We're so engrossed in our devices, and these close-calls are proof of why you should look away from the screen.
Following on from our excellent ARC Linkage Projects outcomes announced last week, I'm delighted to advise that the ARC Training Centre for Advanced Technologies in Rail Track Infrastructure, led by Professor Buddhima Indraratna and A/Prof Cholachat Rujikiatkamjorn from the Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences, was awarded $3.94million in ARC funding from 2017 to 2020. In addition, there is significant co-investment in the ITTC-Rail by 13 Partner Organisations, with cash and in-kind contributions totalling $1.8million and $3million, respectively. The ITTC-Rail, one of only 9 awarded nationally, is the first ARC Training Centre to be awarded to UOW.
The Centre aims to transform Australia's rail construction and maintenance technologies through specialist training of industry-focused researchers. This is to be achieved by close collaboration with companies within the rail supply chain, synergistic interdisciplinary programs promoting novel design approaches, and innovative fabrication of products delivered through advancedmanufacturing techniques. The programs will address the key geotechnical challenges inherent in building cost-effective rail infrastructure to meet the future demands of increased operating speeds and axle loads. The outcome will be safe, reliable and cost-effective rail networks that immensely benefit the nation's transportation, mining and agriculture sectors.
The Centre comprises the following partners:
PARTNER UNIVERSITIES: University of Sydney, Swinburne University of Technology, Monash University, University of Queensland, University of Newcastle, Queensland University of Technology, Curtin University of Technology, Western Sydney University.
INDUSTRY PARTNER ORGANISATIONS; Australasian Centre For Rail Innovation (ACRI) Limited, Metro Trains Melbourne Pty. Ltd., Bridgestone Corporation, Geofrontiers Group Pty Ltd, SMEC Australia Pty. Limited, Ecoflex International Pty Limited, China Railway Eryuan Engineering Group Co.Ltd, Innovative Technology Beijing, Nu-Rock Technology Pty Limited, Tensar International Limited Partner Organisation, Elasto-Plastic Concrete Pty Ltd, Boral Construction Materials Limited, Polyfabrics Australasia Pty Ltd.
UOW CIs: Prof Buddhima Indraratna, A/Prof Cholachat Rujikiatkamjorn , Prof Kiet Tieu, Prof Zheng Jiang, Prof Rian Dippenaar, Dr David Wexler, Prof Pascal Perez, A/Prof Alex Remennikov, Dr Tao Yu, Dr Hongtao Zhu.
UOW is the lead institution in 5 ARC-LP grants. Congratulations to the 4 teams led by:
- This project aims to develop next-generation lithium-ion batteries with high energy density, …
- This project aims to design, test and deploy a practical and highly secure anonymous access system …
- This project aims to understand the principles that control phosphorus (P) partitioning in steel …
- This project will propose a novel, cost-effective surface engineering technique that synthesizes an …
EIS researchers are also involved in ARC-LP grants led by other institutions. These include:
Andries Fourie [Vinod Jayan Sylaja]
- The University of Western Australia
- This project aims to reduce risk in the mining industry from failing mine tailings by producing a …
Xun Yi [Jennifer Seberry]
- RMIT University
- This project aims to explore practical privacy-preserving solutions for cloud data …
Full details can be found at:
TITLE: Cyber-security Policy Development: Low-middle income country perspectives
SPEAKER: Dr William Tibben
LOCATION: Friday 26th May at 2pm in the Tony Hoare Room, Robert Hooke Building (https://www.cybersecurity.ox.ac.uk/about-us/how-to-find-the-centre)
ABSTRACT: The challenges that face low-to-middle income countries in cyberspace are arguably different than high-income countries. The potential of the Internet to make available cost-effective technologies to increasing numbers of their citizens, particularly those working to free themselves from poverty, presents unique challenges. How can countries design cyber security policy that recognizes world best practice while balancing the protection of citizens with the freedoms that enable autonomous social and economic development? The presentation outlines two streams of research being undertaken at the University of Wollongong, Australia that address these conflicting requirements.
BIO: William Tibben is currently a Lecturer in the School of Computing and Information Technology at the University of Wollongong (UOW). Before joining UOW in 2000, William worked in project management with Australian Broadcasting Corporation and technical training roles throughout South Pacific region. In his PhD William investigated Community Technology Centers in Australia to review public policy measures aimed to overcome the digital divide. His research into procurement policies for accessible ICTs was awarded the Christopher Newell prize for Telecommunications and Disability in 2013. His research interest in policy and development has segued into cyber security policy research in low to middle income countries.. He teaches in the Information Systems discipline at UOW in project management, corporate networking, ethics and corporate social responsibility. William is a member of the IEEE and SMPTE.
The 2017 QILT (Quality Indicators in Learning and Teaching) results are outstanding for UOW and for our Faculty in particular -see below. As you can see every single one of our Schools has excelled. These are based on the Australian Government Department of Education and Training funded Student Experience Surveys.
2017 QILT STATEMENT FOR EACH DISCIPLINE
The best in Australia
The federal government’s Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT) ranked UOW in 2017 as the best university in Australia for Engineering.
One of the best in NSW/ACT
The Federal Government’s Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT) ranked UOW in 2017 as second among all universities in NSW and the ACT for Computing and Information Systems.
Maths & Stats
One of the best in NSW/ACT
The Federal Government’s Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT) ranked UOW in 2017 as second among all universities in New South Wales and the ACT for Science and Mathematics.
One of the best in NSW/ACT
The Federal Government’s Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT) ranked UOW in 2017 as second among all universities in New South Wales and the ACT for Physics.
Professor Seberry's field involves the creation of secret codes but the achievements of UOW's Professor Jennifer Seberry came under the spotlight when she recently became the first Australian to be honoured as an International Association for Cryptology Research (IACR) Fellow.