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RMIT Awards for Research Impact 2021 Winner - Nic Bao


RMIT Research Excellence and Impact Awards and Prizes recognise and celebrate the research achievements of staff, including Early Career Researchers and Higher Degree by Research candidates who have made significant contributions to research excellence and impact, and research training. The RMIT Prize for Research Impact – HDR (Higher Degree by Research) recognises an HDR candidate who can demonstrate the potential for significant impact of their research outside the academic community. The definition of impact for this award includes the demonstrable contribution that research makes to the economy, society, culture, national security, public policy or services, health, the environment, or quality of life, beyond contributions to academia. The selection of prize recipients is by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research and Innovation based on recommendations of the Awards Panel. Nic Bao was awarded the prize for his outstanding performance on interdisciplinary research, exploring how buildings can be shaped and optimised through robotic fabrication in line with both architectural and structural design requirements in the past years.

2021 RMIT Awards for Research Excellence and Impact

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IASS Hangai Prize 2021 Winner - Jeff Lee


The Hangai Prize was established in 2001 in memory of Professor Yasuhiko Hangai (Japan, 1942-1998), a very active member of the IASS and its Executive Council.  In accordance with Professor Hangai's career-long encouragement for young people, the award recognizes young talented researchers, designers, and engineers working in the field of shell and spatial structures whose papers submitted to the annual IASS Symposium are judged to be most meritorious by the Hangai Prize Committee. Jeff Lee was awarded the prize for his outstanding paper on From ruled surfaces to Elastica-ruled surfaces: New possibilities for creating architectural forms.

International Association for Shell and Spatial (IASS)

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CAADRIA Young 2021 Winner - Nic Bao


The Young CAADRIA Awards was established in 2004, funded by CAADRIA and include sponsorship of conference registration fees and a certificate presented during the conference. The awards are allocated by the committee jointly formed by CAADRIA, the Paper Selection Committee, and the Conference Host and are based on the merit of the paper, contribution and relevance to CAADRIA and demonstrated the depth of research interest. Nic Bao was awarded the prize for his outstanding paper on SwarmBESO: Multi-agent and evolutionary computational design based on the principles of structural performance.

The Association for Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia (CAADRIA)

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Victoria Prize for Science & Innovation 2020 Winner - Mike Xie


The Victoria Prize for Science and Innovation celebrates leadership, determination and creativity. It also highlights the many ways in which research and development of international significance are conducted in Victoria. This prestigious prize is for a scientific discovery or technological innovation, or a series of such achievements that significantly advances knowledge. The clear potential to produce a commercial outcome or other substantial benefits to the community is highly regarded.

Victorian Endowment for Science, Knowledge and Innovation (VESKI)