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December 2013

November 2013

  • Modelling earthquakes and explosives reactions [26 November 2013]

    Modelling earthquakes and explosives reactions

    Researchers at the University of Sydney are developing mathematical models that can help in reducing rock fracturing and soil liquefaction caused by natural or man-made disasters. More...

  • Videogames and wellbeing [15 November 2013]

    Videogames and wellbeing

    To game or not to game - that is the question. Contrary to common perceptions, new research is suggesting there are definitely positive impacts associated with playing videogames. More...

  • ARC successful 2013 [12 November 2013]

    ARC successful 2013

    The Australian Research Council has recognised the leadership and innovation of our engineering researchers bestowing the faculty seven of its prestigious annual awards. More...

  • Cornerstone of Design supervision team [6 November 2013]

    Cornerstone of Design supervision team

    Colin Putt lifetime adventurer and honorary supervisor in the School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Sydney has been honoured by the Australian Geographic Society with its prestigious Lifetime of Adventure award. More...

October 2013

  • You've been framed - keyframe technology [25 October 2013]

    You've been framed - keyframe technology

    Important visual sequences in news, security or personal camera footage will be faster to identify thanks to a keyframe technique developed by University of Sydney researchers. More...

  • A new formula for spray-drying milk [22 October 2013]

    A new formula for spray-drying milk

    Spray-drying methods for milk based products such as baby formula or other powdered milks could be improved according to chemical engineers at the University of Sydney who have analysed current processes. More...

  • Scaffold Hunter heads to Google [16 October 2013]

    Scaffold Hunter heads to Google

    The University of Sydney researcher behind Scaffold Hunter, prize-winning open source software, has been invited to attend the Google Summer of Code (GSoC) Mentor summit held in San Francisco, USA. More...

  • Carbon Capture - Climate change challenge [15 October 2013]

    Carbon Capture - Climate change challenge

    Cleaner energies, global temperatures and climate change are among the topics to be discussed at a three-day Carbon Capture symposium being held at the University of Sydney this week Wednesday 16 - Friday 18. More...

  • Rewards program helps robots think for themselves [14 October 2013]

    Rewards program helps robots think for themselves

    Intelligent machines are a favourite subject for science fiction writers, who have mined into the rich potential for mayhem when robots with brains rebel against their human masters.. More...

  • Mechanical engineering student wins the NSW International Student of the Year Award for 2013 [11 October 2013]

    Mechanical engineering student wins the NSW International Student of the Year Award for 2013

    Mechanical engineering student Leticia Luiz at the University of Sydney has been presented the NSW International Student of the Year Award for 2013. More...

  • No place like home - Neighbourhood Networks [10 October 2013]

    No place like home - Neighbourhood Networks

    Oatley has been selected as the best Sydney suburb to trial Neighbourhood Networks, a new online site developed by University of Sydney information technologies researchers. More...

  • Simulating reality [3 October 2013]

    Simulating reality

    Incredible feats such as the successful salvage of the stricken Costa-Concordia are in part due to computational mechanics designed by Australian engineers according to University of Sydney engineering experts More...

September 2013

  • Robotics will change market landscape [19 September 2013]

    Robotics will change market landscape

    Robotics can offer the Australian agricultural industry the chance to regain its competitive edge in the global marketplace, according to Professor Salah Sukkarieh from the University of Sydney. More...

  • Our QS rankings [12 September 2013]

    Our QS rankings

    The University of Sydney has confirmed its position as one of the globe's leading tertiary institution in the QS World University Rankings 2013 released today. More...

  • Spam challenged by Game Theory [6 September 2013]

    Spam challenged by Game Theory

    A new anti-spam model using repetitive games theory has been developed by University of Sydney researchers. Tested over a year-long period the model showed a 30 percent increase in detecting and classifying spam. More...

  • Carbon Nanotubes wins three minute thesis [3 September 2013]

    Carbon Nanotubes wins three minute thesis

    Civil engineering postgraduate student studying carbon nanotubes, Kate McDonell, will represent the University of Sydney in the Trans-Tasman Three-minute Thesis (3MT) competition later this year after winning the University's finals of the competition. More...

August 2013

July 2013

  • MK-7: the big gun of vitamins [19 July 2013]

    MK-7: the big gun of vitamins

    Oil fortified with the vitamin MK-7 could help combat brittle bones and heart disease in humans and animals. More...

  • Hearing brainwaves - epilepsy EEG sonified [16 July 2013]

    Hearing brainwaves - epilepsy EEG sonified

    A simple method of converting the brain wave signals of people living with epilepsy into sound has been developed by a team of researchers at the University of Sydney. More...

  • Astronaut to support aerospace [11 July 2013]

    Astronaut to support aerospace

    'Reach out and touch the future' says renowned aeronautical engineer and NASA astronaut Dr Greg Chamitoff who has been appointed the Lawrence Hargrave Professor of Aeronautical Engineering at the University of Sydney. More...

  • Generosity rewarded with knighthood [5 July 2013]

    Well known British-Australian businessman and University of Sydney alumnus, Michael Hintze AM, has been honoured with a knighthood in the 2013 Queen's Birthday Honours. More...

  • ARC Linkage Grants reward cutting-edge research [1 July 2013]

    ARC Linkage Grants reward cutting-edge research

    Innovative systems to support cancer survivors and young people with mental health conditions, new alloys to benefit the mining industry, and technology to secure water for drought-affected regions are some of the University of Sydney research projects to benefit from the latest round of Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Project grants. More...

June 2013

  • 'S-HELP' for managing disasters [7 June 2013]

    'S-HELP' for managing disasters

    Disaster response teams can be impeded by chaotic communications according to University of Sydney behaviour dynamics expert Professor Liaquat Hossain from the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies. More...

  • Plastics for bags and bodies [4 June 2013]

    Plastics for bags and bodies

    Biomolecular engineers at the University of Sydney are creating cleaner, more cost-effective PPC polymers that promise to transform the biodegradable polymer industry. More...

  • Interactive public displays not being used to full potential, says research [4 June 2013]

    Interactive public displays not being used to full potential, says research

    Interactive public information displays and wallflowers have something in common, according to University of Sydney information technologies researchers: they simply sit around hoping someone will notice them. More...

May 2013

  • Robots in banana patches [31 May 2013]

    Robots in banana patches

    Robots in banana patches could be a reality in Australian within 10 years, according to a University of Sydney robotics expert who will address the banana industry's national congress this weekend. More...

  • Future Grid Cluster announced at University of Sydney [30 May 2013]

    Future Grid Cluster announced at University of Sydney

    Energy experts at the University of Sydney will lead a multimillion dollar project announced jointly today by CSIRO and the University. More...

  • Budding engineering leaders [17 May 2013]

    Budding engineering leaders

    Engineering graduates from the University of Sydney are meeting Australia's shortage in engineering skills with leadership and innovation. More...

  • Cannes beckons engineer [17 May 2013]

    Cannes beckons engineer

    A short film created by a University of Sydney engineering student has been selected for showing at this year's Cannes International Film Festival. More...

  • Power professor joins University of Sydney [16 May 2013]

    ower professor joins University of Sydney

    Australia's electricity supply could be more efficient, reliable and accommodating of more renewable energy but we are facing a shortage of power experts, says Professor Joe (Zhao Yang) Dong whose appointment as head of the University of Sydney's School of Electrical and Information Engineering was announced last night. More...

  • Latest university rankings confirm our place among the world's best [9 May 2013]

    Latest university rankings confirm our place among the world's best

    Eighth in the world in Education, equal ninth in Accounting and Finance, and 10th in the world in Law are among the impressive results confirming the University of Sydney's meteoric rise in international rankings, according to the latest QS World University Rankings. More...

  • TEDxSydney and the University of Sydney experience [6 May 2013]

    TEDxSydney and the University of Sydney experience

    The promise of the information revolution for 37 million blind people, the independence of West Papua, why food security is about more than how much food we grow, the insecurity of the digital records of our lives, and why data analysis is key to our democracy, were just some of the issues posed to more than 2200 people on Saturday at the Sydney Opera House. More...

April 2013

  • Student app-makers hit world stage [30 April 2013]

    Student app-makers hit world stage

    Three University of Sydney information technologies students have won the Microsoft Asian Cup with their BlueClover mobile phone app designed to help diabetics manage their condition. More...

  • Award winning pilchard [29 April 2013]

    Award winning pilchard

    An academic paper by a University of Sydney information technologies engineer has been recognised by his international peers as one of the most influential contributions to reconfigurable computing in the past two decades. More...

  • Ventilating Vietnam [11 April 2013]

    Ventilating Vietnam

    An innovative ventilation program designed by University of Sydney advanced engineering students is being trialled this week in Vietnam. More...

  • Go8's meet the 'China 9' [8 April 2013]

    Go8's meet the 'China 9'

    Sydney PhD candidates Erin Smith and Andrew Clayphan have successfully applied to be part of a federal government program aimed at addressing this disparity and fostering engagement between the University of Sydney and other 'Group of eight' (Go8) universities with their 'China nine' (C9) counterparts. More...

March 2013

  • Harnessing technology to improve mental health [28 March 2013]

    Harnessing technology to improve mental health

    University of Sydney cross-disciplinary researchers are harnessing the benefits offered by advances in online technology to develop innovative programs improving mental health in young people. More...

  • Not just for war: how drones can be used for good [28 March 2013]

    Not just for war: how drones can be used for good

    It's becoming rare to see or hear coverage of combat and conflict without the mention of unmanned "drones" and their use in targeted killings. More...

  • Mungo goes to the Grand Prix [15 March 2013]

    Mungo goes to the Grand Prix

    Sydney Motorsport, a student group at the University of Sydney has been invited to display their SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) racing car at the 2013 Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix being held this weekend in Melbourne. More...

  • Funding boost for information technology [11 March 2013]

    Funding boost for information technology

    A University of Sydney research program focussed on photonic signal processing to improve defence capability is among a handful of projects to receive federal government funding announced today by Minister for Defence Science and Personnel Warren Snowdon. More...

  • University unites with Leighton Contractors on Indigenous scholarship [8 March 2013]

    University unites with Leighton Contractors on Indigenous scholarship - managing massive datasets

    The University of Sydney and Leighton Contractors have joined forces to provide a new scholarship opportunity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students studying an undergraduate degree within the Faculty. More...

February 2013

  • Making the invisible visible - managing massive datasets [26 February 2013]

    Making the invisible visible - managing massive datasets

    Understanding increasingly massive data sets is challenging information technology developers worldwide, according to University of Sydney IT researchers who are hosting the annual International Pacific Visualization (PacificVis) symposium this week. More...

  • Clouds and green lining [8 February 2013]

    Engineering a future

    Newly-developed cloud computing algorithms may be the solution to reducing the increasing energy consumption and cost of high performance computing networks according to Professor Albert Zomaya, IT expert at the University of Sydney.. More...

January 2013

  • Engineering a future [16 January 2013]

    Engineering a future

    Two students from the tiny Far North Queensland Island have made the 2,750-kilometre trip to be part of the Indigenous Australian Engineering Summer School (IAESS). More...