and if you wish to get involved, contact Flora Salim (flora.salim@rmit.edu.au).

Housing Assessment Tool

Housing Assessment Tool.
* The Housing Assessment Tool was conceived of by SJB Urban (http://www.sjb.com.au/people/urban-design), and is currently being developed by RMIT, with funding from the Australian Research Council (435k for the larger project looking into how people make housing choices and implications for the city: http://goo.gl/zCZrfg), the Telematics Trust (http://www.telematics.org.au/), and SJB Urban. A early version of the tool was awarded the Victorian iAward this week for work by student Shishir Chawla: http://goo.gl/r7DbLE. A first public release is planned for later this year.
* The tool gives home buyers and renters an easy way to evaluate their housing options. Users can enter any residential address in Australia, and the tool then accesses it on a range of lifetime affordability and liveability factors. These include how well the place rates in terms of walking access to shops and services, how well connected it is in terms of public transport, and how accessible are green open spaces. It can even calculate the actual time it will take to travel to the user’s workplace or other frequent destinations, using public transport or car, and compare their costs. Assessment also covers aspects of the specific dwelling, such as likely ongoing energy costs based on the type of house, but also recommendations where significant savings are possible.

The tool gives home buyers and renters an easy way to evaluate their housing options. Users can enter any residential address in Australia, and the tool then accesses it on a range of lifetime affordability and liveability factors. These include how well the place rates in terms of walking access to shops and services, how well connected it is in terms of public transport, and how accessible are green open spaces. It can even calculate the actual time it will take to travel to the user’s workplace or other frequent destinations, using public transport or car, and compare their costs. Assessment also covers aspects of the specific dwelling, such as likely ongoing energy costs based on the type of house, but also recommendations where significant savings are possible. A first public release is planned for later this year.

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Boeing scholarships for CSIT students at Science Awards night

Here are the recipients for the School of Computer Science and IT and Boeing Scholarship:
1) NICTA Prize for Computer Science – Best Bachelor of Comp Sci in their final year.
Joshua John Webb
2) NICTA Prize for Information Technology – Best Bachelor of Info Tech in their final year.
Jayden Kristian Ivanovic
3) NICTA Prize for Software Engineering – Best Bachelor of Software Engineering in their final year.
Wriddhi Banerjee
4) NICTA Prize for Master of Computer Science – Best Master of Computer Science in their final year.
Pulkit Karawal
Alsharif Abuadbba
** As per before, for the Boeing Scholarship, out of 5 awards/recipients, 4 were CSIT students:
1) Boeing Female UG Scholarship – Bachelor of Info Tech
Kim Alda Tria
2) Boeing Postgraduate Scholarship – Master of Comp Sci
Maria Elena Duenas
3) Boeing Postgraduate Scholarship – Master of Comp Sci
Saurav Jha
4) Boeing Middle to Latter Career Undergraduate Scholarship – Bachelor of Technology( Computing Studies)
Yoann Herve StringiniHere are the recipients for the School of Computer Science and IT and Boeing Scholarship:
1) NICTA Prize for Computer Science – Best Bachelor of Comp Sci in their final year.
Joshua John Webb
2) NICTA Prize for Information Technology – Best Bachelor of Info Tech in their final year.
Jayden Kristian Ivanovic
3) NICTA Prize for Software Engineering – Best Bachelor of Software Engineering in their final year.
Wriddhi Banerjee
4) NICTA Prize for Master of Computer Science – Best Master of Computer Science in their final year.
Pulkit Karawal
Alsharif Abuadbba
** As per before, for the Boeing Scholarship, out of 5 awards/recipients, 4 were CSIT students:
1) Boeing Female UG Scholarship – Bachelor of Info Tech
Kim Alda Tria
2) Boeing Postgraduate Scholarship – Master of Comp Sci
Maria Elena Duenas
3) Boeing Postgraduate Scholarship – Master of Comp Sci
Saurav Jha
4) Boeing Middle to Latter Career Undergraduate Scholarship – Bachelor of Technology( Computing Studies)
Yoann Herve Stringini
The SEH Science Prizes Ceremony 2014

The SEH Science Prizes Ceremony 2014

Computer Science and IT students took out four of the five Boeing scholarships awarded at RMIT’s Science Prizes ceremony, held on 15 May 2014 at Storey Hall, Melbourne. The School of Computer Science and IT is one of four science schools at RMIT University, yet its students dominated the Boeing scholarships – the only awards competed for by students from all the science schools. Read more about RMIT’s Science Prizes ceremony.

Here are the prizes awarded to students for the School of Computer Science and IT:
NICTA Prize for Computer Science – Best Bachelor of Comp Sci in their final year.
Joshua John Webb
NICTA Prize for Information Technology – Best Bachelor of Info Tech in their final year.
Jayden Kristian Ivanovic
NICTA Prize for Software Engineering – Best Bachelor of Software Engineering in their final year.
Wriddhi Banerjee
NICTA Prize for Master of Computer Science – Best Master of Computer Science in their final year.
Pulkit Karawal and Alsharif Abuadbba

The Boeing Scholarship (out of 5 awards/recipients, 4 were CSIT students):

1) Boeing Female UG Scholarship – Bachelor of Info Tech
Kim Alda Tria
2) Boeing Postgraduate Scholarship – Master of Comp Sci
Maria Elena Duenas
3) Boeing Postgraduate Scholarship – Master of Comp Sci
Saurav Jha
4) Boeing Middle to Latter Career Undergraduate Scholarship – Bachelor of Technology( Computing Studies)
Yoann Herve Stringini

Congratulations to all our student award winners!
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PhD completed, future looking bright for Dr Daniel

Daniel Macias Galindo - PhD completion!

Daniel Macias Galindo - PhD completion!

After all the study Daniel Macías Galindo can finally relax as the erstwhile PhD student at RMIT’s School of Computer Science and IT (CSIT) has received his glowing reports from his examiners that confirm his completion.

Currently employed as on Ontologist for Sensis, Daniel had been an active and popular member of the CSIT research student community during his studies. He was involved in all sort of activities, including: the organising committee for the the Computer Science and Information Technology Research Student Conference 2009; member of the RMIT IEEE Student Branch (2009-2010, Website Lead); finalist in RMIT’s Three Minute Thesis Competition 2010; and the organiser of the Agents Meetings for the Multi-Agent Systems Discipline at RMIT University (2011-2012).

“My thesis involved the automatic construction of modular ontologies representing the vocabulary of a topic (e.g. zoos, museums, food),” he said. “These ontologies were incorporated in a conversational system capable of engaging in chat-like dialogue with users and I also investigated the effect of conversational domains in the human perception and automatic measures of semantic relatedness.”

His supervisor, Dr Lawrence Cavedon, is looking forward to working with Daniel on developing some of the ideas from his thesis into future conference papers.

“Congratulations Daniel. These are excellent reports from two very experienced and knowledgeable examiners! There’s very little in the way of ‘corrections’ required, and even suggestions for possible further papers, which we can look into later on. But first, just relax and enjoy it!”

Thesis title: Domain-Sensitive Topic Management in a Modular Conversational Agent Framework
Supervisors: Lawrence Cavedon, John Thangarajah and Wilson Wong
The thesis classification has been “Passed subject to minor amendments”.

Congratulations from everyone at the School of Computer Science and IT and the best of luck with your future career. You’ll be missed at morning tea!

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CSIT students win trip to the IEEE World Congress on Computational Intelligence in Beijing, China

We have 3 PhD students (Mohammad Nabi, Borhan, and Asad) successfully
obtained a travel grant to WCCI’2014 (ERA A conference) in Beijing.
There are only 4 recipients from Australia (for CEC’14), and 3 are
from our ECML group at RMIT!
Let me know if you need further information. Our ECML group I believe
has 12 papers accepted by CEC’14 and IJCCN’14 (part of WCCI’14).  This
is a record for us:-)
Cheers,
Xiaodong
Borhan Kazimipour is one of 3 RMIT students to win prestigious conference travel grants

Borhan Kazimipour is one of 3 RMIT students to win prestigious conference travel grants

Three of the four students from Australia to win travel grants to a major international computing conference are from RMIT University’s School of Computer Science and IT.

The three RMIT students received the grants in recognition for the quality of the papers they submitted to the 2014 IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation (IEEE CEC 2014), which is part of the IEEE World Congress on Computational Intelligence (IEEE WCCI) – the largest and most prestigious technical event in the field of computational intelligence.

Asad Mohammadi, Borhan Kazimipour, and Mohammad Nabi Omidvar are all pursuing PhDs with the School of Computer Science and IT, and the Higher Degree by Research Coordinator, Associate Professor Xiaodong Li, who oversees research students at the school, is very proud of their achievement.

“This is really good news and just demonstrates the calibre of research student we have here at RMIT – genuine world class!” he said. “I’m sure the papers these guys submitted will be highly regarded by the international audience you get for this sort of conference and hopefully they’ll make quite an impact.”

The three students are also members of the school’s Evolutionary Computation and Machine Learning (ECML) group, which is looking forward to making a significant contribution to this year’s conference, taking place from July 6-11, 2014, in Beijing, China.

“There are only 4 recipients from Australia [for IEEE CEC 2014], and 3 are from our ECML group at RMIT,” said Associate Professor Li. “Apparently, our ECML group has 12 papers accepted by CEC 2014 and IJCCN 2014 (The 2014 International Joint Conference on Neural Networks, and also part of IEEE WCCI), which is a record for us!”

Rated ‘A’ by Excellence in Research Australia (ERA), the conference is an exciting prospect for PhD student and grant winner Borhan Kazimipour.

“I’ve actually got three papers at the conference, so I’ll be quite busy,” he said. “But all three of us that are going are tremendously excited, as it’s not every day you win a grant to a prestigious conference like this one – it’s a great honour!”

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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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    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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