2012 News Archive

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December 2012

  • Automated agriculture [11 December 2012]

    Automated agriculture

    Australia's potential to become the 'food bowl' of Asia has triggered a drive to develop robots for use in farming and agriculture and University of Sydney mechatronics experts are leading the way.

  • Quality and quantity - top ranking for engineering [6 December 2012]

    Quality and quantity - top ranking for engineering

    The University of Sydney's Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies has received a top ranking of 5 - 'Well above world standard'- for engineering research performance in the latest Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) results.

  • DragonFly win [6 December 2012]


    Rural housing in provincial Vietnam can be hot and damp, but an innovative project developed by University of Sydney advanced engineering students may provide the solution to keeping them cool and dry.

November 2012

  • Chinese language - breaking the chain [30 November 2012]

    Crossing Cultures

    The written Chinese language is like a beautiful unbroken chain of symbols, say University of Sydney researchers who are developing IT solutions that will make information extraction from Chinese text easier and faster.

  • Success across the board in latest round of ARC grants [6 November 2012]

    School of Civil Engineering academics will receive $380,000 to better understand and control fragmentation waves in granular systems subject to impact loading

  • Students focused on inspiring industry [2 November 2012]

    Students focused on inspiring industry

    Engineers pride themselves on being thinkers and problem solvers and today students from the University of Sydney have presented their novel ideas to more than 200 industry representatives who attended the annual Research Conversazione event.

October 2012

  • Billion dollar skills stem from $20m gift [29 October 2012]

    Multibillion-dollar mega projects like the NBN or Gorgon natural gas facility are an underappreciated new feature of the global economy because they are often seen as just a temporary means to a more enduring end.

  • Record $20m gift to establish new centre for project leadership [24 October 2012]

    Record $20m gift to establish new centre for project leadership

    University of Sydney graduates will be better placed to lead major infrastructure projects around the world thanks to a record $20 million donation.

  • PhD researcher dances his way to international victory [19 October 2012]

    PhD researcher dances his way to international victory

    A University of Sydney scientist has outclassed ballerinas, breakdancers and flaming hula hoops to dance his way to victory in the fifth annual 'Dance your PhD' competition.

  • Brogrammers win battle of the brains [4 October 2012]


    It took five hours to answer the complex mathematical problems, but a team of young algorithm whizzes from the University conquered their nerves and their opponents to take out this year's South Pacific Regional Collegiate Programming Contest.

September 2012

  • New partnership with Qantas will mean smarter flying [25 September 2012]

    New partnership with Qantas will mean smarter flying

    The University of Sydney and Qantas have entered into a four-year partnership to develop a flight planning system that will help the airline fly optimised routes, reduce fuel consumption and improve operational effectiveness.

  • Sydney touchdown for Airbus Vice President [20 September 2012]

    Re-engineered master's to produce more qualified engineers

    Internationally renowned aerospace technologist will address University of Sydney aerospace academics and students on initiatives for a smarter, more environmentally friendly aviation future.

  • Re-engineered master's to produce more qualified engineers [11 September 2012]

    Re-engineered master's to produce more qualified engineers

    A re-engineered postgraduate engineering program at the University of Sydney has received full accreditation from Engineers Australia, making it unique in Australian universities.

August 2012

  • Teaching space wins audiovisual award [30 August 2012]

    Teaching space wins audiovisual award

    The University's new 'Learning Studio' in the PNR Building, located in the Engineering and IT Precinct, has taken out the 'Best Application of AV in Education' at this year's Audio Visual Industry Awards.

  • Bone, blood and cartilage regeneration [27 August 2012]

    Bone, blood and cartilage regeneration

    Synthetic materials developed by tissue engineers that may replace damaged bone in the body and encourage normal bone regrowth are to be discussed at a three-day international symposia being held at the University of Sydney.

  • Sydney improves in latest world rankings [16 August 2012]

    The University of Sydney has again been rated among the world's top 100 universities, rising three places to 93 in thelatest Academic Rankings of World Universities.

  • Artful Algorithms [16 August 2012]

    Artful Algorithms

    Money laundering and other suspicious behaviours will become more detectable with the refinement of a 2D graphic visualisation tool currently under development at the faculty

  • Developing a more rounded and work-ready PhD graduate [13 August 2012]

    Out of the fog

    For Fulbright scholar and University of Sydney PhD candidate Dominick Ng there would be a certain irony in completing his degree without adequate communication skills.

  • Mars no limit for earthling engineers [10 August 2012]

    Out of the fog

    Exploring Mars with roving robotics may become a virtual reality for remote and rural students as part of a program underpinning the National Broadband Network

  • Out of the fog [7 August 2012]

    Out of the fog

    A parched inland village in Peru has an innovative water resource thanks to a simple 'fog harvesting' system installed by two University of Sydney honours students.

July 2012

  • ARC Future Fellowships recognise groundbreaking research [25 July 2012]

    Advancing Robotics

    Early- and mid-career researchers at the University of Sydney will help us manage climate change and food security, improve our detection of money laundering schemes, and increase the wellbeing of mothers and newborns thanks to new government funding announced today.

  • Students flying high at aero conference[12 July 2012]

    Aero Conference

    Australia's aerospace industry is facing an exciting future, according to aeronautical and space engineering students. More

  • Advancing robotics [6 July 2012]

    Advancing Robotics

    As robotic systems become more intelligent, more flexible, more autonomous and more adaptable to their surroundings, international robotics experts are gathering at the University of Sydney's Great Hall to discuss their future.

  • Engineering a dream [2 July 2012]

    Engineering dream

    The educational dream of Aboriginal students will see them return to the faculty for a second workshop aimed at increasing opportunities for tertiary studies.

June 2012

May 2012

April 2012

  • Reality bytes for high school teachers [12 April 2012]

    Realilty Bytes

    An educational initiative designed by Google has the potential to produce brighter, smarter computer students at tertiary level, according to the University of Sydney's information technology experts.

March 2012

  • Attracting the world's best students to the University of Sydney [20 March 2012]

    International students

    Twenty-one academically outstanding international students will study at the University of Sydney this year after being announced as the inaugural recipients of the Sydney Achievers International Scholarships and the Dr Abdul Kalam International Scholarships.

  • Fulbright scholar will help computers understand us better [16 March 2012]

    Dominick Ng

    Research into how computers can better understand human language has won University of Sydney PhD candidate Dominick Ng a Fulbright Scholarship to spend eight months studying at UC Berkeley in the US.

  • Biomedical research advances through new Institute [14 March 2012]

    David Feng

    The Institute of Biomedical Engineering and Technology (BMET) will be officially opened this evening at the University of Sydney and will significantly advance this highly multidisciplinary research for life sciences and medicine.

  • Cartilage repair gel gives injuries a sporting chance [8 March 2012]

    Cartilage repair gel

    A cartilage gel being developed by tissue engineers and biochemists at the University of Sydney could bring increased mobility to people living with debilitating sports injuries.

  • Aquatic robot audits health of seabed [2 March 2012]

    Auqatic Robot

    The watery depths of Western Australia's Ningaloo coast will be audited this week using an aquatic robot and technology developed by University of Sydney mechatronic experts.

February 2012

  • Industry leader accepts chair's role at Engineering Sydney [28 February 2012]

    David Stewart

    The former chief executive officer of Leighton Holdings Limited, David Stewart, has accepted the role of chair of Engineering Sydney, the University of Sydney's industry-aligned body that collaborates and develops partnerships with business leaders and organisations.

  • Engineering images bring life to submerged city [9 February 2012]

    3d mapping

    Photo-realistic 3D mapping and digital reconstruction of an ancient underwater city in Greece have earned a team from the Faculty of Engineering & IT top honours in Canon Australia's Extreme Imaging competition.

January 2012