Young Tall Poppy for La Trobe Professor

Monday, 19 October, 2020

Young Tall Poppy for La Trobe Professor

La Trobe University Professor Ani Desai has been recognised by the Australian Institute of Policy and Science for his dedication to finding technological solutions to real-world problems, being awarded a Victorian Young Tall Poppy for 2020. One of 12 Victorian scientists named in this year’s awards, Professor Desai is Director of La Trobe’s Centre for Technology Infusion.

The Young Tall Poppy Awards recognise the achievements of Australia’s outstanding young scientific researchers and communicators.

La Trobe Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research and Industry Engagement, Professor Susan Dodds congratulated him on the accolade.

“Professor Desai has developed an impressive profile of research excellence by developing and applying cutting-edge technology solutions to a range of problems facing transportation, smart farming, logistics and energy management systems.

“It’s fitting that such a creative, talented, pragmatic individual with a strong track record of developing and delivering practical, commercially relevant innovations to industry, government, partners and clients should be leading La Trobe’s world-leading Centre for Technology Infusion,” Professor Dodds said.

Professor Desai thanked the Australian Institute of Policy and Science for his award.

“I feel proud to receive this recognition for my work, and that of the team at the Centre for Technology Infusion where we are focused on maximising the potential for micro-nano electronics, wireless sensor networks, and artificial intelligence and data analytics to address global problems.”

Professor Desai’s extensive projects have included:

  • Work developing a smart Internet-of-Things microchip for condition-monitoring of produce from farm gate to shopfront.
  • Energy-management technology for Australia’s first zero emission housing project.
  • Digital vehicle identification technology trials for Victorian law enforcement and road authorities.
  • Testing and validating race tracking and timing technology for thoroughbred racing.
  • Working with the Victorian Government to deploy and test the state’s first autonomous vehicle with end users.
  • Applying smart wearable sensor technology to determine pedigree of sheep and the feeding behaviour and performance of cattle.
  • Developing connected vehicle technology to improve safety at rail crossings.
  • Applying smart connected AI technologies to improve tram signalling.

Image caption: Professor Ani Desai. Credit: La Trobe University

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