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                                                                                                                                                                                                               ISSUE 23 | SEPTEMBER 2010
                                                                    INSIDE

                                                                    CEO search
                                                                    is on
                                                                    NICTA wins
                                                                                                                                                                      Eureka!
                                                                                                                                                                      NICTA Project
                                                                    iAwards
                                                                                                                                                                      Leader wins
                                                                    Transport                                                                                            Australian
                                                                    and Logistics
                                                                    Project gears                                                                                     science ‘Oscar’
                                                                    up                                                                                                NICTA’s Peter Stuckey has
                                                                                                                                                                      won the inaugural Google
                                                                                                                                                                      Australia Eureka Prize for
                                                                                                                                                                      Innovation in Computer
                                                                                                                                                                      Science.
                                                                                                                                                                      The prestigious prize was awarded
                                                                                                                                                                      for Professor Stuckey’s development
                                                                                                                                                                      of ‘lazy clause generation’.
                                                                                                                                                                      His ‘lazy’ problem solver is a
                                                                                                                                                                      software platform that solves
                                                                                                                                                                      complex tasks - such as timetabling
                                                                                                                                                                      transportation networks, inventory
                                                                                                                                                                      management, production scheduling
                                                                                                                                                                      or electronic circuit design -
                                                                                                                                                                      significantly faster than existing
                                                                                                                                                                      software can.
Photo courtesy of Australian Museum Eureka Prizes and 247 Studios




                                                                                                                                                                      “I am genuinely surprised and
                                                                                                                                                                      delighted with this award,” said
                                                                                                                                                                      Professor Stuckey. “It’s especially
                                                                                                                                                                      important as it recognises use-
                                                                                                                                                                      inspired research, the fundamental
                                                                                                                                                                      idea that will go on to make a real
                                                                                                                                                                      difference to the way we solve
                                                                                                                                                                      difficult problems in our society.”
                                                                                                                                                                      This research breakthrough ensures
                                                                                                                                                                      that invisible tasks that are critical
                                                                                                                                                                      to society run as seamlessly as
                                                                                                                                                                      possible.


                                                                                                                                                                      Continued on page 2




                                                                                  Springtime in Canberra
                                                                    not just for flowers
                                                         As Floriade, Australia’s biggest flower   The September 15 event was opened      navigation mapping software from
                                                         festival, cast its springtime spell       by ACT Deputy Chief Minister Ms Katy   AutoMap where all on show. We also
                                                         over Canberra, NICTA’s Canberra           Gallagher MLA.                         demonstrated computer vision-
                                                         Research Laboratory threw open its                                               based technologies to support the
                                                         doors to the local community, media       NICTA technology to support            development of a retinal prosthesis,
                                                         and industry partners to showcase its     eGovernment, the latest research and   or ‘bionic eye’.
                                                         breakthrough IT and Communications        news from the Human Performance
                                                         research.                                 Improvement (HPI) research             Over 150 people attended.
                                                                                                   project and award-winning personal
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                                              NICTA prepares
Contents           Page
Two gongs for
NICTA at

                                        for new CEO and reviews
iAwards                 3

e4Meter
overpowers
competition             3           Embedded Systems research
Fraunhofer                                                                                      logistics. ICT has a crucial and central role to play in
                                    Welcome to the September edition of NICTA News.
Project Group                                                                                   these challenges.
starts its engine       4           Regular readers will have already noted that we have
                                    in this edition introduced a ‘new-look’ NICTA News.         This brings me to the second issue: evaluating our
Scalable Vision                     Apart from anything else, it is way past time I got my      performance. To keep our leading position in ICT
                                    photo and thoughts off the front page and put our ICT       research, we must constantly and objectively rate
Machines - Bringing
                                    stars in the limelight! We hope you like it. Please let     our performance and gauge the quality of our
intelligence to                                                                                 research. To that end, we have started a
                                    us know by answering the reader survey mentioned on
cameras,                            this page.                                                  program of independent reviews of each
everywhere         4                                                                            of NICTA’s four Research Themes.
                                    This repositioning of my column also lets me drop the
Back to school                      precis of ‘what’s in the edition’ and allows me to just     Earlier this month, the Embedded
                                    highlight the most important issues of the period for       Systems Research Theme was
for NICTA
                                    the company. There are two.                                 reviewed by a panel of internationally
Research                                                                                        recognised experts drawn from
Engineer                5           The first is the search for a new Chief Executive Officer   outside NICTA. Thanks must go to
                                    for NICTA, which is now nearing completion.                 Jean Vuillemin (Panel Chair), Mike
Shake, Rattle                                                                                   Brooks, Richard Uhlig, Neil Weste,
                                    Many of you will already be aware that I will be retiring
and Roll                6           at the end of my current contract with NICTA in March       and Gerard Berry, for undertaking
                                    2011. Since 2005 I’ve been honoured to lead the             this important task for us. We eagerly
Education the                       organisation from its ‘startup’ phase to now being an       await their report. Our remaining three
winner as NICTA                     internationally recognised ICT Research Centre. NICTA       Research Themes – Networked Systems,
and ACS award                       researchers have produced some outstanding research         Making Sense of Data and Managing
national ICT                        breakthroughs that are being taken to market through        Complexity – will be similarly
                                    intellectual property licences to industry, including       reviewed over the next 18 months.
student prize           6
                                    five startup companies created by NICTA researchers.
Lab News                7           By the time I depart, our most successful startup,
                                    Open Kernel Labs, will have its products in over one
Events and                          billion mobile devices, some 200 students will have
short courses           8           completed their PhD research at NICTA, and we will
                                    have in place new funding and contribution agreements
                                    with our government and university backers, securing
                                    NICTA’s future for the coming 4-5 years.
                                    The Federal Government commitment last year to
                                    fund NICTA for a further four years, through to mid-
                                    2015, was great news for me and also, I believe,
                                    for Australia. An imaginative, bold ICT vision, backed
                                    by this sort of public investment, is vital if we are to
                                    respond to the hard, important societal challenges
                                    in areas such as water, energy, health, transport and



Continued from page 1

Peter Stuckey wins Eureka                                           NICTA News 2010
Professor Stuckey’s work represents a radical
new approach to the task of finding the best
                                                                                                Reader Survey
combination of variables to perform these
sorts of tasks efficiently. Mathematicians call
                                                              This is your chance to provide us with
this process ‘combinatorial optimisation’.                    your feedback on the new look and feel
It combines two types of programming -
constraint programming, which provides a                      NICTA News!
range of possible solutions to a problem                      The NICTA News Reader Survey has been designed to help identify the
- and satisfabiability programming, which
makes a logical choice between pre-defined
                                                              needs of our readers and create a better newsletter for your enjoyment.
possibilities. Professor Stuckey’s ‘lazy’ science             To help us achieve this please visit www.nicta.com.au/news/nicta_news
was praised for its ability to achieve the right              to complete our short online survey. Results will be revealed in the next
balance between the two.
                                                              edition of NICTA News due out in December.
As well as being a NICTA Project Leader, Peter
is a Professor of Computer Science at the                                                               Thanks for your support.
University of Melbourne.
                                                               Two gongs
                                                    for NICTA at iAwards
                           This year’s prestigious Australian Information   Laboratory’s InterfereX team won a Merit         Dr Judge. “It is a great way for them to learn
                           Industry Association (AIIA) iAwards proved a     award in the Research and Development            important programming skills and have fun at
                           double celebration, with NICTA receiving two     category.                                        the same time.”
                           prizes.
                                                                            John Judge, NICTA Senior Research Engineer,      This award-winning five-week course is one
                           An online programming course for high            accepted the e-learning iAward. “We developed    of three programming streams offered in the
                           school students, developed by NICTA and          the embedded programming course to               annual National Computer Science School
                           the University of Sydney, won the e-learning     encourage students to develop software that      (NCSS) Challenge.
                           category while NICTA’s Canberra Research         can make an impact in the real world,” said
                                                                                                                             The InterfereX team received a Merit award
                                                                                                                             in the Research and Development category of
Ferne Millen Photography




                                                                                                                             the iAwards for their wireless femtocell modem
                                                                                                                             demonstrator.
                                                                                                                             Femtocells are indoor wireless access
                                                                                                                             points for cellular wireless that connect to
                                                                                                                             the telephone network via a home or office
                                                                                                                             broadband connection. Radio interference
                                                                                                                             from other 3G connections is recognised as
                                                                                                                             one of the top issues for these networks.
                                                                                                                             This technology, developed for the WCDMA
                                                                                                                             standard, addresses this problem.
                                                                                                                             NICTA InterfereX Project Leader Mark Reed
                                                                                                                             accepted the award. “Years of research went
                                                                                                                             into developing the modem and I am confident
                                                                                                                             that the technology will find a prominent place
                                                                                                                             in the emerging femtocell market,” said Dr
                                                                                                                             Reed.


                                                                                                                                 Stop Press – The NICTA and
                                                                                                                                 University of Sydney team has
                                                                                                                                 also been awarded a Sydney
                                                                                                                                 Branch Engineering Excellence
                                                                                                                                 Award for their work with the
                                                                                                                                 National Computer Science
                                                                                                                                 School. This places them in the
                                                                                                                                 running for a national Engineering
                                                                                                                                 Excellence Australia award,
                                                                                                                                 with winners to be announced
                           Dr John Judge, NICTA and Dr James Curran, University of Sydney
                                                                                                                                 in November. Not content with
                                                                                                                                 wooing the domestic market,

                                            e4Meter
overpowers
                                                                                                                                 the team is also up for an
                                                                                                                                 international Asia-Pacific ICT Award
                                                                                                                                 in October. Good luck!


       competition
                           NICTA Embedded Systems Graduate                  Their entry was the e4Meter, an intelligent     The NICTA entry demonstrated how these
                           Researchers Etienne Le Sueur and Bernard         power meter.                                    benefits can be achieved, including examples
                           Blackham have won this year’s Lantronix Xport                                                    such as controlling lights with motion
                           Pro Design Competition.                          The e4Meter is designed to raise awareness      detectors, turning heaters off after the desired
                                                                            of power consumption and help consumers         level of power consumption has been reached
                           Announced at the recent 2010 Embedded            manage power consumption in their homes in      and saving power by turning off devices when
                           Systems Conference in Boston, the team’s         an intelligent and easy way.                    in standby mode.
                           entry beat over 50 others to take home the
                           top prize and US$6,000.                          Many of our household appliances waste          For a more detailed look under the hood, visit
                                                                            significant amounts of power. With the          www.nicta.com.au to view a video about the
                           The design competition, based on Lantronix’s     e4Meter, real benefits are provided to          e4Meter that won the competition for Etienne
                           recently launched XPort Pro embedded             consumers, allowing reduced household power     and Bernard.
                           networking module, required entrants to          consumption, a smaller carbon footprint and
                           develop a design prototype which combined        most importantly, lower energy bills.
                           the module with the Linux operating system.
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   Fraunhofer
Project Group
                                                     starts its engine
Six months ago, NICTA joined with Fraunhofer to establish the Fraunhofer
Project Group on Transport and Logistics at NICTA’s Australian Technology Park
(ATP) Laboratory in Sydney. We are now working together on research to solve
the hard problems in this critical sector of our economy.
The team is led by NICTA’s Mark Staples              The Living Lab will be the first of its kind in
with Christian Webel from Fraunhofer IESE            Australia, providing an environment that will
taking the position of Deputy Project Leader.        support interaction between industry and
A business development manager and a                 research. It will evaluate and demonstrate
research engineer will be hired at NICTA             new technologies for logistics, ensuring that
this year, and various NICTA and Fraunhofer          research results are use-inspired and driven by
researchers will be contributed to the project       industry.
group over time.
                                                     Fourteen organisations, including DHL and
One of the group’s first active collaborations is    Google, are taking part in the Living Lab so
with NICTA’s Scalable Vision Machines project        far. These participants have identified needs
(see article this page). Future applications of      and opportunities for research and technology
this research could include new systems to           collaborations in areas such as sustainability,
automatically measure traffic congestion or          standards harmonisation, industry-wide
count container movements.                           integration, and logistics performance
                                                     optimisation.
“Fraunhofer and NICTA have had research
collaborations through individuals before, but       “It’s exciting to get thought leaders in the
the Project Group takes the relationship to a        logistics industry together to address these
new level,” said Dr Staples. “This is a strategic    pain points in a concrete way,” said Dr Staples.
partnership that enhances our ability to benefit     “The Living Lab will really bring to life stories
from our combined competencies in Australia          of how innovative technology can make a
and in Europe.”                                      difference in the industry.”
                                                     A technology demonstration space is planned
Future Logistics Living Lab takes shape
                                                     which will give visitors a hands-on experience
In a related endeavour, NICTA and Fraunhofer         of future logistics.
are collaborating with SAP to create a ‘Future
Logistics Living Lab’ at NICTA.




                                Scalable Vision Machines
Bringing intelligence
                                                                to cameras, everywhere
Cameras are everywhere: in our smart-phones,         These mathematical descriptions would then          repeated for each type of camera, as every
consumer products, critical infrastructure,          be converted into software to run on the            camera has different capabilities.
and even embedded into our cars. So why              cameras.
can’t they all be intelligent, with the ability to                                                       In order for intelligent cameras to become
‘understand’ and ‘react’ in the same way we          This technology will provide huge benefits to       pervasive, we need a faster way to convert
do? At NICTA we think they can.                      society, such as the ability to measure traffic     the mathematical algorithms into software.
                                                     congestion and adjust signalling accordingly,       NICTA’s Scalable Vision Machines research
The cameras we are familiar with today convert       verify a person’s identity, alert security of       looks to automate this process by developing
light into information that can be stored or         intruders, or detect defective products on an       a programming language that allows an
transmitted. An intelligent camera would use         assembly line.                                      inventor to concisely describe computer vision
a set of mathematical algorithms applied to                                                              algorithms, and a tool that will automatically
what the camera sees, to extract information         This process, however, typically requires           transform this description into software that
required to perform specific tasks.                  significant engineering effort which must be        can run on a range of camera devices.
       to research engineer
Back NICTAschool
   for
NICTA’s Senior Research Engineer Ronnie Taib works in the Decision Support
for Incident Management (DSIM) research project. Ronnie is also studying for
his PhD at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) School of Computer
Science and Engineering. He supervises three Honours students and
contributes to the Scientists in Schools educational outreach program.

Ronnie conducts regular workshops                  Centrale de Lyon, Ronnie’s area of expertise is   NICTA team is using the data collected through
at Sydney’s Earlwood Primary School,               multimodal and language technologies. In the      this collaboration to research and develop
demonstrating scientific concepts ranging from     six years since he joined NICTA, Ronnie has       core technologies for new human-computer
atom structure in cornflour slime, to petrol       put his energy and skills in this field to good   interfaces.
engines and electricity generation. There has      use in the User Interfaces (UI) element of the
been a very positive response, with many           Smart Transport and Roads (STaR) project,         Ronnie has filed several international patents
students trying to reproduce the hands-on          now known as DSIM, a collaborative project        and has developed a broad interest in all
experiments at home, such as the lemon             between NICTA and the NSW Roads and Traffic       technologies that will allow more friendly
battery, or a cardboard and magnets electricity    Authority (RTA).                                  and useful machines and programs. “I am
generator.                                                                                           interested in research that will lead to products
                                                   NICTA has been studying traffic controllers       and services that are widely accepted by users
”I am really thrilled to be fostering scientific   who work in the RTA’s Transport Management        and the industry,” he says.
curiosity in these children,” says Ronnie. “I      Centre (TMC) to analyse their behaviour
was dreaming of being an inventor when I was       under high mental demand. This can arise          Scientists in Schools is a free national
their age, so it is very rewarding to see their    when dealing with extremely large volumes         program managed by CSIRO and funded by the
enthusiasm.” Ronnie started programming            of information associated with many               Department of Education, Employment and
his Amstrad CPC 464 at the age of eight, and       simultaneous incidents, while performing in a     Workplace Relations in which scientists partner
invented a number of gadgets throughout            complex operational structure.                    with school teachers to deliver hands-on
his childhood. When his mother refused to                                                            science experiences for students.
let him ride his pushbike with a Walkman           Some operators deal more effectively with this
plugged into his ears, he designed a T-shirt       stress than others and Ronnie and his team
with loudspeakers embedded in the shoulders.       have been carefully observing the ‘clues’ that
                                                   can indicate when the workers’ responses are      Children from Sydney’s Earlwood
Problem solved.
                                                   suffering, analysing subtle variations in their   Primary School, checking on Ronnie’s
A graduate of France’s prestigious Ecole           voice, gestures and language in particular. The   work.




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                                                                                                                  Canberra student watches
                                                                                                                  robot in action




                                 Shake, Rattle                                                     No experience was needed. However,
                                                                                                   students were encouraged to bring along their
                                                                                                   imagination, enthusiasm and a healthy dose of
                                                                                                   competitiveness.



                                     and Roll
In August, NICTA took part in the 18th Australian Science
                                                                                                   The students learned to program the robots,
                                                                                                   giving them the opportunity to see the
                                                                                                   interaction between computers with the
                                                                                                   physical world, and develop an understanding
                                                                                                   of how embedded systems operate in everyday
Festival, which aims to inform, educate and inspire individuals                                    objects such as mobile phones and games
                                                                                                   consoles.
through science.
                                                                                                   Feedback was overwhelmingly positive, with
NICTA ran a workshop that introduced school       Open to Year 5 and 6 students from schools
                                                                                                   the majority of robots moving around the room
students to the complex and exciting world        across the ACT, attendees were challenged to
                                                                                                   as smoothly as Fred and Ginger.
of embedded systems. Held at our Canberra         write computer programs that would control
Laboratory, the workshop provided an intimate     the movement of robots, in particular enabling
learning experience in a unique environment.      them to ‘dance’.




                                 Education the
                                     winner
NICTA and the Australian Computer Society (ACS) have announced
the winners of their Young Aus-Innovators National ICT Prize, launched
                                                                                    as NICTA and ACS award
                                                                                    national ICT student prize
                                                                           “The standard of entries was very high, I was encouraged by the variety
                                                                           of concepts the students presented, from sophisticated animation
last year by the Federal Minister for Broadband, Communications and        proposals and online games based on Arduino board programming,
the Digital Economy Stephen Conroy. The winning team comes from            to the Bluetooth communications proposal that won first place.” said
Newington College in New South Wales.                                      NICTA’s Director of Education, Dr Tim Hesketh.
Harrison Collin, Brenton Curko, Shannon Kwan and Chao Man, whose
proposal focused on improving household security standards, received
a cash prize of $2,500 and a two-week internship at NICTA during the
school holidays.
Labnews
Neville Roach Research Laboratory                  Australian Technology Park Laboratory              NICTA VRL and the ICT for Life Sciences
                                                                                                      Forum celebrate Professor Graeme Clark’s
Worapan Kusakunniran - Best Biometrics             Congratulations to Max Ott and Lavy Libman for
                                                                                                      75th birthday
Student Paper Award - 20th International           securing Marie Curie IRSES funding
Conference on Pattern Recognition                                                                     In August NICTA was proud to co-host with the
                                                   Max Ott and Lavy Libman were part of a
                                                                                                      ICT for Life Sciences Forum the 75th birthday
Congratulations to NICTA Graduate Researcher       proposal entitled "CoopLab: A federated
                                                                                                      celebrations for Professor Clark, one of
Worapan Kusakunniran on receiving the              testbed environment for experimentation on
                                                                                                      Australia’s great scientists.
Best Biometrics Student Paper Award at the         wireless cooperative networks" which was
20th International Conference on Pattern           jointly prepared with ITI Center for Research      Australasian Language Technology
Recognition (ICPR) 2010 for "Multi-View Gait       and Technology Hellas (CERTH) in Greece,           Workshop 2010
Recognition based on Motion Regression using       Universite Pierre et Marie Curie in France,
                                                                                                      The Australasian Language Technology
Multilayer Perceptron".                            Polytechnic Institute of New York University,
                                                                                                      Workshop (ALTA) is a NICTA-sponsored
                                                   the Nile University of Egypt and the Abdelmalek
                                                                                                      event which will be held at the University of
Canberra Research Laboratory                       Essaadi University of Morocco.
                                                                                                      Melbourne on 9th and 10th of December
NICTA’s Google Anita Borg Scholarship              NICTA takes part in the NSW National               2010. This will be the eighth annual
Sarah Bull has won the 2010 Australia & New        Broadband Network (NBN) testbed launch             instalment of the ALTA Workshop and will
Zealand Google Anita Borg Scholarship from a                                                          be held in conjunction with the the fifteenth
                                                   In June NICTA took part in the successful
pool of over 70 entries. The Google-sponsored                                                         Australasian Document Computing Symposium,
                                                   launch of the NSW NBN technology trial.
scholarship aims to encourage women to excel                                                          which focuses on issues ranging from the
                                                   As part of the trial, NICTA is utilising the
in computing and technology, to become role                                                           fundamentals of document architectures and
                                                   capabilities of the NBN with an on-demand
models and leaders. Scholarships are awarded                                                          standards for markup, through various aspects
                                                   service to residents which delivers online
based on the strength of each candidate’s                                                             of document processing.
                                                   television content.
academic background and demonstrated                                                                  Rahul Sharma - SAE-A Young Engineer of the
                                                   The NICTA trial package includes free-to-air
leadership.                                                                                           Year 2010
                                                   television channels and the ABC iView catch-up
Cindy Wang and Priscilla Kan John were also        service, along with a new NICTA-developed          NICTA Alumnus Rahul Sharma was this week
nominated as finalists and like Sarah are          application that personalises television viewing   recognised by the Society of Automotive
invited to attend a retreat at Google which        and adapts to user preferences.                    Engineers Australasia as their Young Engineer
includes workshops, speakers, panelists,                                                              of the Year, for his work on gaseous engine
                                                   The quality of the Internet video content has
breakout sessions and social activities                                                               modelling and control systems development.
                                                   been upgraded to suit a large-screen television
scheduled over a couple of days.                                                                      Rahul was one of VRL's earliest students,
                                                   set rather than a PC screen. As it becomes
Patrik Haslum Awarded Most Influential Paper       available, high-definition content will also be    completing his PhD on Reverse Fault Detection
at ICAPS 2010                                      supported.                                         in 2008.
Congratulations to Patrik Haslum who was                                                              Geoff MacIntyre – Best Presentation Award –
awarded the Most Influential Paper Award at        Victoria Research Laboratory                       6th ISCB Student Council Symposium
the International Conference on Automated          Lenin Mehedy & Razibul Islam - Finalists - Best    Congratulations to Graduate Researcher Geoff
Planning and Scheduling (ICAPS 2010) for           Student Paper Award - MWP 2010                     MacIntyre on receiving the Best Presentation
his paper published in 2000, "Admissible           Congratulations to Graduate Researchers Lenin      Award at the 6th International Society for
Heuristics for Optimal Planning," Patrik Haslum    Mehedy and Razibul Islam who have been             Computational Biology (ISCB) Student Council
and Hector Geffner.                                selected as finalists for the Best Student Paper   Symposium, recently held in Boston. Geoff’s
Top Cited Article 2005-2010                        Award for the IEEE International Conference on     presentation was on the latest algorithm he
                                                   Microwave Photonics (MWP'2010).                    has developed for the detection of single base
Antonio Robles-Kelly has been awarded
                                                   The winner of the Award will be announced at       changes in DNA that disrupt gene regulation
Graphical Models Top Cited Article 2005-2010
                                                   the Conference in Montreal in October.             called is-rSNP.
for his paper “Estimating the Surface Radiance
Function from Single Images”.                      Xi Liang - another NICTA Anita Borg Scholarship    Liang Chen off to the National Institute of
                                                   Finalist                                           Informatics (NII) in Tokyo
Queensland Research Laboratory                                                                        Liang Chen has recently been accepted as an
                                                   Graduate Researcher Xi Liang is NICTA’s fourth
Sandra Mau 2010 WiT Awards Finalist                finalist for the 2010 Australia & New Zealand      international intern at the National Institute of
Congratulations to Sandra Mau for being            Anita Borg Scholarship. She will join our CRL      Informatics (NII) in Tokyo, Japan.
nominated as a finalist for the Women in           winner and finalists at the Google retreat.
Technology (WiT) Awards. Sandra’s nomination
                                                   Funding Grant for Baker IDI-NICTA Diabetes
impressed the judging committee resulting
                                                   Project
in them establishing a mentor-mentee
relationship between Sandra and the overall        Congratulations to Diagnostic Genomics Project
winner.                                            Leader Adam Kowalczyk and his collaborators
                                                   from the Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute
Best Paper Award at the 11th Pacific               on being awarded a US National Institutes of
Rim International Conference on Artificial         Health Grant for Metabolomic studies into the
Intelligence                                       pathogenesis and risk assessment of Type 2
Nathan Robinson (Graduate Researcher),             diabetes. Adam is bringing vital bioinformatics
Charles Gretton, Duc Nghia Pham and Abdul          expertise to the three year, $1M-plus project
Sattar have been awarded the Best Paper            which will progress plasma lipid profiling in
Award at the 11th Pacific Rim International        diabetes.
Conference on Artificial Intelligence. The title
of the paper is "Partial Weighted MaxSAT for
Optimal Planning".


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                   events
Big Picture Seminars                              NICTA Laboratory Research                         Meet the Founder Series
Dr Chris Nicol - NICTA Chief Technology Officer   Showcases                                         Mr Bob Quodling - Founder
                                                  NICTA@NSW Parliament – Technology                 Simmersion Holdings Pty Ltd
Stategic Inflection Points in the Computing and   Showcase                                          Tuesday 9 November at 6.00pm
Semiconductor Industries                          Tuesday 19 October for a 4.30pm start             Canberra Research Laboratory
Wednesday 27 October at 4.00pm                    NSW Parliament House, Sydney, NSW
The Edge, State Library of Queensland,                                                              General
Brisbane                                          Queensland Research Laboratory TechNET
                                                  Thursday 17 November – times TBA.                 Australian Academy of Tecnological
Richard Stallman - Founder, Free Software         The Edge, State Library of Queensland,            Sciences and Engineering (ATSE)
Foundation                                        Brisbane                                          Cloud Report Launch
Education across the Nation - Free Software in                                                      Thursday 14 October at 5.00pm
Ethics and in Practice                                                                              Canberra Research Laboratory
Monday 11 October for a 6.00pm start
University of New South Wales
                                                   For more information on all of NICTA’s events please visit
                                                   www.nicta.com.au/nicta_events/events



   short
                   courses
Date                       Course Title                             Presenter                                   Location
11-12 Ocober               Fundamentals of Kalman                   Paul Zarchan, MIT Lincoln                   Mawson Lakes SA
                           Filtering. A Practical Approach          Laboratory, USA

13-15 October              Tactical and Strategic Missile           Paul Zarchan, MIT Lincoln                   Mawson Lakes SA
                           Guidance                                 Laboratory, USA

18-19 October              Space Essentials: Asking the             Brett Biddington and Roy Sach               Canberra ACT
                           Right Questions

1-4 November               JTIDS/MIDS Link 16 Network               Tony Castle, SyntheSys UK                   Canberra ACT
                           Design and Management

9-11 November              Inverse Synthetic Aperture Radar:        Marco Martorella, University of             Mawson Lakes SA
                           From Concepts to Advanced                Pisa, Italy
                           Techniques

9-10 November              Engineering Aspects of GPS               Andrew Dempster, UNSW                       Mawson Lakes SA
                           Including Receiver Design

17 November                Cognitive Dynamic Systems                Simon Haykin, McMaster                      Mawson Lakes SA
                                                                    University, Hamilton, Canada

22-24 November             Introduction to Combat Systems           Robert L Fry,                               Mawson Lakes SA
                           Engineering                              System Engineering Group
                                                                    Columbia, USA



  Invitation
  NICTA@NSW Parliament 2010 Technology Showcase
  See breakthrough NSW research solve global problems
               LOCAL                                     Where: Parliament House                   When: Tuesday, 19 October 2010
               IMAGINATION                                                                         Time: 4.30pm NICTA@NSW Parliament
               GLOBAL                                           Stranger’s Dining Room
                                        SMART                                                                    showcase opens
               IMPACT                   TRANSPORT               Macquarie Street, Sydney, NSW
                                        LESS TRAFFIC                                                     6.15pm Official launch by the
                                        CONGESTION                                                               NSW Treasurer
                                                         RSVP by Thursday, 14 October 2010                       The Hon. Eric Roozendaal, MLC
                                                         at www.nicta.com.au/nicta@nswparliament         7.30pm NICTA@NSW Parliament concludes
                                                                                                                     Light refreshments will be served during
                                                                                                                     the showcase.

				
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