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IBM looks no further than UTS in awarding 2012 fellowships

Pramod Parajuli and Jinjiu Li. Picture by Alexandra Berriman

Pramod Parajuli and Jinjiu Li. Picture by Alexandra Berriman

In summary:

  • UTS research students Pramod Parajuli and Jinjiu Li have been selected for the only two IBM PhD fellowships awarded in Australia this year
  • The fellowships seek to nurture the best of the best in the field of IT and to identify people and projects that are game-changers in terms of their potential to impact the wider world

The only two IBM PhD fellowships awarded in Australia this year went to UTS students Pramod Parajuli and Jinjiu Li.

Parajuli, from the UTS Centre for Quantum Computation & Intelligent Systems; and Li, from the Advanced Analytics Institute, received the fellowships in recognition of their innovative research and its alignment with IBM's Smarter Planet initiative.

Mr Parajuli is developing an intelligent agent-based software model with the capacity to predict the risk of conflict among stakeholders in major projects.

"Large-scale projects tend to have multiple stakeholders, who may approach the project from different perspectives or with different interests in mind," he said.

"Being able to predict the risk of conflict is important from a project management perspective; it can save time and money, increase the likelihood of success for the project and can also provide opportunities for mediation between stakeholders before a problem becomes unmanageable."

Once finished, Mr Parajuli said his software model could be adapted to various industries and used internationally.

Mr Li, who is conducting research into fraud detection, says the fellowship confirmed the significance of his research in relation to industry practices.

"My research is all about the development of models that can determine fraudulent online behaviour," he said.

"The sheer volume of data produced by financial transactions is overwhelming; existing systems still struggle to determine fraudulent transactions from the millions of genuine ones. This is a major problem for financial institutions in Australia as significant fraudulent online behaviour can cost them millions of dollars a year."

The IBM Smarter Planet initiative fosters innovation and development in order to see positive change for the future.

"At IBM, we believe absolutely that technology has the capacity to change the world we live in and to do so in a positive way," said Glenn Wightwick, Director, IBM Research and Development – Australia.

"The IBM PhD Fellowships seek to nurture the best of the best in the field of IT and to identify people and projects that are game-changers in terms of their potential to impact the wider world.

"Mr Parajuli and Mr Li have certainly demonstrated that their research has strong links to our Smarter Planet goals, and we are delighted to be working with them."

Claire Thompson and Alexandra Berriman

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