To empower greater links with RMIT, the CSIRO has appointed Professor Athman Bouguettaya, Head of the School of Computer Science and IT, as an Adjunct Science Fellow with the CSIRO ICT Centre.
The CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation) is Australia’s national science agency.
CSIRO Adjunct Fellowships are offered only to scientists who have demonstrated eminence in their field.
Professor Bouguettaya said he was honoured to be recognised and said the appointment was a great opportunity for the School.
"This is the highest level of research recognition within CSIRO, which is the peak scientific research institution in Australia and the largest in the southern hemisphere, so this is a big deal," he said.
"However, for the School this also means that we’ll have access to CSIRO scientists, projects and students, so I’ll try to leverage this appointment to establish collaborative projects and PhD top-ups."
This honorary appointment is for three years, starting this month. Professor Bouguettaya will primarily be engaged in fostering research collaboration between RMIT and CSIRO’s ICT Centre.
However, this work will also involve the co-supervising of students; mentoring junior ICT Centre research staff; advising CSIRO ICT Centre on strategic initiatives; and seeking joint external engagements that will provide funding for a joint CSIRO/RMIT research project.
"This is great news and a real opportunity for RMIT to work more closely with CSIRO in the Information Technology area," Professor Peter Coloe, Pro Vice-Chancellor Science, Engineering and Health and Vice-President, said.