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Professor Geoff West retires, honoured with Emeritus Professor title

Professor Geoff West with Dr David Belton from the Department’s Photogrammetry and Laser Scanning Research Group.
Professor Geoff West with Dr David Belton from the Department’s Photogrammetry and Laser Scanning Research Group.

Congratulations to Geoff West who was awarded the title of Emeritus Professor in May, due to his distinguished service and commitment over his 26-year career at Curtin, but especially due to his notable achievements over the past six – seven years in Spatial Sciences in geoweb semantic research.

Geoff, well done and well deserved recognition!

Geoff retired from academic duties at Curtin in March this year and while he plans to spend time travelling with his wife Sandra and enjoying his twin passions of cycling and anything to do with trains, the Department and the University will continue to keep in close contact with him.

Since completing undergraduate and postgraduate studies at City University, London, Geoff has had an outstanding academic career.

From 1982 to 1990 he was a research fellow and lecturer at City University and was awarded an Advanced Research Fellowship from the then SERC (UK). His main research areas during this period were industrial automatic inspection, image processing and computer vision.

From 1990 to 2008 he was an academic in the Department of Computing at Curtin University becoming Professor of Computer Science in 1999. While in Computing he carried out research into computer vision, image processing and artificial intelligence. He also worked on spatio-temporal problems such as smart housing, human activity modelling, multi-sensor surveillance systems and telemedicine.

Commencing January 2009, he was Professor of Spatial Information in the Department of Spatial Sciences with research interests in image interpretation, computer vision, spatio-temporal modelling, artificial intelligence and visualisation as applied to spatial data.

He has also been Head of School and Head of Department for Computing and Acting Dean for the Faculty of Science and Computing.

Best wishes to Geoff for an enjoyable retirement.