Basser Seminar Series

On the Assessment of ARC Discovery Project Grants

Prof. Jonathan Manton
Executive Director, Mathematics, Information and Communication Sciences, ARC

Wednesday 31 January 2007, 4-5 pm

School of IT Building, Lecture Theatre 123, Level 1


Last year, approximately $275 million of funding commencing in 2006 was awarded to academics by the Australian Research Council (ARC) under the Discovery Projects scheme. Determining which of the 3,742 applications to fund and to what level is an important and challenging task. This talk will explain the current process used by the ARC and draw attention to the challenges therein. Suggestions from the audience for enhancements to the process are welcome.

Speaker's biography

Professor Manton received his Bachelor of Science (mathematics) and Bachelor of Engineering (electrical) degrees in 1995 and his Ph.D. degree in 1998, all from the University of Melbourne, Australia. From 1998 to 2004, he was with the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the University of Melbourne. During that time, he held a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship then subsequently a Queen Elizabeth II Fellowship, both from the Australian Research Council. In 2005 he became a full Professor in the Department of Information Engineering, Research School of Information Sciences and Engineering (RSISE) at the Australian National University. Since July 2006, he is on secondment to the Australian Research Council as Executive Director, Mathematics, Information and Communication Sciences. He was an Associate Editor for the conference editorial board, IEEE Control and Systems Society and currently is an Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing. He is also on the IEEE Signal Processing for Communications technical committee. His research interests range from pure mathematics (e.g. commutative algebra, algebraic geometry, differential geometry) to engineering (e.g. signal processing, wireless communications).