Ian Atkinson - Round 1, 2016 Champion

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Ian Atkinson

Reaching out to make a difference

Professor Ian Atkinson has been a an advocate of digital technologies in North Queensland for over 30 years. He is a a Tropical Leader and Director of the eResearch Centre at James Cook University. His current interest is computational chemistry and high-performance computing.

As Director of the JCU eResearch Centre Ian works with researchers to apply new and ever changing ICT tools and methods to their research and amplifying their impacts.

His interests include:

  • eResearch methods

  • tools

  • scientific data management

  • user interfaces for HPC tools

  • new systems and software that connect the physical and virtual worlds, using sensor networks to monitor the environment.

He has initiated many collaborations in the region, including community ‘sprint days’. A recent sprint day brought together JCU engineering and IT students, local community, schools and local ICT industry to collaborate with the Townsville City Council at the council’s Sustainability Centre on energy and water consumption.

Ian has represented regional Australia on federal and international bodies and presented hundreds of lectures, workshops, ICT skills development programs to a wide range of community groups including:

  • schools and CSIRO outreach program participants

  • business and industry associations

  • local government

  • community groups and associations.

Future projects include:

  • MixHause : a community-governed ‘maker space’ connecting the arts, ICT, and maker communities. The activities will take place in a mobile shipping container with workshops over five days at strategic locations (shopping centers, schools, Townsville Strand etc.). MIxHause will engage people of all ages to build new innovation possibilities and interest in ICT.

  • Sensor–Q Sprint day: This event uses cutting edge technology developed in the Accelerate Queensland ‘Sensor-Q’ project. A group of 40 school students, local government and landcare volunteers will spend a weekend building up an environmental monitoring sensor network, deploy the system to solve real world conservation problems and present their results. The result will be a fully operational system for the Townsville City Council to use in its environmental monitoring

  • other skills and outreach activities on coding and innovations in Townsville, Cairns and Charters Towers.

Ian is nominated by: James Cook University

Ian Atkinson

Reaching out to make a difference

Professor Ian Atkinson has been a an advocate of digital technologies in North Queensland for over 30 years. He is a a Tropical Leader and Director of the eResearch Centre at James Cook University. His current interest is computational chemistry and high-performance computing.

As Director of the JCU eResearch Centre Ian works with researchers to apply new and ever changing ICT tools and methods to their research and amplifying their impacts.

His interests include:

  • eResearch methods

  • tools

  • scientific data management

  • user interfaces for HPC tools

  • new systems and software that connect the physical and virtual worlds, using sensor networks to monitor the environment.

He has initiated many collaborations in the region, including community ‘sprint days’. A recent sprint day brought together JCU engineering and IT students, local community, schools and local ICT industry to collaborate with the Townsville City Council at the council’s Sustainability Centre on energy and water consumption.

Ian has represented regional Australia on federal and international bodies and presented hundreds of lectures, workshops, ICT skills development programs to a wide range of community groups including:

  • schools and CSIRO outreach program participants

  • business and industry associations

  • local government

  • community groups and associations.

Future projects include:

  • MixHause : a community-governed ‘maker space’ connecting the arts, ICT, and maker communities. The activities will take place in a mobile shipping container with workshops over five days at strategic locations (shopping centers, schools, Townsville Strand etc.). MIxHause will engage people of all ages to build new innovation possibilities and interest in ICT.

  • Sensor–Q Sprint day: This event uses cutting edge technology developed in the Accelerate Queensland ‘Sensor-Q’ project. A group of 40 school students, local government and landcare volunteers will spend a weekend building up an environmental monitoring sensor network, deploy the system to solve real world conservation problems and present their results. The result will be a fully operational system for the Townsville City Council to use in its environmental monitoring

  • other skills and outreach activities on coding and innovations in Townsville, Cairns and Charters Towers.

Ian is nominated by: James Cook University