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China calls on cloud computing expert

29 November 2016
Australian cloud computing specialist Professor Albert Zomaya from the University of Sydney will work with one of China’s leading tertiary institution to create more environmentally sustainable data centres.
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Atomic blueprint device is a winner

25 November 2016
Dr Peter Liddicoat, a recipient of AMP Tomorrow funds and PhD graduate of Materials Engineering, has developed a new microscope that can unravel the ‘DNA’ of inorganic materials.
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Today’s innovation is tomorrow’s history

23 November 2016
Professor Athman Bouguettaya says "Cloud computing, Big Data and the Internet of Things are the three key emergent paths for research innovations and those studying to be IT professionals."
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IT Innovation Breakfast Series - MHTI

MHTI talk

On 21 September 2016, SIT hosted the second of its “IT Innovation Breakfast Seminar Series” showcasing the Master of Health Technology Innovation. Dr Bronwyn Evans, CEO of Standards Australia gave her keynote address, “De-Risking Innovation to Broaden Health Horizons”, to a packed room of over 60 people.

Dr Evans is chair of the new Industry Growth Centre for Medical Technologies and Pharmaceuticals and CEO of Standards Australia - a leader in medical device regulations, process design and optimisation and engineering problem solving.

Together with a panel of speakers, Dr Evans discussed how companies can adopt agile approaches to develop innovation technology based solutions to real healthcare issues. The panel also discussed how to keep across the ever shifting regulatory and health technology assessment areas.

The panel included Associate Professor Behza Eftekhar, Dr Philip Boughton and Associate Professor Simon Poon from the University of Sydney, Bede O'Connor of 360 Knee Systems and Optimized Ortho, and Peter Simpson-Young, a neuroscientist and current MHTI student.

Delving into Hong Kong’s health data

16 August 2016
A specialist research group has joined forces to analyse Hong Kong's largely untapped healthcare records.
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Analytic and Clinical Cooperative Laboratory for Integrative Medicine (ACCLAIM) launch

Representatives from Sydney and CUHK opening ACCLAIM

Representatives from Sydney and CUHK opening ACCLAIM

The University of Sydney has established a joint Big-Data laboratory with the Chinese University of Hong Kong, lead by the School of IT’s Dr. Josiah Poon and Associate Professor Simon Poon.

The Analytic and Clinical Cooperative Laboratory for Integrative Medicine (ACCLAIM) lab will serve as a knowledge and discovery platform for scientists and clinicians to integrate the best of information technology, data analytic advancement, and clinical research for advancing evidence-based integrative medicine. Dr. Josiah Poon will serve as the lab’s co-director and Associate Professor Simon Poon as a co-convenor.

An opening ceremony and inaugural symposium was held in July, to gather worldwide experts from Australia, UK, US, Mainland China and HK in the field of Chinese and Integrative medicine, to share knowledge, experience and insights of the advancement of this field, using biomedical, clinical and big-data approaches. More than 100 overseas and local participants attended the event.

Key themes of the symposium included challenges and opportunities for Chinese and integrative medicine research with Big Data, computational mining and bioinformatics, data analytics in clinical research and pragmatic clinical studies and evidence based research for Chinese and integrative medicine.

Full symposium program

Linkage Grant success

The School did exceptionally well in the recent ARC Linkage Grant rounds with grants awarded for collaboration with industry in the health sector, document storage, visual analytics and cloud storage. Congratulations to all the staff involved!

Professor Alan Fekete; Associate Professor Uwe Roehm; Dr Michael Cahill in collaboration with MongoDB Australia ($239,26 in funding for their project Improving provision of a document store as a service in a public cloud).

Professor Dagan Feng; Dr Jinman Kim; Professor Michael Fulham; Associate Professor Stefan Eberl in collaboration with Royal Prince Alfred Hospital ($360,000 in funding for their project A data science framework for modelling disease patterns from medical images).

Professor Seok-Hee Hong; Professor Peter Eades; Dr Weidong Huang; Dr Cristina Cifuentes; Mr Nathan Hawes in collaboration with Oracle ($382,000 in funding for their project Visual analytics for massive multivariate networks).

Professor Albert Zomaya; Professor Zahir Tari in collaboration with Jemena Electricity Networks (VIC) ($390,000 in funding for their project Cloud-data centres resource allocation under bursty conditions).

How secure are your emails? Security lost in transition

19 February 2016
An international research team has provided evidence for the first time of the vulnerability of electronic communication via email.
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Coding is cool this summer

4 January 2016
Summer school brings together passionate young coders. 100 year 11 and 12 students are participating in an intensive coding summer course this week at the University of Sydney.
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Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) outcomes

17 December 2015

The University of Sydney received the highest score of 5 (“Well above world standard”) for Information and Computing Sciences research performance in the Excellence in Research for Australia 2015 Report.

Further details - ARC ERA outcomes website.

ERA aims to identify and promote excellence across the full spectrum of research activity in Australia’s higher education institutions. ERA evaluates the quality of research against national and international benchmarks

Previous rounds were held in 2010 and 2012 (pilot in 2009).

The ERA results just released and compiled by the Australia Research Council (ARC) give us an indication of a University’s research performance. Each University submits information on research outputs over the past few years. These include journal papers, books, conference proceedings and non-traditional research outputs such as translations, exhibitions and creative works. Universities also provide information on the applications of their research, which may include patents and commercial income. In addition to the university research, researchers themselves are evaluated by esteem measures that include competitive fellowships and memberships of academies.

Research quality is evaluated in groups defined by 2-digit and 4-digit Field of Research (FoR) codes. The final report of the University’s research quality rates the performance in each FoR code against a world standard, using a scale of 1 to 5. A score of 3 is research at world standard; a 4 is research above world standard; and a 5 is research well above world standard.

The University of Sydney has attained a score of 5 in the category Information and Computing Sciences, and also in Computation Theory and Mathematics, and Distributed Computing.

Sydney progcomp team on the way to NZ regionals

Team Sublime3

Team Sublime3 from the University of Sydney has been invited to compete in the ACM ICPC South Pacific Programming Contest in Auckland.

David Zhao, Erica Hu and Nick Armstrong (pictured) ranked 3rd in the South Pacific Central Division in the competition.

Congratulations to Erica, Nick and David, and to coach Ben Drinkwater.

The sky's no limit for cloud computing expert

9 July 2015
University of Sydney Cloud computing expert Professor Albert Zomaya has been awarded a prestigious Australian Research Council Linkage Project grant.
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New course recognises changing healthcare landscape

13 April 2015
As healthcare increasingly depends on the innovative use of modern technologies the University of Sydney has announced a first of its kind master's degree aimed at developing leaders in the emerging field of health technology - the Master of Health Technology Innovation.
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Young Cambodians coding their way to future careers

28 January 2015
They may not own computers or know how to blog or tweet yet but learning computer programming may help many Cambodian children find their way into future careers.
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Unloseable success

28 November 2014
Young students with a vision of entrepreneurial success will be mentored by industry professionals through the new Sydney Accelerator Network (SAN) launched at the University of Sydney's School of Information Technologies.
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Solution for Big Data

28 October 2014
Australian cloud-computing experts based at the University of Sydney will work with researchers in the United Arab Emirates to find better methods for exploring and exploiting large quantities of stored data.

Professor Albert Zomaya, Chair of High Performance Computing and Networking, and his colleague Dr Young Choon Lee from theSchool of Information Technologieshave been awarded a $920,000 ICT Fund grant to support their work into the design and development of scalable solutions for the storage and accessing of large volumes of data. The pair will work in collaboration with researchers from Khalifa University, UAE, headed by Dr. Paul Yoo.
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Kenny and the Chromosomes

2 September 2014
When University of Sydney PhD candidate Kenny Sabir isn't composing music he is deconstructing chromosomes. The musician and IT student won the University's Three Minute Thesis finals held on the weekend with his presentation on understanding chromosome structures.
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Graphic Medicine

12 June 2014
Biomedical imaging is transforming medicine with movie-like CGI and large data sets playing a central role in the revolution according to the University of Sydney biomedical engineers hosting the 31st Computer Graphics International Conference.
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Artificial intelligence annotates medical images

4 June 2014
Biomedical research students at the University of Sydney been awarded 1st place in the annual Cross Language Evaluation Forum image challenge for developing a unique algorithm that automatically analyses 3D computed tomographic liver images.
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Keeping the cloud clean

3 June 2014
With hundreds of data centres, thousands of server rooms and individual racks in Australia alone there is an urgent need for industry to fully address the environmental impact of cloud computing, says the University of Sydney's Professor Albert Zomaya.
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Playful behaviour surprises researchers

28 May 2014
Designers of large public interactive displays (PIDs) should expect playful responses to these displays. This was the unexpected finding from a study by an inter-disciplinary group of designers and computer scientists at the University of Sydney.
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Congratulations Professor Albert Zomaya

Professor Albert Zomaya

27 March 2014
Professor Albert Zomaya has been awarded an IEEE Computer Society Technical Achievement Award. The award recognises Professor Zomaya's "outstanding contributions to the solution of scheduling problems in parallel and distributed computing systems." The prestigious award is given to renowned technologists who have made contributions in the past 10-15 years that have significantly promoted technical progress in the field.

The award coincides with the publication of Professor Zomaya's new book, "Biological Knowledge Discovery Handbook: Preprocessing, Mining and Postprocessing of Biological Data". The book is co-authored by Professor Mourad Elloumi, from the University of Tunis-El Manar, Tunisia.

Fingerprinting herbal medicine

26 February 2014
Details on how to fingerprint herbs, isolate and identify herb potency or connect massive clinical datasets are among the topics of a new reference tool released today by University of Sydney academics.
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CORE award for University professor

22 January 2014
Algorithms that enable powerful and intuitive searching of large data have earned a University of Sydney Information Technologies senior academic the 2014 Computing Research & Education (CORE) Chris Wallace Award for Outstanding Research Contribution.

Associate Professor James Curran,from the School of Information Technologies will be presented with the prestigious trans-Tasman award at the Australasian Computer Science Week (ACSW) conference in Auckland, New Zealand on 21 January 2014.
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