Professor Paul Bonnington

Monash eResearch Centre

Short biography

Professor Paul Bonnington serves on the steering committees for the Victorian Life Sciences Computing Initiative and National Computational Infrastructure's Specialist Facility for Imaging and Visualisation. Paul is also a member of CSIRO's eResearch Council. He served as the Chair of the Steering Committee for the Australian National Data Service Establishment Project. Paul's research interests lie in Combinatorial Computing, and Discrete and Computational Geometry


World class environments for research require the orchestration of specialised instruments, data storage and processing facilities, and advanced data visualisation environments. The Clayton Innovation Precinct is now home to a world-unique trifecta to support this vision:

  1. World-class scientific instruments located at Monash University, CSIRO, Australian Synchrotron and affiliated medical research institutes;
  2. Unique data processing capabilities of the Multi-modal Australian ScienceS Imaging and Visualisation Environment (MASSIVE) HPC facility; and
  3. A world-class immersive visualisation environment for data analysis and collaboration (the CAVE2).

The way in which scientists apply these three capabilities in concert will be the archetype of the way research will be performed in the 21st century. Indeed, research instrumentation is now predominantly digital and it is producing an exponentially growing mountain of research data. There is also increasing demand from researchers to have their data accessible anywhere anytime and in some cases there is the added need to maintain accurate records securely and safely for extended periods of time. This data deluge from instrumentation has driven many of the projects completed by MeRC in 2013. The inhuman qualities of research data drive the need for our advanced computing infrastructure, such as MASSIVE, for data capture, storage, management, processing, analysis and visualisation. Advanced visualisation is providing new tools and methods to represent big data leading to better understand and insight. The highest quality digital lenses, such as the CAVE2 immersive visualisation environment, enable researchers to see and discover phenomena that they might not otherwise see, somewhat akin to the earlier discoveries made possible with the microscope. It is through the projects reported here, and others completed and supported by the Monash eResearch Centre, that we are providing opportunities for Australian scientists to think about research differently and undertake research in new ways.

MIME Theme

high performance computing, modelling, simulation, visualisation, data processing, data management, imaging, computational science, data