The 2015 winners of the Vice-Chancellor’s Awards for Research Excellence were announced at an awards dinner on 15 October. Please click on the categories below to view the winners for each.
- Chancellor’s Medal for Exceptional Research
- Deputy Vice-Chancellor’s (Research) Medal for Research Impact
- UTS Medal for Teaching and Research Integration
- Early Career Research Excellence
- Research Support
- Researcher Development (including Supervision)
- Research Excellence through Collaboration
Chancellor’s Medal for Exceptional Research
There was one winner, and one highly commended in this category in 2015.
Congratulations to Professor Dacheng Tao, from the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology.
Professor Dacheng Tao collaborates with an international network of academic and industry-based peers to help computers better interpret data captured from the real world. Together, the team has invented subspace learning models that meaningfully reduce the complexity of captured data. Their theoretical and algorithmic findings have diverse applications, from video surveillance to consumer electronics.
Highly commended was Professor Liz Harry, from the Faculty of Science.
Professor Liz Harry’s research is focused on bacterial cell division and how it is regulated in time and space to ensure accurate partitioning of DNA between two newborn cells. She also partners with industry in the development of novel antibiotics that target this process in pathogens, and examines how natural products function as effective therapeutics for infectious disease.
More information about the Chancellor’s Medal for Exceptional Research award.
Deputy Vice-Chancellor’s (Research) Medal for Research Impact
There were two joint winners in this category in 2015.
Congratulations to Professor Andrew Mowbray, from the Faculty of Law.
Professor Andrew Mowbray co-founded the Australasian Legal Information Institute (AustLII), a joint research initiative of the Law Faculties of UTS and UNSW. Based on research funded by 25 ARC grants, plus contributions and research contracts from industry and other organisations, AustLII provides the national free access legal database, used by the legal profession, government, courts, education institutions and the public.
Congratulations also to Professor Claude Roux, from the Faculty of Science.
Professor Claude Roux has been fundamental to the development of forensic science in Australia over the past 20 years, promoting it from an embryonic and disparate discipline to a research-based and coherent discipline of international standing. He has an international reputation in forensic science research and has contributed to promoting Australia as a global leader in this field.
More information about the Deputy Vice-Chancellor’s (Research) Medal for Research Impact award.
UTS Medal for Teaching and Research Integration
Congratulations to Associate Professor Bronwyn O'Brien, from the Faculty of Science.
Associate Professor Bronwyn O'Brien’s pedagogical research and teaching practice has been focused on the development of an authentic symbiosis between research and learning & teaching. This authenticity is illustrated by her development of a research-driven, research-oriented, research-facilitated, and research-lived curriculum for Advanced Immunology (subject number 91359).
Highly commended was Dr Thalia Anthony, from the Faculty of Law.
Dr Thalia Anthony had made outstanding contributions to Indigenous legal research and translation of this research into classroom, online and experienced-based learning activities. Signifiers of this integration of her research into teaching are her publications on Indigenous legal education and leadership in international networks which incorporate Indigenous research in legal education.
More information about the UTS Medal for Teaching and Research Integration award.
Early Career Research Excellence
There was one winner, and two highly commended in this category in 2015.
Congratulations to Associate Professor Igor Aharonovich, from the Faculty of Science.
More information about the Early Career Research Excellence award.
More information about the Research Support award.
Researcher Development (including Supervision)
Congratulations to Professor Saravanamuth Vigneswaran, from the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology
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Research Excellence through Collaboration
There were joint winners in this category in 2015.
More information about the Research Excellence through Collaboration award.
Congratulations to all award recipients!