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Abdul Sattar

School of Information and Communication Technology
+61 (0)417 612 395 (Work)
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N34 1.42B, Nathan Campus

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A thought-leader in the space of Artificial Intelligence and Computer Science, I successfully established the Institute for Integrated and Intelligent Systems (IIIS), a cross-disciplinary research centre at Griffith University, and was appointed as its founding director in 2003, and served until end of 2015. Since then I have been providing both academic and management leadership both across Griffith University and beyond. The growth of the centre in terms of prestige, international recognition and several performance metrics including the number of publications and HDR completions has been, at least in part, a testament to the energy, academic rigour and industry engagement of its leadership. As the Director of IIIS, I develop and implement on a continual basis its operational plans to effectively advance the vision and strategic objectives of Griffith University. At the same time I have continued to build upon my track record as a research intensive academic, resulting in the publication of over 250 research papers, and successful graduation of over 35 PhD students, with 10 research awards won by the research team under my direct leadership. During my tenure at Griffith I have received in excess of $3m through nationally competitive grant schemes, including 12 major ARC funded projects. I have forged links with NICTA and other funding bodies in our space, and played a key role in founding NICTA’s Queensland Research Laboratory (QRL). I was also a Principal Researcher in the successful bid for the CRC Smart Internet. My efforts have seen IIIS create partnerships with other areas of excellence at Griffith, playing a pivotal role in such ground-breaking areas as socially-useful robotics, bioinformatics in biosecurity and computational proteomics. As an Education leader, I championed single school of ICT across Griffith campuses to ensure uniform quality of degree programs, and successfully handled the resulting cultural and structural changes, and related issues with difficult personalities and conflicts. I led establishment of enhanced and rigorous research training program within IIIS. A leader in my area of expertise, I contribute to the development of my field as the Steering Committee Chair of Pacific Rim International Conference in Artificial Intelligence Series (PRICAI), Executive Member of the Australian Computer Society (ACS) National Committee on Artificial Intelligence, General Chair of several national and international conferences including AI 2007, AI 2013, PRIMA 2010 and PRICAI 2010, as well as Conference Program Committee Chairs for AI 1997, AI2006, PRICAI 2002 and TIME 2003.


  • Member
    Institute for Integrated and Intelligent Systems2003


  • Professor in Artificial Intelligence
    Griffith University, IIIS / ICT, Brisbane, Australia21 Feb 1992


  • Bachelor of Science
    Uni. Of Rajasthan (Jaipur), India1974 - 1977
  • Master Of Science
    Uni. Of Rajasthan (Jaipur), India1977 - 1979
  • Doctor Of Philosophy
    University Of Alberta, Canada1987 - 1992
  • Masters of Mathematics
    University of Waterloo, Canada1985 - 1987
  • Master Of Philosophy
    Jawaharlal Nehru U.(New Delhi), India1982 - 1984


  • English
    Can read, write, speak, understand and peer review
  • Hindi
    Can read, write, speak, understand and peer review