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Postgraduate students to benefit from participation in international computing conference.



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MEDIA RELEASE DR DAVID KEMP, MP Minister for Education, Training and Youth Affairs K241 28th September 2001

POSTGRADUATE STUDENTS TO BENEFIT FROM PARTICIPATION IN INTERNATIONAL COMPUTING CONFERENCE

The Minister for Education, Training and Youth Affairs, Dr David Kemp MP, today announced Commonwealth sponsorship of $25,000 for the High Performance Computing (HPC) Asia 2001 conference.

The funding will provide an outstanding opportunity for a group of postgraduate research students in computer science to share their research and knowledge at this leading international conference.

The grant, provided under the Higher Education Innovation Programme, will enable 30 students from around Australia to participate and learn about major computer technology developments and trends in this important field.

“The grant will provide fares and accommodation for a number of research students who would otherwise have been unable to participate in this important international event,” said Dr Kemp.

“The postgraduate forum will be a valuable opportunity for the research students in computational science to discuss their research, receive feedback and exchange ideas.”

Around 400 delegates from around the world will attend the conference which will feature scientific and industrial high-performance computing applications, keynote presentations, research papers, panel discussions, an education forum, tutorials and workshops.

The Queensland Parallel Supercomputing Foundation (QPSF), a member of the Australian Partnership for Advanced Computing (APAC) is hosting the event which is held in the Asia Pacific region every 18 months.

APAC is a Commonwealth funded initiative that promotes a national strategy in high performance computing and includes an education program to develop skills in advanced computing systems.

This commendable initiative is in keeping with the overall theme of Backing Australia’s Ability, the Government’s $2.9 billion investment in innovation for Australia. Backing Australia’s Ability supports universities and research in the sciences in a number of important ways. These include the provision of additional university places in maths, science and ICT; the expansion of the Cooperative Research Centres Program; and the establishment of world-class centres of excellence in Biotechnology and Information and Communications Technology.

Media Contact: Catherine Job (02) 6277 7460 or 0408 648 400