Accelerating growth in medical research

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Forever striving to tick things off my bucket list, September saw me give my first (and hopefully not my last!) TEDx talk. I am aiming to provide a very brief introduction to what 21st-century medical research “is all about”, and particularly the critical role that computer scientists, engineers and mathematicians have to play in treating […] Read more »

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Australian robots are victorious in the other soccer World Cup

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. By David Budden, University of Melbourne Germany may have won this year’s World Cup but Australia’s robot researchers have emerged victorious from a subtly different competition. The University of New South Wales’ rUNSWift robot team claimed the champion’s title at RoboCup 2014, thumping […] Read more »

Shakespeare research featured in PLoS blog

My first published journal article, Language Individuation and Marker Words: Shakespeare and His Maxwell’s Demon, has been featured as a research highlight in the PLoS (Public Library of Science) blog. This serves as a reminder that machine learning (and computer science in general) can be applied to solve complex tasks in an incredibly wide range […] Read more »

ACRA2013 Presentation

Earlier today, I presented the publication Probabilistic Gradient Ascent with Applications to Bipedal Robot Locomotion at the Australasian Conference on Robotics and Automation (ACRA2013, the largest robotics conference in the southern hemisphere). This presentation can be viewed below: This paper, which details the development of a non-convex optimisation algorithm and its application to optimising walk […] Read more »

Categories: NICTA, Research, RoboCup, Robotics, University

Mullet over: how robotics can get a wriggle on with fishy locomotion

This article was originally published at The Conversation. Read the original article. By David Budden, University of Melbourne Teaching a robot to walk – even poorly – requires huge investment into computational resources. How is it that even the simplest animals are able to achieve far more sophisticated feats of manoeuvrability? In a paper published […] Read more »

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Award for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning

The University of Melbourne

Firstly, apologies for the delay in the upcoming article promised in my last post. As I’ve mentioned on more than one occasion, postgraduate research has a way of suppressing your awareness of time passing… But for now, I have some good news to report! A few weeks ago, I was nominated by the head of […] Read more »

Robotics, Shakespeare and Coffee

Once again, I have been sucked into the Ph.D vortex where time loses all meaning and regretfully neglected this website for nearly two months! To get the ball rolling once more, I’ll post a few quick updates about what’s going on in my life. This weekend I will (hopefully) follow up with an article I […] Read more »

Categories: NICTA, Research, RoboCup, Robotics, Systems Biology, University

Ph.D Update: August 2013

It has been four months since my previous update regarding my Ph.D research direction, so with an upcoming confirmation and guest seminar presentations for the Hunter Medical Research Institute and University of Newcastle, now seems a good time to bring everyone up to speed with my progress! In short, my research focus has began to […] Read more »

Categories: NICTA, Research, Systems Biology, University

Shakespeare and cancer diagnoses: how bard can it be?

This article was originally published at The Conversation. Read the original article. By Pablo Moscato, University of Newcastle; David Budden, University of Melbourne; Hugh Craig, University of Newcastle, and John W. Marsden, University of Newcastle Shakespeare’s plays and cancer: two seemingly unrelated topics with an underlying common thread. The techniques that computational linguistics and computer […] Read more »