Congratulations to AMSI

Congratulations to Phil and AMSI on the following achievement:

The Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute, based at the University of Melbourne is the 2008 winner of the National Innovation Award for Science Innovation, managed by Fast Thinking Magazine and Open Universities Australia. The award was presented to AMSI Director and Melbourne University Professorial Fellow Phil Broadbridge on 19th November at Sydney's Powerhouse Museum, by the sponsor Fuji Xerox. In his opening remarks, chairman of the judging committee Professor Ron Johnston of the University of Sydney's Innovation Centre said that a key component of innovation was to stimulate new collaborators to work together. AMSI has done that by forging new multi-institutional teams to work together on a range of practical problems such as statistical taste perception analysis as a confectionary marketing tool, mathematical consistency of prudential regulation risk assessment systems and furniture placement optimisation for architects. CEO of Open Universities Australia Stuart Hamilton had earlier said that it was not an easy task to arrange for competing universities to work together. With a membership of 29 universities, CSIRO, ABS and Australian Mathematics Trust, AMSI has been able to form teams from a large pool of mathematical expertise that is not normally available from a single source. The award was based also on the breadth of AMSIÕs influence in education, for example running a regular successful summer school to improve the education experience of several national cohorts of honours students, setting up an Access Grid Room network to support a fledgling program of shared honours courses, and improving school mathematics materials available in all states.

Other speakers at the Awards Dinner included Greg Combet, Parliamentary Secretary for Defence Procurement Dr Geoff Garrett, CEO of CSIRO and ABC Science journalist Robyn Williams.