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Research Advice for Graduate Students

Research Advice for Graduate Students

Professor Ryan Loxton, BSc (Hons), PhD, FAustMS, FORS || School of Electrical Engineering, Computing, and Mathematical Sciences || Curtin University, Australia

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Abstract: Graduate students face the daunting task of transitioning from “learner” to “inventor” and this requires much more than just technical knowledge – for example, the ability to write and communicate is crucial, but such “soft skills” are often neglected in the education system. This talk aims to address this gap by providing graduate students with advice on improving academic writing and building a long-term research career. The speaker will discuss such questions as: “How to choose a research direction?”, “How to do high-quality research?” and “How to write publications?”. The talk is based on the speaker’s personal experience as a senior researcher who has worked with many graduate students in China.

Ryan Loxton is a professor in the School of Electrical Engineering, Computing, and Mathematical Sciences at Curtin University. His work focuses on using advanced mathematics to optimise complex processes in a wide range of applications such as mining, oil and gas, agriculture, and industrial process control. Ryan is a passionate advocate for industry engagement and has worked with many companies including Woodside Energy, Linkforce, and Vekta Automation. He has received several prestigious awards for his work, including the 2019 JH Michell Medal from the Australian Mathematical Society and the 2014 West Australian Young Scientist of the Year Award. Ryan leads the optimisation theme in the new Australian Centre for Transforming Maintenance through Data Science, which is co-funded by the Australian Research Council and industry partners Alcoa, BHP Billiton, and Roy Hill. He has published over 60 journal articles, including papers in Automatica, IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, and SIAM Journal on Control and Optimization.