Our Mission

FAVeR’s mission is to provide strategic direction, information and coordination to the university-based Victorian eResearch sector. FAVeR works to provide a framework to consider sustainability of services, and to simplify awareness of and access to critical eResearch services and infrastructure.

FAVeR facilitates sharing of eResearch services and infrastructure across member organisations; supports capacity and capability building for all organisations, and assists organisations to initiate and promote ideas for new eResearch services in Victoria.

Project Spotlights


This year the Baxter collaborative robot, which arrived in late 2016, was integrated with an autonomous mobility base, with the help of funding from the College of Science Engineering and Health on behalf of A/Prof James Harland. Baxter and the mobility base are designed to work safely alongside humans and are programmable using the Robot Operating System.

The Virtual Experiences Laboratory

The Virtual eXperiences Lab (VXLab) at RMIT University is a multi-disciplinary, virtual laboratory that connects visualisation and automation facilities, across the university and industry.

Advanced Computational Capabilities

We now have a single contractual framework with NCI and have become one of the larger users of NCI compute cycles, which remain co-funded under the Commonwealth NCRIS program as a Tier-1 facility, significantly.

The Research Data Grants Program

The eResearch Office, in collaboration with the Library, has created a program that enables researchers to get help with the publication and publicizing of their research data.

Our Representatives

Christopher Adda

Research Infrastructure Manager, LaTrobe University

Christopher McAvaney

eResearch Director, Deakin University

Donna Hannan

Office for Research Director, Victoria University

Heinrich Schmidt

Director e-Research, RMIT University

Helen Thompson

CeRDI Director, Federation University Australia


Ian Smith

Vice-Provost (Research & Research Infrastructure),
Monash University

Paul Bonnington

Professor and Director of eResearch, Monash University

Steven Manos

Principal Advisor, Research Computation Strategy,
The University of Melbourne

Xinghuo Yu

Associate Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research Capability, RMIT University

Yang Xiang

Dean, Digital Research & Innovation Capability Platform, Swinburne University