RSE Impact Stories

Mrs Nooriyah Lohani1, Mr Nick May2, Mr Justin Baker3 Dr Rebecca Lange4, Dr Manodeep Sinha5, Heidi Perrett6

1New Zealand eScience Infrastructure (NeSI), New Zealand
2RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia
3CSIRO, Clayton, Australia
4Curtin University, Bentley, WA, Australia
5Centre for Astrophysics & Supercomputing at Swinburne University, Melbourne
6CERES, Brisbane

Research Software Engineers (RSEs) routinely combine their advanced software engineering skills and specific science domain knowledge to help solve challenging research problems. However, because research and software practices differ across research domains, the large-scale impact of RSEs on research outcomes is difficult to assess.

In this BoF, we are planning to curate RSE impact stories that highlight the critical role that RSEs play in modern research. This BoF will be composed of lightning talks from RSEs about their own high-impact projects. Individuals will introduce their projects, providing background on the research aims, their specific “RSE role” and outline the key challenges along the way, before arriving at the solution itself. Most importantly, the resultant impact and science outcomes will be highlighted. These short talks will emphasise the breadth, depth and variety of activities that RSEs are involved in across the Australian and New Zealand research community. Where possible, the impact stories will be made publicly available through the RSE-Australia and New Zealand website.

This BoF will also provide a good networking opportunity for RSE-AUNZ members, and will be moderated by RSE-AUNZ Steering Committee members.


Nooriyah Lohani is a research communities advisor at the New Zealand eScience Infrastructure, a national HPC provider in New Zealand. Nooriyah has a background in Genetics and computer science. Working as a Bioinformatician at the University of Auckland and a cancer diagnostics company Pacific Edge.

Nicholas May is an accredited software engineer with over thirty years of Information Technology experience, across a variety of roles, languages, systems and domains. The last thirteen years have been spent in the research domain, partly in a software architecture research group, but mostly helping researchers with software and data projects.

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