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November 2014

  • STEM Academy to inspire teaching excellence [20 November 2014]

    STEM Academy to inspire teaching excellence

    A new academy that aims to inspire teaching excellence in mathematics, science and technology skills among Australian high school teachers will enrol its first class this weekend at the University of Sydney. More...

  • Sleep-disorder expert appointed ResMed Chair [7 November 2014]

    Sleep-disorder expert appointed ResMed Chair

    Internationally recognised biomedical engineering and sleep-disorder expert Professor Philip de Chazal has been appointed ResMed Chair in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Sydney. More...

  • Measuring baby fat - University of Sydney receives Phase II Grand Challenges Explorations Funding [6 November 2014]

    Measuring baby fat - University of Sydney receives Phase II Grand Challenges Explorations Funding

    The University of Sydney announced that it will receive Phase II funding through Grand Challenges Explorations, an initiative created by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation that enables individuals worldwide to test bold ideas to address persistent health and development challenges. More...

  • ARC funding recognises research leadership at Sydney [7 November 2014]

    ARC funding recognises research leadership at Sydney

    University of Sydney researchers have been recognised among Australia's best with the announcement of more than $32 million in the latest round of Australian Research Council (ARC) funding. More...

  • Space to reduce waste [3 November 2014]

    Space to reduce waste

    The ARC training centre for the Australian food processing industry in the 21st Century, a research centre that will help Australian food manufacturing companies stay globally competitive, has been officially launched at the University of Sydney. More...

October 2014

  • Solution for Big Data [28 October 2014]

    Solution for Big Data

    University of Sydney cloud-computing experts Professor Albert Zomaya and Dr Young Choon Lee will work with researchers in the United Arab Emirates to find better methods for exploring and exploiting large quantities of stored data. More...

  • Tiny grains - big win [24 October 2014]

    Tiny grains - big win

    We are yet to truly understand sand says University of Sydney Professor of Geomechanics, Itai Einav who was this week awarded Europe 's prestigious ALERT Research Medal for his "exceptional contribution to scientific research in Geomechanics" by the Alliance of Laboratories in Europe For Research and Technology. More...

  • From beekeeping to robotics our scientists are NSW winners [21 October 2014]

    From beekeeping to robotics our scientists are NSW winners

    Two University of Sydney academics were recogised in the 2014 NSW Science and Engineering Awards at Government House last night. The 'Excellence in Engineering and Information and Communications Technologies' prize was awarded to Professor Salah Sukkarieh, Professor of Robotics and Intelligent Systems in the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies. More...

  • Alumni honoured at achievement awards [21 October 2014]

    Alumni honoured at achievement awards

    Dr Lachlan Blackhall was one of five inspiring winners of this year's Alumni Achievement Awards honoured at a presentation ceremony on Friday 17 October, winning Young Alumni Award for Achievement. More...

  • Electrical energy alliance [17 October 2014]

    Electrical energy alliance

    The University of Sydney and one of China's leading Universities, Tsinghua University have signed a landmark alliance agreeing to undertake joint research programs in energy networks. The alliance will see the two universities working together to promote the research and development of electricity energy networks and related areas across Australia and China. More...

  • China's highest award goes to wireless expert [5 October 2014]

    China's highest award goes to wireless expert

    A wireless communication expert at the University of Sydney, Professor Branka Vucetic has been awarded one of China's top honours - the Chinese Government Friendship Award. More...

September 2014

  • University of Sydney rises in global rankings [16 September 2014]

    University of Sydney rises in global university rankings

    The University of Sydney has again been named in the top 50 universities in the world, with a formal ranking of 37 in the latest QS World University Rankings. The result confirms Sydney’s place among the world’s leading research and educational institutions. More...

  • 2014 Alumni Award winners [9 September 2014]

    2014 Alumni Award winners

    University of Sydney graduates leave their mark in all walks of life, and the 2014 Alumni Award winners are outstanding examples of that inspiring tradition. They include a doctor who has revolutionised the treatment of sleeping disorders, a public servant who co-founded a charity to give poor children better education, and a nurse who has improved health care standards in Tonga. More...

  • Robotics to combat slimy pest [2 September 2014]

    Robotics to combat slimy pest

    One hundred years after they arrived in a sack of grain, white Italian snails are the target of beleaguered South Australian farmers who have joined forces with University of Sydney robotics experts to eradicate the gastropods. More...

  • Kenny and the Chromosomes [2 September 2014]

    Kenny and the Chromosomes

    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. More...

August 2014

  • Seabed solution for cold sores [20 August 2014]

    Crowd-source snaps of falling space debris

    The blue blood of abalone, a seabed delicacy could be used to combat common cold sores and related herpes virus following breakthrough research at the University of Sydney. More...

  • Solution - thick as a briquette [8 August 2014]

    Solution - thick as a briquette

    Small charcoal briquettes made from compressed rice husks could save Nepalese women and children up to five hours of hard labour each day and improve their health and wellbeing according to engineering students at the University of Sydney. More...

  • Pee on the pods [7 August 2014]

    Pee on the pods

    Urine could be successfully recycled to fertilise crops according to University of Sydney civil engineering researchers who have examined the effectiveness of reusing nutrients from the human waste. More...

July 2014

  • Crowd-source snaps of falling space debris [15 July 2014]

    Crowd-source snaps of falling space debris

    University of Sydney robotics researchers who are designing robotic rovers capable of searching for fallen space debris are asking people to share images or videos that they may have captured during last Thursday evening's skyfall. More...

  • Flight of fiction, now future prediction [1 July 2014]

    Flight of fiction, now future prediction

    Personal air vehicles (PAVs), lightweight four to five-seater aircraft that anyone with a driver's licence could fly are in the not too distant future according to University of Sydney aeronautical students Dana King and Ben Morrell. More...

June 2014

  • Ladybird developer awarded researcher of the year [24 June 2014]

    Ladybird developer awarded researcher of the year

    University of Sydney robotics expert Professor Salah Sukkarieh has been awarded “Researcher of the Year” by the Australian Vegetable Industry’s peak body Ausveg for his work on intelligent farm robots, in particular the “Ladybird”. More...

  • Graphic Medicine [12 June 2014]

    Playful behaviour surprises researchers

    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. More...

  • Artificial intelligence annotates medical images [4 June 2014]

    Artificial intelligence annotates medical images

    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. More...

May 2014

  • Keeping the cloud clean [8 May 2014]

    Keeping the cloud clean

    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. More...

  • Playful behaviour surprises researchers [28 May 2014]

    Playful behaviour surprises researchers

    Designers of large public interactive displays (PIDs) should expect playful responses from their audience. This unexpected finding from a study by Professor Judy Kay and an inter-disciplinary group of designers and computer scientists at the University of Sydney. More...

  • Stroke patient records help evaluate need for Integrative Medicine [27 May 2014]

    Stroke patient records help evaluate need for Integrative Medicine

    Hong Kong's Prince of Wales Hospital has enlisted University of Sydney information technologies bioinformatics researchers Drs Simon Poon and Josiah Poon to examine why post-stroke patients are drawn to integrative medicine - a combination of western and Chinese therapies. More...

  • CyberMate online companion for youth [27 May 2014]

    CyberMate online companion for youth

    A revolutionary online tool to support young people living with depression or a mental health issue is being developed by University of Sydney software engineers. The team is adapting online tracking techniques used by marketing analysts in their internet-based tool dubbed, CyberMate. More...

April 2014

  • Philanthropy animates mechatronics lab [8 May 2014]

    Philanthropy animates mechatronics lab

    A new-look, state-of-the-art laboratory outfitted with the latest robotic and microcontroller-based hardware and software was officially opened at the University of Sydney today. The lab was made possible by a philanthropic gift from the James N. Kirby Foundation. More...

  • Connecting as a whole - one step process [8 May 2014]

    Connecting as a whole - one step process

    A design process that makes steel structures safer, more reliable,less expensive and gives Australian businesses the competitive edge is being developed by University of Sydney civil engineering researchers. More...

  • $2m biomedical engineering alliance for the University of Sydney and Shanghai Jiaotong University [29 April 2014]

    $2m biomedical engineering alliance for the University of Sydney and Shanghai Jiaotong University

    Shanghai Jiaotong University (SJTU) and the University of Sydney signed an agreement yesterday to consolidate their existing relationship in biomedical engineering through a joint partnership, involving joint research, information exchange and academic mobility. More...

  • China-Australia Musculoskeletal Alliance established [11 April 2014]

    China-Australia Musculoskeletal Alliance established

    The Australian Research Council has recognised the leadership and innovation of our engineering researchers bestowing the faculty seven of its prestigious annual awards. More...

  • Food waste - turning waste into profit [4 April 2014]

    Food waste - turning waste into profit

    Australia's next generation of food technology and manufacturing experts will be educated at the new ARC Biotechnology and Food Processing Training Centre, directed by Professor Fariba Dehghani from the University's School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering.More...

March 2014

February 2014

  • Fingerprinting herbal medicine [26 February 2014]

    Fingerprinting herbal medicine

    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. More...

January 2014

  • World award for Skymaster [31 January 2014]

    World award for Skymaster

    Skymaster, an autopilot for unmanned aerial vehicles, has won a University of Sydney robotics researcher the 2014 international MathWorks Student Challenge More...

  • CORE award for University professor [22 January 2014]

    James Curran

    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. More...