AMSI is the 2008 winner of the National Innovation Award for Science Innovation
Managed by Fast Thinking Magazine and Open Universities Australia. The award, sponsored by Fuji Xerox, was presented to AMSI Director Prof. Broadbridge on 19th November at Sydney's Powerhouse Museum.
In his opening remarks, chairman of the judging committee Professor Ron Johnston, Executive Director of the Australian Centre for Innovation at the University of Sydney, said that a key component of innovation was to stimulate new collaborators to work together.
AMSI has done that by forging new multi-institutional teams to work together on a range of practical problems such as statistical taste perception analysis as a confectionary marketing tool, mathematical consistency of prudential regulation risk assessment systems and furniture placement optimisation for architects. CEO of Open Universities Australia Stuart Hamilton had earlier said that it was not an easy task to arrange for competing universities to work together. AMSI has been able to form teams from a large pool of mathematical expertise that is not normally available from a single source.
The award was also based on the breadth of AMSI's influence in education, for example running a regular successful annual summer school to improve the education experience of national cohorts of honours students, setting up an Access Grid Room network to support a fledgling program of shared honours courses, and improving school mathematics materials available in all states.
Senator Kim Carr, Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, applauded all of the outstanding Australian innovators recognised by these awards. He commented that: "Importantly, these awards recognise that innovation is more than just research and development. Innovation is also relevant to society, industry, business and government - it affects the way we work, the way we think, and the way we live."
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