Director of the Monash eResearch Centre, Monash University, Australia
Prof Paul Bonnington is the Director of the Monash eResearch Centre, Monash University, Australia, and a Professor in the School of Mathematical Sciences.
He began his academic career at the University of Auckland, New Zealand in 1993, becoming an Associate Professor in Mathematics, President of the Combinatorial Mathematics Society of Australasia, Chief Managing Editor of the Australasian Journal of Combinatorics, and Associate Dean of the Faculty of Science within 10 years.
In 2005, Prof Bonnington spearheaded New Zealand’s eResearch Infrastructure project BeSTGRID, and was recruited by Monash University to lead the Monash eResearch Centre in 2008.
This multi-disciplinary centre has grown rapidly over the past 8 years to now include over 40 eResearch professionals providing expertise, computing, visualisation and data capabilities into numerous research domains: Archaeology, Genomics, Structural Biology, Bio-medical Imaging, Climate Modeling, Computational Chemistry, Materials Engineering, Fluid Dynamics, Transport Research, Public Health and Epidemiology, Geophysics, and Mathematics.
In 2008/09, he chaired the establishment of the $75M Australian National Data Service (http://www.ands.org.au). The Australian National Data Service is an initiative of the Australian Government begun under the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy. Since its development, the project has executed plans to develop Australia’s research data infrastructure, capture descriptions of Australia’s research data, and to build Australia’s research data management capability.
The Monash eResearch Centre’s role is to build collaborations between research disciplines, nurture eResearch developments and to build bridges between researchers and research infrastructure providers. Since 2010, the Monash eResearch Centre has been selected to host over $20M of Australia’s federally-funded national eResearch Infrastructure for specialised high-performance computing, research cloud services and data storage and data management: the National Computational Infrastructure Specialist High Performance Computing Facility (http://www.massive.org.au), and nodes of the national NeCTAR Research Cloud (http://www.nectar.org.au) and Research Data Storage Infrastructure (http://www.rds.org.au).
The innovations of the centre, particularly with respect to cloud infrastructure, real-time instrument data processing, and virtual laboratories, is internationally regarded. It is a partner centre of excellence for many technology companies.
Abstract: Research data continues to grow exponentially, and more disciplines are increasing the development, and use of, modern domain-specific techniques centered around advances in computing and IT. Furthermore, new digital instrumentation is generating research data at a capacity that is exceeding the data processing capabilities within the local laboratory, and research groups are engaging more […]