Data Science Week (DSW) aims to bring together a community of data scientists, technologists, visualisers, educators and more to raise awareness around data science, network and discuss trending topics and ideas.

This year we have a fantastic showcase of activity being held by a range of organsiations across Australia. 

Check out the fantastic events listed below and register to secure your spot! 


Data Science Week  Launch 

WHEN:  Monday May 10                                     TIME:  5.15pm - 7.30pm

WHERE:  Scitech, Cnr Railway St &, Sutherland St, West Perth WA

We're thrilled to be celebrating the launch of Data Science Week 2021, and an exciting week of data science activity, with a fantastic networking event at Scitech!

We'll be joined by keynote speaker Josh Richards - physicist, explosives engineer, soldier, comedian and astronaut candidate. With a natural talent for sharing science through stand-up comedy, Josh is a passionate and highly-visible ambassador for STEAM. Josh is also currently one of 100 astronaut candidates short-listed for a one-way mission to Mars in 2031. Josh will share stories of inspiration, innovation, and his views on the future of data as the next global currency.

Guests will also have access to the Scitech 'Earth matters: Rethink the Future' Exhibition. This exhibit displays the innovations and solutions that will help us adapt our way of living for a more sustainable future.



Geospatial Datathon

WHEN:  Saturday 15 & Sunday 16 May                  

WHERE:  Technology Park Function Centre, 2 Brodie-Hall Dr, Bentley WA

The WA Data Science Innovation Hub is pleased to announce the Geospatial Datathon 2021 delivered in partnership with Pawsey Supercomputing Centre, Department of Communities and the Australian Space Data Analytics Facility.

The Datathon will bring together people working across a wide range of industries to explore the challenges, opportunities and innovations presented by geospatial data analytics.

Participants will work in multidisciplinary teams and apply geospatial data analysis tools and techniques to address real world problems presented by our industry partners. The sessions will kick off with a launch event on Friday 14th May.



The Power of Simulation in Mining

WHEN:  May 11         TIME: 10.00am WST

WHERE: Online

The relationships between the variables that make up an operational or production system in most mines are both many, as well as complex. As a result, it is difficult to accurately understand what drives or inhibits performance.

Deriving an optimal path forward requires a first principle mathematical representation of the operation (i.e. a simulation). Micro modelling is required to ensure accuracy, at the same time a macro perspective is also required to ensure that the operation is optimized as a whole rather than in silos. Given this, and proven through case studies: “Modelling + Analytics = Game Changer” for our clients.

Mining Plus (leaders in Mining), in collaboration with Business Science Corporation (leaders in modelling and analytics), will be sharing how we are leveraging simulation to overcome operational inefficiencies in the mining industry.



How Your Data Can be Used Against You

WHEN: May 11         TIME: 9.00am WST

WHERE: Online

In our always-on culture we are constantly tethered to our digital devices and we leave behind a digital trail each time we are online.

Whether it is what we are looking at online, which bridges we drive over, where we are when we make a phone call, our purchasing habits, or what our profile answers are on dating sites, all of this personally identifying information can be used, sold, and shared online to create an extremely detailed representation of our lives.

Is convenience a big enough trade off for our privacy? How can we understand how our data is collected and used - and how can we have some semblance of control with how our information is used?

In this session, Leigh-Chantelle offers solutions to help attendees understand how our digital trails are created and some of the things we can do to alleviate the harm, including how we can pause, consider, and decide to make lifelong healthy digital habits.



Global Biodiversity Hotspot with Cutting-Edge Compute!

WHEN: May 14     TIME: 3-5pm WST

WHERE: Forest Hall, UWA

Recent Federal and State Government investments into High Performance Computing (HPC), Quantum computing, Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio telescope in Perth to process and analyse data been the talk of the town this year.

The development of these cutting-edge compute infrastructures and technological advancements in the fields of data science and machine learning has coincided with the largest biodiversity crisis of our times.

It is estimated that ~10 000 species go extinct every year. This increases the importance of further application of these technologies not just in business, but also in biodiversity conservation.

Given the increasing demands on protecting biodiversity, it seems a fair time for us to pause and ask what could be the best way to use technological innovations and to stimulate a closer collaboration among conservation practitioners, animal behaviourists, biologists, computer and system scientists, and engineers, to mention but a few.



Research Networking Morning Tea

WHEN: May 11                   TIME: 2-3pm WST

WHERE: CIC, Bentley campus, B216, level 2, Rooms 202 – 204

In conjunction with the celebrations for Data Science Week 2021, the Curtin Institute for Computation (CIC) is reinstating its Research Networking Tea as a quarterly reoccurring event series.

The aim of the event is to foster collaborations and interdisciplinary research in the digital innovation space including data science, high performance computing, machine learning, and artificial intelligence. The Research Networking Tea gives researchers the opportunity to gain a better understanding of the broad spectrum of possibilities to utilize data science and computation through specific examples of applied data science given by industry partners of the CIC.



Data in the Real World, Is It Ready for Science and Engineering?

WHEN: May 11        TIME: 11.30-2pm WST

WHERE: 191 St George's Terrace, Perth

The multi-decade experience of data managers from the petroleum industry working with real world data sets will be used to highlight some common impediments to exploitation of datasets for data science applications.

Participants will be invited to refer to data examples from their institutional or organizational work and experience as they are guided through discussions of themes in data management that impact the quality of data science results, including quality and confidence dimensions and levels, metadata, provenance audit trails, biases, formatting and units of measure.

The sessions consist of short discussions in small groups with facilitated debriefs and deliverables that can be used immediately in the participants’ next work program.



Getting Started with Deep Learning

WHEN: May 12         TIME: 10-12pm WST

WHERE: Online 

This lecture provides a high-level overview of how you could get started with developing deep learning applications.

This session introduces deep learning in a nutshell and then provides advice relating to the concepts and skill sets you would need to know and have in order to build a deep learning application.

The lecture also provides pointers to various resources you could use to gain a stronger foothold in deep learning. It is targeted at researchers who may be complete beginners in machine learning, deep learning, or even with programming, but who would like to get into the space to build AI systems hands-on.



The Future of Data Science in WA

WHEN: May 14       TIME: 7-9.30am WST

WHERE: Level 1, 300 Murray st Perth

Join Bankwest, WADSIH and Perth Machine Learning Group over breakfast as we discuss the future of data science in WA. 

We'll be joined by a variety of WA organisations who will reflect on how far data science has come in recent years, with respect to their business and industry, and we'll also hear from a panel of experts surrounding the future of data science for Westenr Australian organisations. 



Unlocking the Power of AI in Earth Science 

WHEN: May 12       TIME: 9.00-200pm WST

WHERE: Innovation Central Perth, Building 216, Curtin University

Innovation Central Perth and the Curtin University Oil & Gas Innovation Centre invites you to our workshop as part of this year's Data Science Week.

Through decades of extensive research, the great potential of AI and machine learning methods has now been established in various areas of science and technology. More recently, methods based on deep learning and data analytics have captured the attention of the geoscience community.

This workshop plans to bring together experts from earth sciences and machine learning communities across WA. It will provide a forum for discussion on topics relevant to both academia and industry, facilitating networking and establishing collaborations between different research sectors. We expect this event will assist in identifying the R&D requirements for the development of methods capable of handling high accuracy large datasets routinely acquired by mineral and oil-and-gas companies. 



Gadi Supercomputer Virtual Tour

WHEN: May     14      TIME: 11am WST

WHERE: Online

This online tour of the Gadi supercomputer will take you inside the most powerful supercomputer in the Southern Hemisphere.

You will learn about the wide array of fascinating and life-changing science that gets done here, and the huge amounts of scientific data we provide to a user community of more than 6000 people.

No registration is required. 



HPC Hour Presentation and Networking

WHEN: May 13         TIME: 3-4pm WST

WHERE: DUG Technology, Ground floor, 76 Kings Park Road, West Perth

Data Science Evolution of HPC: The Cheetah is Changing its Spots

Presented by Dr Stuart Midgley CIO DUG Technology and Dr Elena Denisenko Research Associate at Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Science.

Traditionally high-performance computing has been the realm of physicists, chemists and astrophysicists who have dominated the usage of the largest computing systems in the world.

Then along comes non-traditional HPC users like bioinformaticians who use and analyse data in a completely new and novel way. HPC systems are now evolving to meet their needs, developing new hardware and software products, allowing their more sophisticated data usage



Data Centre Tour

WHEN: See below       TIME: 3-4pm WST

WHERE: DUG Technology, Ground floor, 76 Kings Park Road, West Perth

Take a guided tour of DUG's data centre: one of the greenest and most powerful high-performance computing facilities in the world.

Learn about DUG's patented DUG Cool immersion cooling technology.

There are 4 sessions avaialble:

  • Monday May 10, 4pm
  • Tuesday May 11, 11am
  • Wednesday May 12, 2pm
  • Friday May 14, 9am



Introduction to Gadi Training

WHEN: May 11      TIME: 8-10am WST

WHERE: Online

Gadi is Australia’s most powerful supercomputer, a highly parallel cluster comprising more than 150,000 processor cores on ten different types of compute nodes.

Gadi accommodates a wide range of tasks, from running climate models to genome sequencing, from designing molecules to astrophysical modelling. The Introduction to Gadi Training is designed for new users, or users that want a refresher on the basics of Gadi.



Introduction to High Performance Data

WHEN: May 11         TIME: 11-1pm WST

WHERE: Online

Introduction to High Performance Data is designed for new users, or users that want a refresher on the basics of accessing and using high-performance scientific data at NCI.

NCI is Australia’s premier supercomputing and big data facility, with over 10 Petabytes of nationally significant research data collections. We make analysis tools and virtual research environments for users to be able to interact with and manipulate their scientific data effectively.



Data Analysis & Data Visualisation

WHEN: May 12         TIME: 10-12.30pm WST

WHERE: The HIVE, Curtin University

This free event is an overview of some of the best software tools for data visualisation, including Unity , R, Drishti and VTK/Paraview.

Dr Andrew Woods, Manager of Curtin Hive, will give an overview of data visualisation and why you should be using visualisation to tell your data’s story in a highly engaging way. Researchers from across the university will then give short overviews of some of the software products they use in their data visualisations.

After the presentations a light lunch will be served to enable networking.



Getting Started with Containers

WHEN: May 12         TIME: 10-11am WST

WHERE: Online

What are containers? Who uses them? When, and why? You'll hear an expert's overview of using containers on supercomputers and the Cloud, and learn from real life examples of simple, domain-agnostic use. Absolute beginners are welcome to come along and ask the questions you’ve been too embarrassed to ask!

This webinar is a collaboration between Pawsey Supercomputing Centre and Australian BioCommons to celebrate Data Science Week.

Presenter: Dr Sarah Beecroft, HPC Research Fellow, Pawsey Supercomputing Centre



Tech Talk

WHEN: May 13         TIME: 8-10am WST

WHERE: Online

The good, the bad and the ugly of open source 3D WebGL frameworks for data-driven geospatial applications.

Presenter: Vincent Fazio, Software Developer, CSIRO Minerals

The days of displaying just points on a pretty map in a web browser are fading fast. These days many web frameworks have interesting new capabilities. This includes the ability to display underground features, point cloud data and vector graphics all in 3D.

In this talk I will outline the capabilities of the current crop of open source frameworks and explore their strengths and weaknesses when used to display geospatial datasets in 3D.



ARCOS: A National View of Containers and Kubernetes in Research

WHEN: May 11         TIME: 11am WST

WHERE: Online

This presentation will outline the vision of ARCOS, provide an update of the current progress of the initiative, solicit feedback from the audience and encourage those interested in this groundbreaking initiative to participate in its development.



A National Approach to Research Software

WHEN: May 11         TIME: 1-2pm WST

WHERE: Online

The ARDC is preparing a national agenda for research software, to address the challenge of recognition of research software as a first class output of research.

If you are an author of software, or support software authors in any way, or if you are interested in policy areas, or community around software authorship or informatics support for research software, join us as we map out the dimensions of this challenge, and begin a discussion around how to address this.

The session will be facilitated by Tom Honeyman, Software Program Manager at the Australian Research Data Commons. The session will be conducted online using Zoom.



From Counting Beans to Counting Cells

WHEN: May 11        TIME: 5.30-8pm WST

WHERE: Level 5, EY Building, 11 Mounts Bay Rd, Perth

In this talk, Sarada Lee,  Co-Founder of PMLG and Applied AI Researcher, will share her experience in applied research using computer vision for pathology and potential disruption in the industry.

She explores some of the challenges in getting machine learning algorithms into practice, not just publishing in a journal. This talk will emphasize applications and ML/AI systems integration into workflows and the challenges in building disruptive technologies.



Ultra-Low Power Neuromorphic Execution of Convolutional Neural Networks with Real-Time Learning

WHEN: May 14        TIME: 10- 12pm WST

WHERE: Level 9, 40 St Georges Tce, Perth 

Brainchip will show their new AKD1000 neuromorphic (non-von Neumann) processor chip in action in several demonstrations of pure spiking neural networks and convolutional neural networks running in event-mode.



Accelerating Industrial Data Science

WHEN: May 13       TIME: 5.00pm Onwards

WHERE: VROC: 200 Wellington St, East Perth

We welcome data science teams in WA's Industry to join together for this unique networking opportunity.

With data science teams at capacity and an ever-increasing need from Industry for big data results, we've gathered together two leading experts who will share their experience and results in accelerating data science.

Our guest speakers:

  • Denis Marshment, Global Vice President - Data Science Customer Solutions, Worley
  • Sia Doshvarpassand, Lead Data Scientist, VROC



WHPC Australasia Chat: Career Journeys in Data Science

WHEN: May 12         TIME: 19-10am WST

WHERE: Online

Join the Women in High Performance Computing (WHPC) Australasian Chapter for a conversation about career paths, self-advocacy, 'lessons learned' at various career stages, and other career experiences of women in Data Science , eResearch, and HPC roles.

We're rounding up a few guests who will share perspectives from their early/mid/late career roles, but overall this session is aimed to be very conversational with attendees welcome and encouraged to ask questions, share their own stories, and connect with peers and allies within the Australasian Data Science, HPC, and eResearch communities.



The Role of Data Science in the Resources Sector

WHEN: May 12         TIME: 3-6pm WST

WHERE: Level 1, 33 King street, Perth

Sandpit Innovation and Optika Solutions are excited to be part of Data Science Week 2021, bringing together some of the brightest minds to explore the ways in which we can collaborate to rethink, transform and disrupt the mining industry.

We invite you to be part of this unique opportunity to experience live product demos, participate in Q&A with a panel of industry experts, network over food and drinks and compete in a dataset challenge.