The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2013-10-14T02:56:00Z NICTA takes fast track to Intelligent Transport Systems World Congress in Tokyo 2013-10-14T02:56:00Z nicta-takes-fast-track-to-intelligent-transport-systems-world-congress-in-tokyo Media Release14 October 2013 NICTA takes smart track to Intelligent Transport Systems World Congress in Tokyo The breadth and depth of NICTA’s smart transport systems expertise is on display this week at the 20th Intelligent Transport Systems World Congress (ITS) in Tokyo, Japan. Leading the mission is Rob Fitzpatrick, Director of the Infrastructure, Transport and Logistics Business Team at NICTA. “Managing fundamental infrastructure assets like roads and bridges; improving road safety and reducing congestion for commuters; improving operating environments and profitability for the freight sector – these activities are now defined by ITS,” he says. “NICTA’s work with industry and Government is developing the smart technology Australia needs to drive productivity in our transport and logistics sector.” NICTA speakers: ITS Technology Director and Board Member of Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) Australia, Dr Glenn Geers, will present on transformations in wireless connectivity and location-aware technologies, and their promise of bringing a sea-change in the way that transportation information will be generated and used in the future. Dr Geers’ recent book, Transportation and Information: Trends in Technology and Policy¹, illustrates the fundamental changes possible through information and communications technology in realising next generation mobility across the globe. Dr Phil Kilby, Principal Optimisation Researcher and specialist in constraint programming and optimisation technologies for transport and freight networks, will share his insights in a talk entitled Freight Goods Movement – As Critical as People! Dr Kilby will also demonstrate economically attractive options for public transport during off peak periods featuring fixed bus routes between hubs, with taxis used as shuttles.Dr Wei Liu, Machine Learning Researcher, will discuss new research and an evolving tool that discovers congestion patterns in traffic networks. This tool benefits traffic controllers by preventing and clearing traffic congestion in a timely manner. Tech demos: Driver Mental State Monitoring Simulator. Visitors can sit in the ‘driver’s seat’ and take a video game style challenge forcing the driver to navigate a driving route whilst also undertaking secondary tasks such as mental arithmetic and memory games. Researchers monitor the physiological and behavioural responses of the driver with a view to recognising signatures of mental fatigue in real-time, and therefore being able to mitigate risks long before an accident occurs.Incident Detection and Monitoring Tool based on Twitter will also be demonstrated. This tool provides comprehensive information for traffic controllers and provides a more timely and accurate detection and management of road incidents. NICTA’s deep expertise in ITS is a result of world-class research in optimisation, networks, computer vision, machine learning and software systems. NICTA delivers transformational technology to industry and government to operate ports, rail, road and air systems, for transportation supply networks and water and electricity networks. To find out more, check the Infrastructure Transport and Logistics area of NICTA’s website (http://www.nicta.com.au/business/itl), follow NICTA on Twitter and Facebook, or subscribe to receive regular updates on our events and news. ¹ http://link.springer.com/book/10.1007/978-1-4614-7129-5/page/1 About NICTA NICTA (National ICT Australia Ltd) is Australia’s Information and Communications Technology Research Centre of Excellence. NICTA develops technologies that generate economic, social and environmental benefits for Australia. NICTA collaborates with industry on joint projects, creates new companies, and provides new talent to the ICT sector through a NICTA-enhanced PhD program. With five laboratories around Australia and over 700 people, NICTA is the largest organisation in Australia dedicated to ICT research.NICTA is funded by the Australian Government through the Department of Communications and the Australian Research Council through the ICT Centre of Excellence Program. NICTA is also funded and supported by the Australian Capital Territory, the New South Wales, Queensland and Victorian Governments, the Australian National University, the University of New South Wales, the University of Melbourne, the University of Queensland, the University of Sydney, Griffith University, Queensland University of Technology, Monash University and other university partners. Stay connected with NICTA SUBSCRIBE and receive updates on NICTA, quarterly newsletter, media alerts and event information. www.nicta.com.au/business/itl info@nicta.com.au 02 9376 2000 For further information:Dorothy KennedyCommunications Specialist, NICTAPh: 02 9376 2098 or 0488 229 687 NICTA's eGov Cluster launches $300K digital innovation challenge 2013-08-21T05:47:00Z nicta-s-egov-cluster-launches-300k-digital-innovation-challenge Media Release21 August 2013 NICTA’s eGov Cluster launches $300K digital innovation challenge Canberra’s NICTA-led Australian eGovernment Cluster (www.egovernmentcluster.org.au) has hosted the launch of a $300,000 competition which will engage ACT innovators and SMEs in the development of new, improved digital government services. The “Digital Canberra Challenge” is funded by the ACT Government as part of its Growth, Diversification and Jobs; A Business Development Strategy for the ACT program, and has been developed to align closely with the ACT Government’s broader Digital Canberra Agenda. The eGov Cluster has been appointed by the ACT Government to run the DCC under the strategic guidance of the newly established DCC Program Board. Andrew Barr, ACT Deputy Chief Minister and Minister for Economic Development, Education and Training, and Tourism, Sport and Recreation launched the competition at a well-attended event at NICTA’s Canberra Research Laboratory on Monday evening, which also featured a NICTA technology showcase and the winners of the recent GovHack 2013 competition. “Given the economic and productivity gains that can be delivered through the effective and connected use of digital technologies, the ACT Government acknowledges that the digital age provides a wonderful opportunity to deliver more effective services and better access to government information,” Minister Barr said. “In the lead up to each round of the competition, ACT public servants and members of the public will have the opportunity to put forward unresolved business ‘challenges’ relating to the delivery of government services, with local innovators and SMEs invited to submit conceptual solutions.’” The top two contestants in each round will receive $12,500 and $7,500 respectively as prize money. It is anticipated that this will stimulate innovation in electronic and mobile technologies, in turn helping to improve community access to government and public sector services. “Last night’s event demonstrated that Canberra’s SMEs are keen to collaborate with Governments to create innovative ICT to address the increasingly complex problems they face. I anticipate some fabulous results for industry and Government,” said Michael Phillips, eGov Cluster Manager. Senator Kate Lundy, Minister Assisting for Innovation and Industry, Minister Assisting for the Digital Economy, opened the event. Other VIPs in attendance included Steve Doszpot, MLA, and Chris Faulks, CEO, Canberra Business Council. The Digital Canberra Challenge Program Board is Chaired by Mr Tony Henshaw, an eminent ACT-based ICT leader. The Program Board includes prominent representatives from NICTA, the eGovernment Cluster, the Canberra Business Council and CollabIT. For more information visit www.digitalcanberrachallenge.com.au. About the Australian eGovernment Cluster The Australian e-Government Technology Cluster (“eGov Cluster”), supported by NICTA, is a national cluster of organisations from Government, industry, research and academia. Its members are collaborating to improve and strengthen the use of ICT in the Australian government sector; and through this advance both public administration and the ICT industry in Australia. About NICTA NICTA (National ICT Australia Ltd) is Australia’s Information and Communications Technology Research Centre of Excellence. NICTA develops technologies that generate economic, social and environmental benefits for Australia. NICTA collaborates with industry on joint projects, creates new companies, and provides new talent to the ICT sector through a NICTA-enhanced PhD program. With five laboratories around Australia and over 700 people, NICTA is the largest organisation in Australia dedicated to ICT research.NICTA is funded by the Australian Government through the Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy and the Australian Research Council through the ICT Centre of Excellence Program. NICTA is also funded and supported by the Australian Capital Territory, the New South Wales, Queensland and Victorian Governments, the Australian National University, the University of New South Wales, the University of Melbourne, the University of Queensland, the University of Sydney, Griffith University, Queensland University of Technology and Monash University. For further information:Dorothy KennedyCommunications Specialist, NICTAPh: 02 9376 2098 or 0488 229 687 NICTA start-up Saluda Medical secures $5M from NSW Govt 2013-07-22T02:12:00Z nicta-start-up-saluda-medical-secures-5m-from-nsw-govt Media Release22 July 2013 NICTA start-up Saluda Medical secures $5M from NSW Govt NICTA start-up company Saluda Medical has been awarded $5M by the New South Wales Government to support the development of unique technology which promises to vastly improve the way chronic pain is managed. Current chronic pain management often relies on medication, which taken over the long-term may risk side-effects or addiction. When medication is no longer effective, pain relief can be achieved by electrical stimulation of the patient’s spinal cord. This stimulation, however, is often accompanied by uncomfortable side effects. NICTA researchers developed a sophisticated new technology that is set to provide improved pain relief to these patients by reducing these side effects. It does this by measuring nerve responses to electrical stimulation and uses this information to automatically adjust the stimulation to a level that is comfortable for the patient. The stimulation is delivered via a minimally-invasive spinal implant. Saluda was spun out of NICTA – Australia’s largest publicly-funded information and communications technology research organisation – earlier this year after successfully raising an initial $5M in private investment. The new $5M grant comes from the inaugural round of the NSW Government’s Medical Devices Fund (MDF), a competitive technology development and commercialisation program funded by the NSW Government through the NSW Ministry of Health. The key objective of the MDF is to promote new and innovative medical technologies within NSW that may have a global benefit. http://www.health.nsw.gov.au/ohmr/mdf/pages/default.aspx. Dr John Parker, CEO of Saluda, said that the pain management research he and his team have conducted at NICTA has received worldwide attention. “Saluda’s goal is to bring this research to commercial reality and see our technology used in every neuromodulation application in the future. This will benefit potentially millions of people suffering chronic pain and other neuropathic diseases. The valuable support and recognition from the New South Wales Government allows us to begin this commercialisation journey with confidence,” he said. Hugh Durrant-Whyte, CEO of NICTA, believes Saluda is poised to become one of Australia’s most successful medical start-up companies. “NICTA was the crucible for this ground-breaking, early-stage research. I believe there is a great potential for wealth creation for Australia through the development of this patented technology. We are grateful to the NSW Government for recognising the opportunity for this State,” he said. About NICTA NICTA (National ICT Australia Ltd) is Australia’s Information and Communications Technology Research Centre of Excellence. NICTA develops technologies that generate economic, social and environmental benefits for Australia. NICTA collaborates with industry on joint projects, creates new companies, and provides new talent to the ICT sector through a NICTA-enhanced PhD program. With five laboratories around Australia and over 700 people, NICTA is the largest organisation in Australia dedicated to ICT research.NICTA is funded by the Australian Government through the Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy and the Australian Research Council through the ICT Centre of Excellence Program. NICTA is also funded and supported by the Australian Capital Territory, the New South Wales, Queensland and Victorian Governments, the Australian National University, the University of New South Wales, the University of Melbourne, the University of Queensland, the University of Sydney, Griffith University, Queensland University of Technology and Monash University. For further information:Dorothy KennedyCommunications Specialist, NICTAPh: 02 9376 2098 or 0488 229 687 NICTA and Tip Top ANZ make the most of 'last-mile' with smart logistics technology 2013-07-02T03:46:00Z nicta-and-tip-top-anz-make-the-most-of-last-mile-with-smart-logistics-technology Media Release2 July 2013 NICTA and Tip Top ANZ make the most of ‘last mile’ with smart logistics technology National ICT Australia (NICTA) and Tip Top Bakeries ANZ have taken out this year’s Smart Logistics Conference award for Excellence in Transport and Logistics, with software that has improved the efficiency of Tip Top’s fresh bread delivery network. NICTA’s software – Cost to Serve Solution – was able to provide NICTA and Tip Top with a thorough understanding of how to optimise last mile logistics costs. Last mile logistics is known as being a notoriously difficult problem to manage, model and control. As Tip Top distributes from 100 distribution centres to over 20,000 customer locations, approximately 80 per cent of its transport costs are on last mile logistics. NICTA and Tip Top’s winning entry lowered last mile distribution costs, reducing the distance driven by Tip Top trucks. "Tip Top ANZ is thrilled to receive the Smart Logistics Conference Award for Excellence in Transport and Logistics with NICTA's Intelligent Fleet Logistics project,” said Lis Mannes, Operations Director. “NICTA's unique technological approach to understanding the complex interrelationship between customer locations & true delivery costs provided us with a deeper understanding of our extensive supply chain network.” “As a result, through better asset utilisation, we have been able to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions and freight travelled." Rob Fitzpatrick, Director of NICTA’s Infrastructure, Transport and Logistics Team, said: “This is a great result for a team of dedicated professionals from NICTA and Tip Top. Supply chain logistics have been studied for decades with every operator looking to eke out the last penny in efficiency. NICTA's optimisation team have entered this competitive space, introducing radically new technology to develop a truly innovative solution with great potential for the wider transport and logistics industry." Judges were looking for solutions that streamlined operations and improvements in cost control in the transport of goods or people, locally or internationally, and across transport modes. “Congratulations to NICTA's Infrastructure, Transport and Logistics team on this impressive result, which reflects our commitment to research excellence and wealth creation for Australia,” said Dr Phil Robertson, Acting CEO and Chief Operating Officer, NICTA. Deloitte Access Economics independently analysed the transformation possible for Australian supply chains, concluding that if the leading 20 fast-moving consumer goods companies adopted NICTA’s intelligent fleet logistics technology, road transport costs could fall by around $800m a year, creating around $5 billion in value in the period to 2020. -ENDS- About NICTANICTA (National ICT Australia Ltd) is Australia’s Information and Communications Technology Research Centre of Excellence. NICTA develops technologies that generate economic, social and environmental benefits for Australia. NICTA collaborates with industry on joint projects, creates new companies, and provides new talent to the ICT sector through a NICTA-enhanced PhD program. With five laboratories around Australia and over 700 people, NICTA is the largest organisation in Australia dedicated to ICT research. NICTA is funded by the Australian Government through the Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy and the Australian Research Council through the ICT Centre of Excellence Program. NICTA is also funded and supported by the Australian Capital Territory, the New South Wales, Queensland and Victorian Governments, the Australian National University, the University of New South Wales, the University of Melbourne, the University of Queensland, the University of Sydney, Griffith University, Queensland University of Technology and Monash University. About Tip Top Tip Top Bakeries (Tip Top) is a subsidiary of George Weston Foods. It is Australia’s largest bakery manufacturer and distributor. George Weston Foods Limited (GWF) is one of Australia and New Zealand's largest food manufacturers employing over 6,500 people across 60 sites. GWF is a wholly owned subsidiary of Associated British Foods plc (ABF), a diversified international food, ingredients and retail group with operations across sugar, agriculture, retail, grocery and ingredients, employing over 100,000 people in 46 countries. For further information:Dorothy Kennedy Communications Specialist, NICTAPh: 02 9376 2098 or 0488 229 687 $6.5M boost for ICT education with launch of national Digital Careers program 2013-06-12T01:54:00Z 6-5m-boost-for-ict-education-with-launch-of-national-digital-careers-program Media Release12 June 2013 $6.5M boost for ICT education through launch of national Digital Careers program Australia’s economic future looks brighter today with the launch of a national educational program to make careers in information and communications technology (ICT) more appealing to primary and secondary school students. Funded with more than $6M from the Australian Government - with matching contributions to come from industry, universities and state governments - the program is a response to the worrying shortage of high school students choosing to study ICT-related courses in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). This has led to a shortage of skilled ICT workers capable of doing the jobs required to build and sustain an advanced digital economy. NICTA will co-ordinate this initiative – the Digital Careers program. A number of factors, including widespread perceptions by students and their parents that ICT careers are insecure, poorly remunerated or boring, have driven tertiary enrolments in ICT courses down by over 50 percent. In 2010, the most recent year for which there is verifiable national data, 4,300 Australians obtained tertiary qualifications in ICT, down from 9,093 in 2003.¹ Advanced software developers, software engineers and data scientists are in particularly short supply. In Brisbane today, Senator Stephen Conroy, the Federal Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, announced the Digital Careers program to address this shortfall by bringing together NICTA, the Australian Information Industries Association (AIIA), the Australian Computer Society (ACS), Australian Council of Deans of ICT (ACDICT), Federal and State Governments, universities and industry participants to collectively support and deliver a national package of education and careers projects. “Collaboration is the key to this project and NICTA is delighted to co-ordinate this initiative by Government, universities and industry to bring young Australians into exciting careers in ICT. I encourage anyone who wants to make a real contribution to Australia’s economy and build a creative, dynamic, and lasting career for themselves to consider a tertiary qualification in ICT,” said Professor Hugh Durrant-Whyte, CEO, NICTA. Professor Ian Chubb, Australia’s Chief Scientist, said: "The Health of Australian Science report we published last year, while giving Australian science an overall positive bill of health, found critical vulnerabilities. For instance in 2002, about 22 percent of graduates from Australian universities were in science, technology engineering and mathematics-related degrees. In the same year, 52 percent of graduates in China were from these areas. By 2010, Australian STEM graduate numbers had dropped to 18 percent of the total. The downstream effect on innovation in Australia will be significant unless we reverse this trend." Simon Kaplan, NICTA’s Director of Skills and Industry Transformation, explains that activities which are already successful, such as First Lego League, Robocup, the EXITE camps for girls in technology and the Young ICT Explorers program, will be scaled up so they can reach more students. These and other outreach activities in the program will help students, parents and teachers understand the pervasiveness of ICT across all industry sectors and raise awareness of opportunities for ICT-driven innovation and entrepreneurship. The national Digital Careers program builds on the successful “Group X” pilot, which Professor Kaplan has led in Queensland since 2007 and which has contributed to a 50 percent increase in ICT enrolments in that state. Professor Kaplan will lead the national program. “If Australia fails to establish a critical mass of imaginative, creative, digitally-literate graduates, we will never be internationally competitive. There is no reason that we shouldn’t have a vibrant, entrepreneurial digitally-enabled economy. We need to take the many successful educational programs that have been rolled out on a small scale around Australia, and amplify them. This project is about consortium partners working together to share best practice to dramatically increase ICT enrolments.” The Digital Careers program is a hands-on collaboration where leaders from universities, TAFEs and industry will lead exciting and engaging ICT-focused activities around the country, and talk about the many exciting and lucrative places an ICT career can lead, including the creative industries, software development, start-ups and a range of roles transforming major industry sectors. “To digitally transform ourselves as a nation, we need to foster the brightest minds into studying technical subjects. We also need to encourage more girls – half of the talent pool – to launch their ICT careers if we are to have the skills needed to compete globally,” said Andrew Stevens, Deputy Chairman, AIIA. “I’m excited by the prospect that Australia’s next generation of technology leaders may be found through this innovative program.” "As the professional body for the ICT workforce, the Australian Computer Society (ACS) is strongly supportive of this initiative and applauds the Federal Government for its support for this national education program." said Alan Patterson, CEO of the ACS. "The current shortage of skilled ICT professionals is a critical issue for Australia and our future growth prospects. Inspiring and motivating school children to pursue a career in ICT goes to the heart of ensuring we have the skills in the future to take full advantage of the digital age." ¹ From the Australian Computer Society’s Statistical Compendium 2012. http://www.acs.org.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0014/13541/2012_Statcompendium_final_web.pdf About NICTA NICTA (National ICT Australia Ltd) is Australia’s Information and Communications Technology Research Centre of Excellence. NICTA develops technologies that generate economic, social and environmental benefits for Australia. NICTA collaborates with industry on joint projects, creates new companies, and provides new talent to the ICT sector through a NICTA-enhanced PhD program. With five laboratories around Australia and over 700 people, NICTA is the largest organisation in Australia dedicated to ICT research.NICTA is funded by the Australian Government through the Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy and the Australian Research Council through the ICT Centre of Excellence Program. NICTA is also funded and supported by the Australian Capital Territory, the New South Wales, Queensland and Victorian Governments, the Australian National University, the University of New South Wales, the University of Melbourne, the University of Queensland, the University of Sydney, Griffith University, Queensland University of Technology and Monash University. For further information:Dorothy KennedyCommunications Specialist, NICTAPh: 02 9376 2098 or 0488 229 687 Big data comes down to earth as NICTA launches $12M natural sciences project 2013-06-05T05:32:00Z big-data-comes-down-to-earth-as-nicta-launches-12m-natural-sciences-project-1 Media Release Embargoed for 6:00PM Wednesday 5th June 2013 Big data comes down to earth as NICTA launches $12M natural sciences project Scientists from NICTA, SIRCA, Macquarie University and The University of Sydney join forces to deliver data-led insights to ecology, physics and geosciences. NICTA, Australia’s Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Research Centre of Excellence, is leading a ground-breaking, multi-million-dollar project that will use ‘big data’ and machine learning to deliver new insights to the natural sciences. This $12M, three-year research endeavour will advance fundamental mathematics and statistics to provide a framework, methodologies and tools for data-enabled scientific insight and discovery. It is supported by $4M from the Science and Industry Endowment Fund (SIEF) and $8M from the research collaborators over the life of the three-year project. Professor Ian Chubb, Chief Scientist of Australia, said: “This project positions Australia to one day be home to a new generation of big data analytics tools that could be used by all manner of scientists around the world to advance knowledge discovery.” The rich biodiversity seen throughout the world is the result of many interacting ecological processes. A multi-disciplinary team from NICTA, SIRCA, Macquarie University and The University of Sydney, will use data science to determine which of these interactions are most important in producing the world we see around us, potentially opening a window on some of the mysteries of biodiversity and showing how ecosystems will be affected by climate change and other factors. The project will also combine publicly available geological data from Geosciences Australia with SIRCA technology that helps predict stockmarket movements, to help picture what Australia was like 1.5 billion years ago, and how its rich metal deposits were formed. Work in complex laser systems will help improve the security of optical fibre communication systems. The research will help discover sophisticated data analysis processes that can reduce the amount of raw data needed to conduct successful experiments, potentially hastening the rate of scientific progress. Speaking at the official launch of the knowledge discovery project at SIRCA’s headquarters in Sydney this evening, Professor Hugh Durrant-Whyte, CEO, NICTA, said: “This project will explore a new and powerful paradigm for data intensive science – not just in the domains we’re talking about tonight, but to many others ranging from medical and health sciences, to physics." “Data and the right software can be very powerful catalysts for both breakthrough research and innovation. In Chicago in financial services, the availability of the right data and tools led to a revolution in that discipline in the 1970s leading to 25 Nobel Prizes in Economics being awarded to scholars associated with the University of Chicago 1970-2010,” said Dr Michael Briers, CEO, SIRCA Limited.The project brings together some of the best computer and data scientists in the world from NICTA (machine learning and analytics) with software engineers from SIRCA (software and big data) together with three of Australia's most distinguished natural scientists in physics, plant science and geosciences, to tackle grand scientific challenges in completely new ways: Terrestrial Ecology led by Professor Mark Westoby at Macquarie University Physics and Mathematics of Complex Laser Systems led by Professor Deb Kane at Macquarie University and Geosciences, Earth dynamics and tectonics led by Professor Dietmar Muller from The University of Sydney. About NICTA NICTA (National ICT Australia Ltd) is Australia’s Information and Communications Technology Research Centre of Excellence. NICTA develops technologies that generate economic, social and environmental benefits for Australia. NICTA collaborates with industry on joint projects, creates new companies, and provides new talent to the ICT sector through a NICTA-enhanced PhD program. With five laboratories around Australia and over 700 people, NICTA is the largest organisation in Australia dedicated to ICT research. NICTA is funded by the Australian Government through the Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy and the Australian Research Council through the ICT Centre of Excellence Program. NICTA is also funded and supported by the Australian Capital Territory, the New South Wales, Queensland and Victorian Governments, the Australian National University, the University of New South Wales, the University of Melbourne, the University of Queensland, the University of Sydney, Griffith University, Queensland University of Technology and Monash University. About SIRCA Sirca is a provider of online services to support finance and other data-intensive research at universities, Government and financial market participants world-wide. Established in 1997, SIRCA has grown to employ over 80 staff and serve customers around the world. SIRCA technology is used extensively in the financial services industry worldwide by over 400 leading commercial banks, central banks and regulators. SIRCA technology underpins the world’s leading algorithmic back-testing solution – Thomson Reuters Tick History. SIRCA technology, in partnership with Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) also powers the leading research database of historic financial markets data in Australia: AusEquities. About The University of Sydney The University of Sydney is a public Australian university that is located in Sydney, New South Wales. The main campus spreads across the suburbs of Camperdown and Darlington on the southwestern outskirts of the Sydney CBD. Founded in 1850, it is the oldest university in Australia. The University of Sydney is organised into sixteen faculties and schools, through which it offers bachelor's degrees, master's degrees and doctoral degrees. Three Nobel laureates have been affiliated with the university as graduates and faculty. Sydney consistently ranks amongst the top universities in Australia, Oceania and the world. About Macquarie University Macquarie University is an Australian public teaching and research university located in Macquarie Park, New South Wales. Founded in 1964 by the New South Wales Government, it was the third university to be established in the metropolitan area of Sydney. In May 2012 international ranking agency QS released its list of the Top 50 universities in the world under the age of 50. Macquarie University came in at number one, ranking higher than any other Australian universities. At a global level, Macquarie is ranked 16. About SIEF Spanning a history of over 80 years, the Science and Industry Endowment Fund (SIEF) provides grants to science and scientists for the purposes of assisting Australian industry, furthering the interests of the Australian community and contributing to the achievement of Australian national objectives. In 2009, this unique and esteemed funding arrangement received a substantial gift from CSIRO facilitating the rejuvenated Fund to be a mechanism for significant support of science in Australia. Providing some of the largest grants available across the National Innovation System, as of Dec 2011 the Fund is currently supporting 12 Research Projects to the value of AU$70 million, as well as a commitment of some $11M over the next 7 years for Promotion of Science in the form of Scholarships, Fellowships and a Chair in Wireless communication at Macquarie University.’ For further information: Dorothy Kennedy Communications Specialist, NICTA Ph: 02 9376 2098 or 0488 229 687 dorothy.kennedy@nicta.com.au www.nicta.com.au Paul McCarthy Director, Strategy and Innovation, SIRCA Ph: 02 8355 2541 or 0418 608 224 paul.mccarthy@sirca.org.au NICTA to showcase latest ICT research at CeBIT Australia 2013-05-24T02:03:00Z nicta-to-showcase-latest-ict-research-at-cebit-australia Media Alert NICTA to showcase latest ICT research at CeBIT Australia NICTA, Innovation Partner at CeBIT Australia 2013, is taking its top research and business ideas to the CeBIT technology expo in Sydney next week, to show how information and communications technology is transforming industry in Australia. NICTA is also part of CeBIT’s exciting conference program, with experts in cyber security, big data, supply chain and logistics, sharing their knowledge with industry leaders. When? Tuesday 28 May – Thursday 30 May 201310am – 6pm Where? Hall 3 Stand D30 Sydney Exhibition and Convention Centre Darling Harbour Visit the NICTA stand to see technology demonstrations including: Trustworthy software to protect critical systems NICTA’s research project with the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), developing software to protect critical systems in unmanned vehicles from cyber attack. Demo involves one quadcopter equipped with NICTA-developed secure software and one with standard insecure software showing an in-flight hacker attack.Driving simulation showing effect of inattention and frustration on driving abilityThis demo literally places you in the ‘driver’s seat’ and detects when your brain doesn’t focus enough on driving.Smart maintenance system for Sydney Harbour Bridge.Showing how we can automatically and continuously obtain structural integrity information from a bridge, using sensors and advanced software. Saluda Medical – a start-up company developing superior pain relief implant technology Novel neurostimulation and recording system to improve pain relief achievable from spinal implants. New electrodes using ultra-flexible, strong material and construction techniques. Streamline your businesses in the cloud with full disaster recovery optionsWorried about cost and reliability of your online business? NICTA’s Yuruware BOLT technology lets you migrate your business from in-house data centres to the public cloud. This technology can also be used to automatically create a replica of your systems ensuring quick disaster recovery.Methods to determine profitability of transport fleets.By analysing and understanding the interdependency of the profitability of each customer, overall company profitability can be improved. Portable Motion Analysis – assessing the movement of patients during stroke rehabilitationNICTA’s in-home monitoring technology enables clinicians to better evaluate rehabilitation progress of patients recovering from stroke. The demo shows how the NICTA software interprets the movement of patients’ arms and legs while they are at home. .…and much more from NICTA’s four business teams – Broadband and the Digital Economy, Infrastructure Transport and Logistics, Health, Security and Environment. Senior NICTA researchers, business leaders and executives will be available for media interviews and photographs. About NICTA NICTA (National ICT Australia Ltd) is Australia’s Information and Communications Technology Research Centre of Excellence. NICTA develops technologies that generate economic, social and environmental benefits for Australia. NICTA collaborates with industry on joint projects, creates new companies, and provides new talent to the ICT sector through a NICTA-enhanced PhD program. With five laboratories around Australia and over 700 people, NICTA is the largest organisation in Australia dedicated to ICT research.NICTA is funded by the Australian Government through the Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy and the Australian Research Council through the ICT Centre of Excellence Program. NICTA is also funded and supported by the Australian Capital Territory, the New South Wales, Queensland and Victorian Governments, the Australian National University, the University of New South Wales, the University of Melbourne, the University of Queensland, the University of Sydney, Griffith University, Queensland University of Technology and Monash University. For further information:Dorothy Kennedy Communications Specialist, NICTAPh: 02 9376 2098 or 0488 229 687 NICTA’s ‘Incoming’ mobile video start-up company switches on with $1.1M in seed financing 2013-05-02T06:48:00Z nicta-s-incoming-mobile-video-start-up-company-switches-on-with-1-1m-in-seed-financing Media Release2 May 2013 NICTA’s ‘Incoming’ mobile video start-up company switches on with $1.1M in seed financingNICTA today announced the spin-out of its mobile video start-up company, Incoming. With premises in the Australian Technology Park in Sydney, Incoming has secured seed financing of $1.1M from Australian venture capital group OneVentures, US-based Citrix Startup Accelerator and NICTA. Incoming is NICTA’s eleventh spin-out company. OneVentures led the round.Incoming produces Incoming TV (http://watch.incoming.tv/), a content delivery network and recommendation engine for mobile platforms which delivers high definition video to mobile devices according to the user’s viewing preferences. It pre-loads content using available Wi-Fi networks - no streaming, no buffering, and low cost. Incoming TV is available as a mobile application. Already, 600,000 users have downloaded the beta version and three million videos have been played.“Incoming allows mobile networks to be used more efficiently in off peak periods and enhances the user’s experience by avoiding buffering and other interruptions common to streamed content,” said David McKeague, CEO of Incoming. “The mobile industry estimates that over 20 per cent of subscribers watch mobile videos on any given day, accounting for over 50 per cent of global mobile data traffic on wireless networks. 1 This is costly for users, carriers and content providers. The Incoming TV service addresses this by pre-loading content using Wi-Fi networks.”“OneVentures believes Incoming will have significant opportunity to capture and support video mobile delivery into global markets, effectively unlocking 30 to 40 per cent of untapped mobile network capacity, which is likely to be worth up to $20 billion by 2016,” said Dr Michelle Deaker, Managing Partner of OneVentures and NICTA Board Member. “OneVentures is proud to be associated with this ground-breaking Australian technology being developed at NICTA.”"We are excited that Incoming has joined the Citrix Startup Accelerator program. Incoming’s technology is compelling and complementary to Citrix offerings. Citrix Startup Accelerator invests in only the best entrepreneurs and new businesses creating new solutions for today's problems in cloud infrastructure and mobile. We look forward to working with Incoming as they build a world class business," said Citrix Startup Accelerator CTO Michael Harries. “NICTA is committed to connecting world class research excellence in ICT to wealth creation outcomes for Australia,” said Hugh Durrant-Whyte, NICTA’s CEO. “The important research we undertake in the Networks field is supported by outstanding people, and Incoming, NICTA’s latest start-up, and its Incoming TV development, is an impressive example of NICTA’s research and entrepreneurial capabilities.”Incoming TV has been developed specifically for mobile phones and tablets. Its predictive support for the service draws from information on the user’s device, including contextual data such as time of day, location, usage patterns and interests, and social and physical behaviour. It then applies NICTA’s machine learning techniques to pre-fetch a suitable selection of video material. Incoming’s leadership team includes Mr David McKeague (CEO) and NICTA Research Leader Dr Max Ott, who joins Incoming as its inaugural Chief Technology Officer. Footnote 1 – reference Bytemobile Mobile Analytics Feb 2013 About NICTANICTA (National ICT Australia Ltd) (http://www.nicta.com.au/) is Australia’s Information and Communications Technology Research Centre of Excellence. NICTA develops technologies that generate economic, social and environmental benefits for Australia. NICTA collaborates with industry on joint projects, creates new companies, and provides new talent to the ICT sector through a NICTA-enhanced PhD program. With five laboratories around Australia and over 700 people, NICTA is the largest organisation in Australia dedicated to ICT research.NICTA is funded by the Australian Government through the Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy and the Australian Research Council through the ICT Centre of Excellence Program. NICTA is also funded and supported by the Australian Capital Territory, the New South Wales, Queensland and Victorian Governments, the Australian National University, the University of New South Wales, the University of Melbourne, the University of Queensland, the University of Sydney, Griffith University, Queensland University of Technology and Monash University.About IncomingIncoming (http://watch.incoming.tv/) is the leader in mobile content delivery for mobile platforms which delivers high definition video to mobile devices according to the user’s viewing preferences. It pre-loads content using available Wi-Fi networks - no streaming, no buffering, and low cost. About OneVentures OneVentures (www.one-ventures.com)is a venture capital firm that invests in emerging Australian companies with differentiated products in the information technology, life sciences and clean technology sectors. The OneVentures Innovation Fund invests in research driven technology companies targeting an expanding global market. The OneVentures Innovation Fund is a $40 million venture capital fund raised in 2010 and formed as an Early Stage Venture Capital Limited Partnership. OneVentures is supported by the Australian Government through the IIF program with this funding matched by institutional investors, individual high net worth investors and family offices. The Fund returns are tax free on income and capital account for national and international investors. The IIF is an Australian Government venture capital initiative that provides investment capital and managerial expertise through licensed venture capital fund managers to investee companies.About Citrix Startup Accelerator Citrix Startup Accelerator (http://citrixstartupaccelerator.com/) invests in enterprise startups creating the next generation of cloud infrastructure services, mobile enterprise solutions, and collaboration technologies. Incoming and NICTA inquiries:Dorothy KennedyCommunications Specialist, NICTAPh: 02 9376 2098 or 0488 229 687 OneVentures inquiries:Dr Michelle DeakerManaging Partner, OneVenturesLevel 2, 18 Bulletin PlaceSydney NSW 2000Ph: +61-2-8205-7379 Global poverty: is the end in sight? 2013-04-29T03:53:00Z global-poverty-is-the-end-in-sight Media Release 29 April 2013 Global poverty: is the end in sight? Find out at tonight’s Graeme Clark Oration NICTA welcomes Geoffrey Lamb, the President of Global Policy and Advocacy for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, to the Melbourne Convention Centre this evening, where he will deliver the 2013 Graeme Clark Oration. NICTA is the major sponsor of this free public event.The oration - Global Health, Economic Growth and the End of Absolute Poverty: Hopeful Evidence and Hard Challenges - will review the successes of the past half century in reducing mortality and disease and show how investments in health have been critical for economic growth and the reduction of global poverty. Mr Lamb will also discuss what needs to be done to ensure the next transformation in global health, and make the end of absolute poverty attainable.“The Graeme Clark Oration showcases the multi-disciplinary nature of today’s life sciences research, especially the growing importance of information and communications technology (ICT) to scientific discovery,” says Prof. Hugh Durrant-Whyte, NICTA’s CEO. “As Australia’s Centre of Excellence in ICT research, it is with great pleasure that NICTA welcomes Mr Lamb as the 2013 Graeme Clark orator.”NICTA has supported the Graeme Clark Oration since it began in 2008. As an initiative of the successful ICT4Life Sciences Forum, of which NICTA is also a founding sponsor, the Graeme Clark Oration has become a landmark event in Victoria’s life sciences calendar. http://ict4lifesciences.org.au/ Last year’s Oration, delivered by Professor Dame Linda Partridge attracted over 1,000 guests. Date: Monday 29 April 2013Place: Melbourne Convention Centre South Wharf MelbourneTime: 5.30PM for 6.15PM start Graeme Clark Oration sponsorsNICTA, Victorian State Government, Club Melbourne, The University of Melbourne School of Engineering, The University of Melbourne Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, Qantas, Cosmos Magazine, Melbourne Health, Melbourne Convention and Visitors Bureau, RMIT University, Swinburne University of Technology, The University of Melbourne Victorian Life Sciences Computation Initiative, Victorian Endowment for Science, Knowledge and Innovation, Bionic Vision Australia, Australian Synchrotron, BioMelbourne Network, Deakin University Australia, University of Ballarat, Florey Neuroscience Institutes. About ICT for Life Sciences Forum The ICT for Life Sciences Forum is a network connecting researchers in Melbourne interested in the convergence between biology, computing and engineering. The Forum’s annual showcase event - the Graeme Clark Oration - is held in honour of the achievements of Professor Graeme Clark, A.O., who developed the first multi-channel cochlear implant in Melbourne in the mid 1970s. About NICTANational ICT Australia Ltd (NICTA), Australia’s Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Research Centre of Excellence, is developing technologies which will meet the current and future needs of the community in fields which will lead to large economic, social and environmental benefits for Australia. NICTA has five laboratories around the country. Since NICTA was founded in 2002, it has created five new companies, developed a substantial technology and intellectual property portfolio and continues to supply new talent to the ICT industry through the NICTA-enhanced PhD program. NICTA is funded by the Australian Government as represented by the Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy and the Australian Research Council through the ICT Centre of Excellence program. In addition to federal funding NICTA is also funded and supported by the Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, Queensland and Victorian Governments, The Australian National University, Griffith University, University of Melbourne, University of New South Wales, University of Queensland, Queensland University of Technology and The University of Sydney. For further information:Dorothy KennedyCommunications Specialist, NICTAPh: 02 9376 2098 or 0488 229 687 General Dynamics acquires NICTA start-up Open Kernel Labs 2012-09-12T05:31:00Z general-dynamics-acquires-nicta-start-up-open-kernel-labs Media Release12 September 2012 General Dynamics acquires NICTA start-up Open Kernel Labs NICTA start-up company Open Kernel Labs (www.ok-labs.com), a leading provider of virtualisation software for securing wireless communications, applications and content for mobile devices and automotive in-vehicle infotainment systems (IVI), has been acquired by General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), an aerospace and defence company. The majority of OK Labs’ employees work in a team of highly skilled engineers and software developers at the company’s R&D and software engineering headquarters in Sydney. This operation will be retained under the new ownership as a new division of the company, and is set for expansion under the leadership of Steve Subar, Co-Founder and CEO, OK Labs. “As part of General Dynamics, we will continue to deliver innovation and excellence in the areas of mobile and automotive virtualisation,” said Mr Subar. “I am looking forward to leading this expert team as we meet the growing needs of military, government, and commercial customers.” OK Labs’ software is deployed on 1.6 billion devices around the world, enabling security for remote access to corporate and government assets while protecting everything that runs on the device. The company was spun out of NICTA in 2007, under Steve Subar’s leadership. He was previously Entrepreneur-in-Residence at NICTA. “NICTA is very proud of the achievements of OK Labs and its team of talented engineers in Sydney,” said Dr Phil Robertson, NICTA’s Acting Chief Executive Officer. “This team was assembled and led by Scientia Professor Gernot Heiser, John Lions Chair at the University of New South Wales and NICTA Research Group Leader, who was Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer of OK Labs. I look forward to seeing the business flourish with the support of a strong, well-resourced organisation like General Dynamics.” NICTA will continue to undertake original and important research in the secure software systems arena. See the General Dynamics press release at http://www.ok-labs.com/releases/release/general-dynamic-acquires-open-kernel-labs About NICTA NICTA (National ICT Australia Ltd) is Australia’s Information and Communications Technology Research Centre of Excellence. NICTA develops technologies that generate economic, social and environmental benefits for Australia. NICTA collaborates with industry on joint projects, creates new companies, and provides new talent to the ICT sector through a NICTA-enhanced PhD program. With five laboratories around Australia and over 700 people, NICTA is the largest organisation in Australia dedicated to ICT research.NICTA is funded by the Australian Government through the Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy and the Australian Research Council through the ICT Centre of Excellence Program. NICTA is also funded and supported by the Australian Capital Territory, the New South Wales, Queensland and Victorian Governments, the Australian National University, the University of New South Wales, the University of Melbourne, the University of Queensland, the University of Sydney, Griffith University, Queensland University of Technology and Monash University. For further information:Dorothy KennedyCommunications Specialist, NICTAPh: 02 9376 2098 or 0488 229 687 NICTA secures $12M funding boost from ACT Government 2012-02-21T04:08:00Z nicta-secures-12m-funding-boost-from-act-government Media Release 21 February 2012 NICTA secures $12M funding boost from ACT Government The Australian Capital Territory Government has announced funding for NICTA of $3 million per year over four years. ACT Chief Minister Katy Gallagher announced the funding at NICTA’s Canberra Research Laboratory today. “I am delighted to reaffirm the ACT Government’s long-term commitment to NICTA. As the largest ICT research and development organisation in Australia, NICTA is a vital and inspiring part of Canberra’s economic landscape,” the Chief Minister said. The ACT is a founding member of the consortium which helped establish NICTA in 2002. The proposed arrangement announced today will provide for $12 million over a four year period commencing on 1 July 2012. The ACT Government said today that the announcement was a direct investment in the ACT’s future and builds on, and extends, their previous support for NICTA which totals $26.35 million over the past nine years. NICTA CEO Hugh Durrant-Whyte welcomed the announcement. “I would like to extend my thanks to the ACT Government for their generous support,” he said. “NICTA is producing excellent research results with direct application to the development of robust, innovative systems for emerging markets such as smart transport, e-Health and e-Government. With the additional funding, NICTA will be able to strengthen its research outcomes in these and other areas to accelerate the development of high-impact, wealth-creating projects.” An important feature of the new funding arrangement is the Government and NICTA’s desire to deepen research and support relationships with ACT Government agencies and the Canberra community. “Over the coming months the ACT Government and NICTA will establish a number of projects that will utilise NICTA’s advanced ICT expertise which can add value to services we deliver.” “We are particularly excited on the progress being made by NICTA on its e-Health Living Lab concept here in Canberra which will draw in the research and clinical expertise across our universities and hospital system,” the Chief Minister concluded. The eHealth Living Lab is an exciting concept to develop and test next-generation technologies and training systems for clinicians and health professionals. Australia Day honours for NICTA leaders past and present 2012-01-30T04:54:00Z australia-day-honours-for-nicta-leaders-past-and-present Media Release 30 January 2012 NICTA congratulates former CEO Dr David Skellern and current Research Evaluation Committee member Professor Mandyam Veerambudi Srinivasan on their inclusion in the prestigious Australia Day Honours lists. Dr Skellern was awarded the Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for his distinguished service to science and engineering as a leading researcher and for the design and development of worldleading information technology. Dr Skellern also made an outstanding contribution to NICTA during his five years as CEO and was tireless in his efforts to raise the profile and importance of ICT to the Australian economy. “The presence of Dr Skellern and Professor Srinivasan on the Australia Day Honours list is no surprise – they are both outstanding individuals who have advanced their respective fields of endeavour in important ways,” said NICTA CEO Hugh Durrant-Wyte. “In his time as CEO, from 2005 until the end of 2010, Dr Skellern built NICTA’s reputation and oversaw impressive research and commercial breakthroughs. Professor Srinivasan, as a member of our Research and Evaluation Committee, is helping to ensure that we are always striving to achieve nothing less than excellence in all of our research.” “I feel very honoured to be recognised with this high appointment,” said Dr Skellern. “I’ve been lucky throughout my life to work with many talented and dedicated people. I actually can’t think of anything I did on my own! So I thank all those amazing people and very much view the award as recognizing what we achieved together. It is also a welcome and pleasing recognition of the important role played by science, engineering and information technology in securing the future prosperity of Australia.” Professor Srinivasan, was awarded the Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for service to visual and sensory neuroscience through the Queensland Brain Institute, as an academic, researcher and mentor, and to the national and international scientific community. Professor of Visual and Sensory Neuroscience and Electrical Engineering at the Queensland Brain Institute, Srinivasan said he was thrilled to be appointed a Member of the Order of Australia. “I was both surprised and delighted to hear of my appointment! It is always a thrill to be recognised by one’s peers and the Order of Australia is particularly special due to its national significance,” he said. The Order of Australia is the pre-eminent way Australians recognise the achievements and service of their fellow citizens. The Order operates on the principles of independence and freedom from political patronage. Nominations to the General Division of the Order of Australia come directly from the community. In the Australian honours system, appointments to the Order of Australia confer the highest recognition for outstanding achievement and service. There are two divisions of the Order of Australia: the Civil or General Division and the Military Division. ICT industry joins forces with Government to shine international spotlight on innovative SMEs 2011-09-09T05:08:00Z ict-industry-joins-forces-with-government-to-shine-international-spotlight-on Innovative Australian small to medium enterprises (SMEs) will have the chance to drive their products and services onto the international stage when the FutureGov Australia Congress opens at the Canberra Convention Centre next week. Thanks to collaboration between NICTA’s Australian eGovernment Technology Cluster and the Federal Government’s Information Technology Supplier Advocate, 11 local SMEs will demonstrate their products and services to an expected audience of 236 senior Government and industry figures from Australia and around the world. The participants are: • Alacrity Technologies • BlinkMobile Interactive • Cocoon Data • Dataflex • Datapod • iCognition • intelledox • M5 Network Security • QuintessenceLabs • TASKey • Viocorp. Don Easter, IT Supplier Advocate, said that the experience and credibility gained from supplying Australian Government customers with innovative, flexible and tailored IT solutions, has built a solid platform for SMEs entering international eGovernment markets. “We are excited about the future of these SMEs and their potential to enrich the eGovernment market,” said Mr Easter. “We are thrilled to be enhancing their presence at FutureGov, along with the Australian eGovernment Technology Cluster.” Michelle Carden, Cluster Manager, also welcomed the collaboration. “Since the Australian eGovernment Technology Cluster was initiated by NICTA in 2009, we have come a long way. We now have 33 cluster participants who are experiencing the benefits of their decision to join us, such as the opportunity for many of them to participate in FutureGov next week. The support of the Federal Government through the Supplier Advocate’s Office has been tremendously important in achieving this outcome.” Cluster participant iCognition is an Australian company delivering development, consultancy and implementation services centred on information management. “We see great potential in the Cluster and its ability to modernise Government processes using technology,” said Joe Mammoliti , CEO of iCognition. “Our collaboration within the Cluster will ensure eGovernment processes are managed to the highest level of efficiency and government compliance. The FutureGov Australia Congress, announced by The Hon. Kate Lundy, Senator for the Australian Capital Territory at Parliament House earlier this year, runs from 12-14 September, 2011. Organised by FutureGov Magazine, it showcases new developments in public sector service delivery from around the world, and provides a platform for Australian public servants to meet and interact with their international and national peers. Details of the conference, including speakers, are at http://www.futuregov.in/events/futuregov-congress-australia-2011/ . About NICTA: National ICT Australia Ltd (NICTA), Australia’s Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Research Centre of Excellence, develops technologies to generate economic, social and environmental benefits for Australia. NICTA has five laboratories around the country. Since its foundation in 2002, NICTA has deployed its technologies extensively with industry and government, created six new companies and continues to provide new talent to the ICT industry through the NICTAenhanced PhD program. NICTA is funded by the Australian Government as represented by the Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy and the Australian Research Council through the ICT Centre of Excellence program. In addition to federal funding NICTA is also funded and supported by the Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, Queensland and Victorian Governments, The Australian National University, Griffith University, University of Melbourne, University of New South Wales, University of Queensland, Queensland University of Technology and The University of Sydney. About the Australian eGovernment Technology Cluster: The Australian eGovernment Technology Cluster http://www.egovernmentcluster.org.au/ was launched by NICTA and the ACT Government to support and strengthen Government ICT industries in Australia. The e-Government cluster is a national cluster of participants from government, industry and the research community. The cluster connects the e-government community stimulates new business opportunities, promotes innovation and drives productivity within the government sector. About the IT Supplier Advocate Program: Don Easter was appointed IT Supplier Advocate by Senator the Hon Kim Carr, Federal Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, to champion local IT firms and to lead practical business development projects aimed at raising the competitiveness of firms and linking them with opportunities. Further information on the IT Supplier Advocate initiative can be found at www.innovation.gov.au/supplieradvocates. For further information: Dorothy Kennedy Communications Specialist, NICTA Ph: 02 9376 2098 or 0488 229 687 Matthew Crawshaw Assistant Manager, Supplier Advocates, DIISR Ph: 02 6272 1853 Leading computer scientist Pascal Van Hentenryck joins NICTA 2011-09-05T02:07:00Z leading-computer-scientist-pascal-van-hentenryck-joins-nicta 5 September, 2011Pascal Van Hentenryck, a pioneer in the field of constraint programming, has joined NICTA to lead its Optimisation Research Group. He was most recently Professor of Computer Science at Brown University and Director of the university’s Optimisation Laboratory. Professor Van Hentenryck will lead a team of 48 staff to tackle research challenges in areas such as supply chains, smart grids, disaster recovery, computational biology and social networks. “I am very excited about joining NICTA and working with a talented research team to develop technologies that will support some of Australia’s most important industries,” he said. “NICTA has recognised the increasingly pervasive role of optimisation in information technology. As a group, we aim to push the frontiers of optimisation to build smarter and more agile infrastructures, to elucidate and regulate large-scale biological and social processes and more generally, to plan and control data-intensive and decentralised systems such as smart grids and complex transport networks.” Prof. Van Hentenryck is one of the most highly cited researchers in computer science. He undertook foundational work on constraint programming in the 1980s, and then developed three major systems: the OPL modelling language supported by IBM and used by operations researchers worldwide; Numerica, the first system to show the power of constraint programming to solve complex non-linear problems, and the Comet programming language which supports constraint-based local search, constraint programming and mathematical programming. His recent research on disaster planning and response has also been deployed to help federal agencies in the United States to mitigate the effects of hurricanes on coastal areas. Prof. Van Hentenryck has also been appointed Professor in the School of Engineering at the University of Melbourne. He commences his tenure at NICTA and the University in January 2012. “Our Optimisation Research Group is recognised as one of the best in the world,” said Prof. Hugh Durrant-Whyte, NICTA’s Chief Executive Officer. “We are delighted to welcome Professor Van Hentenryck to lead this world-class team as it continues to undertake groundbreaking research to address some of the world’s most pressing economic and social challenges.” Members of NICTA’s Optimisation Research Group include Toby Walsh and Nina Narodytska, winners of the Outstanding Paper Award at the 2011 Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence Conference; Peter Stuckey, winner of the Australian Museum’s inaugural Google Eureka prize for Computer Science in 2010; Sylvie Thiebaux, President-elect of the International Conference on Automated Planning and Scheduling, the premier forum for researchers and practitioners in planning and scheduling, and Mark Wallace and his team, who developed the hybrid platform ECLiPSe, bought in 2004 by Cisco Systems. About NICTA National ICT Australia Ltd (NICTA), Australia’s Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Research Centre of Excellence, is developing technologies which will meet the current and future needs of the community in fields which will lead to large economic, social and environmental benefits for Australia. NICTA has five laboratories around the country. Since NICTA was founded in 2002, it has created five new companies, developed a substantial technology and intellectual property portfolio and continues to supply new talent to the ICT industry through the NICTA-enhanced PhD program. NICTA is funded by the Australian Government as represented by the Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy and the Australian Research Council through the ICT Centre of Excellence program. In addition to federal funding NICTA is also funded and supported by the Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, Queensland and Victorian Governments, The Australian National University, Griffith University, University of Melbourne, University of New South Wales, University of Queensland, Queensland University of Technology and The University of Sydney. For further information: Dorothy Kennedy Communications Specialist, NICTA Ph: 02 9376 2098 or 0488 229 687 NICTA Board Member Brand Hoff wins Pearcey Medal 2011-08-08T03:57:00Z nicta-board-member-brand-hoff-wins-pearcey-medal-1 Brand Hoff, NICTA Board Member, has won the 2011 Pearcey Medal for distinguished lifetime achievement in the technology industry. Mr Hoff was founder of TOWER Software, the developer of TRIM, the Australian Electronic Document and Records Management (EDRM) system. The prestigious prize was awarded to Mr Hoff at the iAwards ceremony in Melbourne. NICTA also won two Merit iAwards at the event.“This is a tremendous honour,” said Mr Hoff. “I have enjoyed a wonderful career in Australia’s ICT sector and am grateful that I was able to build systems and businesses that have made a positive difference to our industry.” Mr Hoff developed the Commonwealth Treasury and the National Library of Australia Networks before starting up the CSC Commercial Consulting Division in Canberra. In 1985 he started TOWER Software which he took global before it was sold to HP in 2008. He now serves as a company director, investor and mentor for a number of ICT companies, a director of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) as well as Chairman of Canberra Business Council (CBC). He is an adjunct Professor at the University of Canberra. The Pearcey Medal is one of Australia’s most coveted industry awards. It goes to an individual who has demonstrated a distinguished lifetime of achievement and contribution to the development and growth of the ICT professions, research and industry. NICTA earned two Merits at the iAwards event last week. NICTA face recognition technology (Face Search Engine) secured Merit in the R&D category and the Badumna decentralised network suite won another Merit in the Media and Entertainment category. The technology was developed by NICTA’s Scalify team in Melbourne. “Congratulations to Brand and also to the NICTA teams behind Badumna and the Face Search Engine,” said Dr Phil Robertson, NICTA’s Chief Operating Officer, “We are all proud of their efforts. I would also like to thank the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA), the Australian Computer Society and the Pearcey Foundation for hosting the iAwards and providing such vital encouragement for Australian ICT innovation.”The 2011 iAwards honour companies at the cutting edge of technology innovation as well as leading professionals across the industry. Most importantly, the iAwards honour the achievements of Australian innovators. Details of all iAwards winners can be found on the iAwards website. About NICTA National ICT Australia Ltd (NICTA), Australia’s Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Research Centre of Excellence, is developing technologies which will meet the current and future needs of the community in fields which will lead to large economic, social and environmental benefits for Australia. NICTA has five laboratories around the country. Since NICTA was founded in 2002, it has created five new companies, developed a substantial technology and intellectual property portfolio and continues to supply new talent to the ICT industry through the NICTA-enhanced PhD program. NICTA is funded by the Australian Government as represented by the Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy and the Australian Research Council through the ICT Centre of Excellence program. In addition to federal funding NICTA is also funded and supported by the Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, Queensland and Victorian Governments, The Australian National University, Griffith University, University of Melbourne, University of New South Wales, University of Queensland, Queensland University of Technology and The University of Sydney. For further information:Dorothy KennedyCommunications Specialist, NICTAPh: 02 9376 2098 or 0488 229 687