Each Enabling Capability Platform (ECP) Director is an international leader in their field and highly skilled in establishing multidisciplinary networks with industry partners.
Ivan Cole is a recognised world leader in the computational design of materials and the development of smart coating systems for metal protection. He also has complementary expertise in nano-sensing and nano-responsive materials.
Ivan played a key role in transforming CSIRO’s Division of Materials Science and Engineering (CMSE) and one of its predecessor Divisions, the CSIRO Division of Manufacturing and Materials Technology, from a division of wide and dispersed capability to one with a sharp focus on leading-edge materials science and manufacturing capability. For much of this transformation, Ivan was Deputy Chief of Division.
Ivan’s most recent role was Program Director for High Performance Metal Industries, where he revitalised and developed a common vision for the program on catalysing the transformation of the Australian metal and components industry and inspired the program’s researchers to work collaboratively to reach this vision.
Ivan’s personal research activities will be hosted by the School of Engineering.
Rachel Caruso is a materials chemist who applies her chemical knowledge to produce novel advanced functional porous materials with improved properties for energy and environmental end-use applications. Some of her projects focus on the conversion of sunlight into electrical energy, water purification, and the removal of heavy metals from waste.
Prior to joining RMIT, Rachel held a joint appointment as Associate Professor and Reader in the School of Chemistry at the University of Melbourne and as an Office of the Chief Executive (OCE) Science Leader in CSIRO Manufacturing. In addition, she has held positions at the Hahn-Meitner Institute and the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces (both in Germany), where she led an international team of scientists.
In 2003, Rachel received an ARC Australian Research Fellowship and in 2010 she commenced an ARC Future Fellowship. In 2011, Rachel was ranked 21 in a Thomson Reuter produced register of the top 100 materials scientists in the world, based on work published in the 2000-2010 period.
Rachel’s personal research activities will be hosted by the School of Science.
Professor Magdalena Plebanksi is an internationally-recognised and award-winning researcher with a focus on developing practical and affordable vaccines and treatments for complex diseases like malaria and cancer. She has also pioneered the use of synthetic size-defined non-inflammatory nanoparticles for drug delivery.
Magdalena has forged a stellar career in medical and health research. She came to Australia from Oxford University in the UK, where she showed new ways in which malaria parasites can trick the human immune system. More recently, her insights have been used to help understand cancer progression across multiple human clinical trials, particularly leukemia and ovarian cancer.
Her nanoparticle studies also opened the door to new nanotechnology applications to prevent allergic airways disease. She has more than 100 patents in 14 patent families, which have supported the formation of biotechnology companies.
Magdalena has published more than 150 peer-reviewed papers, including in leading journals such as Lancet, Nature, Science, Immunity, Nature Biotechnology, Nature Medicine and Nature Communications among others, and has secured funding from national and international grant bodies, as well as charitable and commercial funding.
Larissa Hjorth is an artist, digital ethnographer, Distinguished Professor and Director of the Design and Creative Practice ECP platform at RMIT University. Larissa studies the socio-cultural dimensions of mobile media and play in the Asia-Pacific region. In particular, Larissa’s work focuses upon intergenerational, interdisciplinary, collaborative and cross-cultural approaches.
Larissa’s books include Screen Ecologies (with Pink, Sharp and Williams 2016), Digital Ethnography (Pink et al. 2016) Mobile Media in the Asia-Pacific (2009), Games & Gaming (2010), Online@AsiaPacific (with Arnold 2013), Understanding Social Media (with Hinton 2013), and Gaming in Locative, Social and Mobile Media (with Richardson 2014).
Current research projects include the Australian Research Council Linkage with Intel Locating the Mobile and the Discovery project Games of Being Mobile. Recent solo exhibitions include The Art of Play at Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne (July 2015) and the co-curated Design & Play exhibition at RMIT The Design Hub (April 2016).
Previously Larissa was Deputy Dean, R&I, in the School of Media and Communication (2013-2016) and co-founded the Digital Ethnography Research Centre (DERC) with Professor Heather Horst.
Larissa’s personal research activities will be hosted by the School of Media and Communication.
Anne-Laure Mention is a world renowned expert in the field of innovation economics and management. Her research interests mainly concentrate on open and collaborative innovation and technology management, with a focus on business-to-business and financial services.
Anne-Laure has twice received an IBM Faculty Award for her research works on Open Innovation. She previously led a research institute at Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology, and has a Visiting Professorship position at University of Liège (Belgium) and at Tampere University of Technology (Finland).
Anne-Laure is the Deputy Director of the Centre d’Evaluation de la Performance des Entreprises at the University of Liège and a founding member of the World Intellectual Capital Initiative, the Deputy Head of the International Society for Professional Innovation Management Advisory Board and is a member of several scientific committees and editorial boards. She is one of the founding editors of the Journal of Innovation Management.
Anne Laure’s personal research activities will be hosted by the School of Management.
Mark Sanderson is a researcher in information retrieval (IR) (e.g. web search engines). He is particularly interested in evaluation of search engines, but also works in geographic search, cross language IR, summarisation, image retrieval by captions and word sense ambiguity.
Mark currently leads the IR research group at RMIT, which is made up of eight faculty staff, four post docs, and over twenty PhD students. In the last five years, the group has received over $3m in grant income including three ARC Linkage grants, a DECRA, and three Discoveries. Under Mark’s leadership, the group has also received one Yahoo! and four Google grants.
Mark is an Associate Editor of ACM Transactions on the Web and IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering. He is co-editor of Foundations and Trends in Information Retrieval and a visiting professor at the National Institute of Informatics (NII) in Tokyo.
Mark’s personal research activities will be hosted by the School of Science.
Julian Thomas is a researcher in digital media and the internet, including media, communications and information policy and the history of communications technologies. Julian’s recent work includes the Australian Digital Inclusion Index (2016), Internet on the Outstation (Institute of Network Cultures, 2016), and The Informal Media Economy (Polity, 2015).
Julian was previously the Director of the Swinburne Institute for Social Research (SISR), and Professor of Media and Communications. Julian is Chair of the management committee of the website Australian Policy Online, and is a member of the Telstra CEO’s Consumer Forum, the ARC College of Experts, and the Advisory Board of QUT’s Digitial Media Research Centre.
Julian’s personal research activities will be hosted by the School of Media and Communication.
For two decades, Billie Giles-Corti and her multi-disciplinary research team have been studying the impact of the built environment on health and wellbeing.
Billie currently leads an NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence (CRE) in Healthy Liveable Communities, which was established in 2014. She is a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Senior Principal Research Fellow and was formerly a Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor at the University of Melbourne. She directed the McCaughey VicHealth Community Wellbeing Unit in the Centre for Health Equity.
Billie has published over 300 articles, book chapters and reports and is named as a Highly Cited Researcher by Thomson Reuters, ranking her in the top 1% of researchers in her field globally. She is an Honorary Fellow of both the Planning Institute of Australia and the Public Health Association, a Fulbright Scholar, and an NHMRC Elizabeth Blackburn Fellow for being the top ranked female in public health in 2015.
Billie’s personal research activities will be hosted by the School of Global and Urban Studies.