Faculty attracts over $1 million in ARC funding

19 January 2017

Digital Divas

Several researchers from the Faculty of Information Technology at Monash University were successful in the recent round of funding announcements from the Australian Research Council.

Dr Joanne Evans and her colleagues were granted $542,500 for their project, Rights in records by design. This three year project aims to design and develop a Lifelong Living Archive for children who experience out-of-home care.

Children cared for out-of-home need quality recordkeeping systems to develop and nurture their sense of identity and connectedness; account for their care experiences throughout their lives; and detect, report, investigate and take action against child neglect and abuse. The research team will explore  how smarter use of digital and networking technologies can better support the lifelong information needs of children who experience family dislocation. They will investigate how responsive recordkeeping systems designed around multiple rights in records could better ensure the highest standards and continuity  of care.

The research project forms part of the Setting the Record Straight: For the Rights of the Child initiative.

Other researchers who will contribute to the project include Associate Professor Jacqueline Wilson from Federation University, Professor Sue McKemmish from the Centre for Organisational and Social Informatics at Monash University, Associate Professor Philip Mendes from the Department of Social  Work at Monash University, Professor Keir Reeves from Federation University and Dr Jane Bone from the Faculty of Education at Monash University.

Dr Francois Petitjean received a Discovery Early Career Researcher Award for his research into time series classification for new-generation Earth observation satellites. This award provides funding for Dr Petitjean’s salary to focus on this research for a three year period, as  well as funds to support the project costs.

This project aims to develop time series classification methods for satellite images, to produce accurate temporal land-cover maps. Latest generation satellites have just begun imaging Earth frequently, completely, in high-resolution, and at no charge to end-users – an unprecedented opportunity  to monitor the flux of our planet's systems. However, time series classification techniques do not scale to handle such a wealth of data.

Dr Petitjean anticipates that the time series technologies developed through his research will be applicable in agriculture planning, fire prevention, and disaster mapping, and that substantially greater value can be derived from significant investments into Earth Observation programmes.

This research grant caps off a stellar year for Dr Petitjean. Not only did he receive funding from the US Air Force Office of Scientific Research, he also won both the 2016 Victorian Young Achiever Award in the Research Impact category and the 2016 Dean's Award for Research Impact (Economic and Social Impact). 

Dr Tom Chandler is a chief investigator on a project led by Dr Richard Peters from the Animal Behaviour Group at La Trobe University. Their research will look at environmental constraints on animal behaviour, with the aim of determining how habitat structure, weather and motion vision  influence animal behaviour.

The project will focus on Australia’s dragon lizards, and place their motion displays in a visual-ecological context. Drawing upon footage of wild lizards and their habitats, Dr Chandler will create sophisticated 3D virtual environments that can be manipulated to simulate different conditions.

Dr Peters and Dr Chandler expect that the outcome of their project will be a more complete picture of the signalling context, which could advance research into sensory ecology, vision science and animal behaviour, with practical applications in artificial intelligence and derived benefits for education  and community engagement in biology.


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