Life Sciences Outstanding Achievement Award

sponsored by QUT


Winner: Associate Professor Dimity Dornan AO, PhD UQ, HonDUniv USQ,

BSpThy, FSPAA, CpSp, LSLS Cert AVT - Hear and Say Institute


Dimity Dornan AO is a Speech Pathologist and the Founder and Executive Director of Hear and Say, which enables deaf children to listen and speak.  Hear and Say provides services for over 670 children and families.  Dimity also initiated Hear and Say Research and Innovation, and Hear and Say WorldWide global professional training.

Dimity has started a number of other groups including the Queensland Hearing Nexus (a Queensland-based hearing research group); and Human-Bionics Interface Frontiers, linking professionals in the Human Bionics field globally.

Dimity has been named Associate Professor at University of both Queensland and Griffith University, an Honorary Fellow of Macquarie University and has been granted a number of awards including: Member of the Order of Australia (1998); Fellow of Speech Pathology Australia (1999); Paul Harris Fellow, Rotary International, 1999; Australian Medical Association Award of Distinction for Services to Medicine (1999); Ernst and Young Australian Social Entrepreneur of the Year (2005); Suncorp Queenslander of the Year (2010-2011); University of Queensland Alumnus of the Year (2011); Telstra Business Woman of the Year for Queensland (2011); Queensland Greats award (2013); Dame of Honour, Order of St John of Jerusalem (Knights Hospitaller); Officer of the Order of Australia (2014) and received the Lord Mayor’s Business Awards, Lifetime Achievement Award (October 2014).

In 2015 she became a Board member of the Society for Brain Mapping and Therapeutics and received the McCullough Robertson Life Sciences Queensland Industry Excellence Award. 2014 • Member of the Key Scientist Advisory Group for the HEARing CRC 2015 • Awarded a ‘Legend of Brisbane’ by Lord Mayor Graeme Quirk • McCullough Robertson Life Sciences Queensland Industry Excellence Award • Appointed to Australian Board of the Society for Brain Mapping and Therapeutics (SBMT) • Appointed to AVUK (Auditory Verbal UK) Advisory Panel • Appointed Chair of Human-Bionics Interface Frontiers 2016 • Honorary Associate, Macquarie University

ICT Outstanding Achievement Award


sponsored by PwC


Winner: Dr Richi Nayak - Applied Data Mining Research Group, QUT  

Dr Richi Nayak is Associate Professor of Computer Science in the Queensland University of Technology and is an internationally recognised expert in Data Mining and Web Intelligence.  She has combined knowledge in these areas very successfully with diverse disciplines such as Social Science, Science and Engineering, in order to technology transfer to real world problems to enhance or change their practices and methodologies.  She has been successful in attaining over $1.5 million in competitive external research funding over the past five years in the area of data mining. Her research and scholarship has resulted in about 120 refereed publications. She is steering committee member of the Australasian Data Mining committee.

She holds several editorial appointments, including the International Journal of Knowledge and Web Intelligence, the International Journal of Knowledge-Based & Intelligent Engineering Systems, the International Journal of Data Mining, Modelling and Management. She is regular reviewer of several International Conferences and Journals in the field of data mining and web intelligence. She has supervised twelve HDR students to completion in the area of data mining.

Richi is founder and leader of the Applied Data Mining Research Group at QUT.  Members of this group have a strong interaction with real world industries and work on the multidisciplinary projects. She has received a number of awards and nominations for teaching, research and service activities.


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