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Understanding and satisfying the ARC process is 50% of the way towards winning a grant

Prof Hussein Abbass

Presented by: Prof Hussein Abbass, the University of New South Wales (UNSW), Canberra at the Australian Defence Force Academy

Seminar Chairman: Professor Hung Nguyen, Dean, UTS Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology


When I was asked by Prof. Cao to give part of my talk on my experience on the ARC college, I wondered what would people want most out of this talk. The answer to such question was simple: how to win an ARC?

All of us as academics would like to win ARC grants. Not only they give us the resources to pursue our fundamental and applied scientific ideas, they also represent an appreciation from peers and the society as a whole of our work and achievements as researchers. But why is it difficult to win an ARC grant? Why sometimes we do not get a grant when we are proposing novel ideas that will advance the scientific field?

In this talk, I will present a "personal" opinion. I will emphasize three basic principles to increase the chances of any researcher to win an ARC grant. I will call these three principles PAY; these are: (1) know the process, (2) know your audience, and (3) know yourself.


Hussein Abbass is a professor of Information Technology at the University of New South Wales (UNSW), Canberra at the Australian Defence Force Academy. He is currently a member of the Australian Research Council College, Engineering, Mathematics and Information Cluster, and an academic board member of the Australian Graduate School of Leadership. Hussein is a Fellow of the Australian Computer Society and the UK Operational Research Society. He is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (IEEE), and a sub-committee member of the Air Traffic Control Association since 2011. From 2005 to 2010, he was the Director of the Defence and Security Applications Research Centre at UNSW. He was a member of a number of national committees including REC member for the Australian Research Council, Mathematics, Information and Communication, Excellence of Research Australia in 2010 and Expert Member for the National Collaborative Research infrastructure strategy (NCRIS) expert sub-committee on Safeguarding Australia in 2008. He graduated 19 PhD students and published 200+ papers. Hussein has been successful as a Chief Investigator on research projects totalling $14m since he joined UNSW-Canberra in early 2000.

Overview to AAI seminar series

The Advanced Analytics Seminar Series presents the latest theoretical advancement and empirical experience in a broad range of interdisciplinary and business-oriented analytics fields. It covers topics related to data mining, machine learning, statistics, bioinformatics, behavior informatics, marketing analytics and multimedia analytics. It also provides a platform for the showcase of commercial products in ubiquitous advanced analytics. Speakers are invited from both academia and industry. It opens regularly on every Friday afternoon at the garden-like UTS Blackfriars Campus. You are warmly welcome to attend this seminar series.

Jinyan Li, Seminar Coordinator, Associate Professor
Advanced Analytics Institute, School of Software, Faculty of Engineering and IT
University of Technology, Sydney
P.O. Box 123, Broadway, NSW 2007, Australia
Tel: 02 95149264 (office);

22 November 2013
13:30 - 14:00
City - Broadway CB02 Room CB02.04.10
All Welcome
Colin Wise

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