Department of Cognitive Science
2010 Annual Report
Welcome to our final MACCS annual report. We hosted 7 major conferences/workshops during 2010 which brought together a diverse group of academics and students to MACCS and Macquarie University from all over the world. We continued to grow our student intake with 14 new PhD students joining us in 2010. The future is bright for Cognitive Science at Macquarie University as we move into to 2011.
2009 Annual Report
In 2009 was MACCS first self-funded year as an independent research centre and it also celebrated another milestone - Max Coltheart's Festschrift which was held over 3 days. MACCS also hosted the 9th Conference of the Australasian Society for Cognitive Science from 30 September - 2 October which saw over 160 attendees from around the world. We had 6 students awarded their PhD and welcomed 5 new students from Australia and overseas. 2009 was also the end of an era with the retirement of Max Coltheart as Director of MACCS.
2008 Annual Report
2008 was another exciting year for MACCS with the highlight being the opening of the world’s first magnetoencephalography (MEG) designed for research with children. The Child MEG system was installed in July 2008 and created a media splash during early October before being officially launched on 27 November 2008.
2007 Annual Report
The year 2007 was a year of great expansion, in research staff, postgraduate students, and in physical space. This expansion positions MACCS for an exciting future. Macquarie awarded MACCS six new academic research positions (Castles, Sutton, Savage, Johnson, Rich, Williams) and we welcomed another ARC Australian Research Fellow (Barnier). These outstanding researchers will expand and strengthen the research programs of MACCS. We also welcomed 17 new postgraduate students, our largest-ever annual cohort of new PhD students. This tremendous growth attests to MACCS Australian and international research profile in cognitive science. Finally, Macquarie University's commitment to the future of MACCS was demonstrated through the allocation of space in the new "Research HUB" at Macquarie University. MACCS physical space on campus has increased five-fold since our inception in January 2000.
2006 Annual Report
In August 2006, MACCS was delighted to host the official opening of the KIT-Macquarie Brain Research Laboratory. This is the first magnetoencephalography (MEG) brain imaging laboratory in the Southern Hemisphere. We eagerly anticipate the national and international research opportunities the new facility offers. Additionally, Macquarie University identified MACCS as one of its "Concentrations of Research Excellence" (CORE). As a CORE, the University's has recognized the many achievements of MACCS researchers and has committed considerable resources to MACCS, including six new academic staff positions.
2005 Annual Report
This has been a year of continued growth for MACCS. In October, a panel from the Australian Research Council (ARC) visited the Centre to assess our achievements over the past three years. There were several positive outcomes of this review. Most importantly, the Centre's funding was renewed for a further three years. In addition, we had the opportunity to take stock of how well we have achieved the objectives stated in the original grant application to become a Special ARC Research Centre. The review also offered us a chance to think strategically about what we hope to achieve in the next three years, and once ARC funding is concluded.
2004 Annual Report
In 2004, MACCS welcomed its new Deputy Director and second ARC Federation Fellow Professor Stephen Crain. An internationally renowned psycholinguist, Professor Crain's use of behavioural computational, and biological methods to better understand the acquisition of language and logic expands MACCS research activities and provide new opportunities for research training. In 2004, there were six PhD thesis submissions and thirteen PhD students will submit or graduate during 2005. MACCS hosted the 3rd Australian Conference for Cognitive Neuropsychology and Cognitive Neuropsychiatry, and a workshop on Delusion, Self-deception and Affective Influences on Belief-formation. The Centre continued its success in securing competitive grant funding, and has increased revenue such that almost 80% of funds are obtained from sources other than the ARC Special Research Centre grant.
2003 Annual Report
The year 2003 was the first year in our second triennium of Australian Research Council Special Centre funding. The profile of the Centre continues to grow, both nationally and internationally. At an international level, Centre members have presented at numerous conferences spanning six countries. Publications for 2003 number 3 books, 20 book chapters, and 58 articles in peer-reviewed journals. The Centre's profile at home is equally impressive. The Scientific Director was awarded a Commonwealth Centenary Medal by the Federal Government in recognition to his services to cognitive neuropsychology. MACCS was the host for the 6th International Seminar in Speech Production. This highly successful conference brought together 89 international researchers from 14 countries and a variety of disciplines including linguistics, psychology, and computer science to present research that relates to speech production.
2002 Annual Report
In December 2002, the Centre was visited by a panel from the Australian Research Council whose role was to assess our achievements over the last three years. This visit, together with a report prepared by us on our activities during 2000-2002 formed the basis of our first triennal review. As a result of this process, our funding was renewed for a further three years. The Centre continued its expansion; our research staff included 10 full-time and one half-time postdoctoral fellow and 24 PhD students. The Centre's publication output continues to be substantial with two edited books, four book chapters and 33 refereed journal articles. We hosted the Australian Conference for Cognitive Neuropsychology and Cognitive Neuropsychiatry.
2001 Annual Report
The Centre's second year was a particularly productive one. Members published one book, 7 book chapters, 42 refereed journal articles and 31 abstracts. They presented 69 conference papers, workshops or other presentations. The frist volume in the new book series specifically aimed at publishing the work of the Centre appeared. Apart from the Director's award of an ARC Federation Fellowship, Centre members were awarded 24 research grants in 2001. Since the Centre began operations, 15 PhD students have been accepted. In most cases, people obtained their own doctoral or postdoctoral fellowship fundign having approached the centre wishing to take up these research positions in the Centre. It is clear that the Centre is highly attractive to researchers in cognitive science.
2000 Annual Report
The highlights of this year include the Deputy Director's promotion to Professional Fellow, the identification by Macquarie University of all three senior members of the Centre as amongst the University's top 50 researchers, Macquarie University's award of the DSc degree to the Director, and the election of the Director to fellowship of the Australian Academy of Sciences.
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