Industry Advisory Board

The ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science is composed of two Research Schools: the Research School of Engineering and the Research School of Computer Science.

The activities of the two Schools span research and research training, postgraduate and undergraduate education, and service to society in general. Close linkages with industry are extremely important in all those areas of activity, and regular communication with industry representatives is essential in order to maintain our education and research programs in alignment with current and future trends and needs.

Professional work is an integral component of our degree programs, and industry can and should play a key role in educating new generations of engineers and computer scientists. As a formal vehicle for ensuring a fruitful exchange of information and to foster collaboration between academia and industry, the College has established two Industry Advisory Boards, one for each School. This document outlines their general Terms of Reference (ToR). Although the ToR pay special attention to undergraduate education, they are not restricted to it, rather, it is expected that advice will be given on all areas of activity.

The Industry Advisory Boards (IAB) for each of the two Research Schools are expected to provide strategic- level advice on all aspects related to their core activities, as well as promoting industrial outreach of the Schools into the wider community.

The Industry Advisory Boards (IAB) for each of the two Research Schools are expected to provide strategic- level advice on all aspects related to their core activities, as well as promoting industrial outreach of the Schools into the wider community. The functions of the Industry Advisory Boards should specifically, but not exclusively, include the following:

  1. Provide advice to the Director of the Research School on:
    1. the School’s education programs, in order to ensure that graduates meet the needs of industry, both current and future; and
    2. new trends and transformational changes that are taking place, or are expected to take place, in industry, and advising the School on how to best position itself and its education programs to adapt to change and best equip their students for a successful professional career.
  2. Assist in creating opportunities for university-industry exchanges in education, including, but not limited to:
    1. Student internship and work experience programs
    2. Career and employment opportunities
    3. Industry contributions to the School’s education programs, including courses and student project co-supervision.
    4. Provision by the School to industry of professional development courses or short intensive courses.
  3. Foster collaboration between industry and university in research and development, including, but not limited to:
    1. Opportunities for joint research projects and initiatives
    2. Formulation of new, industry-relevant research questions
    3. Contributions to research training, including PhD student co-supervision.
  4. Any other matters referred to the IAB by the Director of the Research School

It is worth noting that the professional accreditation of the Bachelor of Software Engineering is done in conjunction with the Bachelor of Engineering. It is therefore expected that the IAB for the Research School of Engineering will provide advice related to the Bachelor of Software Engineering, even if the latter is offered by RSCS. Additional advice on the Bachelor of Software Engineering is also expected from the IAB of the Research School of Computer Science.


It is expected that the IAB will meet twice a year. The specific dates should be announced one year in advance, and they should be approximately two (2) weeks prior to a College Education Committee meeting in order to implement an appropriate flow of information.

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Name Representing Bio

Steven Miller
Large scale corporation

Steven Miller is the Director of Education for Microsoft Australia. Steven and his team are responsible for supporting the primary, secondary and tertiary sectors of the Education system, supporting the transformation of learning and empowering students and teachers to achieve more.

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In the IT industry for over 15 years, prior to this role, Steven previously led the Small and Medium Business segment team at Microsoft as well as roles leading the Office Business Group and Business Planning and Operations teams.

Steven is passionate about transforming how we learn and use technology to extend opportunity across Australia. Originally, from Glasgow, Scotland, Steven holds a Double Honours Degree in Marketing & Organisational Behaviour, and a Masters in Accounting.

Abhisek Chatterjee
Part of Open Source Community
Amazon Web Services

Abhi heads up global Linux and OpenSource software development within AWS EC2. The Amazon Linux is a supported and maintained Linux image provided by Amazon Web Services for use on Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2). It is designed to provide a stable, secure, and high performance execution environment for applications running on Amazon EC2.

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His background is in Operating System development and oversees the global development of Amazon Linux and its underlying Operating System, making it an OS of choice for EC2 Customers.

Prior to joining AWS, Abhi headed up IBM’s Australia Development Laboratory (OzLabs) where he led various deep technical projects (Notably development and productisation of KVM on POWER, OpenPOWER platform and firmware software development and the development and exploitation of IBM’s systems platform, microprocessor and acceleration portfolio on Linux).

Abhi has been involved with open source software development for over 15 years

John De Margheriti
International Education
Chairman / CEO Academy of Interactive Entertainment Ltd

John is the Founder, Chairman and CEO of the Academy of Interactive Entertainment Ltd.

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(AIE) and formerly computer game developer Micro Forté Pty Ltd established in 1985. He is also the Founder and former CEO of middleware company BigWorld Pty Ltd.

In 1996, John De Margheriti set up the AIE as a business unit of his computer game development studio, Micro Forté Pty Ltd, in order to address the shortage of trained 3D animators and artists and thereby establishing arguably the first computer game college in the world. In 1998 the AIE was officially incorporated into an independent, non-profit organisation that later (2000) became a self-sufficient, nationally accredited, registered training organisation (RTO), in pursuit of both domestic and international interests under its non-profit charter.

In August 2012, John’s entrepreneurial endeavours saw his career come full circle when his for-profit organisation BigWorld was acquired by one of its customers, Wargaming Inc., the publisher of the hugely successful multiplayer title, World of Tanks, which currently boasts over 50 million players worldwide. The technology that De Margheriti’s company licenced to Wargaming was a key enabler for them to build their multi-billion dollar empire which now spans across North America, Europe, Russia, Asia and Australia with over 4,500 employees.

John is now actively focusing his attention on business development opportunities for the AIE, which has evolved to include campuses in Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Adelaide, Online and the USA. In Canberra he is focused on a proposal to transform Canberra Technology Park, where the AIE Canberra Campus is based, into an innovative hub of learning and job creation with on-site student accommodation.

He is also continuing his long-lasting commitment in encouraging the next generation of industry talent to break through barriers to success. More notable initiatives include the AIE Incubator, where graduating students are mentored through the process of setting up and operating their own independent games businesses, with access to office space, equipment and business development scholarships.

John is also encouraging entrepreneurial activity at a more grass roots level, through the De Margheriti – Wang Scholarship and Prizes for Hawker College, and the AIE Scholarships and Academic prizes for ACT public colleges, which amount to over $1.4 million in prizes and cash over a 10 year period.

John’s earlier pursuits included founding the Australian Game Developers Conference (1999 - 2005), The Game Developers’ Association of Australia (1999), the Canberra Business Parks (2008) and Canberra Technology Park where AIE’s Canberra Campus is based (2001).

John was also appointed Honorary Ambassador for Canberra – Australia’s National Capital by the ACT government, in recognition of his personal contribution in assisting Canberra to develop a significant business base (2000). John holds an Executive MBA from Sydney University and in 2014 was the winner of the CSIRO Benson Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

Tony Henshaw
Independent expert
Data61 Board

Tony Henshaw is a retired IT Executive with a career spanning 40 years in the public and private sectors.

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Prior to retirement, Tony held senior leadership roles at Unisys, Telstra and EDS with national and Asia Pacific scope.

Since retirement, Tony has held directorships in a range of companies and not-for-profit organisations. He is Chair of the Canberra Innovation Network, a Director of NICTA Ltd, a Director of Twist of Lime Pty Ltd, Deputy Chair of the Canberra Hospital Foundation, Deputy Chair of TADACT (which helps people with disabilities to maintain independence) and chairs the Digital Canberra Challenge for the ACT Government.

Tony is committed to growing the ACT's business sector through innovation and sustainable technologies. He believes that business, research, the arts and social inclusion are inextricably linked and that everyone in the community benefits when we engage in a positive way to improve all four.

Paul MacKerras
Paul MacKerras
Part of Open Source Community
IBM Corporation

Paul is a senior technical leader in IBM's Australia Development Laboratory and Linux Technology Center, and a noted member of the open source community.

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He has been involved in Linux kernel development for 20 years, primarily on the POWER/PowerPC architecture.  He was the maintainer for the PowerPC architecture support in Linux for 7 years, responsible for reviewing, collecting and sending all changes in that area of the Linux kernel to Linus Torvalds for inclusion in the official Linux kernel source code.  His current focus is on developing open-source KVM (Kernel Virtual Machine) virtualization support on IBM's POWER architecture machines.  He leads an international team of developers working on this project inside IBM.

Paul is also involved in several other open-source projects.  He is the maintainer and lead developer for the open-source PPP (Point-to-Point Protocol) program used to establish connections to the internet on Linux and other machines, and the "gitk" program that provides a visual representation of code changes stored in a "git" source code repository.

Jeff Mitchell
Jeff Mitchell
Expertise in professional education
Australian Computer Society (ACS)

Jeff has over 20 years’ experience in delivering complex and high profile business and ITC projects across Australian Government portfolios, most recently specialising in regulatory compliance approaches for the health sector.  

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As an active member of the Australian Computer Society (ACS), the  National peak body for ICT professionals,  Jeff has held elected roles of Vice Chairman and Chairman of the ACS Branch Executive Committee (Canberra), National Director for Community Engagement,  and National Director Membership Life-Cycle.  Jeff was awarded the ACS President’s Award in 2016 for sustained and substantial contributions to the Society.

These executive roles within the ACS have provided Jeff with opportunities to  drive research investigating the motivation and take-up of ICT careers by school leavers, Digital technology and Australian teenagers – consumption, study and careers, and to promote STEM out-reach activities such as First Lego League to school aged children in the Canberra region. 

During 2013-15 Jeff held membership of the  Digital Careers (ACT) Advisory board, and he has supported through peer review of conference papers the  Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Asia Pacific program.

Jeff has formal qualifications in Information and Communications Technology from the University of New South Wales and University of Canberra and maintains Australian Computer Society Certified Professional (CP) status.

Ole Nielsen
Computing for Science, Humanities
Geoscience Australia
  • Graduate degrees from Denmark in Mathematics and Computer Science 1993

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  • PhD in Scientific Computing, Technical University of Denmark 1998
  • Postdoctoral fellow at the ANU from 1998:
  • Large scale data mining - e.g. in medicare
  • Tools for the ANU supercomputing facility: Libraries for Fast Wavelet Transforms, Python binding for the Message Passing Interface
  • Bioinformatics - e.g. algorithms for protein matching
  • Started at Geoscience Australia in 2003 as Senior Computational Scientist
  • Pioneered parallel computing: 
  • Built first Beowulf prototype at GA
  • Scoped and led installation of two enterprise Beowulf clusters
  • Developed inundation model ANUGA and led GA’s tsunami risk assessment program.
  • Was awarded in 2008 for outstanding focus on software quality and science capability.
  • Pioneered the use of Open Source as a mechanism for collaborative software development.
  • Was selected as Numerical Modeller for the team establishing the Australia - Indonesia Facility for Disaster Reduction (2010-2013) located in Jakarta.
  • Volcanic Ash dispersion model
  • Real time earthquake impact system
  • InaSAFE - Impact Modelling Framework
  • Returned to Geoscience Australia in 2013 to lead newly centralised software development capability. First as development manager, then as director of Scientific Computing & Systems Engineering
  • Now leading the development of a Scientific Computing Capability and move towards Agile Software Development.

Vikram Sharma
Hardware and software

Vikram Sharma is the Founder and CEO of QuintessenceLabs.

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Recognising the potential of quantum cybersecurity in the early 2000s while in California, Vikram sought to commercialise the technology, returning to the Australian National University to work with the Quantum Optics Group in the Department of Physics.

QuintessenceLabs emerged from the world-leading research conducted by the group, and is today positioned at the forefront of the cybersecurity sector.

The company's capabilities have been recognised at several Australian and international events, most recently: judged as global runner-up from a pool of 2,500+ companies in IBM's SmartCamp competition in 2013, named by the Australian Information Industry Association as Australia’s most innovative small company in 2014, and selected by the Security Innovation Network as one of its SINET16 Cyber Security Innovators in 2015.

In 2016, Cybersecurity Ventures named QuintessenceLabs its Cybersecurity 500 list of the world’s most innovative cybersecurity companies.

Bill Simpson-Young
Government research organisation

Bill Simpson-Young is Director of Engineering and Design at DATA61.

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In this role, he is leading a group of software engineers & user experience designers working on 30 projects building novel software technologies including geospatial and vison processing technologies. Prior to this he was General Manager of Division with over 40 R&D staff at CiSRA (Canon Information Systems Research Australia, Canon’s Australian R&D subsidiary).

Bill has over 20 years experience in ICT R&D including as a software engineer, research scientist and in R&D management. He has worked in R&D for global technology companies (Canon and Unisys), in government-funded research institutions (CSIRO and NICTA) and worked in research and teaching in university (University of Sydney). His area of specialty is in leading R&D teams to develop technology with a strong technological competitive advantage and so to bridge from research into competitive technology ready for commercialization. He has led teams to develop several technologies now used globally.

David Sitsky
Local SME with start-up experience

David received an honours degree in Computer Science from the ANU and worked for many years in the department's CAP research program.

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This program was a collaboration with Fujitsu Japan and involved building system-level software to support parallel computing on Fujitsu's AP1000, AP1000+ and AP3000 supercomputers.

After a short stint at Cisco Systems, David joined Nuix in 2000, a software start-up that now operates world-wide in the fields of computer forensics, electronic discovery and cyber security and is head of development.

Sally-Ann Williams
Major company with Australian R&D

Sally-Ann Williams is the Engineering Community & Outreach Manager for Google Australia.

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She is responsible for a broad portfolio of programs including leading Google’s efforts in CS and STEM education & outreach (K-12), research collaborations with universities and entrepreneurship and startup engagement.

In her role leading Google’s CS/STEM education engagement she manages over 55 partnerships & programs designed to inspire students, equip teachers, and connect the community to the possibilities careers in CS can lead to. Most recently this work has included national implementation strategies to support ACARA’s Digital Technology curriculum and help position Australia as a nation of innovators.

In her role with the startup community she manages partnerships and collaborates with co-working spaces, incubators and accelerators, universities and the public sector to build and grow the ecosystem.

Prior to joining Google 9 years ago, Sally-Ann worked at several Australian tertiary institutions in a range of academic and academic administration roles spanning executive education, public sector management, research and postgraduate degrees and tertiary management. A life long learner she holds an undergraduate and research masters degree and several other postgraduate qualifications.

Sally-Ann also serves on industry advisory boards of several G08 University STEM faculty.

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Name Representing Bio
Portrait of Marcus Hutter
Professor Marcus Hutter
Honorary Professor
School of Computing Marcus Hutter is an Honorary Professor in the School of Computing at the Australian National University in Canberra, Australia. He received his PhD and BSc in physics from the LMU in Munich and a Habilitation, MSc, and BSc in informatics from the TU Munich. Since 2000, his research is centered around the information-theoretic foundations of inductive reasoning and reinforcement learning, which has resulted in 200+ publications and several awards. His book "Universal Artificial Intelligence" (Springer, EATCS, 2005) develops the first sound and complete theory of AI. He also runs the Human Knowledge Compression Contest (500'000€ H-prize).
Name Representing Bio
Uwe R. Zimmer
Dr rer. nat. Uwe R. Zimmer
Honorary Senior Lecturer
School of Computing

Assoc Professor Klaus Weber
Associate Professor
School of Engineering

The IAB will be composed of approximately nine (9) industry members, plus four (4) academic members from within the College, the latter to receive advice and channel it in accordance with the mechanisms described above. The detailed membership of the IAB may be slightly different for each of the two Schools, but should generally adhere to the following guidelines.

Industry members (minimum of 6 and maximum of 12 members)

  • Chair, to be drawn by nomination from the industry members
  • One member with expertise in professional education and training, and/or professional practice, preferably with links to, or good knowledge of, relevant professional accreditation bodies
  • One member at the level of Principal of a secondary education institution
  • One member from a local or federal government organisation
  • Several members, with specific expertise in one of the main educational themes, or fields of specialisation, offered by the School

Academic members (4 ex officio members of the Research School)

  • Director of the Research School
  • Associate Director (Education) of the Research School
  • Associate Director (Research) of the Research School
  • An academic representative of the other Research School. In the case of the IAB for the Research School of Engineering, the representative of the Research School of Computer Science should preferably be the convenor of the Bachelor of Software Engineering.

The industry membership should include representatives from companies or institutions that have traditionally been large employers of ANU graduates, but also from those that have good prospects to become significant employers. It is desirable, though not required, that some members are alumni of the ANU, bringing to the IAB their personal experience in applying skills and knowledge learned at the ANU to the industrial world. Additional members of CECS may attend as observers specific meetings of the IAB, by invitation of the School Director.

The normal term of the membership is for two years, with possible renewal.

The Director of the Research School is responsible for

  • Receiving nominations for and approving the membership of the IAB
  • Proposing to the Chair of the IAB meeting dates, twice per year
  • Providing administrative support and facilities for the meetings of the IAB
  • Formulating appropriate topics or questions for the IAB
  • Ensuring that the advice received from the IAB is conveyed to the School
  • Informing the College Executive, and the Dean in particular, of the advice received from the IAB

The Chair of the Industry Advisory Board is responsible for

  • Chairing the meetings of the IAB
  • Establishing the agenda for the meetings of the IAB, in consultation with the School Director
  • Ensuring that the meetings are minuted and the minutes are a true reflection of the matters discussed, determining any that may be confidential
  • Ensuring that advice is provided to the School Director in verbal or written form, as appropriate
  • Coordinating  interactions  between  the  members  of  the  IAB,  beyond  those  occurring  at  the meetings
  • Suggesting alternative or additional members to the IAB, when positions become vacant

The Associate Director (Education) of the Research School is responsible for

  • Assisting the Director in all the matters itemised above
  • Reporting to the College Education Committee on items of advice specifically related to education and student-industry opportunities
  • Ensuring that the IAB attends to matters related to the professional accreditation of educational programs, and conveying the advice received from the IAB to the relevant accreditation institutions

The Associate Director (Research) of the Research School is responsible for

  • Assisting the Director in all the matters itemised above
  • Reporting to the College Research Committee on items of advice specifically related to research and development

The terms of reference, including the membership, will be reviewed every two years, or at an earlier date if required, with the review triggered by either the College Dean or the School Director.

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