Matt Duckham is an ARC Future Fellow and Professor in the School of Mathematical and Geospatial Sciences at the RMIT University. Matt was a Professor in the Department of Infrastructure Engineering, University of Melbourne before July 2015. Matt brings expertise in spatial computing and spatial visualization, with applications to environmental and emergency geosensor networks.
Allison Kealy is an Associate Professor in the Department of Infrastructure Engineering at the University of Melbourne. Allison’s research centers on Global Navigation Satellite Systems, sensor fusion and wireless sensor networks, with application to disaster management and including extensive industry and government collaboration. Allison brings expertise in designing and deploying sensor networks, spatial data capture, and sensor fusion under uncertainty.
Bill Moran is a professor in the School of Engineering at the RMIT University. Before joining the RMIT University, he was the Scientific Director of the Defence Science Institute (DSI) at The University of Melbourne. Bill’s research includes radar technology, theory and applications, information theory and applications, and sensor networks, including extensive collaboration with US and Australian defense agencies. Bill brings world-leading expertise in the foundations of sensor fusion, communication, and computation in sensor networks.
Kevin Tolhurst is an Associate Professor in the Department of Forest and Ecosystem Science at The University of Melbourne. Kevin’s research focuses on bushfire modeling, fire behavior, and fire suppression strategies, and the development of fire decision support systems. Kevin is a recognized authority on bushfires, and brings world-leading expertise in both bushfire science, and its application in practice and policy.
Christian Vecchiola is a Research Scientist at IBM Australia, and Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering at the University of Melbourne. Christian’s research is concentrated on designing software systems, particularly multi-agent, distributed, complex, and dynamic systems, with applications to emergency management.
Andrew Rawlinson is a Research Scientist at IBM Australia. Andrew’s research focuses on mathematical modeling, computational and theoretical physics, and implementation of supercomputing and distributed systems, with applications to medicine, ecology, and disaster management. Andrew brings experience in the development of resilient solutions for emergency management and distributed computing.
Larry Smarr holds the Harry E. Gruber professorship in Computer Science and Engineering, and is Director of the California Institute of Telecommunications and Information Technology at the University of California, San Diego. Larry is a visionary pioneer of Internet computing, and brings unparalleled expertise in role of distributed systems for scientific computing and visualization.
Sarah Harris is a Research Fellow in the School of Geography and Environmental Science at Monash University. Sarah’s research focuses on fire science and climatology, modeling, and remote sensing applications, including collaborative research initiatives with US and Australian government agencies and research institutes. Sarah brings expertise in fire science and the practical experience required to prioritize data and information requirements in bushfire emergencies.
Dr. Juerg von Kaenel is the associate director of the IBM Research Australia lab in Melbourne. Juerg’s background includes mathematical modelling and computer science to address practical problems such as disaster resilience. Juerg brings a wealth of experience in developing research and software solutions for a smarter planet.
Jessica Block is a research assistant at the University of California, San Diego. Jessica has helped in organizing per-project workshops on Emergency Management for the RISER team both in Melbourne and in San Diego.