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December 02, 2005
The 2005 Medallist, Professor John O'Callaghan has had a distinguished career in the area of information technology and has made significant contributions to research and development on information technology systems. John O'Callaghan was awarded the Australian Centenary Medal "for services to Australian society in computer science and technology."
John O'Callaghan's achievements in the field of geographic information systems have been recognised with the award of the 1990 Eminent Individual by the Australian Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (AURISA). O'Callaghan was appointed an Adjunct Professor at the Australian National University in 1991.
In 1999, John O'Callaghan was invited to be the inaugural Executive Director of the Australian Partnership for Advanced Computing (APAC). APAC has substantially strengthened the advanced computing capabilities and expertise in Australia.
Prior to his role in APAC, John O'Callaghan was Chief Executive Officer of the Cooperative Research Centre for Advanced Computational Systems (ACSys). During 1988-96, O'Callaghan was the Chief of the CSIRO Division of Information Technology. O'Callaghan is recognised as an international expert in the area of high-performance computing and communications.
He has represented Australia in several Government-sponsored missions and forums. In 2000, he was a member of the PMSEIC Working Party on Information and Communications Technology, which led to the establishment of National ICT Australia (NICTA). John O'Callaghan has been active in the Cooperative Research Centres Program. As well as his role in ACSys, he played a major role in establishing the Research Data Networks CRC and was a member of its management committee (1996-97). John O'Callaghan has been Chair of the Australian Informatics Olympiad Committee since 1999, and has been an invited member of program committees for numerous international conferences.
Throughout his career, John O'Callaghan has demonstrated the ability to build and manage significant research teams, initially in machine vision, then in image processing, spatial information systems, software technologies and more recently high-performance computing and communications. Related research was concerned with the design of advanced systems incorporating emerging technologies for interactive image processing, computer graphics and parallel computing.
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