Jan.2002-Dec.2002.: Chair, School of EESE Teaching & Learning committee.
Achievements so far: initiated T&L research grants provided by the
school to promote on-line teaching, assessment, benchmarking, initiated
and maintained the EESE T&L website, and other areas.
Jan.2002-Dec.2002.: School of EESE Representative on the Faculty Teaching
& Learning committee.
Jan.2002-Dec.2002: Course Coordinator, Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical
& Computer Engineering)/Bachelor of Applied Science Mathematics- IF21.
Jan.2002-Dec. 2002: Course Coordinator, Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical
& Computer Engineering)/Bachelor of Business- IF28.
Feb.2000-April 2001: School Representative of a new Course (INFOMECHATRONIC)
A multidisciplinary course involving the school of Mechanical Engineering,
the School of Electrical Engineering, and the School of Information Technology.
My role is to coordinate the activities related to the units in this course.
I also taught a new unit in this course.
Feb. 2000-April 2001: Responsible for the Electrical
Eng. Course Benchmarking My role is to benchmark the school's new 12
credit points electrical engineering course against similar courses in
Australia and overseas. The first exercise consisted of a thorough analysis
of the course in terms of content, pre-requisites, areas of studies, delivery,
and assessments. I had to devise a method to make sure that the students'
load was reasonable taking into consideration assessments, delivery time,
The Research Concentration has two main groups: 1) the Computer Vision
group (under my leadership) and the Automation group (under the leadership
of Dr. D. Campbell). A/Prof. Bergmann was also a member of the Concentration
with involvements in activities related to High Performance Computing (as
reflected by joint research grants as in Section 4.2). Two academics, Two
postdoctoral fellows during 2001, many research assistants, one Admin.
Officer and one Computer Systems Officer are currently working/worked with
the RCCVA under my supervision.
Duties: Provide leadership and support to staff and postgraduate
students in the Centre. Supervise the research activities in the Centre,
and provide adequate financial support to sustain the activities. The SCSN
includes three (3) Academics, two (2) Post-docs (another postdoc concluded
in Feb. 2001), four (4) Research Assistants in average, around 12 Postgraduate
Students, one Administration Officer and one Computer Systems Officer.
Another leadership role is to manage the Centre’s budget ($300K/year in
The centre has three groups: 1) The GPS group (project leader:
Prof. K. Kubik now replaced by the Automation Group led by Dr. D. Campbell).
2) The High Performance Computing (HPC) group based on FPGA technology
(Project Leader: Dr. N. Bergmann). 3) The Image Processing and Computer
Vision Group (Project Leader: Dr. M. Bennamoun).
The centre collaborates with several institutions and companies,
including, CSIRO (joint supervision
of Ms. J. Banks, and J. Williams), a local textile company (through an
ARC SPIRT grant), the University of Stuttgart, Germany (Adjunct Professor
M. Hahn spent a year in the SCSN in 1998, and in average 2 students from
Germany spend 4 months per year in the Centre), and Wuhan University, China.
I developed collaborations between the SCSN, CSIRO, and the Queensland
Manufacturing Institute (QMI). During my period as director, students
were supported to go overseas. Examples include Bruce Hannah who went to
the Rutherford Appleton Lab (RAL) near Abingdon, England, in the Space
Science Dept. and the Radio Communications Research Unit for a period of
SCSN Ph.D. graduates were able to obtain jobs with very prestigious
companies overseas, examples include Dr. W. Osberger who is currently working
with Tektronix, Portland, Oregon, USA and Dr. J. Banks currently working
with the Fraunhofer Institute in Germany.
I had to undertake many other allied positions for the Centre,
such as the SCSN ethics adviser, and serve on Ph.D. Oral defense committees.
Jan. 97- Present: Responsible for the Computer Network and computing facilities
in the Space Centre for Satellite Navigation. When I joined the SCSN, the
Unix network was practically down. I identified the needs and managed with
the help of the SCSN Computer Systems Officer to have a fully functional
PC and Unix networks serving the needs of the SCSN, the CRC for Satellite
Systems, and the Communication and Information Processing group in the
EESE. Around 25-30 people were using the networks.
Jan. 97-Dec.2002: Project Leader, Vision Group, Space Centre for Satellite
Navigation. The group is, in average, composed of eight postgraduate students
working on different Image Processing and Computer Vision projects, and
three-four research assistants.
June. 97-Dec. 98: Project Manager of a RIEF’97 Grant in the SCSN, obtained
by Prof. K. Kubik (QUT), and A. Maeder (Univ. of Ballarat), A$90,000.
I equipped the SCSN with top of the line hardware for real-time image
July 93-Dec. 97: Coordination of Tutorials, Division of Electronics/Aerospace
& Avionics, School of Electrical & Electronic Systems Engineering,
The division was composed of seven staff members. There were
about 12 units assigned to that division. My role was to find out
the tutorial needs of each staff member in the division, assign tutors
to their units, and make sure that the tutorials are run smoothly.
July 93-Dec. 97: Coordination of the Avionics Undergraduate Laboratory,
School of Electrical & Electronic Systems Engineering, QUT.
All the undergraduate students in the Avionics Course continuously
used this laboratory. This laboratory contained two X-terminals, and six
Personal computers. The laboratory was vital for the students to
learn about flight simulation, and perform their computing assignments.
With the help of the Technical Services Group in the school, my role
was to make sure that the hardware and the software requirements were maintained.
July 93-Dec. 97: Coordination of the Electronics Laboratory, School of
Electrical & Electronics Systems Engineering, QUT. All the Electronics
Pracs. in the school were run in this laboratory. We hosted an average
of 550 students/week. My role was to assign tutors to supervise the pracs.,
supervise the tutors while they were running the pracs., and supervise
few pracs. myself.
July 93-Nov. 94: Project Leader of the Computer Vision Group, Image Processing
& Computer Vision Laboratory, SPRC, QUT.
Jan. 95-Dec. 97: Maintenance of the Andros Robotec mobile robot at the
Signal Processing Research Centre (SPRC), QUT.
Jan. 94-May 94: Acting Coordinator of the Robotics Laboratory, Signal Processing
Research Centre (SPRC), QUT. Acted on behalf of the Laboratory Coordinator
The laboratory was composed of four lecturers at that time. My
role was to act more as a facilitator between the four lecturers, and the
postgraduate students, and to ensure that the equipment in the laboratory
was functioning properly.
Courses, Subject Areas, Initiation and/or Design of new units
Jan. 97-Jan.2000: Area Subject Coordinator: Aerospace/Avionics.
Duties: Coordinate the Aerospace/Avionics subjects in the School of
Jan. 2000-Nov. 2000: Unit Coordinator, EEB791 Final Year Elective Unit
in the area of "Artificial Neural Networks". My role was to devise the
most appropriate content for the unit, deliver lectures, organize computer-based
tutorials (using Matlab) and prepare the assessments. I now serve as a
unit coordinator every semester. Other units include:
Jun.99- Dec.99 Unit Coordinator, EEB889 Final Year Elective Unit in the
area of "Image Processing and Computer Vision". My role was to set up the
content of the unit, deliver lectures, organize computer-based tutorials
(using Matlab) and prepare the assessments.
Jun 98-Dec. 98: Acting Course Coordinator, IF45 (BE(Elec&Comp)/Bbusiness.
Duties: provide leadership in course development and accreditation,
resolve operational matters, including timetable matters and adjustments
to assessment requirements, in order to balance student work loads, counsel
students on academic matters and foster their progress in the course. Other
duties included the participation in the “Enrolment Advisory Session”,
and the weekly meetings to sort out the 12 credit point units relations
between the different courses.
Jan. 95-Nov. 95: Unit Coordinator, EEB 271, involving another lecturer
and 250 students.
My role was to interact with the other lecturer to prepare the lecture
notes, and the tutorials, make sure that the material covered in both sections
was compatible, prepare the assignments and the exams, and mark the final
year exam. I have also been the unit Coordinator for most of the
other units that I taught.
Based on the course that I was lecturing at Queen’s University, Canada,
I will be offering an elective unit on “Robotics and Sensing” in our school.
This is an initiation to a unit, which was never taught in our School before.
From 1998 to 2002 supervised in average two (2) academics, a total of three
(3) postdoctoral fellows, one Administrative Officer and one Computer System
Officer (CSO) and an average of three (3) Research Assistants in the RCCVA.
Participated in the Faculty Orientation Day (August 98)
Participated in the School Executive meetings, School of Electrical &
Electronics Systems Engineering, QUT. Acted on behalf of the Head
of my Division while absent.
Mentor for eight students (1995-1998), Bachelor of Engineering (Aerospace
Avionics, EE43), QUT. Meetings were planned with these students to identify
problems they were possibly encountering and to seek solutions.
Involved in the yearly Student Orientations and tours in the school of
Electrical Engineering, Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada, from 1986
Involved in the yearly Student Orientations and tours in the School of
Electrical Engineering, QUT. The objective of these tours was to
attract high school students to pursue a course in the school.
Involved in the Tertiary Studies Expo95. The objective was to promote
the courses offered in the school of EESE, QUT.
Built a Mosaic Homepage for the Image Processing & Computer Vision,
and the Robotics Laboratories, Signal Processing Research Centre (SPRC),
QUT. I was also the maintainer of this page until January 97. This
was an important contribution to promote the activities of the SPRC all
over the world, and to attract potential postgraduate students.
Built a Mosaic Homepage for the Australian Affiliate Campus (AAC) to the
International Space University (ISU): http://www.isunet.edu/affiliates.html.
As the General Coordinator of the Australian Affiliate Campus to the ISU
my role is to promote the activities of the AAC to the ISU community.
on Working Committees
Jan. 02-Dec.2002: Member of the Faculty Advisory Committee.
Jan. 02-Dec.2002: Member of the Faculty Teaching & Learning Committee.
Jan. 02-Dec.2002: Member and Chair of the School Teaching & Learning
Jan. 98-Dec.2002: Member of the EESE School Research Committee (SRC). The
role of the SRC is to liaise and implement the policies of the Faculty
Research committee. The committee initiated a School based scholarship
in 1998 to encourage postgraduate students with a substantial number of
July 93-Dec. 97: Member of the Division of Electronics/Aerospace &
Avionics, EESE, QUT.
We had monthly meetings to address different issues related to the
units assigned to the division, establish strategic plans, and discuss
the equipment needs pertinent to the laboratories which were attached to
the division. My role varied according to the needs of the division.
July 93-Dec. 97: Member of the Image Processing Laboratory, Signal Processing
Research Centre, QUT. We had weekly meetings to discuss the needs
of the laboratory and the research directions to take. My administrative
role was to assist the laboratory coordinator if in need, and to help in
the maintenance of the computer system in the lab.
Apr. 95-Dec. 97: Nominated Member of the Cultural Diversity Working Party
in the School of EESE, QUT to promote diversity in the school. The
role of this working party was: 1)- to identify the diversity issues
within the School at both an interpersonal and structural level, 2)- to
examine models of diversity management used elsewhere, 3)- to establish
strategies and an action plan to address the issues identified in 1, and
4)- establish a plan for diversity training for senior managers. The working
party met regularly to act on the above mentioned issues.
Jan. 99-Jan.2000: Member of the School Workspace and Safety Committee.
7.5- Attended Workshops
June 1999: Introduction to Recruitment and Selection at QUT.
April 1997: Staff Development Training Course, QUT: “Effective Business
July 1996: Two days workshop, Strategic Planning for the Signal Processing
Jan. 1995: Four days workshop, Team Building, Strategic Planning, and Management
Skills, offered by the Australian Institute of Management (A.I.M.), Kooralbyn
Valley. The objective behind this workshop was to improve teamwork in the
Signal Processing Research Centre, and to acquire practical management
Summary: I acquired
Management skills through my participation at Management workshops, the
management course that I took at the International Space University, and
by reading the relevant literature. I apply diligently and efficiently
what I learnt in practical situations. My leadership was demonstrated
through the different tasks of coordination that were assigned to me in
the school of EESE, QUT, and the Signal Processing Research Centre, QUT
(coordination of units, laboratories, etc.). I further developed these
skills since becoming the Director of a successful Research Centre, the
SCSN. I have been the project leader of many research groups. I am responsible
for the Computer Network and computing facilities in the Space Centre for
Satellite Navigation. I coordinated various key undergraduate labs. I was
an Acting Course Coordinator of a double degree course for a period of
6 months, and the unit coordinator of most of the subjects that I taught.
I have been a member on various working committees and made substantial
contributions. I am initiating and designing new units, and continuously
introducing new research areas in the SCSN. I assist the Head of School
by undertaking different day to day tasks. Some of which have been omitted
Last updated 9 April 2002 M. Bennamoun CRICOS No 00126G