"Technical Writing"

Dr. Matthias Reumann
Research Staff Member at the IBM Research
Collaboratory for Life Sciences – Melbourne


Abstract

The process of writing scientific articles can be time consuming, dissatisfactory and problem prone. However, professional writing skills are an essential non-technical skill to success in science. Article publication in a scientific journal, writing grant applications and project proposals are essential parts work in academia and industry. This session outlines three aspects of the writing process. It is important to understand the fundamental principles in preparing a high quality manuscript. The knowledge of writing methods will help to ease the writing process and to focus writing to the essential points to be addressed in a manuscript. Finally, to understand the editorial and review process is important in seeing a manuscript through publication and print in a journal or succeeding in getting a grant through the application process.

During the workshop "Technical Writing" we will look at these three aspects in turn and allow time to practice some of the methods presented. We will work in peer groups to learn the basic principles of good practice in technical writing. The participants are encouraged to bring one of their current manuscripts that the either just submitted or published or that they are currently working on to the session. Each participant can use this as basis for the learning exercises.

Biography

Matthias Reumann focuses on translational research in life science and medicine applying his expertise in supercomputing to push the boundaries of current modelling and analytics approaches. He studied Electronics at the University of Southampton, UK, University of Karlsruhe (TH), Germany and ESIEE, France and holds a PhD in Electronics and Information Technology from the University of Karlsruhe (TH) (2007) for which he received both clinical and biomedical engineering research awards. He holds an honorary Senior Fellow position in the Department for Computer Science and Software Engineering at the University of Melbourne.

Dr. Reumann joined IBM in 2007 and worked in the Computational Biology Center at the IBM TJ Watson Research Center in New York, USA, where he implemented computer models of the electrophysiology of the heart for the IBM Blue Gene supercomputer achieving previously unsurpassed scalability. Since June 2010, he has moved to Melbourne, Australia, to apply his knowledge in supercomputing to the field of life sciences. He focuses on translational research in life science and medicine applying his expertise in supercomputing to push the boundaries of current modelling and analytics approaches.

In his spare time he enjoys literature and traveling but even more so cooking and spending time with his family and friends.