Monash IT academic recognised by Young Tall Poppy Science Award

11 October 2019

Associate Professor, Cybersecurity and Software, Aamir Cheema, has been selected as one of the outstanding early career researchers to receive a 2019 Victorian Tall Poppy Science Award.

The prestigious annual Young Tall Poppy Science Awards aim to recognise the achievements of Australia’s outstanding young scientific researchers and communicators.

Aamir was recognised for his outstanding research track record and his community engagement. His current research aims at designing a ubiquitous WiFi-based indoor positioning system and techniques to enable various indoor location-based applications such as helping visually impaired people navigate indoor venues, directing people to safe exits during emergency evacuations, tracking staff and equipment in hospitals and providing location-based shopping assistance for customers.

Aamir has won numerous prestigious awards/honours including 2012 Malcolm Chaikin Prize for Research Excellence in Engineering, 2013 Discovery Early Career Researcher Award, 2014 Dean’s Award for Excellence in Research by an ECR, 2018 Future Fellowship, 2018 Monash Student Association Teaching Award, and several best paper awards and nominations. He is an Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering - the best journal in his field.

Aamir is enthusiastic about his research and computer science in general. His passion for promoting computer science to the community is evident by his voluntary involvement in various activities that are beyond his expected academic duties. He has been organising several annual programming competitions for undergraduate students since 2014. He was also the state director of Australian Informatics Olympiad Committee in Victoria, and organised programming competitions for Victorian high school students with different prior exposure to programming. He was the president of Insaf Research Wing Australia, a think tank aiming to develop policies for problems in Pakistan, which demonstrates his international outreach. He was also the president of the Australian chapter of National Academy of Young Scientists (NAYS) Pakistan, which aims to develop a strong support network and to provide collaboration opportunities between young or aspiring scientists in Pakistan and Australia.

Selection criteria for the award included outstanding research and academic achievement as well as excellence in communication and community engagement to promote an understanding of science.

The Award winners, ‘Tall Poppies’, will participate in education and community outreach programs in which they become role models to inspire school students and the broader community about the possibilities of science. This involves a range of other science promotion activities for school students, teachers and the broader community, including visits to schools, educational seminars, workshops, public talks and other activities.

The prestigious annual awards event was held at the Australian School of Entrepreneurship (AGSE) at Swinburne University on 10 October.

Congratulations to Aamir on this achievement.

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