MArVL members awarded over $1M in ARC DP2014 funding

Congratulations to MArVL members who were awarded over AUD $1,177,000 in ARC Discovery project funding in the 2014 round. Successful projects are listed below:

DP140100077 — Marriott, Prof Kimbal G; Dwyer, Dr Timothy G; Wybrow, Dr Michael; Li, Dr Yuan-Fang; Schreiber, Prof Dr Falk
Total: $687,000.00

Data is increasingly organised as networks. Visualisation is a key way to understand networks. This project plans to develop a new paradigm for this task. Using modern generic constrained optimisation techniques it will produce layouts for small graphs whose quality is similar to that produced by hand, something that is not possible with current approaches. These algorithms will then be used to visualise large graphs. Instead of simply trying to visualise every node and link in the graph. The project will develop techniques to extract useful subsets or abstractions that are as small possible, yet sufficient to answer targeted queries. The techniques for producing small high-quality diagrams will then be applicable to presenting these focused visualisations.

DP140100058 — Garcia de la Banda, Prof Maria J; Wallace, Prof Mark G; Tack, Dr Guido; Dwyer, Dr Timothy G
Total: $490,000.00

Finding optimum solutions to problems is one of the most common challenges in planning. It pervades all aspects of our social, environmental and economic life. However, designing programs that can solve optimisation problems effectively requires an iterative process that is often extremely challenging, time consuming and costly. For large-scale problems, this process can become impractical. This project will investigate methods to profile and understand program performance. The results will help users to design scalable, efficient optimisation programs. This will in turn allow organisations large and small to reap the benefits of optimisation technology and, thus, make more efficient use of their resources.

Michael Wybrow wins Dean’s ECR Award for Excellence in Research

Michael Wybrow has been awarded the FIT Dean’s Award for Excellence in Research by an Early Career Researcher:

After consideration of applications by a Faculty selection panel, the Associate Dean (Research), David Green is pleased to announce on behalf of the Faculty the following awardees:

FIT Dean’s Award for Excellence in Research by an Early Career Researcher – Dr Michael Wybrow

Dr Wybrow will be nominated for the Vice-Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence. Congratulations Michael.

GraVVITAS given commendation in Vice-Chancellors’s Social Inclusion Awards

I’m delighted to report that, at the VC’s Social Inclusion Awards lunch held today, a Commendation was given to Cagatay Goncu, Kim Marriott and John Hurst. This recognises their work on the GraVVITAS project which was the subject of Cagatay’s PhD and is being developed further under an ARC Linkage Grant.

Congratulations to Cagatay, Kim and John!

PhD studentships – Information Visualisation in Biological Research

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Two studentships are available within a collaborative research project between the Warwick Systems Biology Centre (University of Warwick) and the Faculty of Information Technology (Monash University). These studentships offer a unique opportunity to be part of a new and exciting interdisciplinary research project between the UK and Australia, combining complementary expertise in systems biology and visualization at the two institutions. We welcome applications from students with first-degree training in bioscience or physical sciences such as mathematics and computer science. The essential requirement is that you have the drive to combine these disciplines to answer biological questions using novel visualizations.

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Honourable Mention, Touch of Genius awards 2012

Congratulations to Cagatay Goncu, Kim Marriott and John Hurst who have received an Honourable Mention in the 2012 Touch of Genius awards, National Braille Press, for their work on GraVVITAS!

You can see the full announcement at here. The text of the award is copied below.

Honorable Mention

A $5,000 Honorable Mention was awarded to the team of Cagatay Concu, Kim Marriot, and John Hurst for their submission of “GraVVITAS: Graphics Viewer using Vibration, Interactive Touch, Audio and Speech.” GraVVITAS is a multi-modal presentation device which uses touch screen and haptic feedback technologies to provide access to graphics for blind people. A data glove equipped with vibrating motors provides haptic feedback when the finger is over a graphic element on the tablet computer. GraVVITAS also provides speech and 3D non-speech audio feedback to help the user with navigation.

Dr. Cagatay Goncu, Prof. Kim Marriott, and Assoc. Prof. John Hurst began this project in 2008 as part of Goncu’s PhD studies, collaborating with domain experts from Vision Australia and conducting usability studies with blind participants. Gonchu, a research fellow at Monash University, focuses on universal accessibility, multi-modal human computer interaction, tactile graphics, and information visualization. Marriott leads the Monash Adaptive Visualisation Lab (MArVL) at Monash University and inspired this project after realizing how important accessible graphics were in education for a blind second year university student. Hurst is an adjunct associate professor at Monash University whose passion is helping students in their learning processes and researching into technology-supported learning.

Last 2012 Lab meeting / BBQ

Our last was group meeting for 2012 was held at a house in Beddoe Avenue, adjoining the University campus. We decided to hold the meeting there since Tim and his family were living in the house at the time, but also because the research group was once located in one of these houses for a year during a time when the University was low on space! Kim talks about the memories of having afternoon BBQs, drinks and games of Pétanque, and his eyes gloss over as he thinks back to the glory days. Thus, it was only fitting have a BBQ for the meeting and dust off the Pétanque set for a few games in the sunshine.

A few photos from the day follow.

Lab members playing Pétanque at a house on Beddoe Avenue.  A group tradition started many years ago when the research group was once based there!

Lab members playing Pétanque at a house on Beddoe Avenue. A group tradition started many years ago when the research group was once based there!

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