Congratulations to A/Prof Lucy Marshall & Dr Fiona Johnson on being awarded at MODSIM 2017

Two researchers from the Water Research Centre have been honoured for their research by the Modelling and Simulation Society of Australia and New Zealand at its biennial conference last week in Hobart.

Associate Professor Lucy Marshall was jointly awarded the mid-career President’s Invited Plenary at this years’ conference. The President’s invited plenary gives outstanding mid-career researchers an opportunity to showcase their work. Lucy’s presentation was on “Uncertainty, creativity, and automated model building in the hydrologic sciences” where she argued that automated model building platforms have transformed the modeler’s ability to effectively develop competing hypotheses about hydrologic systems, and have unified modelers by providing a common template for previously disparate model structures. However she also advocated that modellers need be creative and spend time understanding systems and the processes that they are trying to simulate. Her presentation was based on a recent invited commentary in Groundwater;jsessionid=33568DD97527CE281422815B8E0D32F8.f04t04

Dr Fiona Johnson was awarded the Early Career Research Excellence prize which rewards an impressive research contribution to the advancement of modelling and simulation at an early career stage. At the conference Fiona presented her latest research on drought downscaling and sub-daily rainfall extreme classification, with both research areas funded through Australian Research Council grants.

UNSW Water Research Centres were busy during the conference with 4 Research Associates and 6 PhD students showcasing the wide variety of hydrology at UNSW with oral and poster presentations.

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