School of Engineering and IT

School of Engineering and Information Technology

Dean's Newsletter

January 2018

Dean - Professor Bogdan Dlugogorski

I am pleased to bring you the 1st edition of the School Newsletter for 2018.

Welcome back to all of our staff and students, I hope you enjoyed the University end of year break and had an opportunity to spend time with family and friends. A special thank you to those staff that continued to work during the limited service period, providing teaching and technical support to our students, on and off campus.

The academic year has started positively, with the University overall reporting increases in undergraduate and postgraduate enrolments. The School has recorded increases across the board, with a significant jump of 250% for international on-shore enrolment. This is a wonderful outcome for the School and the University.

With this positive start in mind, I am sure we will face some challenges as well, but we will ultimately all reap the rewards of what will undoubtedly be another productive and successful year of teaching and research.

I look forward to sharing with you the many School achievements and activities in 2018.

Remember, whether you are a student, an academic, administrative or technical staff member, if you have a story to share please send it to the SEIT email - SEIT@murdoch.edu.au. Please mention the article title in the subject line of the email.

If you are a student or staff reading this Newsletter, please let your friends and family know about Scholarships for Honours, Postgraduate degrees, details are included a the end of the Newsletter.

Best wishes,

Bodzio Dlugogorski

CONTENT

Are Your Eligible for a 'Murdoch Frist Scholarship'?
Start Your Journey to Scientific Excellence
Help Lead the Way to Clean Energy Storage
Apply for Honours and Post Graduate Courses
Murdoch Emeritus staff receive honorary PhD degree from Thai university
Coodanup Community College ATAR students heading to Murdoch in 2018
Murdoch PhD IT graduate, receives 2018 Australia Endeavour Research Fellowship Award

OUR STUDENTS

ARE YOU ELIGIBLE FOR A 'MURDOCH FIRST SCHOLARSHIP'?

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START YOUR JOURNEY TO SCIENTIFIC EXCELLENCE

Dean's Scholarships for Scientific Excellence

HELP LEAD THE WAY TO CLEAN ENERGY STORAGE

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APPLY FOR HONOURS AND POST GRADUATE COURSES

If you or someone you know is interested in continuing postgraduate study, see the opportunities available below:

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To find out more go to http://Murdoch.edu.au/Honours-courses

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To find out more go to http://postgraduate.murdoch.edu.au/

OUR STAFF

MURDOCH EMERITUS STAFF RECEIVE HONORARY PHD DEGREE FROM THAI UNIVERSITY

On 13th December, 2017, Emeritus Professor Lance C.C. Fung received an Honorary PhD Degree in Information Technology from President Professor Dr Sombat Thamrongthanyawong, of Walailak University, Nakhon Si Tammarat, Thailand.

Professor Fung has established collaboration with Walailak University for many years through staff visits, student supervisions, joint projects and conference and workshop organisations. These activities were operated within a signed Memorandum of Understanding between Murdoch and Walailak University. Staff from Walailak University have now joined Murdoch University to pursue higher degrees.

Murdoch University has enjoyed recognition and recommendations from many Thai graduates, who now hold prominent positions in their organisations. Professor Fung still pursues active collaboration in Thailand since his retirement in 2015 and it is expected that the relationship between Murdoch and Walailak University’s will be strengthened in years to come.

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From left, Walailak University President, Professor Somat Thamrongthanyawong, Emeritus Professor Lance Fung, Mrs Joanna Fung, Dean of Informatics Associate Professor Poonpong Boonbrahm

Article and photos provided by Emeritus Professor Lance Fung

FOR EVERYONE

COODANUP COMMUNITY COLLEGE ATAR STUDENTS HEADING TO MURDOCH IN 2018

It has been 18 years since Coodanup Community College has had any students with university entry scores. Due to decreasing academic achievement over several years, the college, which originally opened as a high school in 1989, stopped offering ATAR courses.

Murdoch University provost, Professor Andrew Taggart, has for many years championed the need to increase and improve Year 12 academic achievement in areas classed as low socio-economic. In 2013, Murdoch University began working with the College as part of the ‘inspire academy’ project, to help improve academic results. The program provided students with role models and teachers that helped them prepare for ATAR courses.

Coodanup College could only offer limited ATAR courses last year and students had to study one, or more, of their four Year 12 ATAR courses through the School of Isolated and Distance Education. Despite this challenge, five Coodanup College students have made history and achieved ATAR results that will see them studying at Murdoch University this year. One student in particular will be joining the School, enrolling in computer science.

Congratulations to all of the graduating College students on this wonderful achievement and we look forward to welcoming you to the University and the School.

See more details on this story at The West Australian: Five Mandurah students create history for Coodanup Community College.

Article information extracted from The West Australian

MURDOCH PHD IT GRADUATE, RECEIVES 2018 AUSTRALIA ENDEAVOUR RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP AWARD

On 19th December, 2017, Dr Rapeeporn Chamchong, a 2015 Murdoch University graduate, received an Australia Endeavour Research Fellowship Award, to continue her research work at the University of South Australia in 2018. Rapeeporn’s PhD thesis title was “An intelligent framework for pre-processing ancient Thai manuscripts on palm leaves”, and was supervised by Emeritus Professor Lance Fung. During her study, Rapeeporn was also a finalist of the Anita Borg Google Scholarship in Australia and New Zealand.

Dr Chamchong received her Master of Engineering Degree and Bachelor of Science Degree from King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology, Ladkrabang and Srinakharinwirot University respectively. Dr Chamchong currently lectures at the Faculty of Informatics, Mahasarakham University, Thailand and her research fields are Digital Image Processing and Ancient Image Document Analysis. She teaches Statistical Method for Computer Science and previously received her Master of Engineering Degree and Bachelor of Science Degree from King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang and Srinakharinwirot University respectively.

A copy of the news release can be found at: Thailand Embassy Endeavour Scholarship 2017

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Dr Chamchong left, receives her award from His Excellency Mr Paul Robilliard, Australia’s Ambassador to Thailand

Article and photo provided by Emeritus Professor Lance Fung