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USQ researcher’s insights on climate projections land him prestigious Japanese Fellowship

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Dr Deo will lead research projects at both Kyushu University and the University of Tokyo later this year, after being awarded the 2017 Japan Society for Promotion of Science International Invitational Fellowship.
A University of Southern Queensland (USQ) researcher’s insights on data science, future climate projections and global warming, has helped to secure him a fellowship with two prestigious universities in Japan.

Dr Ravinesh Deo, a senior lecturer from USQ’s School of Agricultural, Computational and Environmental Science, will lead research projects at both Kyushu University and the University of Tokyo later this year, after being awarded the 2017 Japan Society for Promotion of Science (JSPS) International Invitational Fellowship.

Dr Deo, who has previously undertaken fellowship programs in Canada, Europe and China, said his current research was looking to developing predictive models for climate and energy with data analytics, where pattern recognition can be applied to assess renewable energy options for both Australia and Japan.

“Australia and Japan are both facing challenges in energy distribution, management and their future energy sustainability. This, coupled with the foreseeable economic growth in both nations and the consequent need for sustainable energy usage, has inspired me to focus on carbon emission legislations and greater transparency in energy distribution and pricing,” Dr Deo said.

“Both the Japanese and Australian governments need to embrace some tough yet viable energy management and renewable energy utilisation decisions. My research will help to bridge the expertise between both countries, by incorporating expertise from engineering and computational mathematics to address consumer energy demands via energy modelling.”

Using data analytics, Dr Deo’s strategy aims to develop decision-support systems that enable energy policy-makers to resolve uncertainties in the integration of renewable energy into real power grids. 

Dr Deo will also collaborate with other emerging researchers during his fellowship program, and deliver seminars and guest lectures to students from five universities in Japan.

USQ Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research & Innovation), Professor Mark Harvey, said it was an outstanding achievement for Dr Deo.

“JSPS Fellowships were awarded from an internationally competitive pool of applicants with well-established academic and research leaderships, so it’s extremely commendable that Dr Deo was selected,” Professor Harvey said.

“This a step forward towards growing our research leadership in data science, computational mathematics, energy and the environment and will also showcase our world-leading research to Japanese students and further cement our ever-increasing international reach.”