Whether it's developing intelligent systems to help businesses make better decisions or working out how to turn a bunch of humanoid robots into a champion soccer team, Xun Wang likes his research to have a practical focus.
That's made him an ideal candidate - the only one in Australia this year - for a prestigious IBM PhD Fellowship.
The UTS doctoral student, from the Centre for Quantum Computation and Intelligent Systems in the Faculty of Engineering and IT, has been chosen from about 400 applicants worldwide for a program that puts the emphasis on problem solving.
In the third year of his PhD, Xun is working on a joint UTS-University of Sydney ARC Discovery project on treasury risk management, supervised by Professor Mary-Anne Williams.
"My research centres on using artificial intelligence to capture management information and model risk more effectively - certainly a priority interest for IBM," Xun said. "The goal is an intelligent advisory application that can model a company or organisation and its environment."
Xun's IBM Fellowship will grant him a stipend for the academic year 2010-2011 and will match him with an IBM Mentor in his field.
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