The Young Tall Poppy Awards, formally introduced at a digital ceremony final evening, recognises the achievements of Australia’s excellent younger scientific researchers and communicators.
Professor Desai is Director of La Trobe’s Centre for Technology Infusion, and one in all solely 12 Victorian scientists named on this 12 months’s awards.
La Trobe Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research and Industry Engagement, Professor Susan Dodds congratulated him on the accolade.
“Professor Desai has developed an impressive profile of research excellence by developing and applying cutting-edge technology solutions to a range of problems facing transportation, smart farming, logistics and energy management systems,” Professor Dodds stated.
“It’s fitting that such a creative, talented, pragmatic individual with a strong track record of developing and delivering practical, commercially relevant innovations to industry, Government, partners and clients should be leading La Trobe’s world-leading Centre for Technology Infusion.”
Professor Desai thanked the Australian Institute of Policy and Science for his award.
“I feel proud to receive this recognition for my work, and that of the team at the Centre for Technology Infusion where we are focused on maximising the potential for micro-nano electronics, wireless sensor networks, and artificial intelligence and data analytics to address global problems.”
Professor Desai’s tasks have included:
Working with Victorian Government to deploy and check the state’s first autonomous automobile (pictured) with end-users
Work creating sensible internet-of-things microchip for condition-monitoring of produce from farm gate to buy entrance
Energy administration know-how for Australia’s first Zero Emission housing challenge
Digital automobile identification know-how trials for Victorian legislation enforcement and street authorities
Testing and validating race monitoring and timing know-how for thoroughbred racing
Applying sensible wearable sensor know-how to find out pedigree of sheep and the feeding behaviour and efficiency of cattle
Developing linked automobile know-how to enhance security at rail crossings
Applying sensible linked AI applied sciences to enhance tram signalling.