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RMIT's School of Computer Science and Information Technology

RMIT's School of Computer Science and Information Technology | RMIT Computer Science & IT - tech news and ICT updates | Scoop.it

Internationally recognised for research and also one of Australia’s largest and most industry-focused program providers in the field of information and communication technologies (ICT).

Top group of eight Australian universities for Computer Science and Information Systems (QS World University Rankings).
Top 100 universities worldwide for Computer Science and Information Systems (QS World University Rankings).
1st in Asia and Oceania (12th globally) over the past 5 years for Information Retrieval research (Microsoft Academic Search).

Check out the School's home page on the RMIT website to find out more about our research, our programs and what else we do.

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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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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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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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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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Paper trail leads William to academic heights

Paper trail leads William to academic heights | RMIT Computer Science & IT - tech news and ICT updates | Scoop.it

Having your thesis passed would be cause enough to start celebrating for most students, but Computer Science PhD William Raffe also discovered that he was getting a paper published in one of the top peer-reviewed journals in his field.

The paper, “An Integrated Approach to Personalised Procedural Map Generation using Evolutionary Algorithms“, was published in IEEE Transactions on Computational Intelligence and AI in Games, which is a journal produced by IEEE (The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers), and is considered the top journal for Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Games (with an impact factor of 1.694).

RMITComputer Science&IT's insight:

There's a new Doctor this week. No, not Doctor Who ('Who' indeed?!), but Dr William Raffe! William's PhD thesis has just been confirmed as 'passed' today, so the celebrations just roll on. Well done!

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Choosing where to live just got easier, thanks to an RMIT designed housing tool for mobile devices

Choosing where to live just got easier, thanks to an RMIT designed housing tool for mobile devices | RMIT Computer Science & IT - tech news and ICT updates | Scoop.it
HOME buyers and renters may benefit from a new national housing assessment tool that could see a “grassroots shift’’ in the way cities evolve.

The tool is a component of a $435,000 ARC Linkage grant with RMIT, SJB Urban and the Metropolitan Planning Authority in Victoria. It has also received support from the Telematics Trust.

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An early version of this housing tool was recently awarded a Victorian ­iAward, in the UG category. Congrats to Shishir Chawla! His supervisors, Professor Lin Padgham and Dhirendra Singh, are now involved in the grant project to develop the tool with SJB Urban.

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RMIT flicks switch on multi-sensor monitoring system

RMIT flicks switch on multi-sensor monitoring system | RMIT Computer Science & IT - tech news and ICT updates | Scoop.it
RMIT University has developed a wireless multi-sensor monitoring system aimed at putting the “internet of things’’ into the hands of ordinary people.
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Flora Salim talking sensor monitoring systems with The Australian, while plugging the EnviS sensor cloud services platform for Android, which is currently seeking an industry sponsor. Contact flora.salim@rmit.edu.au if interested.

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IEEE Computer Society Launches New Magazine on Cloud Computing

IEEE Computer Society Launches New Magazine on Cloud Computing | RMIT Computer Science & IT - tech news and ICT updates | Scoop.it

IEEE Computer Society Launches New Magazine on Cloud Computing. Our own Professor Zahir Tari is on the editorial board.

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Well done, Zahir! On the editorial board of IEEE's new cloud computing magazine

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Boeing scholarships for CSIT students at Science Awards night

Boeing scholarships for CSIT students at Science Awards night | RMIT Computer Science & IT - tech news and ICT updates | Scoop.it

Computer Science and IT students took out four of the five Boeing scholarships awarded at RMIT’s Science Prizes ceremony, held on 15 May 2014 at Storey Hall, Melbourne. The School of Computer Science and IT is one of four science schools at RMIT University, yet its students dominated the Boeing scholarships – the only awards competed for by students from all the science schools. 

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Congratulations to all our student award winners!

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PhD completed, future looking bright for Dr Daniel

PhD completed, future looking bright for Dr Daniel | RMIT Computer Science & IT - tech news and ICT updates | Scoop.it

After all the study Daniel Macías Galindo can finally relax as the erstwhile PhD student at RMIT’s School of Computer Science and IT (CSIT) has received his glowing reports from his examiners that confirm his completion.

Currently employed as on Ontologist for Sensis, Daniel had been an active and popular member of the CSIT research student community during his studies. 

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Great work, Daniel - and good luck with your future career!

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Security tool to break ground in medicine

Security tool to break ground in medicine | RMIT Computer Science & IT - tech news and ICT updates | Scoop.it
A large-scale security simulation tool for supervisory control and data acquisition systems could be adapted for the medical field.
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The Australian newspaper picking up Zahir's story too, except with a new angle - great work, Zahir! 

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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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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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RMIT called up to bring artificial intelligence to naval war games

RMIT called up to bring artificial intelligence to naval war games | 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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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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Professor Sellis explains Big Data potential to Australia’s financial sector leaders

Professor Sellis explains Big Data potential to Australia’s financial sector leaders | RMIT Computer Science & IT - tech news and ICT updates | Scoop.it

After speaking in Melbourne at a major conference for business leaders, RMIT Big Data expert Professor Timos Sellis was off to Sydney to present the same seminar at the event’s second leg a day later.

The conference was one of the biggest ANZ Technology & Innovation events for the financial sector, featuring top financial services institutions such as Westpac, ANZ, GE Capital, Commonwealth Bank and BT Financial Group. 

As one of the keynote topics on the conference agenda, Professor Sellis explained how to harness big data analytics for improved business and customer insights. 

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Timos Sellis spreading the gospel according to Big Data - this time, to leaders of Australia's financial sector. 

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A computer pretending to be a 13-year-old boy - has the Turing Test really been passed? asks CSIT's Xiaodong Li

A computer pretending to be a 13-year-old boy - has the Turing Test really been passed? asks CSIT's Xiaodong Li | RMIT Computer Science & IT - tech news and ICT updates | Scoop.it
Is it really possible to deceive people into thinking a computer is a 13-year-old boy using the Turing Test - and does that say more about adolescents or increasingly sophisticated programming?
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Great interview with Xiaodong Li for The Age's 'Science Matters', in which he questions the Turing Test approach to assessing computer simulations of human behaviour

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Clean sweep for RMIT in student iAwards at ICT industry gala night

Clean sweep for RMIT in student iAwards at ICT industry gala night | RMIT Computer Science & IT - tech news and ICT updates | Scoop.it

RMIT student projects claimed both the undergraduate and postgraduate prizes at the 2014 Victorian iAwards, a showpiece industry event to celebrate the best of the best of Victoria’s ICT scene.

RMITComputer Science&IT's insight:

PG category iAward winner, EnviS wireless multi-sensor network, needs an industry sponsor. Interested? Contact Flora Salim - flora.salim@rmit.edu.au

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Patrolling the cyber frontier: RMIT researchers making software to repel hack attacks

Patrolling the cyber frontier: RMIT researchers making software to repel hack attacks | RMIT Computer Science & IT - tech news and ICT updates | Scoop.it

Rogue attackers are increasingly targeting the computer systems of critical infrastructure such as power stations, roads and public transport.

Professor Zahir Tari and his team at RMIT have been working on creating better security and protection for supervisory control and data acquisition systems (known as SCADA), which control infrastructure such as electricity, gas, water, waste management, railways and traffic.

"Disruptions of such systems may cause outcomes ranging from financial disasters to loss of life," Tari says.

Funded by the Australian Research Council, the project also involved the University of Sydney and Qatar University.
RMITComputer Science&IT's insight:

Cyber attacks and hacking are the weapons of the future, according to Professor Zahir Tari.

"There will be future wars based on this - you don't need to attack a country's military when you can attack it economically. If you stop the electrical system of New York, New York will collapse."

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Timos Sellis leading Big Data revolution for emergency services and disaster management

Timos Sellis leading Big Data revolution for emergency services and disaster management | RMIT Computer Science & IT - tech news and ICT updates | Scoop.it

Information technology is now more vital than ever to emergency services. 

Which is why Professor Timos Sellis's research into data management aims to deliver highly detailed information to frontline responders.

Sellis is researching ways to collect data on the move, otherwise known as positional streaming. "Positional streams is streaming data that carries position information," he says.

"Disaster management is very important in Australia and a lot of these applications need to know how people are moving in the city when they try to evacuate or they need to be directed during an evacuation. So it's all based on streaming information that you collect about people moving."

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Exciting times for data research at RMIT!

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Master of Computing, PhD Computer Science / Feng Xie | RMIT University - YouTube

Feng Xie completed a Master of Computing at RMIT University, and is currently a PhD candidate at the school of Computer Science and Information Technology. T...
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This time, Feng's video in English!

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