University academic visits Japan for meeting of the minds

28 February 2013

University of Newcastle academic Associate Professor Chris Kellett is one of eight Australian researchers travelling to Japan next week as part of the Australia Japan Emerging Research Leaders Exchange Program.

Associate Professor Kellett's research into communication and control aims to improve the reliability, efficiency, and performance of complex large-scale systems such as electricity, transportation, and irrigation networks.

During his 11-day visit, Associate Professor Kellett will visit eight institutions, including Kumamoto University and Yamaguchi University, to meet with researchers working in similar fields.

"My research is centered on designing new control systems that keep pace with technological advancements while guaranteeing efficient and reliable operation. The systems will be specifically for use in intelligent electricity networks but the techniques developed will be applicable to a wide range of applications," Associate Professor Kellett said.

"I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to meet and discuss my research with like-minded academics in Japan, and to pursue collaborative links between the University of Newcastle and Japanese institutions."

Associate Professor Chris Kellet 

The exchange program is sponsored jointly by the Department of Innovation, Industry, Science, Research, and Tertiary Education and the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science, and administered by the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering and the Engineering Academy of Japan.

Australia and Japan are considered emerging leaders in the science and technology community and the exchange program aims to establish collaborative research linkages between the two countries.

The University of Newcastle achieved a '5' rating of 'well above world standard' for Electrical and Electronic Engineering research in the 2012 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA).

Professor Kellett is a member of the Centre of Excellence in Intelligent Electricity Networks, the University of Newcastle Priority Research Centre in Complex Dynamic Systems and Control, and the University of Newcastle Centre for Signal Processing Microelectronics.