Professor Flora Salim is the inaugural CISCO Chair of Digital Transport, School of Computer Science and Engineering, UNSW Sydney. Her research sits in the cross-cutting areas of ubiquitous computing, machine learning, and data science, with specific interests on time-series and spatio-temporal data; representation learning of spatio-temporal and mobility behaviours; and data-efficient learning with multimodal sensor data. Flora’s research group Context Recognition and Urban Intelligence (CRUISE) consists of more than twelve PhD students and three postdocs. She is actively recruiting for new members to join the group.
She received the Women in AI Awards 2022 Australia New Zealand in the Defence and Intelligence category. She was a Humboldt-Bayer Fellow (from Bayer Foundation GmbH), Humboldt Fellow -experienced researcher (from Alexander von Humboldt Foundation), Victoria Fellow 2018 (from Victorian government). She was the recipient of the the RMIT Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Research Excellence–Early Career Researcher 2016; the RMIT Award for Research Impact - Technology 2018; Victorian iAwards (2014), Australian Research Council (ARC) Postdoctoral Research Industry (APDI) Fellow (2012-2015); IBM Smarter Planet Industry Skills Innovation Award (2010). She has received more than $10M in research funding in the last 10 years. Her research has been funded by Australian Research Council (ARC), Victorian Government, Microsoft Research US, Northrop Grumman Corporation US, Rheinmetall Defence Australia, Qatar National Priorities Research Program, IBM Research, several city councils, and many other industry and government partners/funders.
She serves as a member of the Australian Research Council (ARC) College of Experts. She is an Associate Investigator of the ARC Centre of Excellence in Automated Decision Making and Society (ADMS). She serves as a Steering Committee member of ACM UbiComp, Associate Editor of the PACM on Interactive, Mobile, Wearable and Ubiquitous Technologies (IMWUT), Area Editor of Pervasive and Mobile Computing. She has served as a senior PC member of premier AI and data science conferences including AAAI, CIKM, WWW. She was the PC Co-Chair of UbiComp 2020 and PerCom 2018. She is an expert member of IEA EBC Annex 79 (Occupant-Centric Building Design and Operation).
She holds an Honorary Professor appointment at RMIT University. Until recently, she was the co-Deputy Director of RMIT Centre for Information Discovery and Data Analytics (CIDDA). She was a Visiting Professor at University of Kassel, Germany, and University of Cambridge, England, in 2019.
She obtained her PhD from Monash University in 2009.
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