IBES Inaugural Annual Symposium

IBES-Annual-SymposiumThe Institute for a Broadband-Enabled Society held its Inaugural Annual Symposium on Tuesday 21 September. The event provided an opportunity for industry and the public to see research that will shape a broadband-enabled future. The 39 projects on display attracted keen interest. One of the projects is devising a model that will help shape the roll out of the National Broadband Network, while another is assisting sick children in hospital to be present in class.

Over 150 people attended the Symposium throughout the day. There was a cocktail function in the evening bring together 120 people from industry, government and the University. Jaala Pulford, Parliamentary Secretary for Industry and Innovation, stated that the research supported by IBES underpinned Victoria’s leadership in Information and Communication Technologies nationally.
The Symposium showcased the diversity of cross-disciplinary research conducted at IBES. In its first year of activities IBES has established 40 funded research projects, involving 144 researchers from across 28 departments at the University of Melbourne, as well as collaborators from a range of national and international institutions and organisations.

Researchers from the Melbourne School of Engineering are working on 16 research projects at IBES, collaborating with academic staff from a broad range of departments and faculties within the university, such as Linguistics and Applied Linguistics, Physiotherapy, Social Work and Information Systems, Architecture, Building and Planning, Medicine and Land and Environments, as well as external organisations such as the Country Fire Authority and the University of Sydney. These projects draw on the expertise of staff from the Departments of Computer Science and Software Engineering, Electrical and Electronic Engineering and Mechanical Engineering working on projects ranging from developing a networked virtual museum of human languages, monitoring knee osteoarthritis with wireless broadband  and using social networking services to provide rapid response to emergency situations, to name a few.

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