Monash IT achieves new heights in research excellence

The Faculty of IT at Monash University is thrilled to announce its exceptional results in the 2018
Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) ratings.

The Faculty of IT at Monash University is thrilled to announce its exceptional results in the 2018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) ratings.

Following a rigorous assessment process by internationally respected experts, the Australian Research Council (ARC) evaluates the research strengths of Australian universities by discipline every few years.

Although the Faculty improves its ratings each review cycle, 2018 has proved to be a standout.

According to the Dean, Professor Jon Whittle, the latest ratings will strengthen and cement the Faculty’s place on the world stage – particularly in the area of Artificial Intelligence (AI).

“We achieved the highest possible rating for Artificial Intelligence, formally recognising our AI research as 'well above world standard'. More generally, across Australia, a number of our peers also received the top rating, illustrating the potential for AI researchers in Australia to significantly influence this hugely important field,” said Professor Whittle.

Most significantly, these latest ratings have positioned Monash University as the only Australian university rated as 'above world standard' across every category in the field of Information and Computing Sciences.

“Not only have we achieved a rating in every category, we are also rated above world standard in all of them, attesting to our unparalleled excellence in breadth,” Professor Whittle continued.

These outstanding results reflect Monash IT’s significant investment in the technical foundations of AI, as well as in people who understand the social implications of AI.

“Our mission is ‘AI for Social Good’. This means that although we push technological boundaries, we always consider the social impact of our work. We focus on AI applications that have a positive social impact on society.”

Monash University now has the largest group of academic data scientists and AI researchers in the Asia Pacific region, with particular strength in machine learning. It has also recently recruited world-leading experts in Natural Language Processing (NLP), Human-Centred AI and Immersive Analytics.

“Our team includes internationally renowned researchers who specialise in the social implications of AI. We hold extensive expertise on how to explain what AI systems do (to build trust), and on AI system design methods to ensure they better integrate with society,” explained Professor Ann Nicholson, Deputy Dean of Research in the Faculty of IT.

Now firmly at the forefront of innovation, Professor Whittle says that the Faculty will continue to invest heavily in its infrastructure, people and partnerships.

“The 2018 ERA ratings are an exciting validation of the investment and commitment we have made to date. Looking forward, we are more determined than ever to continually drive innovation and make the world a better place for the next generation of leaders. That’s our responsibility and promise as a world-leading research institution.”