ITEE announces winner of the 2020 Neville Thiele Eminence Award

An outstanding computer systems engineer won the most prestigious award of the Information, Telecommunications, and Electronics Engineering College of Engineers Australia for 2020.
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5 May 2021

Dr. Mahdi Jalili FIEAust CPEng took out the accolade for his work in network science, artificial intelligence and machine learning.

He was presented with the award at the Victorian Fellows and Engineering Executive Celebration on 6 May 2021 in Melbourne by Engineers Australia ITEE National College Board member Dr Craig Watkins FIEAust CPEng EngExec NER.

The Neville Thiele Eminence Award is named in honor of the late Mr. A.N. (Neville) Thiele OAM, a pioneer in audio engineering standards and former president of The Institution of Radio and Electronics Engineers.

Mr Thiele created several audio engineering technologies which significantly improved the quality and performance of audio systems, some of which are still in use across the globe.

The 2020 winner of the Neville Thiele  Eminence Award, Dr. Jalili, has been able to improve the quality of models using artificial neural networks inspired by the understanding of the human brain. Dr. Jalili’s work can be applied to power and transport systems as well as social systems and ecology.

In the future, Dr. Jalili will look to develop state-of-the-art data-informed decision support technologies to provide more affordable, reliable, and secure electricity for Australians.

He is now working at RMIT University on research and development of machine learning for energy systems.