Distinguished Visiting Scholars Scheme recipients 2017
Faculty of Design, Architecture and Building
Professor Peter Bishop, Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London, United Kingdom
Position: Professor of Urban Design
UTS host: Faculty of Design, Architecture and Building, Dr Tarsha Finney and Professor Rob Roggema
Professor Bishop is an urban planner and designer, whose research considers the strategies and approaches that can be employed to shape cities within their social, economic and political forces. His current projects include a comparative study of the mechanics of major development schemes in collaboration with ETH Zurich, Harvard University and the Government of Singapore. Professor Bishop is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
Professor Miia Martinsuo, Centre for Research on Operations, Projects and Services, Tampere University of Technology, Finland
Position: Director, Professor of Industrial Management
UTS host: School of Built Environment, DAB, Associate Professor Catherine Killen and Professor Shankar Sankaran
Professor Martinsuo has had a significant impact within the field of project portfolio and program management, through her conceptual and empirical studies in these fields over the last 15 years. Her current research interests include managing programs in uncertain business environments, value-based decision making in the circular economy, and strategic manufacturing innovations. She is an active participant across a number of European research platforms including the European Academy of Management and the NITIM Network (Networks, Information Technology and Innovation Management).
Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology
Professor Carlos Balaguer Bernaldo de Quirós, The University Carlos III of Madrid, Spain
UTS Host: School of Electrical, Mechanical and Mechatronic Systems, Associate Professor Quang Ha
Professor Balaguer is one of the pioneer robotics scientists in Spain, having started research in the subject in the early 80s. He is a professor at the University Carlos III of Madrid, one of Spain’s leading research universities. Professor Balaguer has been President of the International Association of Automation in Construction, Editor of IEEE Robotics and Automation magazine and is currently elected member of the Board of Directors of euRobotics Association and editor of the international journal Automation in Construction.
Professor Jiebo Luo, Department of Computer Science, University of Rochester, United States of America
Position: Professor of Computer Science
UTS host: Global Big Data Technologies Centre and Advanced Analytics Institute, Associate Professor Jian Zhang
Professor Luo has more than 20 years’ experience in His research interests include signal and image processing, pattern recognition, computer vision, and the related multi-disciplines such as multimedia data mining, biomedical informatics, computational photography, human-computer interaction, as well as mobile and ubiquitous computing. He is a Kodak Distinguished Inventor, a winner of the 2004 Eastman Innovation Award, a Data Science CoE Distinguished Researcher with the Goergen Institute for Data Science, and a Fellow of the SPIE, IAPR, and IEEE.
Dr Peter de Maagt, European Space Agency, The Netherlands
Position: Head of the Antenna and Submillimetre Wave Section
UTS host: Global Big Data Technologies Centre, Professor Jay Guo
Dr de Maagt is a program manager with the European Space Research and Technology Centre in the Netherlands. His research interests include millimetre and submillimetre-wave reflector and planar integrated antennas, quasi-optics, electromagnetic bandgap antennas and submillimetre-wave components. He is an IEEE Fellow and Distinguished Lecturer.
Graduate School of Health
Professor Roshan das Nair, University of Nottingham, United Kingdom
Position: Professor of Clinical Psychology and Neuropsychology
UTS host: Graduate School of Health, Professor Ian Kneebone
Professor das Nair is a world-renowned researcher in the application of clinical psychology and neuropsychology to physical health problems and evaluation of complex interventions, most notable in neurological conditions. He has run large global, multi-disciplinary clinical trials on cognitive rehabilitation in traumatic brain injuries and multiple sclerosis, designed to definitively answer questions around the clinical and cost-effectiveness of cognitive rehabilitation.
Faculty of Law
Professor Martyn Pickersgill, Usher Institute for Population Health Sciences, University of Edinburgh, Scotland
Position: Wellcome Trust Reader in Social Studies of Biomedicine
UTS host: Faculty of Law, Professor Karen O’Connell
Professor Pickersgill is an award-winning scholar at the University of Edinburgh, whose work is situated at the intersection between science and technology studies, and interdisciplinary bioethics, including legal studies. His specific interests relate to the mutual shaping of biomedicine, governance and identity. Professor Pickersgill sits on a number of prestigious decision-making panels, such as the Bioscience for Society Strategy Panel, within the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council. He was a founding member of the Mason Institute for Medicine, Life Sciences and Law in the UK.
Faculty of Science
Professor Michael Behrenfeld, College of Agricultural Sciences, Oregon State University, United States of America
Position: Professor of Botany and Pathology
UTS host: Climate Change Cluster, Associate Professor David Suggett
Professor Behrenfeld is an expert in microalgal physiology and remote sensing, and has extensive knowledge in algal eco-physiology and aquatic productivity. His pioneering breakthroughs include novel paradigms of how the environment regulates phytoplankton productivity through physiological mechanisms and resource allocation. He has transformed oceanography by producing innovative new models to measure phytoplankton production from space, and has applied these models to yield estimates of global ocean atmospheric CO2 sequestration and productivity under present day and future climates.
Professor Jean-Claude Bünzli, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland
Position: Emeritus Professor
UTS host: Faculty of Science (IBMD), Professor Dayong Jin
Professor Bünzli is a distinguished researcher in the field of inorganic chemistry, with a focus on the application of rare earths to biomedical technologies. He has contributed more than 30 years’ knowledge and expertise to the physical sciences community, with visiting scholarships all over the world. With an H index of 66, he is a world-renowned expert in his field.
Professor Lori Burrows, Department of Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences, McMaster University, Canada
Position: Professor and Associate Chair, Research
UTS host: ithree institute, Associate Professor Cynthia Whitchurch
Professor Burrows is an internationally recognised microbiologist who studies type IV pilus (T4P)-mediated twitching motility, biofilm formation and antibiotic resistance in opportunistic pathogen Pseudomonas aeruginosa. She has made seminal contributions to our understanding of the structure and function of the T4P system and the regulation of its function. Professor Burrows is a Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology, and a Cluster Chair of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Project Grant Program.
Professor Ravel is a recognised world-leader in the field of the vaginal microbiome. His specific interests are in the application of modern genomic approaches to the field of women’s health. His pioneering work has demonstrated there are several different kinds of vaginal microbiome, differing in composition and abundance of complex bacterial communities, correlating with different disease states and risks. Professor Ravel is a leader within the National Institutes of Health (NIH) human microbiome project.