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Welcome to the third issue of the Information and Systems
Engineering ECP Newsletter. In this issue, we are reminding
you about the Vice Chancellor's Fellowship positions that
are open. If you know of anyone who is interested in
applying, please encourage them to look at the job posting
and/or put them in contact with me if they have any questions.

Also in the newsletter, there are several opportunities available
including an invitation to VD61+ LIVE, a 2 day event in Brisbane
that will display over 50 projects showing the latest data science
and technology as well as a Call for Proposals for the AMAZON
Research Awards. Affiliates are invited to the Opening of OpenLab Melbourne this Friday, 10 August and you may want to look at the
newly branded APRINTERN formerly AMSI Intern, which now
includes all disciplines.

Work on the  EFI 2019 is progressing nicely as ECP Directors review Concept Papers and ideas for Program Inclusion submitted recently. The themes are now starting to take shape allowing each topic to cover many of the ECPs' research priorities.

It's great to receive positive feedback from several researchers who were successful with their CDF applications. Many are already quite active with their projects and I look forward to seeing their outcomes.

The Centre for Information Discovery and Data Analytics will be launched later this year. An exciting program is being devised and I hope to be sharing this with you soon. This Centre specialises in developing new approaches to find relevant information in massive data collections. With an established history of internationally renowned research in information retrieval, data mining, databases, knowledge discovery, statistics, and machine learning, CIDDA establishes a capability for processing the enormous volume of data produced by new technologies.

I would like to welcome Dr Gerard (Gerry) Roe who has recently replaced Rebecca Shepherd as Sector Manager, Research Innovation & Entrepreneurship with R&I. He'll be providing industry advice and support with the Information and Systems (Engineering ) and the Biomedical and Health Innovation ECPs.  I'd like to thank Rebecca for all of her hard work and support during her time with this platform.

I've been invited to give a Keynote talk at the 24th China Conference on Information Retrieval (CCIR 2018) as well as visit Tsinghua University in Beijing from 24 - 30 September. This event is highly significant as it rates as one of the world's top information retrieval research groups. If anyone is interested in talking to me about this when I return, feel free to send me an email.

Cheers for now,

Mark Sanderson




Vice Chancellor's Fellowships.
Applications open until 19 August, 2018

RMIT University is seeking individuals who will make
significant contributions to RMIT’s research priorities by developing and engaging in high-quality, high impact research projects, which address local, national, regional and global challenges. 
RMIT is committed to driving progress towards gender equality and ensuring diverse and balanced
representation at every level of our organisation. This year a decision to recruit female-only Research/Senior Fellow positions has been made to support the creation of a more gender-balanced workforce and to address the substantive
under-representation of females in the Schools
of Engineering and Science. 
If you know of any outstanding postdoctoral or female researcher/senior research fellow candidates that would align to the ISE ECP research priorities for the Vice Chancellor's Fellowship positions, please contact Mark Sanderson as soon as possible as the closing date for applications is Sunday 19 August, 2018.  To apply, click here.


Friday 10 August  4.00 pm - 6.30 pm  
Juniper Networks, Level 24, 55 Collins Street, Melbourne

Igniting Network Innovation

You are invited to celebrate the official opening of the OpenLab Melbourne facility on Friday 10 August. Juniper is expanding their OpenLab to Melbourne. A valuable educational resource will be available to innovators who want to develop, test and validate network-integrated software applications and solutions, all while cultivating a community to bring these ideas to life.
To register, click here.


18-20 February 2019

Details about EFI2019 are still in draft form - 
this event will broadly explore the physical, digital and social aspects of the following topics:

Melbourne 8M;
Empowering Health;
Ethical Innovation and Industry Transformation; and
Collaborative Shared Futures.
For more information, click here. 



AMAZON Research Awards (ARA) 

Proposals will be accepted during a submission
period commencing 20 August, 2018 and ending on 15 September, 2018.

A call for proposals for the Amazon Research Awards 2018 have been announced. This program is open to academic institutions globally and includes awards
up to 80,000 USD in cash and 20,000 USD in AWS
promotional credits.

The Focus Areas for the current list of supported proposal topics are:
Computer vision; Economics; Knowledge management and data quality;
Machine learning algorithms and theory; Natural language processing;
Online advertising; Operations research and optimization; Personalization;
Robotics; Search and information retrieval; Security, privacy and abuse
prevention; and Speech.
For more information on Focus Areas, click here.
To Apply, click here.
For Eligibility and Rules, click here.

18 - 19 September, 2018

The Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, Merivale St & Glenelg St, South Brisbane, QLD

VD61+ LIVE is your opportunity to discover cutting edge data science and technology that are changing our world. This event will display over 50 projects including robotics and artificial intelligence, blockchain, cyber security as well as outlining how industries are emerging and evolving.

D61+ LIVE hosts international and local experts who will talk about how technology is changing our world and how this will effect Australia, industry and society. Come and meet some of Australia's best scientists, engineers and experts to talk about ideas and possible solutions face to face.
To register, click here.
To view the program, click here. and to see which projects will be on display, click here.


AT APRINTERN (formely AMSI Intern)
with Australian Bureau of Statistics, Telstra, CiSRA & Resolution Systems

The Australian Postgraduate Research (APRN) Intern
is Australia's all discipline postgraduate internship program.  It is a not-for-profit program open to all universities and industry sectors and government agencies.

It provides a platform for industry to develop and innovate further with short-term research projects,
which can go from 3-5 months. Postgraduate
students are provided with the opportunity to
apply their research expertise to the project and
gain invaluable experience within industry. The rebranding and new name means that all sectors,
all states and all disciplines are now invited to be
part of this program.

The new partnership with the
Australian Government means placing 1400 new
research internships into industry from 2017-2020
with a rebate of 50% on the cost of a 5 month PhD
internship of $26K.

To view all research projects, click here. 

The 7 new research projects are: 
ABS - Application of statistical relational learning to
graph-based entity resolution
ABS - Use of Census linked data to improve design and estimation of sample surveys 
ABS - Data fusion for household surveys 
ABS - Seasonal adjustment of Australian Consumer
Price Index (CPI) series
Telstra - Speech and transcription analysis 
CiSRA - Image Understanding with Machine Learning 
Resolution Systems - Advanced diagnostics of mining truck breakdowns through application of artificial intelligence and machine learning techniques 


Dr Gerard (Gerry) Roe has recently been appointed
to the role of Sector Manager with the Research
Innovation & Entrepreneurship team at R&I. He has
worked in various management and implementation
roles within the field of technology, including General
Manager of Cyclotek (Australia’s largest commercial
supplier of radiopharmaceuticals for Positron

At the Victorian Government’s
Department of Economic Development, Jobs,
Transport and Resources, Gerry worked as Program
Manager of various economic and technology grants.
He was also the CEO of the Cooperative Research
Centre for Biomedical Imaging Development. Prior
to that he held the position of Senior and Industry
Adviser with the Victorian Government on the
establishment of the Australian Synchrotron and
Senior Research Scientist at Rio Tinto / Comalco. 
His academic career involved working as a chemist,
specialising in physical chemistry and surface science.
You can contact Gerry by clicking here.


Newsletter Contributions

If you have items of interest for the next Urban Futures Newsletter, please send your information to Michelle Nicolo.




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