Skip to main content
artists impression of technology links
News_

Today’s innovation is tomorrow’s history

23 November 2016

Professor Athman Bouguettaya says “Cloud computing, Big Data and the Internet of Things are the three key emergent paths for research innovations and those studying to be IT professionals.”

Professor Athman Bouguettaya

Professor Athman Bouguettaya Head of the School of Information Technologies 

Together with industry partners, we will work to identify current and future needs of the digital revolution
Professor Athman Bouguettaya, new Head of School of Information Technologies

The computer science specialist and leading researcher in service computing has a long term vision – make the University of Sydney the best in Australia in IT research; and produce graduates who will unleash a wave of unprecedented innovations in industry.

“Nationally we have witnessed a sharp increase in the number of students wanting to pursue careers in information technology. Student numbers have increased by 30 percent over the past decade.

“Together with industry partners, we will work together to identify current and future needs of the digital revolution which has been taking the world by storm,” Professor Bouguettaya says.

“As the pace of IT innovations accelerates, we will train and prepare students for jobs that haven’t even been created yet.  Witness the rise of 3D printing, quantum computing, disposable computing, among others, which will require unique skills that will be essential in the next few years and beyond that,” says Professor Bouguettaya.

To do this Professor Bouguettaya plans to build on the research strengths of the School to significantly increase outreach and partnerships with industry. 

“Over the past decade we’ve heard a lot about big data and it’s here to stay and in a big way. It’s coming from all kinds of sources, sensors, deep space exploration, social media, smartphones, genomics for example. We need to understand how to make this data useful,” says the Professor.

“We also need to continue to sustainably develop the Cloud or data centres, that have been instrumental in supporting the storage and processing of the ever increasing amount of data. 

“Making this data useful is the next challenge and service computing is the next major evolution of computing that aims at transforming massive data into products that bridge the gap between business services and IT services.

“What is commonly referred to as the Internet of things (IoT) is also here to stay.  One key challenge is how to make it secure and useful to society. We have yet to understand and make sense of what it means to have everything that we see and don’t see connected to the internet.  This is the next wave of research innovation which will chart a new and exciting journey in IT research.”

Victoria Hollick

Media and Public Relations Adviser
Address
  • Level 5 School of Information Technologies Building J12

Related articles

16 December 2021

New study on-the-job program for trainee teachers

Thanks to the New South Wales Department of Education, the University will trial a program that allows certain students to start teaching in a classroom within six months of starting their degree.
16 December 2021

World-first consortium to fight global corneal blindness

In a world first, Australian leaders in corneal bioengineering have collaborated to form BIENCO, a consortium that will develop bioengineered eye tissue to treat corneal blindness.

15 December 2021

Sir Elton John Global Exchange Program

The Sydney Conservatorium of Music is one of only 12 conservatories in the world selected for the Royal Academy of Music's Sir Elton John Global Exchange Program.
13 December 2021

Black Summer bushfire season cost farmers up to $5 billion

Associate Professor Tina Bell and Chuan Huang from the School of Life and Environmental Sciences call on more support for farmers to protect their land and livelihoods.
10 December 2021

Study advances knowledge of what happens in our cells after exercise

An international team of researchers has developed a new approach to pinpoint which proteins in our cells are most critical for increasing sugar absorption after exercise - an important benefit of exercise that can help maintain good blood sugar levels.
10 December 2021

New tool tracks countries' resource footprints

Australian researchers have developed a tool to drive practical change in the world's global resource consumption through better understanding how many resources each country consumes.
09 December 2021

Two-year follow up shows delaying umbilical cord clamping saves babies' lives

An Australian-led study finds that aiming to wait just 60 seconds to clamp the umbilical cord of very premature babies at birth continues to have benefits two years on - decreasing the child's risk of death or major disability.
09 December 2021

NSW Premier's Awards for our cancer researchers

Our cancer researchers were acknowledged for their excellence at the 2021 NSW Premier's Awards.
08 December 2021

Nanosensing to solar fuels: Sydney Nano unveils new Grand Challenges

Four new visionary projects span sustainability, biosecurity, solar energy and health, drawing talent from across the University's faculties.
08 December 2021

Prof Tony Weiss elected to the US National Academy of Inventors

Professor Tony Weiss becomes the first academic from the University of Sydney to be elected as a Fellow of the US National Academy of Inventors.