Thas Nirmalathas appointed IBES Director


Following an extensive search, Professor Thas Nirmalathas from the University of Melbourne’s Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering has been appointed Director of IBES, replacing Laureate Professor Rod Tucker who retired in August 2013. Director’s Welcome It is a great honour to be appointed Director to lead this world class research institute into the future. I aim to build on the solid research foundation by working closely with researchers and partners to tackle the new … Continue reading

Crowdfunding the Open Food Network

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The Open Food Network is building a better food network putting control in the hands of farmers and consumers by building an open, online marketplace that makes it easy to find, buy, sell and move sustainable local food. IBES is supporting the work of the Open Food Network through an interdisciplinary seed funded project aimed to enhance the technology powering the network. Working with IBES the Open Food Network has been able to create a scalable, … Continue reading

Working in the Cloud Research Seminar

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Join us for morning tea and a research seminar: Working in the Cloud presented by Cathy Humphreys. Date: Friday 1 August Time: 10:00 – 11:00am Venue: Richard Newton Rooms, Level 5, Electrical Engineering Building, the University of Melbourne Abstract Children and young people in out-of-home care have problems accessing their personal records. This research project is developing a virtual locker for the digital copies of personal documents of children in care. The virtual locker adapts new … Continue reading

IBES MIT Internships

Each year IBES offers students undertaking the Masters of Information Technology the opportunity to undertake internships where they can work on an innovative research project in conjunction with researcher and industry collaborators. The IBES MIT Internships program provides students the opportunity to develop industry skills. The projects for the second semester of 2014 are listed below. Please download the information sheet for additional information.

Seed Funding Workshop


As part of the IBES 2014 Seed Funding Round, IBES is hosting an informal workshop on Wednesday 2 July 2014 to facilitate interdisciplinary interactions, canvass ideas and create new connections to support researchers to develop proposals. Date: Wednesday 2 July 2014 Time: 2:00pm to 4:00pm followed by drinks Venue: Richard Newton Rooms, Level 5, Electrical Engineering Building, the University of Melbourne. The workshop provides a valuable insight into the Institute’s research and how researchers can get involved in researching … Continue reading

Digital Technology and Society: Seed Funding 2014


The Institute for a Broadband-Enabled Society (IBES) is seeking applications for innovative interdisciplinary research projects from the University research community that examine the role and use of digital technologies across society. IBES seed funding provides support for new research projects that develop new collaborations and research teams and provide opportunities to build external funding. The use of digital technologies across society is transforming economies, industries and communities, as they adapt, embrace and respond to changes. … Continue reading

Paediatric Teledentistry: delivering oral health services to rural and regional children


This publication reports on a teledentistry field trial that delivered specialist consultations to children in regional Victoria. The trial provides the groundwork validating the use of teledentisty to provide specialist care to paediatric patients.

Download: Paediatric Teledentistry: Delivering oral health services to rural and regional children (pdf 2.9 mb)

What now for the NBN as taxpayer investment is capped?

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Thas Ampalavanapillai Nirmalathas, Associate Director, IBES, the University of Melbourne.  The Abbott Government’s first federal budget has allocated funds for capital investment into the National Broadband Network (NBN) to continue up to 2017-18 but with a cap of A$29.5 billion. This falls well short of NBN Co’s original forecast of A$44.1 billion not withstanding various estimates of cost blowouts and new NBN Co leadership’s revised forecast of A$72.6 billion. The Coalition under Tony Abbott’s leadership … Continue reading

Connect with Zaher Joukhadar

Zaher presenting at the May IBES Research Seminar

Connect with Zaher Joukhadar, a Research Assistant at IBES. What is your research? My research focuses on using technology to help children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. The Microsoft Kinect allows for the capture and measurement of behavioral patterns, including mimicking, touching, reaching and responding between a child and their mother. These patterns provide an important insight into the autism stage of the child and can determine how the child is developing their social skills. The … Continue reading

2014 PhD Scholars


IBES has awarded four PhD top-up scholarships to students in 2014. The recipients were selected by the IBES Executive Committee from a pool of talented applicants. IBES would like to welcome the following four students to the IBES research community: Ibrahim Al-Mahdi from the Health and Biomedical Informatics Centre is researching: An evaluation of Online Medical Consultation: examining theory, practice, sustainability challenges and consumer perspective. Andrea La Nauze from the Department of Economics working on the project: … Continue reading