About Us

QCIF (the Queensland Cyber Infrastructure Foundation) provides the high-performance services, infrastructure and support required to achieve excellence in computation and data-driven collaborative research and its application in industry. QCIF operates with its members and partners delivering services to research throughout Queensland and increasingly via Commonwealth programs to the nation.

Our mission is to accelerate and strengthen innovation throughout Queensland research and business through broad-based and effective application of high performance computing, large-scale data management and regional, national and international collaboration.

QCIF is a not-for-profit public company limited-by-guarantee. It was established in 2000 under the name QPSF (Queensland Parallel Supercomputing Foundation) and changed its name to QCIF in 2006. Its members are six Queensland universities – The University of Queensland, Queensland University of Technology, Griffith University, James Cook University, CQUniversity, and the University of Southern Queensland. The University of the Sunshine Coast is an associate member.

QCIF is funded through its members, triennial grants from the Queensland Government Department of Employment Economic Development and Innovation (DEEDI) and project-based funding from the Commonwealth Government. QCIF is an active participant in the high performance research infrastructure initiatives funded by the Commonwealth Government. It was a founding member of the ARCS project, is a member of the AAF and NCI projects and works closely with the RDSI and NeCTAR projects (see elsewhere on this website for further details)

Together with its members, QCIF co-funds a statewide network of high-performance infrastructure, and a team of member employees providing support and development services, for the benefit of researchers and businesses throughout Queensland. It provides and promotes eResearch services by:

  • Stimulating the application of the high-performance infrastructure
  • Offering cloud and video-collaboration services to encourage collaboration between researchers and research communities
  • Co-developing software tools with users to facilitate computation, modelling, analysis and data management
  • Providing support, training, and expertise in the use of the infrastructure and services
  • Facilitating funding from the Commonwealth eResearch organisations for research infrastructure development projects located in Queensland
  • Engaging industry with research communities to foster industry-oriented research and development projects (for both small-to-medium enterprises and large strategic industry opportunities) through an Industry Innovation program

QCIF is strategically positioned in a fast-moving, rapidly evolving field that will have major impacts on the excellence of future research and on the strength of the economy of Queensland.

Management Team

QCIF is managed by an experienced team:

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Rob Cook

Chief Executive Officer
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Bob Bull
Infrastructure Coordinator
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Graham Chen
Manager: eResearch Services
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Mobile: +61 4 0559 1168
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Franz Eilert
Manager: Industry Innovation
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Phone: +61 7 3346 4216
Mobile: +61 4 0171 0272
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Kathy Green
Executive Officer
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Nicole Crowe
Communications Officer
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Melinda Robertson
Executive Officer
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 Board of Directors

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Mr David Gray
Chairman

Appointed as QCIF’s Chairman in 2008, David is also Chairman of the Australian Urban Research Infrastructure Network, and Chairman of the Australian Research Centre for Aerospace Automation. He is a Director of the Brisbane Airport Corporation, and a member of the SMART advisory council. A former Managing Director of Boeing Australia, David has held senior executive positions with GEC Heavy Engineering, Exicom and GEC Marconi. David currently holds a number of board and advisory board positions, both in industry and academia, and was awarded the Centenary Medal in 2003 for his services to Australian aviation.

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Independent Director

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Professor Alastair McEwan
Board member: The University of Queensland

Professor McEwan is the Acting Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research and International) at The University of Queensland. Following periods as a research fellow at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (SERC NATO Postdoctoral Fellowship) and the University of Oxford (Royal Society 1983 University Research Fellowship) he was appointed to a lectureship at the University of East Anglia, Norwich. He joined the University of Queensland in 1993 and was appoined Professor of Microbiology in 2003. Professor McEwan's research interests include bacterial physiology and bioenergetics, redox biology, biochemistry of metalloproteins, chemical biology of transition metals, bacterial pathogenesis and host-pathogen interactions.

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Ms Judy Stokker
Board member: The Queensland University of Technology

Judy Stokker is QUT's Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Technology, Information and Learning Support). Ms Stokker has 30 years experience in a range of positions in academic libraries as well as experience in information technology and information management services. Nationally, Ms Stokker is deputy president of the Council of Australian University Librarians (CAUL). She is also the inaugural chair of the Australian Open Access Support Group, an open access advocacy group formed in 2012 by Australian institutions with open access policies.

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Ms Linda O'Brien
Board member: Griffith University

Linda O'Brien is Pro Vice Chancellor (Information Services) at Griffith University. Prior to this 2008 appointment, she was Vice Principal (Information) at the University of Melbourne. Linda has substantial experience in leading the development of university information strategy and in the delivery of information services to support research, teaching and learning and administrative practice. Ms O’Brien’s external duties have included directorship of a number of boards, including the Victorian Partnership for Advanced Computing and CAVAL.

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Professor Jeff Loughran
Board member: James Cook University

Professor Jeff Loughran is Pro Vice Chancellor of the Faculty of Science and Engineering at JCU. He sits on the Board of the Australian Tropical Herbarium, Tropical Landscape Joint Ventures and Rockfield Technologies Australia Pty Ltd. Previous posts have included Uninet Ltd. Professor Loughran is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Australia. Over the course of his career Professor Loughran has published over 140 articles, refereed journal, conference and consulting reports to industry.

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Professor Grant Stanley
Board member: CQUniversity

Professor Stanley is Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research) at CQU. This position is responsible for shaping and implementing the University's vision of excellence in research and innovation. Professor Stanley plays a major role in CQUniversity's future strategic research direction and performance.  The Pro Vice-Chancellor's focus is on strategic planning, capacity-building, quality assurance and evaluation ensuring the University's national and international research profile continues to grow while fostering a research culture that encourages innovation, quality performance and engagement.

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Professor Mark Harvey
Board member: The University of Southern Queensland

Professor Harvey is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation). He has 20 years' experience in research and the management of research and commercialisation of innovations arising from universities. Prior to joining USQ, Professor Harvey spent seven years in venture capital. Most recently he was a Partner with CM Capital Investments, one of Australia’s leading venture capital companies, and prior to this as the Chief Executive Officer of an early stage investment and development company.

What's on

Global Reef Record

QCIF is proud to support the Global Reef Record, a research tool aimed at collating and communicating the coral reef science of the Catlin Seaview Survey and combining that information with data from other leading sources of ocean research. This free database will provide scientists across various disciplines of marine studies with a tool for analyzing the current state of the reef ecosystems on a local, regional and global scale and monitoring changes that occur over time.

It has been designed in partnership with scientists from the Global Change Institute at the University of Queensland with additional data and analysis from World Resources Institute, SCRIPPS and NOAA.

Get onto QRIScloud!

QCIF operates the Queensland node of both the Research Data Storage Infrastructure (RDSI) project (Data Collections) and the national research cloud provided by the National eResearch Collaboration Tools and Resources (NeCTAR) (Virtual Machines) project. The Queensland node is called QRIScloud, and its main data centre is currently located at The University of Queensland’s St Lucia campus.

QRIScloud is an integral part of new, national research infrastructure, leveraging data collections stored in the local and national RDSI nodes, and integrating with access to Queensland-based HPC facilities and specialised cloud data services. Find out more about QCIF’s services and infrastructure.

RDSI and NeCTAR are Australian Government projects conducted as part of the Super Science initiative and financed by the Education Investment Fund.

Read more about QRIScloud collections