03 May 2011

Apple sends Chris to San Francisco

Chris Marmo, a PhD candidate in the School of Mathematical and Geospatial Sciences at RMIT, has won a scholarship to attend the Apple World Wide Developer Conference in San Francisco next month.

Mr Marmo will be using the knowledge gained there to develop prototypes for his research in ubiquitous and social computing, working in collaboration with Parks Victoria.

His PhD supervisor, Professor William Cartwright, said: "This is indeed a wonderful opportunity for Chris to further develop his ideas for Apple iPad applications and their implementation for collecting and disseminating information related to parks management."

Apple allocated only 15 scholarships to Australia and being awarded one was a reflection of the quality of Mr Marmo’s work, Professor Cartwright said.

The Head of the Geospatial Science discipline, Associate Professor Chris Bellman, said: "The research programs in Geospatial Science at RMIT have always been undertaken in consideration of practical outcomes.

"Chris Marmo’s work with Parks Victoria is an example of this, where the outcome of Chris’s research will be employed to improve the information provision for managers of Victoria’s parks."

Mr Marmo has been researching the use of context-aware geovisualisations in national parks under the supervision of Professor Cartwright (School of Mathematical and Geospatial Sciences) and Jeremy Yuille (School of Media and Communication).

Mr Marmo recently won the Grey Innovation Prize for the best oral presentation in the engineering stream at the RMIT "Presenting Tomorrow’s Knowledge" conference.

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