May 2013 - As part of an Australia-China Science Research Fund grant on computational social science and diffusion of information in social media (joint with Lexing Xie and Paul Thomas), Robert Ackland joined a team of researchers from the ANU and NICTA on a trip to China.  He visited and gave presentations at the following:

January 2013 - Lexing Xie (Computer Science, ANU), Robert Ackland and Paul Thomas (CSIRO) were awarded Australia-China Science Research Fund Grant ACSRF06323 for the project "Collaboration with Tsinghua University Beihang University and CityU-Shenzhen and others to strengthen Australia-China cooperation in computational social science and research into information diffusion in social media".  This grant was awarded by the Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education.