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RMIT crowned Melbourne's top programmers - RMIT University

RMIT crowned Melbourne's top programmers - RMIT University | RMIT Computer Science & IT - tech news and ICT updates | Scoop.it

Melbourne’s best programmers come from RMIT University, according to the latest results from this year’s ACM South Pacific Programming Contest, held earlier this month.

Finishing first, third and fourth in the Melbourne round of the contest, the three teams from RMIT Programming Club dominated a field including teams from the University of Melbourne, Deakin University, La Trobe University and Swinburne University of Technology.

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AICAUSE organising workshops at major international software conferences for September 2015

AICAUSE organising workshops at major international software conferences for September 2015 | RMIT Computer Science & IT - tech news and ICT updates | Scoop.it

Professor Heinz Schmidt and Dr Maria Spichkova from RMIT's AICAUSE centre are organising workshops at prestigious international conferences in September 2015:

 

the 2nd edition of the workshop "Human-Oriented Formal Methods" (HOFM), which is a satellite event to SEFM 2015 (13th International Conference on Software Engineering and Formal Methods, York, UK). Details: https://hofm2015.wordpress.com/the SAGRA workshop on Sustainable Architecture at ECSA 2015 (The 9th European Conference on Software Architecture will bring together researchers and practitioners from Component-Based Software Engineering and Software Architecture, Dubrovnik/Cavtat, Croatia). Details: https://sagra2015.wordpress.com

 

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With two workshops running at two major international software conferences in September 2015, Professor Heinz Schmidt and Maria Spichkova will have their hands full. Good luck to you both!

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2015 Nominations

2015 Nominations | RMIT Computer Science & IT - tech news and ICT updates | Scoop.it
iAwards honouring Australian finest ICT innovators, entrepreneurs and professionals
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Nominations for the 2015 iAwards are now closed, with a total of 340 entries representing ICT innovations that have the potential to, or are already significantly impacting the community.

Four of those entries come from RMIT and include: a student-designed group networking app called Touchpoint, delivered in conjunction with Pongolabs; a warehousing tool for SMEs called Smart Picker, created by Andy Song and his team with Shiny Pty Ltd; the RMIT Campus Map app by student Yichi Zhang; plus travel notification tool EndOfTrip.

We'll wait and see what happens when the award winners are announced in the winter, but "good luck" to all the RMIT entries!

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RMIT’s VxLab at the cutting edge

RMIT’s VxLab at the cutting edge | RMIT Computer Science & IT - tech news and ICT updates | Scoop.it
RMIT University has become the only academic facility in Australia to combine connec­tivity to industrial automation labs with state-of-the-art high resolution visualisation and cloud computing capabilities.
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Professor Heinz Schmidt and Dr Ian Peake of RMIT's AICAUSE centre talk to The Australian about their latest new facility - the VxLab - and discuss its capabilities.

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RMIT lecture: Internet of Things: From Internet-scale sensing to smart services

RMIT lecture: Internet of Things: From Internet-scale sensing to smart services | RMIT Computer Science & IT - tech news and ICT updates | Scoop.it

The growth of internet users in the past five years has caused an explosion of big data being produced from a range of devices and social networks. How do we manage and exploit such big data?

Recent advances in sensing technologies, on-line social networking, and the Internet of Things (IoT), as well as mobile and cloud computing are blurring the boundaries between the physical, social and cyber worlds. 

In this Lecture, Professor Dimitrios Georgakopoulos presents an overview of some of the industry-driven research efforts being jointly pursued with other prominent innovators around the world. He'll also describe how research is aiming to provide smart IoT services by exploiting cyber-physical and social data.

Please register online.

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This lecture is Professor Dimitrios Georgakopoulos' Inaugural Professorial Lecture after starting at RMIT last year. Get along to RMIT's SAB tomorrow and find out about the opportunities and challenges presented by the Internet of Things, as well as mobile and cloud computing.

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Finding the right words: RMIT hosts conference double for web search and text processing

Finding the right words: RMIT hosts conference double for web search and text processing | RMIT Computer Science & IT - tech news and ICT updates | Scoop.it

Late November saw RMIT University hosting two major web search conferences in the fields of text and natural language processing and information search and retrieval, including processing speech, social media, and large document collections.

The Australasian Document Computing Symposium (ADCS) and the Australasian Language Technology Association Workshop (ALTA) brought together more than 120 of the top researchers in this subject area, from Australia and New Zealand, as well as further afield.

The major sponsors for the conferences included SEEK, Bing, Google, CSIRO, SIGIR, IBM Research, and RMIT University.

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Great work from Lawrence Cavedon and Falk Scholer for organising these two prestigious web and text search conferences at RMIT.

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New Big Data lab boosts Data Economy for Aussie business

New Big Data lab boosts Data Economy for Aussie business | RMIT Computer Science & IT - tech news and ICT updates | Scoop.it

The launch of a $1.5 million data analytics lab at RMIT aims to provide a boost to the emerging Data Economy for Australian business.

The NICTA RMIT Data Analytics Lab is hosted by RMIT's School of Computer Science and IT and led by Professor Mark Sanderson and Professor Timos Sellis.

Professor Sellis said the lab aimed to become a hub for advanced data analytics projects, supporting researchers and helping Australian and Victorian businesses compete on a global scale.

"Data analytics - and big data - is one of the next big waves of ICT innovation," he said.

"PricewaterhouseCoopers recently predicted data analytics offers a $3.8 billion opportunity for Australian businesses.

 

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RMIT news story on the launch of the NICTA RMIT Data Analytics Lab. Lab leaders Professor Timos Sellis and Professor Mark Sanderson are already both overseas drumming up business, contacts and potential collaborations, so watch this space for more news from the lab in 2015!  

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Big data lab to bring industry, top researchers together and boost Australian digital economy

Big data lab to bring industry, top researchers together and boost Australian digital economy | RMIT Computer Science & IT - tech news and ICT updates | Scoop.it
A NEW data analytics lab, jointly funded by NICTA and RMIT ­University, will make it easier for industry to partner with world-class researchers for big data ­projects.
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The Australian interviews Professor Timos Sellis over the new NICTA RMIT Data Analytics Lab, which he jointly leads with Professor Mark Sanderson.

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House price prediction app realAs wins tech startups competition for Westpac funding

House price prediction app realAs wins tech startups competition for Westpac funding | RMIT Computer Science & IT - tech news and ICT updates | Scoop.it

A start-up offering an online platform that predicts the sale price of Australian properties has won $40,000 from Westpac and six months under the wing of start-up incubator BlueChilli, after besting five new businesses pitching their solutions to problems in real estate.

Already live for several months, realAs delivers home buyers and investors forecasts of what properties will sell for before they are snapped up.

It was developed by RMIT alumnus and serial entrepreneur Josh Rowe, whose first start-up launched in the 1990s, offering web hosting to the then-limited internet user base.

After spotting what he identified as a hole in the market and setting out his vision to address it, Rowe approached RMIT to implement the realAs platform, while he retained the global license for the IP.

 

Read more: http://www.itnews.com.au/News/398012,tech-start-ups-battle-it-out-for-westpac-funding.aspx#ixzz3JxlKvgze

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Real estate price predictor app wins Westpac's inaugural innovation challenge. Developer and entrepreneur Josh Rowe is an RMIT graduate and returned to collaborate with our own Vic Ciesielski and an RMIT team in creating the realAs house price prediction tool, which has been live for several months. Well done, Josh and Vic!  

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Chinese delegation from Shanghai Jiao Tong University cement research links with visit to RMIT AICAUSE centre

Chinese delegation from Shanghai Jiao Tong University cement research links with visit to RMIT AICAUSE centre | RMIT Computer Science & IT - tech news and ICT updates | Scoop.it

On Friday 24 October RMIT University’s Australia-India Research Centre for Automation Software Engineering (AICAUSE) hosted Professor Ruimin Shen and his delegation from Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU). RMIT Director e-Research Professor Heinz Schmidt showed the party around.

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Professor Heinz Schmidt hosting a Chinese delegation from SJTU; cultivating e-learning research links and virtual training opportunities. 

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Play William's game and help games research

Play William's game and help games research | RMIT Computer Science & IT - tech news and ICT updates | Scoop.it
The Study of Player Preferences through Interactive Content SelectionWhy is this experiment being done?

The aim of this project is to determine what characteristics of a game maps player’s enjoy in a specific game example. This will be done by monitoring which maps are chosen, which ones are rated well, and what the low-level features of these maps are.

What will I do in this experiment?

If you choose to participate, you will need to download a game and play a series of maps of your choosing (see the instructions on the side). You will also be asked to rate every map that you play on a scale from Very Bad to Very Good.

You should try to complete every map that you choose. However, if a map proves to be too difficult you can press Escape to pause the game and select "Next Map".

Once you have played 4 maps, a questionnaire will be loaded in your default browser (you may have to minimize the game with alt-tab to see it). It is important that you complete the questionnaire otherwise we will not be able to use your gameplay data and it will be discarded.

Thank you for taking time to participate in this experiment.
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It's quick and fun! Play the game and the data will help William and co with their research project into map generation in computer games

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PhD projects available at the School of Computer Science and IT - RMIT University

PhD projects available at the School of Computer Science and IT - RMIT University | RMIT Computer Science & IT - tech news and ICT updates | Scoop.it

The School of Computer Science and IT have PhD projects available to those who are interested in applying for the following scholarships:

Australian Postgraduate Awards (APAs)International Postgraduate Research Scholarship (IPRS)RMIT PhD and Research Masters Scholarships (RPS)RMIT PhD International Scholarship (RPIS)

The closing date for applications is 31 October 2014.

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PhD projects, with associated scholarships, available now in various computer science areas, including AI, simulation, software, games and text analytics. Apply by 31 October!

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Researchers working to track RMIT’s carbon footprint - RMIT University

Researchers working to track RMIT’s carbon footprint - RMIT University | RMIT Computer Science & IT - tech news and ICT updates | Scoop.it

A major research project will help RMIT staff and students monitor and compare their full carbon footprints across work, study and travel.

Dr Flora Salim will supervise three PhD candidates for the project, which will involve gathering data from monitoring movement and activities in and around the main buildings of the City campus, and correlating this with data from building monitoring systems and smart meters.

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Great to see an exciting new climate-change-busting project like this building on Flora's iAward-winning EnviS multi-sensor system work. Well done, Flora! 

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Speak and ye shall find: speech-only web search leads to scholarship success

Speak and ye shall find: speech-only web search leads to scholarship success | RMIT Computer Science & IT - tech news and ICT updates | Scoop.it
A 10,000 Euro scholarship is set to help Computer Science student Johanne Trippas pursue her Masters research project into web search using speech-only communication channels that could help people with disabilities to more easily access information.
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A very prestigious scholarship for Johanne and the funding will help her get to the US to collaborate with researchers in the same field. Well done! 

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The 2015 MCV Pacific Women In Games list - RMIT lecturer Cherie Davidson named

The 2015 MCV Pacific Women In Games list - RMIT lecturer Cherie Davidson named | RMIT Computer Science & IT - tech news and ICT updates | Scoop.it

Digital artist, programmer, developer and RMIT Games lecturer Cherie Davidson has been named as one of the 75 most influential women, across all facets of the Australian and New Zealand Games Industries. 

Although having only recently finished her own studies, Cherie is already achieving great things in the local games industry and is heading off to the UK soon to train under Media Molecule thanks to a Film Victoria placement opportunity.

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Being recognised as one of the most influential women across all facets of the games industries in Australia and NZ is a tremendous achievement. Well done, Cherie Davidson, and good luck in the UK!

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Under siege: facing the new cyber security reality of protecting critical infrastructure in a world of constant attack

Under siege: facing the new cyber security reality of protecting critical infrastructure in a world of constant attack | RMIT Computer Science & IT - tech news and ICT updates | Scoop.it
A security rethink is required for protecting critical infrastructure - and it relies on accepting not all attacks can be prevented.
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Writing in The Conversation, Professor Zahir Tari and CSIT PhD student Carlos Queiroz discuss the size and nature of the cyber crime threat to critical infrastructure, such as power stations, water, money and transport. They outline the Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems that society relies on to tackle cyber security and analyse the implications for government policy in this crucial area. 

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RMIT signs deal with Siemens for cloud project

RMIT signs deal with Siemens for cloud project | RMIT Computer Science & IT - tech news and ICT updates | Scoop.it

RMIT University is leading a project to develop a method for large companies to plant into the cloud the supervisory control and data acquisition systems (SCADA) that control critical infrastructure such as electricity networks.

Project manager, Professor Zahir Tari, from RMIT’s School of Computer Science and IT, said big corporations were moving a lot of their applications into the cloud, including SCADA systems, which control infrastructure such as electricity, gas, water, waste management, railways and traffic.

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Zahir Tari's Cyberspace and Security Group has signed a contract with Siemens in Germany for the SCADA project, which began this month. Congratulations to Zahir and the rest of the team!

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Advocate for women in technology wins Google scholarship

Advocate for women in technology wins Google scholarship | RMIT Computer Science & IT - tech news and ICT updates | Scoop.it

Encouraging more women to break into technology careers is a key focus for RMIT student and Google scholarship winner, Judith Gammie.

The Master of Computer Science student, who co-founded a new network for female tech students at RMIT earlier this year, has been awarded Google's 2014 Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship.

Ms Gammie feels the scholarship comes with an obligation to carry on the work of the American computer scientist in whose memory the scholarship is named.


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Judith Gammie wins Google's Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship; testament to all her hard work helping women take up careers in technology. Well done, Judith!

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KPMG top teacher award for CSIT’s Shekhar Kalra

KPMG top teacher award for CSIT’s Shekhar Kalra | RMIT Computer Science & IT - tech news and ICT updates | Scoop.it

Popular computer science lecturer Shekhar Kalra was modesty personified after winning the KPMG Acclaimed Educator Award 2014, claiming that his award was more a reflection of the overall teaching excellence within RMIT’s School of Computer Science and IT.

“First, it is a surprise!” he said. “I don’t tend to think of myself in award-winning terms, but while being nominated for this award is an honour in its own right, to be accepted and chosen to represent a department filled with such talent is extremely humbling.”

The KPMG Acclaimed Educator Award is an industry-sponsored initiative that gives students the opportunity to name the most inspiring teacher they’ve encountered during their first semester at RMIT.

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Congratulations, Shekhar! Winning such a prestigious teaching award is a tremendous achievement and long overdue recognition for all the hard work above and beyond the call of duty. Well done!

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Watching brief yields IEEE journal success for Masters student on the ethics of CCTV surveillance

Watching brief yields IEEE journal success for Masters student on the ethics of CCTV surveillance | RMIT Computer Science & IT - tech news and ICT updates | Scoop.it

A top international computer science journal has published an article by RMIT Research Masters student Michael Kerr on the ethical questions of ubiquitous video surveillance.

Michael works for the Federal Attorney General’s Office and the paper was informed by his day to day experience working with various law enforcement agencies.

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IEEE publishing an article on the ethics of CCTV surveillance by Research Masters student Michael Kerr (with his supervisor Dr Ron van Schyndel) in the prestigious journal Security and Privacy. Congratulations to Michael and Ron!

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Student advocate for women in technology wins Google Anita Borg scholarship

Student advocate for women in technology wins Google Anita Borg scholarship | RMIT Computer Science & IT - tech news and ICT updates | Scoop.it

Winning Google’s 2014 Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship is inspiring Judith Gammie to continue encouraging more women into technology careers.

A Master of Computer Science student at RMIT University, Judith feels that the scholarship comes with an obligation to carry on the work of American computer scientist Anita Borg, in whose memory the scholarship is named.

“Receiving this award is a real honour as the scholarship is named after Dr Anita Borg, who devoted her life to breaking down barriers that prevent women from entering technical fields,” said Judith. “The scholarship has really encouraged me to continue to do whatever I can to help set an example and support other women thrive in technical degrees.”

 
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Congratulations to Master student and women in tech advocate Judith Gammie for winning Google's Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship. Keep up the good work, Judith, and if anyone is interested in joining RMIT SWITCH tweet her at @LipSrvcLibrary.

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RMIT opens AU$1.5m data analytics lab | ZDNet

RMIT opens AU$1.5m data analytics lab | ZDNet | RMIT Computer Science & IT - tech news and ICT updates | Scoop.it
Victoria's RMIT University is opening its AU$1.5 million data analytics lab this week in partnership with NICTA, in an initiative expected to help Australian businesses compete on a global scale.
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ZDNet's take on the launch of the NICTA RMIT Data Analytics Lab last week. More than 200 people came to RMIT's SAB building for the launch on Thursday morning, underlining the excitement and interest in this lab and the potential data research benefits, which could be worth $billions to Australia's emerging digital economy. Congratulations to Professors Timos Sellis and Mark Sanderson who will lead the lab.

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Australian Navy using RMIT artificial intelligence simulations for war games training

Australian Navy using RMIT artificial intelligence simulations for war games training | RMIT Computer Science & IT - tech news and ICT updates | Scoop.it
ARTIFICIAL intelligence techniques will be used to model naval commander tactical expertise for maritime warfare simulations.
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John Thangarajah's latest grant with DSTO, to bring AI into naval war games strategy, written up in the Australian. Great work, John!

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Tech in Unusual Places at Melbourne Knowledge Week 2014

Tech in Unusual Places at Melbourne Knowledge Week 2014 | RMIT Computer Science & IT - tech news and ICT updates | Scoop.it

Promoting Melbourne Knowledge Week 2014, CSIT's Lawrence Cavedon speaks to the Guardian about the transformative potential for tech developments on our everyday lives. 

He believes that “so many areas of life have been transformed by ’hidden’ technology”, citing obvious car design to how we now think about data and online shopping that “technology is now so pervasive and we take it so much for granted”.

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Lawrence Cavedon speaking about tech developments while promoting Melbourne Knowledge Week 2014, at which RMIT is exhibiting widely - forums, demos, and much more.

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NICTA RMIT Data Analytics Lab set to open

NICTA RMIT Data Analytics Lab set to open | RMIT Computer Science & IT - tech news and ICT updates | Scoop.it
NICTA is preparing to open a new hub for applied data analytics projects later this month at Melbourne’s RMIT University.
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Great launch today for the NICTA RMIT Data Analytics Lab. CSIT's Professor Mark Sanderson and Professor Timos Sellis will lead the lab and hosted a 200 plus gathering of the great and the good in Australian tech. Big thanks to all involved!

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What does it take to be a Technology Entrepreneur? - RMIT University

What does it take to be a Technology Entrepreneur? - RMIT University | RMIT Computer Science & IT - tech news and ICT updates | Scoop.it

CSIT seminar: What does it take to be a Technology Entrepreneur?
Leni Mayo, Startup Victoria, founding chairman

Date and time: Tuesday 23 September, 2014, 12.30pm - 1.30pm 
Venue: RMIT University, Building 12, Level 10, Room 2 (12.10.02)

You can also register your attendance on Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/events/722004731181349/

Abstract
Leni Mayo is a well-known serial entrepreneur and former winner of the Australian Entrepreneur of the Year. In this talk, Leni will talk about:
What is (and isn't) a startup? What is entrepreneurship?
Risk: Why accept risk? The big picture numbers. Mitigation strategies. Personal implications
Basic concepts: founders vs C-suite employees vs other employees, product/market fit, traction
Why would I want to work at a startup? What is it like?
As a student, what can I do NOW to get ready to work at a startup?
Success stories and survivor bias
Resources and References

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Thinking of launching a tech startup? Find out what it takes from former Australian Entrepreneur of the Year, Leni Mayo, at next Tuesday's lunchtime seminar from 12.30pm.

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