Professor Andrew Rohl

Professor Andrew Rohl is a leading expert in the application of supercomputing and computer simulation technologies in materials chemistry. In 2004, Andrew became the Executive Director of iVEC and developed a successful partnership across five institutions to provide major advanced computing facilities for all Western Australian researchers. This culminated in the $80 million Pawsey Centre, a world-class purpose-built data centre that houses one of the largest supercomputers in the Southern Hemisphere. In 2015, Andrew became the inaugural director of the Curtin Institute for Computation (CIC) as well as the academic lead in the Cisco-led Innovation Central Perth. In 2018, Andrew was awarded $3.9M from the ARC to lead the Training Centre for Transforming Maintenance through Data Science. In 2020 he became the Head of the School of Electrical Engineering, Computing and Mathematical Sciences (EECMS) and relinquished his CIC position. He has published more than 140 papers.

Andrew and his team will contribute to the Connected Child program, working on big data analytics on the data collected on children’s Internet use, ensuring that appropriate safeguards for privacy are in place. In addition, they will utilise machine and deep learning to develop innovative methods of determining screen use in detail for young children.

Earliest digital memory
Learning about Reverse Polish Notation on a Sinclair Scientific calculator bought by my dad when I was about 8. Still put all my calculators into RPN mode to this day!

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