Distinguished Visiting Scholars Scheme recipients 2015
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Professor John Traxler, University of Wolverhampton, UK
Position: Professor of Digital Learning
UTS Host: School of Education, Professor Sandy Schuck
John Traxler was the world’s first Professor of Mobile Learning. He led the way in defining and exploring how mobile technologies can extend the reach of education, can enhance and enrich the experience of education, can challenge existing ways of theorising digital learning and latterly how learning itself changes as mobility and connectedness become defining and integral characteristics of all societies.
UTS Business School
Professor Tomas Blomquist, Umea University, Sweden
UTS host: Centre for Management and Organisation Studies, Professor Stuart Clegg and Professor Shankar Sankaran
Professor Blomquist is the head of the UMEA business schools research group on Innovations, Networks and Projects. An expert in innovation, sustainability and creative thinking, Blomquist will work on a number of research projects during his time at UTS, as well as contribute to a number of CMOS seminar series and prospective journal submissions reviews.
Professor Herman van Dijk, VU University, Amsterdam
UTS host: Economics Discipline Group, Professor John Geweke
Professor van Dijk ranks among the top ten econometricians in Europe. While at UTS, Professor van Dijk will work with researchers with shared common interests, including Professor Geweke, Matt Wand and Louise Ryan, and present a research seminar to the Economics Discipline Group and the School of Mathematical Sciences.
Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology
Professor Enrico Drioli, University of Calabria/Hanyang University/King Abdulaziz University
Position: Emeritus Professor/Distinguished Visiting Professor/Distinguished Adjunct professor
UTS host: Centre for Technology in Water and Wastewater (CTWW), Dr Leonard Tijing, Associate Professor Hokyong Shon and Sherub Phuntsho
Professor Drioli is one of the world’s leading authorities in membrane science and technology. He is the founding director of the Institute on Membrane Technology (ITM) in Italy, one of the leading institutions in membrane research. His research focuses on various membrane fundamental properties and mechanisms, and their applications — especially on water purification and gas separation.
Professor Lawrence O’Higgins Hall, University of South Florida
Position: Distinguished University Professor
UTS host: Centre for Quantum Computation and Intelligent Systems, Professor Dacheng Tao
Professor Hall is a world-leading researcher in computer science and information technology. During his time at UTS, Hall will deliver a number of public lectures, and work with Professor Tao on a number of ARC research projects and scope Australian research funding opportunities.
Professor Ketan Mulmuley, University of Chicago, USA
UTS host: Centre for Quantum Computation and Intelligent Systems (QCIS), Professor Mingsheng Ying and Dr Youming Qiao
Professor Mulmuley is well-known for proposing the geometric complexity theory (jointly with M Sohoni), which is one of the few recognised plausible approaches for the celebrated P vs NP problem. He has been a Packard Foundation fellow, and a Guggenheim Foundation fellow.
Professor David Skillicorn, Queen’s University
UTS host: Centre for Quantum Computation and Intelligent Systems, Associate Professor Paul Kennedy
Professor David Skillicorn is a world renowned expert in matrix decomposition methods, big data analytics, and adversarial knowledge discovery applied to terrorism, cybersecurity, crime and fraud, focussing on linguistic and relational data. Professor Skillicorn’s time at UTS will be spent on mentoring researchers and PhD students, exploring potential joint international grant applications, co-authoring papers and investigating the potential for co-supervision of PhD students.
Professor Yiannis Vardaxoglou, Loughborough University, UK
UTS host: Global Big Data Technologies Centre, Professor Jay Guo
Professor Vardaxoglou pioneered the research, design and development of frequency selective surfaces (FSS) for communication systems, metamaterials and low SAR antennas for mobile telephony, and has commercially exploited a number of his inventions. He is widely regarded as an authoritative figure in these fields. He has served as a consultant to various industries, holds five patents and is the founder and technical director of Antrum Ltd.
Associate Professor Jingang Yi, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Position: Associate Professor
UTS host: UTS Centre for Autonomous Systems, Professor Dikai Liu
Associate Professor Yi is a renowned expert in autonomous robotic systems, dynamic systems and control, mechatronics, automation science and engineering, with applications to biomedical systems, civil infrastructure, and transportation systems. During his visit to UTS, Associate Professor Yi will aim to foster further research between UTS and Rutgers in the areas of robotics and automation sciences and technology, and contribute to joint research publications.
Professor Yanqiu Zhu, University of Exeter
UTS host: Centre for Technology in Water and Wastewater, Professor John Zhou
A leading scientist in functional materials, Professor Zhu’s research is at the cutting-edge of material science and engineering. His time at UTS will be focussed on establishing joint HDR supervision programs, joint applications of research grants and developing high quality international research links in the areas of water and energy.
Faculty of Health
Professor Fernando Fernandez-Llimos, University of Lisbon-Portugal
Position: Assistant Professor
UTS host: Graduate School of Pharmacy, Professor Shalom Benrimoj and Dr Daniel Sabater-Hernández
Professor Fernando Fernandez-Llimos is a leading researcher in the area of pharmacy practice and social pharmacy. At UTS, Professor Fernandez-Llimos will participate in a number of literature reviews, provide mentoring to five HDR students in pharmacy practice and continue his research collaboration with Professor Benrimoj to measure the clinical, economic and humanistic impact of a medication review with follow-up in a Spanish community pharmacy.
Graduate School of Health
Dr Fiona Rowe, University of Liverpool, UK
Position: Reader, NIHR Fellow
UTS host: Discipline of Orthoptics, Professor Kathryn Rose
Dr Rowe has made an outstanding contribution to research in the broad area of orthoptics and in particular to the key area of evidence-based practice in the diagnosis and management of stroke and brain injury related eye conditions. Among her many contributions, Dr Rowe is the Director of Research for the British and Irish Orthoptic Society (BIOS), Cochrane editor for the Eyes and Vision group and Chair of the Cheshire and Merseyside Allied Health Professions Research Network.
Faculty of Science
Professor David Allen Hutchins, University of Southern California
UTS host: Plant Functional Biology and Climate Change Cluster, Associate Professor Martina Doblin
Professor David Hutchins is an esteemed international researcher and leader in the field of marine ecology and biogeochemistry. As the current PI on a current ARC DP with Associate Professor Martina Doblin, Professor Hutchins will progress the aims of this project through his visit to UTS by helping to design field and laboratory experiments, and help synthesise and interpret experimental results to assess the capacity of Australian phytoplankton to acclimatise to simultaneous ocean acidification and warming.
Dr Frances M Van Dolah, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, USA
Position: Research Biochemist
UTS host: C3, Plant Functional Biology and Climate Change Cluster, Associate Professor Shauna Murray
Dr Van Dolah has been a leading researcher in the field of Marine Biotoxins and Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) for 20 years. Her development of rapid assays for algal toxins have been used to replace live animal toxin testing, in particular, the development of a receptor binding assay for paralytic shellfish toxins that has received international accreditation as an AOAC Official Method of Analysis, and resulted in her being awarded the NOAA Technology Transfer Award. She is sought after by government agencies, and has worked closely with the UN to assist developing countries with capacity building and implementation of detection methods for monitoring marine toxins in fish and shellfish.
Professor Yadong Yin, University of California, USA
Position: Professor of Chemistry
UTS host: School of Physics and Advanced Materials, Professor Dayong Jin
Professor Yin is a highly cited research leader, ranked second in material science and 55th in chemical science in the world for the last decade. He has made pioneering advances in the development of functional nanostructured materials for photonic, catalytic, bioanalytical, and energy applications through unique tools including chemical synthesis, surface functionalisation, and self-assembly techniques.
Institute for Sustainable Futures
Dr Andy Cosh, Judge Business School, Cambridge University, UK
Position: Assistant Director
UTS host: Institute for Sustainable Futures, Dr Samantha Sharpe
Dr Cosh is Programme Director for Enterprise and Innovation and Assistant Director of the Centre for Business Research at the University of Cambridge. He was one of the founder members of the Judge Business School at the university. He has carried out research for the ESRC, EPSRC, European Commission, UK Department of Trade and Investment, Department of Education and Employment, Department for Education and Skills, Business Innovation and Skills, Eurostat, Financial Services Association and the British Bankers Association.