World Solar Challenge: Dark Horses

In the World Solar Challenge, there are three new Challenger class teams and two new Cruiser class teams that have fielded very good-looking vehicles. Together with the teams that have an established racing record, these five new teams might be particularly worth keeping an eye on:

9: Adelaide University (  Australia, Lumen)

This new Australian team has a very nice-looking Challenger class car.

18: MARA University of Technology / EcoPhoton (  Malaysia, Stingray)

This new Malaysian team also has an impressive-looking Challenger class car.

23: Kecskemét College Faculty of GAMF (  Hungary, MegaLux)

This Hungarian car is perhaps the pick of the dark horses in the Challenger class, and blogger MostDece thinks it may even have a shot at winning.

45: KGHM Lodz Solar Team (  Poland, Eagle One)

This new Polish team has produced a very nice-looking Cruiser class car.

88: Kogakuin University (  Japan, OWL)

Kogakuin are not new to the WSC, but they are new to the Cruiser class, and they seem to have made a huge leap forward in terms of professionalism this year. Blogger MostDece is actually calling them favourites to win, ahead of the top three teams from 2013.

So there you have it. Five dark horses which may do very well this year. Click on the symbol for detailed team profiles of these five teams, or click on the team social media icons for more information about what they are up to.


World Solar Challenge: Team 9

9  Adelaide University Solar Racing Team (Lumen)

The team from the University of Adelaide are new to the WSC. Their car, Lumen (above and below), is entered in the WSC Challenger class. The car weighs less than 200kg, and sports a CSIRO/Marand in-wheel motor, carbon fibre wheels, and a 3D printed steering wheel. Good luck, team 9!

For up-to-date lists of all World Solar Challenge 2015 teams, see:

The South Australian Museum


South Australian Museum exterior

The South Australian Museum in Adelaide is one of the best museums I’ve seen in cities with populations under 1,500,000. It holds its own against London and Washington in terms of quality (if not quantity), so I enjoyed my recent visit very much. And it’s free!


Part of the mineral collection

The strength of the museum lies in the large anthropological collection (Australian Aboriginal and Pacific Islander) and in well-curated mineral and biodiversity collections.

An interesting touch is the life-size model of a giant squid, mounted vertically in a four-storey-high shaft, as part of a deep-sea-ecosystem display.


Antarctic penguin from Mawson exhibition, seagrass display, and waterhole exhibit

As with the equally good art gallery next door, I can strongly recommend this museum to anyone visiting Adelaide (allow several hours). Some of the collection can also be seen in the online Atlas of Living Australia, as the result of ongoing digitisation projects.


Pacific Cultures Gallery

All photos in this blog post were taken by me during a visit to the Museum in December 2013.

MODSIM 2013 starts tomorrow

The 20th International Congress on Modelling and Simulation (MODSIM2013), in conjunction with the 22nd National Conference of the Australian Operations Research Society (ASOR2013), begins tomorrow in Adelaide, South Australia.

The final programme of talks and list of abstracts are online.


Conference venue (click for photo credit)

MODSIM draft program released

The 20th International Congress on Modelling and Simulation (MODSIM2013), run by the Modelling and Simulation Society of Australia and New Zealand, will be held at the Adelaide Convention Centre in Adelaide, South Australia, from Sunday 1 to Friday 6 December 2013, in conjunction with the 22nd National Conference of the Australian Operations Research Society (ASOR 2013). Registration closes November 15th.

See www.mssanz.org.au/modsim2013 for more details, including the draft program, which has just been released. It promises to be a great event, with hundreds of talks on applied mathematics, biology, climate, defence, ecology, economics, engineering, environmental issues, epidemiology, health, homeland security, urban infrastructure, water resources, weather, and more!


Conference venue (click for photo credit)

Frequently-occurring keywords in the program include: agent-based, agricultural, analysis, application, assess, Australia, Bayesian, bushfire, catchment, change, climate, control, data, decision, Defence, design, dynamic, ecosystem, energy, environment, estimate, evaluate, fire, flood, flow, forecast, framework, future, groundwater, health, hydrological, impact, information, integrated, land, management, method, model, natural, network, performance, plan, predict, quality, rainfall, reef, regional, research, resource, risk, river, scheduling, science, sensitivity, simulation, soil, spatial, statistical, support, surface, system, uncertainty, urban, water, weather.


The beach is just a tram-ride away

Plenary speakers at MODSIM 2013 include (among others), Graeme Dandy (Uni. of Adelaide), Hedwig van Delden (RIKS, the Netherlands), Jerzy Filar (Flinders Uni.), Maja Schlüter (Stockholm Resilience Centre), Paul Whitehead (Oxford), and Alex Zelinsky (Australia’s Chief Defence Scientist).


Adelaide is known as the “City of Churches”

Looking forward to MODSIM 2013

Every 2 years, the Modelling and Simulation Society of Australia and New Zealand holds an international congress. The 20th International Congress on Modelling and Simulation (MODSIM2013) will be combined with the 22nd National Conference of the Australian Operations Research Society (ASOR 2013) and will be held at the Adelaide Convention Centre in Adelaide, South Australia, from Sunday 1 to Friday 6 December 2013. See www.mssanz.org.au/modsim2013 for more details. Initial abstracts are due on April 8.

It promises to be a great event. I plan to be there and to chair a session on Homeland Security & Emergency Management Applications of Modelling & Simulation.


Conference venue (click for photo credit)