- George Mathews visited the University of Adelaide to meet with Prof Peter Dowd and discuss statistical geological models, in particular, probabilistic approaches to modelling fracture networks. George attended the Groundwater Modelling project workshop held with the NSW office of water to demonstrate current research output and discuss further software development and toolsets.
- Terry Caelli visited CRL for a meeting with the Computer Vision Leader Fatih Porikli and Antonio Robles-Kelly about how to create new activities between the CSP and CV teams.
- Hamish Meffin gave an invited talk entitled “A 256-channel retinal implant” at the Engineering in Physical Sciences and Medicine conference 2013 in Perth.
- Graeme gave the opening address for the 4th Asia-Pacific Symposium on NanoBionics.
- Graeme Clark gave a Joanna Nicholls Memorial Lecture at the auditory-verbal conference “Listening, for Learning, for Life”.
- Karin was an invited participant at the Google workshop on "Language Understanding and Knowledge Discovery" in Nanjing, China.
- Brian Anderson gave an invited talk “Valuable practices for ECRs” at the UTS workshop for early carrier researchers in FEIT.
- Edmund Crampin gave an invited talk “Systems Biology: an approach” at the Peter Maccalum Cancer Research Institute.
- Professor Rene Boel visited NICTA and gave a talk for the NICTA and University of Melbourne researchers.
- Brian Anderson visited Yale University EE Department, USA.
- Guoqiang Mao visited a number of Universities in China.
- Several new students joined the CSP RG in November: Jing Yue, Sasan Gholami, Ehsan Ul Haq, Luis Daniel Gutierrez Lagos.
- Power systems project: We extended the power system voltage stability risk assessment for the multi-machine system where a quantitative assessment of voltage stability in large interconnected power distribution networks has been developed. The assessment is provided in terms of new stability margins, which are akin to gain and phase margins of linear time invariant control systems. The new margins are then used to develop an analytical framework for assessing the risk of instability quantitatively at any given operating condition.
- NICTA student, David Budden, received 2013 Melbourne School of Engineering Teaching and Learning Excellence Award.
- Brian Anderson presented the occasional address at the University of Technology Sydney at the graduation ceremony for engineering students.
- Guoqiang Mao travelled to China to give an invited talk at IEEE TENCON 2013 and visit a number of Chinese Universities.
- Prof Rene Boel from Ghent University, Belgium, visited NICTA for research collaboration on power systems project.
- A student visitor, Ben Garcia, from the University of Colorado Denver visited NICTA VRL. Ben is working on analysis of gene-chemical-disease networks and is interacting both with the biomedical informatics and the systems biology teams.
- A student visitor, Hua Lan, from the Northwestern Polytechnical University, China, visited Adrian Bishop at CRL.
- An Honorary Professor, Electrical Engineering and Distinguished Researcher at NICTA, Laureate Professor Emeritus Graeme Clark won the 2013 Lasker-DeBakey Clinical Medical Research Award. The Lasker Awards, sometimes known as America's Nobel's, are among the most respected science prizes in the world, honouring researchers whose insight and perseverance make possible significant advances in preventing disease, reducing disability, and diminishing suffering.
- John Markham was a finalist in the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research Art of Science Awards.
- Karin has been appointed to the International Scientific Committee of the "Expert Network HCI-KDD".
- Brian Anderson gave an invited talk at the 2nd Workshop on Control of Uncertain Systems: Modelling, Approximation and Design (GloverFest) entitled “Formation Control: Uncertain distances and nonrobust behaviour”.
- Edmund Crampin gave an invited talk at the ComBio conference entitled “Decoding Calcium Signals in the Heart”.
- NICTA student David Budden gave two invited talks “How do cells think? Why engineers can answer the questions that biologists can't” at the Hunter Medical Research Institute and at the University of Newcastle, organised by the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.
- John Markham gave an invited talk entitled “Constructing a stretched model of the cell cycle using single cell analysis” at NICTA Headquarters.
- Our sabattical visitor Diego Molla Aliod continued to work with Biomedical Informatics team. He also gave a seminar entitled "Generating Summaries for Evidence Based Medicine" in the CIS Seminar Series.
- Madhu Chetty visited NICTA CSP while on sabbatical and collaborated with Systems Biology and Assistive Bionics teams.
- Karin Vespoor gave a seminar entitled, "Exploring the recovery of curated genetic variants through text mining" at the University of Maryland Baltimore County on 27/09 and at the NIH National Center for Bioinformatics (NCBI) on 30/09, in the US.
- Ivo Siekmann visited Quantitative and Applied Ecology group in Melbourne and presented a talk Measuring the world---maps of parameter space in population dynamics.
- The Systems Biology team has submitted their entry into the HPN-DREAM breast cancer network inference challenge. The challenge involves deriving a cell signalling network from data supplied by the organisers. The Biomedical Informatics team is supporting the Systems Biology team in their DREAM challenge effort.
- The Power Systems team is working towards the development of tools for the assessment and enhancement of power system network voltage stability and mitigation of cascading failure in the system.
- NICTA contributed staff, Professor Iven Mareels, Dean of the School of Engineering at the University of Melbourne, has been named a Commander in the Order of the Crown of Belgium for meritorious services in engineering and science.
- NICTA contributed staff, Joseph Curson, gave an invited talk on the inference of the ERK MAPK signalling cascade in situ in human epidermis at the International Conference on Systems Biology in Denmark.
- Cheng Soon Ong gave an invited talk at the Student Council Symposium of ISMB 2013.
- Ivo Siekmann gave an invited talk entitled Measuring the world: maps of parameter space in population dynamics at the Models in Population Dynamics and Ecology (MPDE'13) conference in Germany.
- Rajib Chakravorty is teaching Internet Technologies course for the students at the CIS department at the University of Melbourne.
- Tania Kameneva has contributed to teaching Auditory and Visual Processing course for postgraduate students at the University of Melbourne.
- Our sabbatical visitor from Macquarie University, Diego Molla-Aliod, has arrived in Melbourne and is settling in well.
- Professor Michael Stumpf is visiting NICTA and the University of Melbourne for two weeks. Professor Stumpf gave two talks for the public, NICTA and University of Melbourne researchers.
- Joe Cursons, a contributed staff member to the Systems Biology team, has met with Dr Mike Cooling (Auckland Bioengineering Institute, AI on the Auckland Maurice Wilkins Grant) and Professor Harald Maartens (CIGENE Norway) while in Copenhagen.
- Brian Anderson has visited DSTO Edinburgh and Shandong Academy of Sciences.
- Graeme Clark gave a public lecture How electrical stimulation of the brain gives speech understanding to severely deaf people at the Australian Research Council's series "Australian Global Science".
- Karin Verspoor participated in a Women in Technology panel discussion at "Wired for Wonder" in Sydney.
- NICTA student Thanh Nguyen attended ICDC conference in Italy.
- The Biomedical Informatics team is laying the foundation for several submissions to the BioCreative 2013 tracks.
- A CRP has been signed with La Trobe University on the Virtual Speech Therapist project.
- The Assistive Bionics project: two new NICTA supported PhD students on activities at Deakin with Professor Svetha Venkatesh. Topics: Computational models for Vagal Tone and Multimedia Technologies for assessing autism.
- The Future Grid project team is reviewing some widely used power system software packages for symmetrical and unsymmetrical faults in the transmission network of large interconnected power system. The team is working towards the development of a model for the Victorian Power system network.
- Geoff MacIntyre was featured in the Age talking about Diagnostic Genomics team research.
- VRL held an event for new NICTA students talking about NICTA aims, values and vision. Currently enrolled NICTA students attended the event and talked about what it meant for them being a NICTA student.
- Andrew McKinley gave a guest lecture on web development practices for the University of Melbourne course INFO030005: Web Information Technologies.
- The Biomedical Informatics team participated in the BioNLP Shared Task 2013, building a system in collaboration with Haibin Liu of the US National Library of Medicine, and successfully submitting results for the Genia Event Extraction task.
- The Assistive bionics team is working on implementing speech conversion algorithm for Virtual Physiotherapist project.
- The Biomedical Devices team is working on real-time display of arm movement; developing graphical user interface to display data in an easy to visualise format; and identifying various activities using trajectory reconstructions.
- Tania Kameneva won a travel award from the Organisation for Computational Neurosciences to attend Computational Neuroscience Society meeting 2013 and present the paper entitled Predicting the location of the axon initial segment using spike waveform analysis: simulations of retinal ganglion cell physiology.
- Dr. Kenneth Tran from the Auckland Bioengineering Institute at the University of Auckland visited CSP RG for research collaboration on Systems Biology project.
- Lawrence Cavedon and Karin Verspoor attended and presented at the HISA Big Data conference.
- Professor Timos Sellis, CSP RG contributed staff from RMIT, presented an overview of managing streaming spatial data to VRL and University of Melbourne academics.
- Professor Lionel Tarassenko, Institute of Biomedical Engineering, University of Oxford, gave a talk to NICTA researchers on physiology-driven signal analysis and data fusion.
- The Biomedical Informatics team is working on detecting infections based on radiology reports that were in the news recently: see http://ehealthspace.org/news/radiology-data-trawling-will-save-lives
- The Power System has conducted a survey of commonly used observers in power systems. The team is working on the development of artificial neural network based observers for large scale power systems.
- Karin Verspoor has been appointed an Associate Editor of BMC Bioinformatics
- Cheng Soon Ong is on the Program Committee of AAAI 2013.
- An article about Tharshan Vaithianathan research was published in the Age: Physios build 3D pictures of their patients' movements in real time to monitor progress.
- Rob Evans is on the organising committee for the International Symposium on Circuits and Systems (ISCAS) 2014.
- CSP group had the following visitors in March: Gully Burns, University of Southern California Information Systems Institute; Michael Schroeder, Technical University of Dresden.
- Recipient of Prime Minister's Postgraduate Award to work on a NICTA project: Mr Zhiyong Sun, who has only just recently joined NICTA's DICE project group, has won the prestigious Prime Minister's Australia Asia Incoming Postgraduate Award, carrying a total value of AUD$265,000.
- ANU-NICTA student won Chinese Government's Award: Mr Yiming (Alex) Ji, enrolled in the NICTA Endorsed/Enhanced PhD Program, has won a 2012 Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-Financed Students Abroad. The recently announced award carries a value of $6,000.
- Two NICTA posters received awards: Geoff MacIntyre's poster at Lorne Cancer Conference 2013 and Benjamin Goudey's poster at the Lorne Genome Conference 2013.
- Tom Conway, Geoff MacIntyre and Alan Zhang were feature in the Australian. The full article is available here.
- Professor Graeme Clark gave a key note address at Cochlear, San Diego, and at the 150th anniversary of the Royal Victorian Eye & Ear Hospital at Government House.
- NICTA contributed staff, Joseph Curson, gave the invited talk "A Life & Death Decision" at the Understanding Failure of Cell Signalling Conference 2013 in New Zealand.
- Karin Verspoor was an invited speaker at the Microsoft International Women's Hackathon Event hosted by the University of Melbourne.
- Tania Kameneva participated in a University of Melbourne event for first-year female students leading a discussion about engineering innovation in medicine to encourage girls to choose engineering as a major for their study.
- Hamish Meffin et al. paper: Modelling extracellular electrical stimulation: I. Derivation and interpretation of neurite equations, J. Neural Eng. 9:065005, 2012, has been chosen as one of the Journal of Neural Engineering Highlights of 2012. Journal of Neural Engineering Highlights is a collection of papers that represent the breadth and excellence of the work published in the journal during 2012. Papers are selected for their presentation of outstanding new research, receipt of the highest praise from our international referees, and the highest number of downloads last year.
- Researchers from Health & Life Sciences bioinformatics and biomedical informatics teams had a research retreat.
- Alberto Giovanni Busetto and Gabriel Krummenacher from ETH Zurich Switzerland are visiting CSP RG for research collaboration.
- Tulay Adali from the Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, University of Maryland and Baltimore Country, visited CSP RG and gave a seminar "ICA and IVA: Theory, Connections and Applications to fMRI Analysis" to NICTA and the University of Melbourne researchers.
- Future Grid - CSP is making some investments in Future Grid project with a view to build research capacity in this area and a long-term plan for a joint University of Melbourne-NICTA Smart Grid Centre.
- CSP contributor, Mohammad Aldeen, obtained the following grants: $15,000 from Carlton Connect Initiative for the project "Future Grid Research and Technology" and $40,000 from Melbourne Interdisciplinary funds for "Game Theoretic and Mechanism with Application to Smart Grid."
- Karin Verspoor participated in CSIRO/NICTA Collaboration workshop, Sydney, on social media mining for pharmacovigilance.
- Tom Conway gave a talk on De Novo Assembly. BTCH90009: Genomics & Bioinformatics, Dept. Genetics.
- The Assistive Bionics project is progressing with inter-disciplinary studies for developing connections with Auditory Brain pathways for High Fidelity Hearing. Working on the role of plasticity in the development of speech and language in young deaf children. The research is making good progress in the study of neural connections in the adult deafened cochlear using microscopy and 3 dimensional analysis.
- The Biomedical Imaging team is working on developing a platform for MRI image processing for multiple sclerosis patients, in collaboration with the Neuro-Surgery Deptartment at the Royal Melbourne Hospital. After very positive feedback the first prototype is being finalised. Test installation on an isolated system is being deployed.
- J. Markham presented a talk at the 42nd Annual Scientific Meeting of the Australasian Society for Immunology entitled "A heritable factor regulates the duration of all parts of the cell cycle in activated B and T lymphocytes". T. Caelli gave an invited talk at Griffith workshop on Environmental Informatics. D. Hill (CSP contributor) was an invited keynote speaker at SmartGrid Comm 2012.
- One of the DICE project students, Mohammad Deghat, has been invited to address an AIAA Aerospace Research Symposium, along with two other graduate students resident in Canberra.
- The ROACH team presented at the Land Warfare Conference in Melbourne with a talk entitled "Radar on a Chip (ROACH): a new paradigm in tactical soldier and vehicular surveillance systems" and at the Radar on a Chip Expo at the ITS World Congress in Austria.
- Biomedical Informatics team presented a talk entitled "Subgraph Matching-based Literature Mining for Biomedical Relations and Events" at the AAA1-2012 Fall Symposium on Information Retrieval and Knowledge Discovery in Biomedical Text.
- Cheng Soon Ong was appointed as a program co-chair of the Asian Conference of Machine Learning 2013.
- Dr. Mario Ferraro is visiting the CSP team for November and December from the Physics Department at the University of Turin, Italy. Working on Assistive and Adaptive Bionics project.
- Dr. Li Linyi arrived from the Institute of Agricultural Information Science and Technology, Shanghai Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Shanghai, for a six month sabbatical.
- Point release of Gossamer and Xenome to improve performance in response to issues reported by Nathan Hall at La Trobe University.
- T. Caelli continued his work on developing technologies that help experts understand and assist humans in learning and performing perceptual motor tasks (in collaboration with Deakin and La Trobe Universities).
- T. Caelli visited Monash University, Gippsland Campus, to discuss CSP projects in Computational Biology and ICT-enabled regional home care for the elderly.
- A group of undergraduate students supervised by Alan Zhang presented their work at Endeavor.
- T. Conway delivered a lecture for the Masters of Bioinformatics course on Genome Assembly.
- R.Evans presented an IEEE Distinguished Lecture on New Frontiers in RADAR at the Adelaide Convention Centre.
- CSP Farm Net project received attention in the Legislative Council Daily Hansard. Minister for Technology Gordon Rich-Philips mentioned that "...FarmNet software platform, which is being developed through NICTA..., is an important piece of software which will lead to better land and water use in the agricultural sector, and of course that is one of the great opportunities in the Chinese market - that is, to drive more productive agricultural outcomes..."
- A group of undergraduate students supervised by Alan Zhang won the 1st prize in Endeavor. Project Title: Interactivity, Multimedia, Computer Vision and the Microsoft Kinect. Students: Glen Kuhne, Liam Appelbe. Supervisor: Alan Zhang, Mark Morelande.
- Professor Emilia Fridman, NICTA VRL CSP visitor, from the Department of Electrical Engineering and Systems, Tel Aviv University, Israel, gave a talk at the University of Melbourne CSP Lab seminar series on A time-delay approach to sampled-data and network-based control.
- Tom Conway gave a talk at the COMBINE, a bioinformatics group for students and early-career researchers on Analysing for sequence data.
- Chris Leckie was promoted to Professor in Melbourne University's recent promotion round.
- Rob Evans was invited to serve as a TPC member on the technical program committee for the 2012 International Conference on Connected Vehicles & Expo.
- Congratulations to Samantha Lichter on making it through the Grand Final of the University of Melbourne 3 Minute Thesis Competition with Carats that REALLY improve your eyesight: an all-diamond Bionic Eye.
- Congratulations to Mark Sanderson, Lawrence Cavedon, Karin Verspoor, Adam Kowalczyk and Bryan Beresford-Smith on being part of two successful virtual laboratory applications recently announced under the Commonwealth NeCTAR (National eResearch Collaboration Tools and Resources) Program.
- On the 19th September, representatives from NICTA jointed Victoria's Minister for Technology, The Honourable Gordon Rich-Phillips today at Shanghai University to launch a research collaboration that could transform Chinese farming practices using novel, Australian-developed ICT.
- Peter Gawthrop gave a seminar at the NeuroEngineering Lab seminar series on Intermittent control: a computational theory of human control systems.
- Sandu Abeywickrama, a NICTA-funded PhD student, gave a talk on quality of service of video-on-demand over passive optical network.
- Raj Gaire gave an invited talk at the COMBIO conference Australia on integrated analysis of epithelial mesenchymal plasticity in human breast cancer model systems.
- Karin Verspoor presented her Linguistic Annotation Workshop paper entitled "Towards Adaptation of Linguistic Annotations to Scholarly Annotation Formalisms on the Semantic Web" in a seminar to the University of Melbourne CIS Dept Language Technology group.
- NICTA VRL hosted a student welcome event to provide an opportunity for new and existing NICTA students to get together.