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Dr Amir Khodabandeh Wins Prestigious National Spatial Excellence Award

Amir Khodabandeh and Bert Veenendaal

This year’s Asia Pacific Spatial Excellence Awards (APSEA) held on 13 April 2016 in Melbourne was attended by over 350 Australian and regional spatial professionals who gathered together to celebrate the achievements of their fellow spatial colleagues over the past year.

The evening featured the exceptional work of Asia Pacific based professionals working around Australia and the world.

The winner of one of the SSSI Individual Professional Awards, the SSSI Postgraduate Student Award, went to Dr Amir Khodabandeh who received the award for his outstanding PhD thesis.

Renowned geodesist and Head of the GNSS Group within the Department of Spatial Sciences, Professor Peter Teunissen, who supervised Amir during his research and was particularly proud of his student’s achievements said “Amir’s work covered topics at the international forefront of research in Next Generation Satellite Positioning.”

“It contained original research that pushes the state-of-the-art in high-accuracy GNSS positioning and, in particular, precise point positioning (PPP).”

Amir continues to work in GNSS research as a Research Fellow within Professor Teunissen’s GNSS Group on processing algorithms and analysis of the GNSS data, such as modernized GPS (US), BeiDou (China), Galileo (EU), QZSS (Japan) and IRNSS (India).

Head of Department, Professor Bert Veenendaal, attended the awards ceremony and was delighted to accept the award on Amir’s behalf.

“This is the second year in a row one of our research students has been awarded this celebrated national postgraduate award,” he said.

“With Amir winning this year’s award and Dr Xin Liu receiving the award last year, it reflects the high standard of cutting-edge research being conducted by our students and staff.  We are also particularly proud to have had such high calibre students studying within the Department.”