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DEEWR Endeavour Fellowship Recipients

QCIS is pleased to announce that Mr Rony Novianto, a PhD student with the Innovation & Enterprise Lab (The Magic Lab), directed by Professor Mary-Anne Williams, has received an Endeavour Fellowship for $23,500 to work for six months at the University of Lund, Sweden in 2011. Mr Novianto will take Smokey the bear robot, and a NAO robot, with him to continue his work in AI in collaboration with researchers at Lund.

The Magic Lab already has a strong research relationship with the University of Lund - in 2010 Dr Birger Johansson spent a year working with the Lab in Australia, and the the Lab has had two ARC Discovery Grants with the Lund group Mr Novianto will be visiting.

Ms Saleha Raza, a PhD student from IBA, Karachi supervised by The Magic Lab's current long-term visitor Dr Sajjad Haider, has also received an Endeavour Fellowship of $23,500 to work for 4-6 months with The Magic Lab at UTS. She will probably join the Lab in August and stay until December, 2011. Ms Raza will be working on cognitive robotics and belief revision.

The Endeavour Awards is the Australian Government’s internationally competitive, merit-based scholarship program providing opportunities for citizens of the Asia-Pacific, Middle East, Europe and Americas to undertake study, research and professional development in Australia.  Awards are also available for Australians to undertake study, research and professional development abroad. The are administered and awarded through the Department of Education, Employment & Workplace Relations (DEEWR). The awards total $25,000 with $23,500 to the award winner and $1,500 to the governing institution.


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