CIRES CI Hongzhi Yin 2023 Young Tall Poppy Science Award Finalist

A huge congratulations to CIRES Chief Investigator and Associate Professor Yin Hongzhi for being a finalist in Queensland’s 2023 Young Tall Poppy Awards! Hongzhi was nominated for his research to return control of AI and its reliance on data to users. The award ceremony was held in Brisbane on the 18th October 2023.

Privacy and AI domination are significant challenges that humankind faces in the context of big data and AI, and AI’s reliance on data has led to the empowerment of tech giants and reshaping the global order. Hongzhi has developed a new decentralised intelligent computing model that collaboratively processes and analyses data on connected personal devices, providing real-time intelligent services without relying on a central controller.

Held annually around Australia, in Queensland the Young Tall Poppy Science Awards are hosted by the Australian Institute of Policy and Science in partnership with the Office of the Queensland Chief Scientist. The awards recognise and celebrate researchers who demonstrate scientific excellence combined with a unique passion for science communication, which can inspire young people to enter STEM study and careers.

Read the full media release here

2022 Australian Awards for University Teaching

Congratulations to our CIRES Chief Investigator and Theme Leader Associate Professor Hassan Khosravi and The RiPPLE Team, for their Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning, which was recognised at the recent AAUT awards!

The team designed and implemented, an innovative adaptive educational system that transforms student learning into an active, social and personalised experience.

Three other UQ teachers were recognised, meaning UQ remains the most awarded university through the AAUT scheme. Read more:

CIRES CI Dr Hassan Khosravi wins UQ Staff Excellence Award

Congratulations to CIRES CI, Dr Hassan Khosravi, whose work in developing the RiPPLE learning platform has received a commendation for innovation at The University of Queensland Staff Excellence Awards

The vision in developing RiPPLE has been to transform learning to be an active, social and personalised experience. Using RiPPLE, academics and students partner together to create pools of high-quality learning resources, which are used to recommend personalised content to students based on their mastery level. For more information on the platform please visit

The RiPPLE project thanks the leadership teams in the UQ Institute for Teaching and Learning Innovation (ITaLI) and UQAI in UQ School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering and in particular Karen Benson, Shazia Sadiq and Greg Winslett for their mentorship and continued support of the project.

CIRES Centre Director Prof Shazia Sadiq wins UQ Faculty Staff Excellence Award

Congratulations to our CIRES Centre Director Professor Shazia Sadiq on receiving a UQ Faculty Staff Excellence Award for Leadership!

Shazia has been a devoted lecturer for two decades, and an advocate for improving personalised learning and graduate outcomes. In 2012, she received an institutional award for teaching excellence and in 2016 she spearheaded the highly successful Master of Data Science program at UQ that is helping overcome skill shortages in Queensland for qualified data scientists. Shazia is also leading UQ’s AI Collaboratory, bringing together the research strengths of UQ experts spanning across several areas to present a strong portfolio of fundamental knowledge critical for the future of AI.

Shazia is passionate about the positive impact emerging technologies from data science, machine learning and artificial intelligence can have on our future. She advocates for responsible and ethical technology developments and believes strongly that these developments require trans-disciplinary collaborations between research, industry, government, and community.

As our CIRES Director, we truly appreciate Shazia’s vision in establishing the Centre, and her energy and enthusiasm for working collaboratively together to achieve great things.