What is your current role? How long have you been with CIS?
At CIS, I wear several hats. I am a Professor in the School, and serve as one of two Deputy Heads. I am also the Deputy Director of the Health and Biomedical Informatics Centre, and am serving as the Deputy Director of the new Australian Research Council Training Centre in Cognitive Computing for Medical Technologies. I am also an advisor to the Centre for Business Analytics at the Melbourne Business School due to our collaboration in teaching the Master of Business Analytics. Finally, I serve on the Board of Directors of BioGrid Australia, a local organisation that supports clinical researchers to share data.
I have been in CIS formally for 4.5 years, but have had strong connections with the School for several years prior since working on campus at NICTA co-supervising CIS students on projects related to my research interests.
What I enjoy about working in CIS
CIS is a dynamic place where grabbing a cup of coffee can lead to a conversation that sparks a new idea. The broad diversity of activities in the School, ensures I am constantly learning new things and being challenged to take my work in new directions, and of course the students keep me on my toes! The well-deserved reputation of the quality of our research within the School means we are regularly approached by potential collaborators from industry and from researchers around the world. This, combined with a variety of research, the intelligence of my students and colleagues, and the culture of striving for cutting-edge excellence in our work allows me to thrive within CIS.
I thrive on the variety of research, the intelligence of my students and colleagues, and the culture of striving for cutting-edge excellence in our work.
Why is it an exciting time to join your area?
The University of Melbourne is at the centre of a medical precinct undergoing dramatic changes, offering many opportunities to those of us who want to make an impact on the future of medicine through technological innovation. The local hospitals and medical research centres are actively implementing electronic medical records and testing new data-based practices, and “Data and Health” is one of the key pillars of the Faculty of Medicine’s current action plan, an activity that CIS will be directly collaborating with them on. The Australian government is investing strongly in Frontiers Technologies in Medical Research, and Digital Health will play a key role in the future of our healthcare system. It is truly a time at which our research has the potential to influence substantial positive change that will impact millions of people.