Monash staff recognised at national awards

5 December 2016

Geoff Webb Disruptor Trophy
Disruptor Trophy

Two members of Monash University’s Faculty of Information Technology were acknowledged as leaders in their field at the Australian Computer Society’s 2016 Digital Disruptors awards.

Professor Geoff Webb won the ICT Researcher of the Year award for contributions to the field of data science, while Ms Gail Bourne was a finalist in the ICT Educator of the Year category and was named a Gold Disruptor for her work on the innovative Postgraduate Industry Experience program.

Professor Webb is head of the Monash University Centre for Data Science, and one of the world’s leading researchers in the field. In recognition of his influential research contributions, he has also won the 2016 Australasian Artificial Intelligence Distinguished  Research Contributions Award.

His research is focussed on how to use data to best support effective evidence-based decision making and derive useful knowledge and insights. His interests span artificial intelligence, machine learning, data mining, data analytics and big data and he has invented many machine learning algorithms and  techniques.

Professor Webb said that he was honoured to receive the award.

“This is a tremendous acknowledgement, not only of my contributions, but also of the extraordinary team we have built at Monash,” he said

Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Information Technology, Professor Ann Nicholson, congratulated both Professor Webb and Ms Bourne on their awards.

“The Gold Disruptor award is a well-deserved recognition for the wonderful Masters Industry Experience program designed and delivered by Gail and the rest of the team.

“Geoff really is a leader in his field, and a deserving winner of both of the awards he has recently received. With his contributions and those of his colleagues, Monash has the strongest group of data scientists at any research institution in the Asia Pacific region, ”  she said.

The Australasian-AI Distinguished Research Contributions Award is given to an individual or a group with influential research contributions to the field of Artificial Intelligence.  The award will be presented at the Australasian AI conference in Hobart this week.


Information Technology; Research