Professor Dietmar Müller has been appointed as the new director of the University’s Sydney Informatics Hub.
One of seven Core Research Facilities, the Sydney Informatics Hub offers expertise and capabilities from the University’s High Performance Computing cluster, Artemis, and the Centre for Translational Data Science, as well as expertise in bioinformatics, data stewardship and statistical consultancy.
The Hub has recently expanded into other areas including digital humanities, environmental sensing, modelling, data visualisation and other emerging digital infrastructure.
Professor Müller, who will lead the Hub until April 2020, is Professor of Geophysics and Director of the ARC Basin Genesis Hub.
He has a long history of running institutes, centres and research groups, leading the University of Sydney Institute of Marine Science for four years, the EarthByte e-research group for 15 years and the “Basin Genesis” ARC Industry Transformation Research Hub since 2015.
Professor Müller’s EarthByte Group is working with five industry partners to harness recently established high-performance computing capabilities to simultaneously model the deep-Earth and surface processes, extending the innovative technological capacity of Australian exploration and service companies.
“The Sydney Informatics Hub is delivering a world-class capability in high-performance computing, data science and open-access research data management to the University that is aimed at boosting the University’s research capabilities across all disciplines.”
“I’m excited to contribute to the University’s informatics vision – to deliver innovative digital solutions to the University and the broader community as well as foster the careers of young scientists,” Professor Müller said.
Professor Simon Ringer, Director of the Core Research Facilities in the Research Portfolio, said Professor Müller’s experience in leading user-focussed, innovative research centres, and his strong collaborative research base, both nationally and internationally, will be invaluable to the Sydney Informatics Hub.
Professor Ringer also acknowledged the contributions of Professor Hugh Durrant-Whyte who had provided valuable leadership in data science and informatics for the University.
“We thank Hugh for his important contributions to developing our informatics capability and look forward to continued collaborations in the future,” Professor Ringer said.