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August 2016

Welcome to the first edition of the Gigabyte. The is a monthly newsletter for FIT Graduate Research students.  

Gigabyte will bring you information about graduate research matters, opportunities for career and personal development, and share stories about our Graduate Research students, alumni and supervisors. Please make sure to 'view entire message' and 'load images' to enjoy the complete newsletter.

Please submit anything you would like to share with your fellow students, and give us feedback so that we can make this newsletter exactly what you want. Submission deadline for next newsletter: 31 August. Enjoy!
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Newsflash - Graduate Research Student Retreat

Monash U Mlaysia guest at retreat
Group photo at the retreat
Graduate Research Student Retreat, Inverloch July 2016 - A resounding success!

Our Faculty's first Graduate Research Student Retreat was a joyous event with 94 students, including six from Malaysia, academics, GR support staff and invited guests. The retreat strengthened our graduate research student community by providing the time and space to foster academic and social connections across the Faculty. 

Our wonderful guest speakers Professor Hugh Durrant-Whyte, Dr Chris Behrenbruch and Ms Chris Gonsalvez shared their experiences with generating research and business ideas, starting collaborations and engaging industry. Other highlights were the 3 Minute Thesis (3MT) competition to share ideas and information about each others research, the student-led workshops providing relevant feedback to peers and the Womens Networking breakfast. 

Faculty 3MT Competition Winners:
  • 1st place and People's Choice winner: Anuradha Madugalla  
  • 2nd places: Kai Siong Yow and Xuhui Zhang

Events & Seminars



Invitation to attend the Dean's Student Forum

Get your voice heard! You are invited to the Dean's Student Forum, a chance for you to share your ideas with our Dean and the Academic team, and hear about our future directions.

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Monash Uni - Byte Into Your IT Career - Exhibition & Seminar Series

Don't miss out on this exclusive career program for Faculty of IT students. Connect with organisations and get tips and tricks on how to be that person every employer wants.

Participating Organisation Book In Now



2016 Innovation Showcase Research Posters - EoI’s due

The Faculty of Information Technology will hold its fourth annual research innovation event, Innovation Showcase, in October 17 or 18 (TBC), 2016. This event will be held in a high profile Melbourne city venue and attendance by ‘invitation only'. The event showcases the most innovative research being undertaken by the Faculty’s researchers and our graduate research students. You are invited to apply to be a part of the showcase's research poster competition. The best posters wins a $500 prize. Expression of Interest closing date 17 August. For more information and to express your interest, please contact

Last years' research posters



3MT Three Minute Thesis Final 2016

Please join and support our FIT 3MT Winner Anu Madugalla at the 3MT Monash Finals to hear our graduate research students showcasing their research in only 3 minutes! When: Tuesday 13 September @ 12.00pm - 2.30pm, Games Hall, Monash Sport, 42 Scenic Boulevard CLAYTON CAMPUS.

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AMSI BioInfoSummer 2016

BioInfoSummer is a key training event in Australia, bringing together people form all disciplines to share current research and developments in Bioinformatics. Join us for a week of specialised workshops, computer and wet labs, practicals, public events and lectures, and the Women in STEM event. Early bird registration close 2 October.

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Opportunities Now & Beyond Your PhD


AMSI Internship

AMSI Internship is a national program working with industry, recognising a growing need for high-level PhD students to enter all industry sectors. The program connects postgraduate students and their university supervisors with industry partners through short-term (4-5 month) tightly focused research internships.

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ACS Foundation - Scholarships and Internships

The ACS Foundation provides career advice, research grants and university scholarships to strengthen our innovative future. The Foundation facilitates relevant industry experience placements for students with large and small technology companies. Sponsor organisations range from IBM, CBA, Dell, Microsoft and Adobe to growing SME's such as eCorner, Dataweave and Clear2Pay. A current Caulfield campus PhD student is undertaking an internship funded by a ACS Foundation scholarship.

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Monash Career Connect and Career Gateway

The career consultants and online tools can help you with your job application, meeting with a careers consultant, your work rights, interview tips, jobs board, student leadership programs, volunteering at Monash, career related events and seminars.

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Humans of IT

Shampa Shahriyar picture - scroll down and 'Load All Images' to see the pictures.

Introducing PhD candidate Shampa Shahriyar, 2014 winner of the Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition, the Innovation Showcase Research poster, and the 2015 recipient of a Facebook scholarship to attend Grace Hopper Celebration (GHC) in Arizona.  

Shampa’s research interest is multiview video coding; especially depth coding and depth image based rendering. In particular, she works on efficient depth coding and rendering to support 3D and multiple view video transmission. Her PhD work relates to 3D video technologies, which has direct contribution in television, ubiquitous health, and the sports industry. More details can be found here.

Shampa inspired the formation of FIT's Women in IT Research  Network (WiTRN) in 2015, a support network for our female graduate research students. Please contact Helen Cridland to join the FB group.


Our PhD student David Hemmi has been selected to take part in the 2016 Monash-Ben-Gurion University Student Entrepreneurship Program, which promotes entrepreneurship, and gives students the opportunity to learn about another country and culture, through working closely with students from that culture and visiting that country.

Awards and Medals


  • Innovation Showcase - Two awards and medals will be awarded
  • Inaugural Dean’s Doctoral Medal  - excellence in research achievements, and significant contributions to the Faculty’s GR community. Calling for nominations soon.
  • GR Best Research Paper of the Year Award - provided by Scram Software. More details to come.

Do you know of more? Please contact Helen Cridland

Did You Know?

Develop your language and communication skills to report your research

Develop your language and communication skills to report your research.
Assistance provided on aspects of communicating research proposals and research milestone reports, literature reviews, conference and journal papers, seminar presentations and the thesis. 

Further information:

No more paper based forms for thesis submission

No more paper based forms for thesis submission.
With the successful launch of Monash Graduate Education's online thesis submission portal, paper based forms for thesis submission will no longer be accepted as of 1 June, 2016. Please click here for further information on how to submit your thesis or contact

Introducing your GR Student Committee reps helping create a supportive environment

Introducing your GR Student Committee reps helping create a supportive environment.

Graduate Research Student Committee campus leaders  
Tian Goh (Caulfield), Tenindra Abeywickrama (Clayton), Shahriar Kaisar (Gippsland) and Kuan Yew Leong (Malaysia). If you'd like to join your campus committee or support your GR Student Committee reps, please contact any of the above 

Faculty Graduate Research Committee representatives
Tom Bochynek (Caulfield), Tenindra Abeywickrama (Clayton), Shahriar Kaisar (Gippsland) and Kuan Yew Leong (Malaysia)Tom Bochynek (Caulfield), Tenindra Abeywickrama (Clayton), Shahriar Kaisar (Gippsland) and Leong Kuan Yew (Malaysia).

Personal safety and security
Personal safety and security
Working after 6pm or weekends? Check out the support services and security video
Security advises that you should call them with your details and they will check on you, and please let them know when you leave.
Parenting Rooms & Child Care

Parenting Rooms & Child Care
Looking for Child Care centres around our Clayton, Caulfield and peninsula campus. or looking for parenting rooms on campus including access for after hours? Please click here.  

Need help lodging your tax return?  

Need help lodging your tax return?  
Fully trained Monash student volunteers will help you complete your tax return - FREE and CONFIDENTIAL. The program will run from 1 July to 31 October. 

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