Wednesday, 06 July 2022 11:53

Curtin appoints Turpin to chair in ophthalmic big data


Curtin University and the Lions Eye Institute have appointed Professor Andrew Turpin as the inaugural Lions Curtin Chair in Ophthalmic Big Data.

"Professor Turpin will bring deep expertise that will further develop the Institute's and Curtin's work in artificial intelligence, image analysis, Indigenous, rural and remote eye health, and data linkage," said Lions Eye Institute managing director Professor Bill Morgan.

"He will help to drive the research agenda and facilitate the translation of research knowledge into policy and practice."

Turpin's research interests include computational problems in human vision, in particular developing new techniques for diagnosing and monitoring glaucoma.

Curtin University Faculty of Health Sciences Pro Vice-Chancellor Professor Archie Clements welcomed the appointment, saying "Professor Turpin's extensive academic leadership experience will be critical for lifting data science research in the state, with a focus on eye health, an area of significant need here in WA.

"Our partnership with the Lions Eye Institute has been incredibly exciting and we look forward to Professor Turpin building on the momentum we have created in eye health research."

Turpin is currently the director of the Melbourne Data Analytics Platform and senior academic convenor of the Petascale Campus Initiative at the University of Melbourne, where he has worked for 12 years.

He was previously a senior lecturer at RMIT University and a lecturer at Curtin University.

Turpin holds bachelor's degrees in commerce and computer science, and a PhD in computer science, all from the University of Melbourne.

"I am looking forward to the opportunities that the combined resources of the Lions Eye Institute, Curtin and Western Australia will bring to improve patient outcomes using data and computational techniques," he said.

Turpin will take up the chair at Curtin in November 2022.

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