Sci­en­tist an op­ti­mum per­former

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Como - Su­sanne Reilly

AT just 30-years-old, Como res­i­dent Ryan Loxton is mak­ing strides in the world of math­e­mat­ics.

The Curtin Univer­sity se­nior lec­turer was awarded the Wood­side Early Ca­reer Sci­en­tist of the Year at the 2014 Premier’s Sci­ence Awards.

His re­search fo­cuses on de­vel­op­ing math­e­mat­i­cal tech­niques to op­ti­mise in­dus­trial pro­cesses in ar­eas in­clud­ing ro­bot­ics, elec­tron­ics and chem­i­cal en­gi­neer­ing.

“Es­sen­tially, my work in­volves de­vel­op­ing math­e­mat­i­cal tech­niques to opti- mise real-world sys­tems,” Dr Loxton said.

“We are look­ing for the op­ti­mal op­er­a­tion strat­egy that re­sults in max­i­mum ef­fi­ciency or min­i­mal cost. We use var­i­ous math­e­mat­i­cal al­go­rithms and meth­ods to do this.”

He said it was a great hon­our to win. “The other fi­nal­ists were both out­stand­ing young re­searchers and I didn’t ex­pect that I would be the win­ner; I was happy just to be a fi­nal­ist,” he said.

“I hope it would open up fur­ther op­por­tu­ni­ties to ap­ply our team’s math­e­mat­i­cal tech­niques to new ap­pli­ca­tions.

“I also hope the award in­spires young stu­dents in­ter­ested in math­e­mat­ics to con­tinue their stud­ies in this area and dis­cover that math­e­mat­ics is not just a the­o­ret­i­cal sci­ence, it’s fun­da­men­tal to prac­ti­cal en­gi­neer­ing sys­tems.”

Dr Loxton has pub­lished more than 50 peer-re­viewed re­search pa­pers and de­liv­ered key-note ad­dresses at sev­eral in­ter­na­tional con­fer­ences.

■ Mark Zam­mit, PhD can­di­date in the Depart­ment of Imag­ing and Ap­plied Physics at Curtin was named Stu­dent Sci­en­tist of the Year for his work de­vel­op­ing the world’s most ac­cu­rate model for de­scrib­ing col­li­sions of atoms and mol­e­cules.

Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey

Curtin Univer­sity’s Ryan Loxton.

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