WIMSIG NEWSLETTER — September 2018

Prof Nalini Joshi wins Eureka Prize

Prof Nalini Joshi (The University of Sydney) has been awarded the 2018 Australian Museum Eureka Prize for Outstanding Mentor of Young Researchers.

Nalini is an active supporter of WIMSIG, led the establishment of the Science Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) project, and has mentored dozens of PhD students.

Here are two video highlights of Nalini communicating the fun of mathematics:

Superstars of STEM

Superstars of STEM is a program run by Science and Technology Australia (STA). The program selects emerging female STEM researchers, and builds their public profile through media training, mentoring and opportunities for public engagement.

The 2017 superstars have been profiled in COSMOS magazine.

Applications are open for the 2018 Superstars of STEM (closing September 23). It would be great to see some mathematicians amongst the Superstars!

World Meeting for Women in Mathematics — (WM)²

The World Meeting of Women in Mathematics was held on July 31 in Rio Di Janeiro as a satellite event of the International Congress of Mathematics (ICM).

Happy 100th Birthday to Katherine Johnson

Katherine Johnson is a mathematician who worked at NASA during the Apollo program. Johnson, along with Mary Jackson and Dorothy Vaughn, are the inspiration for the central characters in the 2016 film Hidden Figures.


AMSI BioInfo Summer 2018

The University of Western Australia, December 3—7

Authentication for the Future Internet of Things

Description: AustMS members Prof Lynn Batten (Deakin) and Dr Leonie Simpson (QUT) are jointly organising this free workshop. Space is limited to 50 people, so please register (for free) early. Forms are available on the website.

In addition to attending plenary sessions with speakers or demonstrations, each participant will belong to a work-stream listed on the registration form. The purpose of the work-streams is to identify problems on which the corresponding team will continue to work, resulting in journal publications over the months and years following. Doctoral research students and others with little knowledge of cryptography will be asked to participate in the ‘Introduction to Cryptography‘ stream where the focus will be on developing skills in this area.

The workshop will focus on identifying low-resource methods for authentication of communications between the devices in current use in the IoT. At the end of the three days, the most feasible ideas for this will be allocated to groups of people to take away for testing, implementation and publishing beyond the workshop dates. The workshop has acquired special issues of the journals CRYPTOGRAPHY and SENSORS.

Keynote speakers:

  • Hugh Williams — Professor Emeritus, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Calgary, Canada
  • Bart Preneel — Professor and Director of the Computer Security and Industrial Cryptography group (COSIC), Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KULeuven), Belgium

Funding Opportunities: PhD students in STEM areas are particularly welcomed. In particular, research students studying full-time in AMSI member institutions may approach their AMSI representative about providing support to attend this AMSI-sponsored workshop. PhD Students enrolled in a STEM discipline at a New Zealand or Australian university outside the state of Victoria may apply to lynn.batten@deakin.edu.au for up to $300 towards support for housing during the period of the workshop. For academics, there are also funding opportunities. For more information see http://www.authiot2018.conferences.academy/funding.html.


The University of Adelaide

Female-Only Positions

Queensland University of Technology

The University of Melbourne


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