About

Professor Ian Atkinson is a Tropical Leader and Director of the eResearch Centre at James Cook University. His PhD studies were in chemical physics but nearly 20 years ago moved from experimental science into computational chemistry and high-performance computing.

Over the past decade the rapid expansion of the Internet, mass data storage and computing has impacted every area of research and academic activity. As Director of the JCU eResearch Centre he has the privilege of working with researchers to apply new and ever changing ICT tools and methods to their research and amplifying their impacts.

He has a long-standing interest in eResearch methods, tools, scientific data management and user interfaces for HPC tools. He is also actively involved in researching how new systems and software that connect the physical and virtual worlds, particularly focusing on environmental monitoring with sensor networks.

Interests
Research
  • mass data storage
  • high-performance computing
  • eResearch
  • computational chemistry
Honours
Awards
  • 2008 - University of Melbourne Vice-Chancellors Award for Knowledge Transfer with Professor Marimuthu Palaniswami, for Monitoring of the Great Barrier Reef using Distributed Sensor Networks.
  • 2001 - RACI Ollé Prize for best treatise, writing or paper: Self-Assembly in Supramolecular Systems, Book, with Prof. L.F. Lindoy
Publications

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ResearchOnline@JCU stores 75+ research outputs authored by Prof Ian Atkinson from 1988 onwards.

Current Funding

Current and recent Research Funding to JCU is shown by funding source and project.

CSIRO - Contract Research

Climate Extremes Data Scientist

Indicative Funding
$187,500 over 4 years
Summary
As climate variability increases, researchers are being asked about the role of extreme weather events in shaping the appearance of natural ecosystems, potential for species extinction and loss of biodiversity, the viability of agricultural production systems, and whether particular system thresholds have been or will soon be breached. Such information is essential for adaptation policy, planning and management as it provides insights into the direction and rate of likely change as well as the management challenges that might be faced. This project will address these "big data" issues.
Investigators
Jeremy Vanderwal, Ian Atkinson and Helen Murphy (College of Science & Engineering, Research Infrastructure and Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation)
Keywords
Data Science; Big Data; Climate Change; Extreme Events

Department of Education - National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS)

Connected urban tropics project

Indicative Funding
$160,000 over 2 years
Summary
City wide data can be utilised to better understand what is happening in the region and to better manage scarce resources. For example, city-wide data, such as energy and water, are generated by numerous parties and could provide patterns of utilisation to the Cairns and Townsville City Councils to manage local uses in city planning. Connecting and integrating distributed data from research, public and private sector agencies would empower better investment decisions for sustainable development in urban centres.
Investigators
Ian Atkinson in collaboration with Jeremy VanDerWal and Eduardo de la Fuente (Research Infrastructure, College of Arts and Society & Education)
Keywords
Tropical Data Hub; city-wide data; smart city; Sustainable Development; urban centres

Queensland Cyber Infrastructure Foundation - Contract Research

Marine Science Data Services

Indicative Funding
$279,112 over 3 years
Summary
The objectives of the RDS project are to mature sustainable data services that deliver research outcomes and impact by: Refocusing of RDSI Infrastructure into Data as a Service in support of research communities with petascale data challenges. Secondly consolidating the linkages and alignments, where appropriate, with other Commonwealth-funded (NCRIS and Super Science) e-infrastructure investments.
Investigators
Ian Atkinson (Research Infrastructure)
Keywords
Marine Sciences; Data management

Queensland Cyber Infrastructure Foundation - Contract Research

Terrestrial Systems Research Data Services

Indicative Funding
$242,407 over 3 years
Summary
The objectives of the RDS project are to mature sustainable data services that deliver research outcomes and impact by: Refocusing of RDSI infrastructure into Data as a Service in support of research communities with petascale data challenges. Secondly, consolidating the linkages and alignments, where appropriate, with other Commonwealth-funded (NCRIS and Super Science) e-infrastructure investments.
Investigators
Ian Atkinson (Research Infrastructure)
Keywords
Terrestrial Systems; Data Services

Queensland Government - Accelerate Partnerships

SENSOR-Q: Sensor data solutions

Indicative Funding
$499,729 over 2 years
Summary
The SENSOR-Q project brings together world leading technology from industry and academia - data management and analytics expertise from CoastalCOMS (CCOMS), telemetry solutions from Taggle Systems and sensor expertise from James Cook University (JCU), in order to develop a unique end-to-end water monitoring, analysis and management solution for Townsville City Council (TCC). The SENSOR-Q project combines a multi disciplinary collaborative team that aims to create an integrated data collection, storage, analysis and visualisation platform that can be implemented across a variety of applications and industry sectors, and so enable Queensland to more effectively participate in the big data economy.
Investigators
Ian Atkinson, Mohan Jacob, Scott Mills, Nigel Sim and Thomas Dejovich in collaboration with C Manning (Research Infrastructure, College of Science & Engineering, ScienceMob Inc., CoastalCOMS Pty Ltd, Taggle Systems and Townsville City Council)
Keywords
Sensor Network; Water Quality; Cloud Computing; Terpene; Database Services; Polymer Thin Films

Queensland Cyber Infrastructure Foundation - Contract Research

Queensland Additional Node of the Commonwealth Data Storage Infrastructure (RDSI) Project Providing Critical Infrastructure for Very Large Scale Research Data to Queensland Research

Indicative Funding
$257,293 over 5 years
Summary
QCIF will establish and operate an additional node at JCU for the national RDSI research infrastructure data storage program. This node will store massive volumes of medical, environmental and other research data produced by modern instruments, sensors and tools. Immediate priorities are tropical research into eradicating mosquito-borne diseases including malaria environmental monitoring and species distribution data and climate change impact modelling.
Investigators
Ian Atkinson (Research Infrastructure)
Keywords
Research Data Management; Tropical Data Management

Queensland Cyber Infrastructure Foundation - Contract Research

Research Data Services

Indicative Funding
$167,584 over 2 years
Summary
The intended outcomes from the RDSI (EIF) project, as described in the 2013-14 RDSI Business Plan, comprise the establishment of (a) a number of high-capacity storage nodes, and (b) a dedicated high-bandwidth, low latency inter-connection network to support data transfer and replication, together with the implementation of (c) common access infrastructure that provides a uniform user access experience, and (d) appropriate specialised access infrastructure, including the hosting of specialist access tools related to national collections.
Investigators
Ian Atkinson (Research Infrastructure)
Keywords
Storage Nodes; National Collections; Data Services; Access Infrastructure
Supervision

Advisory Accreditation: I can be on your Advisory Panel as a Primary or Secondary Advisor.

These Higher Degree Research projects are either current or by students who have completed their studies within the past 5 years at JCU. Linked titles show theses available within ResearchOnline@JCU.

Current
  • Smart Streetlights: An Economic Perspective. (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • A Wearable Internet of Things (IoT) System for the Real-Time Monitoring of Critical Health and the Provision of Emergency Healthcare (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Smart Sensors, Low Cost Radio Network System and the Internet of Things to Improve Effluent Quality from Algal Waste Treatment Systems and Aquaculture (Masters , Primary Advisor)
  • Data driven decision making in City Planning - Multi method simulation modeling for sustainable cities (Masters , Secondary Advisor)
  • Investigation of Disabled Australian's Interaction with Online Security: A Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) Step Towards First Class Digital Citizen (PhD , Advsor Mentor)
  • An Interactive Decision Support Tool for Participatory Pest Management Planning (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • Harnessing Innovation and Digital Disruption for Better Healthcare Outcomes (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Use of Technology to Enhance Rehabilitation Services for Stroke Survivors in Rural and Remote Areas (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Efficient RFID medium access control protocols for IoT networks (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Application of Remote Sensor Technologies and Neural Networks to the Assessment and Prediction of Coastal Hazards. (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • A Low Power Flexible Sensor Network System for Viticulture (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • Scaling Wireless Sensor Networks (PhD , Primary Advisor)
Completed
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  • 5+ collaborations
  • 4 collaborations
  • 3 collaborations
  • 2 collaborations
  • 1 collaboration
  • Indicates the Tropics (Torrid Zone)

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