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Dr Ulrich Engelke

Senior Research Scientist

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PO BOX 1130


Ulrich Engelke received the Dipl.-Ing. degree in Electrical Engineering from RWTH Aachen University, Germany, in 2004. In 2010, he received the Ph.D. degree in Telecommunications from the Blekinge Institute of Technology, Karlskrona, Sweden, followed by a post-doc position at the University of Nantes, France. Before joining the CSIRO he was with the Visual Experiences Group at Philips Research, The Netherlands, and with Philips Color Kinetics, USA. In 2016 he was seconded to IBM Research Almaden Labs in San Jose, USA. In 2017 and 2018 he conducted visiting scholarships at the University of Konstanz, Germany, and University of Oxford, UK, respectively.

In his current role at CSIRO Data61 Ulrich works at the interface between humans and data. He designs and evaluates interactive systems and methods that enable an efficient path from data to insight for improved decision making. His research focuses specifically on:

  • Visual analytics and information visualisation techniques.
  • Immersive analytics through virtual and mixed reality interfaces.
  • Quantitative user experience and task performance evaluation.

Ulrich’s application areas lie mainly within earth and environmental sciences. Through his work in these areas, Ulrich hopes to make a positive impact on the future of our planet and its inhabitants.

Ulrich is the recipient of several prestigious awards, including the
- 2015 OCE Julius Career Award
- 2014 CSIRO Excellence in Research Ethics Award as member of the Cognitive Engineering team, and
- 2006 Graduate School of Telecommunications (GST) PhD scholarship awarded through the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm, Sweden.

Current Roles

  • Project Leader
    Immersive Analytics

  • Board Member
    Video Quality Experts Group (VQEG)

  • Editorial Board Member
    ELSEVIER Signal Processing: Image Communication

  • Steering Committee Member
    International Symposium on Big Data Visual and Immersive Analytics

Academic Qualifications

  • 2010

    PhD Telecommunications
    Blekinge Institute of Technology (BTH), Sweden

  • 2004

    Masters Information and Communication Technologies
    RWTH Aachen University, Germany

Professional Experiences

  • 05/2013-now

    Senior Research Scientist / Project Leader
    CSIRO, Hobart, Australia

  • 10/2016-now

    Adjunct Senior Lecturer
    University of Tasmania

  • 05/2017-06/2017

    Visiting Scholar
    University of Konstanz, Germany

  • 05/2016-08/2016

    IBM Research Almaden, Accelerated Discovery Lab, USA

  • 08/2011-04/2013

    Research Scientist
    Philips Research, Visual Experiences Group, The Netherlands

  • 09/2012-12/2012

    Research Scientist / Project Leader
    Philips Color Kinetics, USA

  • 02/2011-07/2011

    University of Nantes, Image and Video Communications (IVC) Group, France

  • 09/2009-12/2009

    Visiting Researcher
    University of Nantes, Image and Video Communications (IVC) Group, France

  • 10/2008-12/2008

    Visiting Researcher
    University of Western Sydney (UWS), School of Computing and Mathematics, Australia

  • 04/2005-01/2011

    Research Assistant / Project Leader
    Blekinge Institute of Technology (BTH), Signal Processing Group, Sweden

  • 03/2003-07/2003

    Research Intern
    Western Australian Telecommunications Research Institute (WATRI), Australia

  • 03/2018-04/2018

    Visiting Scholar
    University of Oxford, UK

  • 05/2000-12/2003

    Research Assistant
    RWTH Aachen University, Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Germany

Achievements and Awards

  • 2006-Ongoing

    Senior Member

  • 2006-2010

    GST PhD Scholarship
    Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden

  • 2014

    Excellence in Research Ethics Award

  • 2015-2018

    Julius Career Award

  • 2016

    Best Paper Award
    IEEE Data Science and Systems Conference

Other highlights

  • 2013-2013

    Co-Chair for the International Conference on Digital Image Computing: Techniques and Applications (DICTA)

  • 2014-2014

    Advisory Board Member for the International Conference on Digital Image Computing: Techniques and Applications (DICTA)

  • 2015-2015

    Co-founder and Co-Chair of the 1st IEEE International Symposium on Big Data Visual Analytics (BDVA)

  • 2015-2015

    Publicity Chair for the Picture Coding Symposium (PCS)

  • 2016-2016

    Research Demonstration Co-Chair for OzCHI