2010 Pearcey Foundation South Australian Award

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Anton van den Hengel wins Pearcey Foundation

2010 SA Award


EMBARGOED UNTIL 6.00pm 21 OCTOBER 2010


Adelaide, Thursday 21 October 2010: The 2010 South Australian

Pearcey Foundation Award was presented to Dr Anton van den Hengel,

inventor of the Videotrace image modelling system and Professor of

Computer Science at the University of Adelaide. The presentation was

made by Mr Wayne Fitzsimmons, Chairman of the Pearcey Foundation,

at a ceremony held this evening in the Adelaide Festival Centre. The

award is made annually to a younger person in mid-career who is

running a risk and making a difference in the ICT industry.


“Allowing unskilled computer users to create 3D models of objects

around them, has translated into users being able to generate content

for virtual environments such as Second Life and Google Earth - that

this globally used software was invented right here in Adelaide by Anton

and his team at the University of Adelaide, illustrates why Anton has

been recognised through this most prestigious award” commented

Brenda Aynsley, Chairman of the Pearcey Foundation selection

committee for South Australia. 


In addition to his academic role, Anton is also heavily involved with

Snap Surveillance, a start-up company he established to

commercialise another invention associated with surveillance camera

technology as well as the Australian Centre for Visual Technologies,

an academic centre in Adelaide focussed on innovation in the

production and analysis of visual digital media, counting global

companies such as BHP Billiton as users of their technologies. 


Ms Aynsley also announced that this evening’s winner will be a finalist

in a new Pearcey National Award sponsored by CSIRO. The winner of

this new award, to be presented for the first time in 2011, will be drawn

from each of the 2010 Pearcey State Award winners.


About the Pearcey Foundation


Founded in memory of Trevor Pearcey, who built Australia’s first and

the world’s fourth programmable digital computer, CSIRAC, in Sydney

in 1949, the foundation is a group of concerned individuals fostering the

aims and achievements of the Australian ICT industry. Celebrating its

61st

anniversary this year, CSIRAC is the oldest surviving computer in

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South Melbourne VIC 3205

T:    (03) 8646 3883

F:    (03) 8646 3899

E:    admin@pearcey.org.au

        www.pearcey.org.au



STATE CHAPTERS

NSW: nsw@pearcey.org.au

VIC:    vic@pearcey.org.au

QLD:  qld@pearcey.org.au

SA:     sa@pearcey.org.au

TAS:   tas@pearcey.org.au


the world. The Pearcey Foundation’s objective is to reinforce the

recognition, knowledge and appreciation of Australia’s ongoing

contribution to the development and growth of our ICT professions,

research and industry.


For more information on the South Australian Pearcey Awards please

visit www.pearcey.org.au or call Ms Brenda Aynsley on 0412 662 988 







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