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CIC Research Morning Tea March 2018

Date: March 5, 2018

Time: 10am to 11am

Location: 216:204 - Innovation Central perth

CIC Research Morning Tea March 2018

The CIC RMT is back for 2018!

If you are interested in connecting with researchers across the university to talk about research and potential multi-disciplinary projects please come along to the CIC research morning tea.

RVSP by 2 March 2018 via email to

OzViz 2017

Start date: December 6, 2017

End date: December 8, 2017

Time: 09:00 - 17:00

Location: Curtin HIVE John Curtin Gallery - Building 200A Kent Street Bentley, WA 6102

OzViz 2017

Supported by the Curtin Institute for Computation
Free registration at Eventbrite

OzViz 2017

We cordially invite you to present at OzViz 2017 in Perth, Western Australia.

OzViz 2017 will be held at the Curtin HIVE (Hub for Immersive Visualisation and eResearch) at Curtin University in Perth, Western Australia on 6-8 December 2017.

OzViz is a fantastic opportunity for visualisation practitioners, academics and researchers to share hot topics and works-in-progress with peers from around Australia and New Zealand. It is also an opportunity for those working with visualisation technologies to network and see new and emerging uses of the technology. The HIVE is a multi-display, multi-disciplinary space and you are likely to experience a broad range of disciplines represented in the talks.

OzViz 2017: Stereoscopic Technologies Short Course

Date: December 5, 2017

Time: 08:00 - 17:00

Location: Curtin HIVE John Curtin Gallery - Building 200A Kent Street Bentley, WA 6102

OzViz 2017: Stereoscopic Technologies Short Course

Supported by the Curtin Institute for Computation
Tickets available from Eventbrite


OzViz 2017: Stereoscopic Technologies Short Course

When correctly implemented, stereoscopic 3D displays can provide significant benefits in many areas, including medical imaging, remote vehicles, molecular modelling and more. This course conveys a concrete understanding of basic principles and technical solutions available for implementing stereoscopic imaging in a wide range of application areas. The course set at an intermediate technical level and provides a good way for both experienced and novice users to gain an understanding of the broad range of stereoscopic technologies and techniques. This full-day course has run annually in the USA as part of the Stereoscopic Displays and Applications conference for over 25 years and this will only be the second time it has run in Perth.


This course will enable you to:

  • list critical human factors guidelines for stereoscopic display configuration and implementation
  • calculate optimal camera focal length, separation, display size, and viewing distance to achieve a desired level of system performance
  • calculate comfort limits for focus/fixation mismatch and on-screen parallax values, as a function of focal length, separation, convergence, display size, and viewing distance factors
  • set up a large-screen stereoscopic display system
  • list the often-overlooked side-benefits of stereoscopic displays that should be included in a cost/benefit analysis for proposed 3D applications
  • avoid common pitfalls in designing tests to compare 2D vs. 3D displays
  • calculate and demonstrate the distortions in perceived 3D space due to camera and display parameters
  • design and set up an orthostereoscopic 3D imaging/display system
  • understand the projective geometry involved in stereo modeling
  • understand the trade-offs among currently available stereoscopic display system technologies and determine which will best match a particular application


Engineers, scientists, and program managers involved with display systems for applications such as: medical imaging & endoscopic surgery, simulators & training systems, teleoperator systems (remote-control vehicles & manipulators), computer graphics, 3D CAD systems, data-space exploration and visualisation, and virtual reality.


John O. Merritt is a display systems consultant at The Merritt Group, Williamsburg, MA, with over 25 years experience in the design and human-factors evaluation of stereoscopic video displays for telepresence & telerobotics, scientific visualization, and medical imaging.

Dr Andrew Woods is manager of the Curtin HIVE visualisation facility and a research engineer at Curtin University’s Centre for Marine Science and Technology, with over 20 years of experience working on the design, application, and evaluation of stereoscopic imaging equipment in teleoperation applications.

December 2017 RMT

Date: December 4, 2017

Time: 10am to 11am

Location: B216:204 - Innovation Central Perth

December 2017 RMT
Come along and join us for the last Research Morning Tea for 2017!
To foster collaborations and interdisciplinary research the Curtin IC holds a regular (monthly) research morning tea (RMT) where researchers from across the faculties can mingle and discuss their research.
At the beginning of the RMT we will have an updates and news round relating to the CIC which is followed by light refreshments (provided) and the opportunity to talk with the CIC computational specialists and other researchers across all faculties.
When: Monday 4 December 2017, 10am-11am
Where: Innovation Central Perth (formerly known as the Cisco IoE Innovation Centre), Building 216, Level 2, Room 204
RVSP: Please send your potential news items and confirm your attendance by Friday 1 December.
Contact:  Email or call Rebecca on extension 2074.

CIC Seminar November 2017

Date: November 22, 2017

Time: 10am to 11am, followed by morning tea

Location: CLT Learning Space, Building 105, Room 107

Professor Maciej Paszynski presents

Fast and Smooth simulations of time-dependent problems


We present fast and smooth simulations of time dependent-problems, in one, two and three dimensions. We discretize the time axis, by introducing several time steps. Theus the time-dependent problem is transformed into a sequence of the stationary problems to be solved at particular time steps.

What makes the simulations smooth is the fact that we use higher order B-splines basis functions for spatial discretization at every time step. We approximate the solution at every time step with a linear combination of tensor product B-spline basis functions that span over the regular computational mesh. What makes the simulations fast, is the fact that we have the so-called alternating directions algorithm which solves these problems in every time step with the highest possible linear computational cost.

Our simulations can be performed on a multi-core laptop, and they will run for around 30 minutes. In our simulations, we can use both so-called explicit and implicit schemes. This means that we can increase the accuracy of a simulation by increasing arbitrarily the number of B-spline basis functions used.

We show how to apply our method for time-dependent simulations of several physical phenomena, including the heat transfer, non-linear flow in heterogeneous media, elastic wave propagation problem, tumor growth simulations, and the simulation of the pollutant from a chimney. We present movies generated from the performed simulations.

Maciej Paszynski is a Full Professor of Computer Science at Department of Computer Science at AGH University, Krakow, Poland. He did his PhD in Mathematics with Applications to Computer Science from Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland from 2009 to 2013. He is a former postdoc of Prof. Leszek Demkowicz from the Institute for Computational and Engineering Sciences (ICES), The University of Texas at Austin (UT).

Maciej collaborates with Prof Victor Calo from Curtin University, Prof Leszek from ICES, UT, Prof David Pardo from Basque Center for Applied Mathematics (BCAM), Bilbao, Spain, Prof Keshav Pingali from ICES, UT, Prof Ignacio Muga from The Catholic University of Valparaiso, Chile, Pro. Frederick Valentine from LNCC, Petropolis, Brasil and Prof Rafael Montenegro-Armass from The University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.

His research interest includes fast solvers for mesh-based computations. He co-authored over 40 papers in indexed journals and gave over 100 presentations.

ADACS – Introduction to computing and data science for astronomers

Start date: November 13, 2017

End date: November 15, 2017

Time: 9am-5pm

Location: B407:307, Curtin University


ADACS – Introduction to computing and data science for astronomers

ADACS – Introduction to computing and data science for astronomers

In the era of big telescopes and big data, data analysis practices need to scale to the volume of data processing and analysis needed for researchers to compete in a world-class arena.

This 3-day workshop is aimed at postgraduate students and ECRs who might not have had formal computational training and would like to get up to speed. Practical examples in the workshop are taken from observational astronomy, however, participation is open to all Australian-based astronomers.

Contact: Please email or visit the ADACS event page for more information.

This workshop is offered by the Astronomy Data and Computing Services (ADACS) initiative. ADACS is funded under the Astronomy National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS) Program via Astronomy Australia Ltd (AAL).

SWC workshop November 2017

Start date: November 7, 2017

End date: November 9, 2017

Time: 9am-5pm

Location: B204:119

SWC workshop November 2017

Software Carpentry‘s mission is to help scientists and engineers get more research done in less time and with less pain by teaching them basic lab skills for scientific computing. This hands-on workshop will cover basic concepts and tools, including program design, version control, data management, and task automation. Participants will be encouraged to help one another and to apply what they have learned to their own research problems. For more information on what we teach and why, please see our paper “Best Practices for Scientific Computing“.

Who: The course is aimed at graduate students and researchers. You don’t need to have any previous knowledge of the tools that will be presented at the workshop.

Content: We will be teaching introductions to the Unix shell, version control with Git as well as programming with Python and R. For the syllabus and schedule see the workshop webpage.

When: Tuesday 7 to Thursday 9 November 2017, 9am to 5pm

Where: Building 204 : Room 119
RVSP: You can register via Eventbrite, there is a registration fee which will cover morning and afternoon tea.
Contact: Please email for more information.

CIC RMT November 2017

Date: November 6, 2017

Time: 3pm to 4pm

Location: 216:204 - Innovation Central perth

CIC RMT November 2017

If you are interested in connecting with researchers across the university to talk about research and potential multi-disciplinary projects please come along to the CIC research morning tea.

Note: the November RMT will be an afternoon tea held from 3pm to 4pm.

RVSP by 3 November 2017 via email to

ADACS – Sky Mining Hackathon

Start date: November 3, 2017

End date: November 5, 2017

ADACS – Sky Mining Hackathon

The Hackathon has been postponed to early in 2018.

To stay updated with announcements and developments visit the event page or sign up to the hackathon mailing list


Sky Mining 2017 is a public hackathon taking data science to the skies.

Over 48 hours this event will bring together scientists, coders, technologists and enthusiasts from academia and industry to work on challenges Australian-based astronomers face.

The hackathon challenges can be accessed here, also visit the event page for more information.

Remote participation is a possibility, please contact us to discuss options.


This event is run by the Astronomy Data and Computing Services (ADACS) initiative. ADACS is delivered jointly by Swinburne University of Technology, Curtin University, and Pawsey Supercomputing Centre. This Project is an initiative of the Australian Government being conducted as part of the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy and administered by  Astronomy Australia Ltd (AAL).


CIC Seminar October 2017

Date: October 11, 2017

Time: 1pm to 2pm, followed by afternoon tea

Location: CLT Learning Space, Building 105, Room 107

CIC Seminar October 2017

Professor Dirk Ifenthaler presents Can Data and Analytics Support Learning and Teaching?

Remarkable repertoires of computer-based applications and systems have been developed for supporting learning and teaching. Currently, promising learning analytics applications are being developed which utilise data produced through these computer-based applications and systems. Such learner generated data and other relevant information may be further used to personalise and continuously adapt these learning environments. Accordingly, learning analytics emphasise insights and responses to real-time learning processes based on educational information from digital learning environments, administrative systems, and social platforms. Learners may benefit from learning analytics through optimised learning pathways, personalised interventions, and real-time scaffolds. Further, learning analytics provide teachers detailed analysis and monitoring on the individual student level, allowing to identify particularly instable factors, like motivation or attention losses, before they occur.

Along theoretical foundations and empirical evidence from cognitive psychology as well as the learning sciences, this presentation will explore the readiness and promising opportunities of the emerging learning analytics field.

Professor Dirk Ifenthaler’s research focuses on the intersection of cognitive psychology, educational technology, data analytics, and organisational learning – see Dirk’s website for a full list of scholarly outcomes at Professor Ifenthaler who currently works at the University of Mannheim is the Editor-in-Chief of the Springer journal Technology, Knowledge and Learning (

The presentation will be followed by afternoon tea and networking opportunity.