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MONASH PROFESSORS RECEIVE THOUGHT LEADER AWARD

07-02-2019
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Professor Paul Bonnington, Monash University

Professors Paul Bonnington and Kimbal (Kim) Marriott of Melbourne’s Monash University have received a Thought Leader Award from Agilent Technologies in support of their innovative research into data analytics, machine learning, artificial intelligence and information visualisation.

The award includes funding and cutting-edge instrumentation from Agilent that will facilitate accelerated and transformational research incorporating intelligence gleaned from the university’s vast knowledge and experience in these fields.

The expectation is the development of new, innovative and smarter analytical products that will empower scientists to better understand their own processes and business, and ensure their laboratories are operating at maximum efficiency, as well as support mechanisms that will significantly reduce customer downtime.

“There are exciting new discoveries awaiting us when we bring advanced scientific instrumentation together with the advanced data processing capabilities of the Faculty of IT and the eResearch Centre,” Professor Bonnington, director of the university’s eResearch Centre, says.

“The recent great advances in artificial intelligence, data science and human-computer interaction allow us to reimagine the scientific research lab. For the first time we can build a lab that puts the scientists first, not the scientific instruments,” Professor Marriott, director of the Computer-Human Interaction and Creativity Group in the university’s Faculty of IT, says.

“Our customers are always looking for ways to enhance efficiencies in their labs,” Keith Bratchford, Agilent Atomic Spectroscopy Division vice-president says. “This partnership between Agilent and Monash will undoubtedly have a positive impact on the design, development, performance, and management of Agilent products, differentiating both our instruments and our services.

“Understanding that the design of new analytical platforms is heavily influenced by the patterns of use and operation of current platforms. Collecting this smart data on those patterns will benefit both the designers of Agilent instruments and their users.”

Professor Ian Smith, the university’s Vice Provost (Research & Research Infrastructure), says: “It’s a thrill to have Agilent Technologies identify the value and quality of the research and development happening here at Monash University. We are delighted that the commitments we have made to put in place the world-class research infrastructure necessary to support our leading researchers and their collaborating partners, is having genuine global impact.”

Monash University is a global leader in these fields, and is renowned as having one of Australia’s strongest academic data science teams. The university has an excellent track record of collaborative work with business, leveraging the skills, experience and expertise of its faculty towards research and innovative design solutions that match the requirements of today’s advanced laboratories.

The Agilent Thought Leader Program promotes fundamental scientific advances by contributing financial support, products and expertise to the research of influential thought leaders in the life sciences, diagnostics and chemical analysis. Further information is available on the Thought Leader Program web page. 

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