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Meet the Professors – 28 October

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UNSW GATE 9

The Chancellery - Council Chambers

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The 2019 Meet the Professors series is a wonderful chance for students and staff to celebrate the careers and achievements of our newly promoted and recruited professors. Our speakers will share their specialist knowledge and provide insights into ‘what’ and ‘who’ influenced their lives and careers.




Professor Francois Aguey-Zinsou, School of Chemical Engineering

Francois Aguey-Zinsou is Professor in Chemical Engineering leading research into the field of hydrogen storage. With his team, he is also developing advanced self-breathing fuel cells, technologies for the effective catalytic combustion of hydrogen and prototypes for the commercialisation of hydrogen technologies. Francois Aguey-Zinsou is Director of the Australian Association for Hydrogen Energy, Vice-President of the Australian French Association for Research and Innovation and Co-founder and CTO of H2Store, a company aiming at the global energy storage market. He was awarded 2018s’ Australia’s Most Innovative Engineer, and was a 2015 and 2017 finalist of the Australian Museum Eureka Prize.

Lecture: Hydrogen: The next step of human evolution?

Energy is the cornerstone of Human evolution. It has become so ubiquitous in our societies that we no longer realise how much we use, and cannot imagine the possibility of not having access to plentiful energy. Access to energy is now considered to be a ‘right’; it dictates our economic growth, quality of life, including our level of education, and even our reproduction rate. With many Nations now threatened by climate change and global pollution of land, air and water…. have we reached the limits to growth? Hydrogen has often been touted as the fuel of the future… could this be our next step?

Please see Professor Francois Aguey-Zinsou webpage HERE



Professor Frances Kuo, School of Mathematics and Statistics

Frances Kuo completed a BCMS (Hons) in 1999 and a PhD in 2002 at University of Waikato in New Zealand. Started at UNSW as a Research Fellow in 2003, Frances successively held a UNSW Vice-Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellowship, an ARC QEII Fellowship, and an ARC Future Fellowship. She won the inaugural Information-Based Complexity Young Researcher Award, the ANZIAM J.H. Michell Medal, and the Information-Based Complexity Prize. Frances works in the exciting area of high dimensional numerical integration and approximation, especially “Quasi-Monte Carlo” methods. Her recent interests are in their applications in the field of Uncertainty Quantification.

Lecture: Lifting the curse of dimensionality

High dimensional computation with very many or even infinitely many variables is a new frontier in scientific computing, with applications ranging from financial mathematics to groundwater flow, neutron transport, wave propagation and more. Often the dimensionality arises from uncertainty or randomness in the data. High dimensional problems pose immense challenges because of a nearly inevitable tendency for the cost of computation to grow exponentially with dimension. This talk is a tale on how “Quasi-Monte Carlo” methods can be used to lift this curse of dimensionality.

Please see Professor Frances Kuo webpage HERE




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Location: The Chancellery, Council Chambers (C22), UNSW Sydney, Kensington.

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