||ARC-NHMRC THINKING SYSTEMS RESEARCH PROJECTS|
| ||Title: Thinking Systems: Navigating Through Real and Conceptual Spaces|
Chief Investigator: Professor Janet Wiles
Administering Organisation: The University of Queensland
Funding: $3.3 million
Description of project:
The project will provide fundamental insights into physical and conceptual spaces and develop applications in robotics and information systems. The project brings together national and international researchers to study how humans and other animals navigate: how trajectories through space are used to build maps, the neural bases of these mapping processes and how to use maps to achieve goals. The project will develop a new generation of robots that can learn about the physical spaces they work in, and create concept-mapping systems that can map and navigate information spaces. Also, it will provide new insights into the mechanisms regulating human cognition and mental dysfunctions.
||Excellence in Research Higher Degree » Winner: Associate Professor Janet Wiles |
| ||Janet Wiles is Associate Professor in the School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering and the School of Psychology. |
Janet’s approach to supervision is characterized by working on the relationship with each individual student, giving timely and considered feedback and developing innovative ways of interacting with her students. This results in several highly desirable outcomes: Janet’s students feel very motivated, strongly encouraged and enthusiastic about their research. She also encourages them to interact with each other in a collegiate and professional manner, teaching them communication and team work skills.
She has completed 10 research students with 7 currently under her supervision. She impressed us with her ‘extreme writing’ technique that is highly successful in getting students who prefer to write code to write words, sentences, thesis chapters and papers. Comments on theses from examiners often attest to the quality of the work as well as the written report.
Most of Janet’s students have gone on to postdoctoral positions in prestigious institutions here and overseas. Others have moved into industry and senior research roles.
For the exceptional care she takes with the relationships, innovative interactions she has with research students and the ‘extreme writing’ concept that works for students who prefer writing code rather than words -
The University of Queensland presents Associate Professor Janet Wiles – an outstanding supervisor and worthy recipient of a University of Queensland Award for Excellence in Research Higher Degree Supervision.
|Links: ||Excellence in Research Higher Degree » Winner: Associate Professor Janet Wiles |
|2005 - 2005
||Engineers Australia Prize for a Final Year Student Project in Technological Management and/or Innovation in Engineering|
| ||Jonnathon Dennis, a final year BE |
Electrical/BSc student (supervised by Tapan Saha), from the School of IT and EE, representing UQ won
the first Prize at the competition of Engineers
Australia Prize for a Final Year Student Project in Technological Management and/or Innovation in Engineering. His project title was "Propagation of traction converter harmonic distortion into the transmission system". This project is sponsored by Powerlink. Five Queensland Universities participated in this competition.
Jonnathon was awarded first prize with $600 cash, and 1 year free Graduate IEAust Membership.
|Keywords: ||IEAust award by Jonnathon Dennis|
|2003 - 2004
||Runner-up Robot Soccer World Cup|