Past Events


Need some inspiration for your own Data Science Week activity? Or just want to see what fantastic events have taken place during Data Science Week? 
Past DSW events are highlighted below. 
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Official DSW Launch: Perth

6 May 2019, 3.00pm, Pawsey Supercomputing Centre, 26 Dick Perry Ave, Kensington WA

This year’s launch event will focus on ‘Women in Data Science’ via a high-level panel discussing data science, the barriers and opportunities women in the industry face, practices to encourage diversity and emerging trends and topics in the field

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Data Discovery

6 - 10 May 2019, ONLINE event

What data do you dream of discovering? Have an idea to develop, or want to build on your business capability… SPUR powered by Landgate could help make your data discovery dream come true.

SPUR is a technology and innovation data hub powered by Landgate providing access to data and expertise, coworking, funding opportunities, a commercialisation sounding board and key connections.

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R-Ladies Intermediate Workshop

7 May 2019, 3pm - 5pm, Pawsey Supercomputing Centre, 26 Dick Perry Ave, Kensington WA

This workshop will give a small introduction to reproducible research. Attendees will learn how to use rmarkdown as a way of keeping track of their data cleaning and analysis. 

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R-Ladies Panel and Sundowner

7 May 2019, 5pm - 7pm, Pawsey Supercomputing Centre, 26 Dick Perry Ave, Kensington WA

This event will have a mix of personal stories and advice on working in data science and STEMM, followed by time for questions and networking. Snacks and refreshments will be provided throughout.

We have invited panellists from research and industry and will announce the final line up closer to the event.

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WiTWA Boardroom Series: Addressing the STEM Skills Gap

7 May 2019, 3pm, Bankwest Corporate Office 300 Murray Street Perth, WA

WITWA is excited to celebrate Data Science week with host Bankwest and explore the topic of "Addressing the STEM Skills Gap to Drive the Application of Data Science in WA”.

Rounded out by our panel of industry experts discussing the future of data science as well as ideas on how to address the shortage of STEM skills and the importance of data science to the future of Western Australia.

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Data Science changing the Mining Industry

8 May 2019, 3.30pm, Pawsey Supercomputing Centre, 26 Dick Perry Ave, Kensington WA

Digital disruption is everywhere, leading to an avalanche of data that needs to be acquired, stored, curated, analysed, synthesised and ultimately translated into better decision making for humans –

How will the mining industry, traditionally a human-optimised system, be transformed by data science?

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Year 10 Careers Night

8 May 2019, 5-7pm, Pawsey Supercomputing Centre, 26 Dick Perry Ave, Kensington WA

In collaboration with the Australian Computer Society (WA Chapter) and the Minerals Resources Institute of Western Australia, year 10 students have the opportunity to discover the awe-inspiring nature of science, and how to become one of the experts that are accelerating innovation in Australia.

Focusing on data science, the careers night aims to get Perth students excited about Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics by hearing from an all-star group of speakers.

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Accelerating Data-Intensive Workflows with HPC

9 May 2019, 9am - 12pm, Pawsey Supercomputing Centre, 26 Dick Perry Ave, Kensington WA 

Workloads with simple, repetitive and short compute tasks to process large volumes of data are characterised as Data-intensive. Shared HPC resources are often optimised for scaling out compute/memory bound workloads on distributed memory platforms.

This workshop looks at the ways to use High throughput computing to accelerate Data-intensive workloads using the same HPC. 

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Tableau User Group Meeting

9 May 2019, 12pm - 1.30pm, Ernst & Young Building, 11 Mounts Bay Road, Perth WA 

The purpose of the Perth Tableau User Group is to share knowledge, tips & tricks, and connect with other Tableau users in the Perth area.

Whether you are a beginner, a wizard, or just curious, you are welcome to join us!

Tableau will be providing a light lunch.

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Analytics in Action

9 May 2019, 5.00 - 7.00pm,         3 Forrest Place, Perth WA 6000

Join AECOM for an interactive panel discussion as we discuss how to inspire, educate and support the local data science industry.

Hear from four leading women across the data science profession as they share their career highlights, advice and lessons learned along the way. Contribute your ideas during the panel and grow your network over drinks and nibbles.

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Unlock the Power of AI for Non-Coders

9 May 2019, 5.45pm - 8pm, Ernst & Young Offices, Level 5, 11 Mounts Bay Road, Perth WA 

A live demonstration on how to use platform.ai to perform multi-classes image labelling and predictions without a single line of code. 

Following that, co-founder Sarada Lee will  discuss the recent research undertaken on Convolutional Neural Network (CNN) hyperparameter optimization techniques, and their impacts on model training.

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Open Data, Open Innovation

9 May 2019, 5.00-7.30pm, BASE at Flux: 191 St. Georges Tce, Perth WA 

Providing open access to industry data allows these applications to be rapidly created and refined by data scientists from a range of backgrounds, solving industry problems. In the resources and energy sectors, companies are becoming increasingly open with data for this purpose.

During this session, speakers will present some of the solutions created using this data, and how open innovation can generate new insight and catalyse growth.

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Tools for Data Visualisation

10 May 2019, 10am - 12pm, The HIVE, John Curtin Gallery, Curtin University, Kent St, Bentley WA

Curtin Library, in conjunction with Curtin HIVE, present 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. 

Experts from various Faculties will then showcase tools you can use to tell your data's story.

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AIIA WA Navigating AI Summit

10 May 2019, 11.30am - 2.30pm, Crown Perth, Astral Ballroom1, Great Eastern Highway, Burswood WA

We are entering the true age of Artificial Intelligence (AI) – which some see as our salvation and others, our potential downfall.  Self-driving vehicles are now being tested around the world and are successfully travelling in space, with the rovers Spirit and Opportunity being used to collect data on Mars.

To help drive this important agenda and continue the conversation, AIIA encourages you to be part of the conversation at the 2019 AIIA Navigating AI Summit.

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Digital Humanities - HASS DEVL

10 May 2019, 9am-4pm, Pawsey Supercomputing Centre, 26 Dick Perry Avenue, Kensington WA

Perth’s Digital Humanities Pathways event will bring together researchers, the GLAM sector, eResearch support and others to showcase a range of digital humanities research projects.

This event is a fantastic opportunity to open discussion about the future of humanities research, digital research methods, and collaborative research infrastructure.

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Official DSW Launch: Canberra

6 May 2019, 5.00pm, National Convention Centre Canberra, ACT

This year’s launch event will focus on ‘Women in Data Science’ via a high-level panel discussing data science, the barriers and opportunities women in the industry face, practices to encourage diversity and emerging trends and topics in the field.

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Making Earth and Environmental Science Data Accessible

6 May 2019, 9.30am - 5pm, National Convention Centre Canberra ACT

Machine-to-machine data services have become an integral part of the research, government and industry sectors, providing automated functions for the creation, access, processing and analysis of data.

The development of data-focused services is steadily increasing in Australia, across the NCRIS capabilities, CSIRO, and government agencies - all of whom are moving to more formal data publishing nd making their data findable, accessible and interoperable.

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Containers in High Performance Computing

6 May 2019, 2.00pm - 5.00pm, National Convention Centre Canberra ACT

This hands-on workshop teaches containers in the context of high performance computing, in both cloud and supercomputing environments.

Containers allow applications to be bundled into a single, lightweight piece of software that provides everything needed to run them, enabling moving software and workflows between systems with minimal effort.

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A Data Quality Framework for High Performance Datasets

7 May 2019, 2.00pm - 3.20pm, National Convention Centre Canberra, ACT

In the next few years, there will be a major increase in computational power - through upgraded HPC systems and further uptake of cloud-based platforms. At the same time, an enormous amount of new digital data will come on-line from many science domains.

However, the two do not simply come together, and in many cases, the data needs to be better organised to make it more tractable to process at-scale, and to make it programmatically accessible for a broader range of use-cases.

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GSKY - A Scalable Geospatial Data Service

7 May 2019, 2.00pm - 3.20pm, National Convention Centre Canberra, ACT

For researchers analysing, transforming, and integrating large geospatial datasets, the traditional approach has been to either download a relevant part of data and analyse these data subsets in an ad-hoc manner, or it requires skill in batch processing large numbers of files for further analysis.

GSKY represents a new class of intelligent data services, that provides a new research capability by utilising the power real-time high performance services and big data.

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The Australian Climate Science Data-Enhanced Virtual Laboratory

7 May 2019, 2pm - 3.20pm, National Convention Centre Canberra, ACT

The Australian Climate Science Data-enhanced Virtual Laboratory (DeVL) focus has been to further develop Australian data management capabilities for Australia’s contributions for the Coupled Model Intercomparison Project Phase 6 (CMIP6).

This includes: Major upgrades and improvements to data organisation of the Earth Systems Grid Federation Node at NCI; Upgraded data analysis environments at NCI;  Improved data FAIRness; and Updated user support information.

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Understanding the Earth and the New FAIR Publication Requirements

7 May 2019, 4.00pm - 5.30pm, National Convention Centre Canberra, ACT

A diverse range of researchers work on ‘Understanding the Earth’: studying phenomena from the outer atmosphere to the inner core.

ARDC have published a set of online resources to help citation and unique identification of data, software and physical samples. Making more resources open and FAIR will also assist in enabling transparent research for those who work on ‘Understanding the Earth’.

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Increasing Scientific Productivity through Scalable Computation & Data

8 May 2019, 1.50pm - 3.10pm, National Convention Centre Canberra, ACT

The current success of colocating of scientific datasets with HPC computational infrastructure did not happen overnight: they required a long and steady timeline requiring deepening alignment of data and compute to demonstrate the success of the approach. 

At the same time, standards for interoperability and interconnectivity between scientific fields have been slowly maturing, and in many cases transdisciplinary science is now a reality. NCI's Dr Ben Evans will discuss the journey so far and challenges ahead.

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Relevant and Re-Usable: Collaboration in Education

9 May 2019, 9.00am - 12.30pm, National Convention Centre Canberra, ACT

The Australian Population clock puts us at 25,273,121. This roughly equates to one person arriving to live in Australia every 57 seconds. 

Are we as formal and informal educators effectively and purposefully mentoring and teaching our increasingly diverse user base?

This workshop explores two key themes:

1. How to make education relevant to a diverse population of learners

2. How to make educational materials that are re-usable, scalable, and sustainable

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Data Science Week Launch

10 May 2021, 5.00 - 7.30pm, Scitech, Perth

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.

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Geospatial Datathon

15-16 May 2021, 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.

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The Power of Simulation in Mining

11 May 2021 10.00am, 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, in collaboration with Business Science Corporation, will be sharing how we are leveraging simulation to overcome operational inefficiencies in the mining industry.

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How Your Data Can be Used Against You

11 May 2021, 9.00am AWST 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're looking at online, which bridges we drive over, our purchasing habits, or our profile answers 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.

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 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.

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Increasing Scientific Productivity through Scalable Computation & Data

8 May 2021, 1.50pm - 3.10pm, National Convention Centre Canberra, ACT

The current success of colocating of scientific datasets with HPC computational infrastructure did not happen overnight: they required a long and steady timeline requiring deepening alignment of data and compute to demonstrate the success of the approach. 

At the same time, standards for interoperability and interconnectivity between scientific fields have been slowly maturing, and in many cases transdisciplinary science is now a reality. NCI's Dr Ben Evans will discuss the journey so far and challenges ahead.

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Global Biodiversity Hotspot with Cutting-Edge Compute!

14 May 2021, 3-5pm, Forrest Hall UWA

Investments into High Performance Computing (HPC), Quantum computing, SKA radio telescope in Perth to process and analyse data has been the talk of the town this year. The development of these cutting-edge  infrastructures & 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.

It seems a fair time for us to pause and ask what could be the best way to use technological innovations to stimulate a closer collaboration among conservation practitioners, animal behaviourists, biologists, computer and system scientists, and engineers.

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Research Networking Morning Tea

11 May 2021, 2-3pm, CIC, Bentley Campus

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.

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

11 May 2021, 11.30-2pm, 191 St George's Terrace, Perth

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.

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Getting Started with Deep Learning

12 May 2021, 10-12pm, 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.

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The Future of Data Science in WA

14 May 2021, 7.30-9am AWST 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.

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Unlocking the Power of AI in Earth Science

12 May 2021, 9-2pm, ICP, Bentley Campus

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.

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Gadi Supercomputer Virtual Tour

14 May 2021, 11.00am, 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.

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HPC Hour Presentation and Networking

13 May 2021, 3-4pm, 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.

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Data Centre Tour

See times below. 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
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Introduction to Gadi Training

11 May 2021, 8-10am, 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.

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Introduction to High Performance Data

11 May 2021, 11-1pm 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.

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Data Analysis & Data Visualisation

12 May 2021 10-12.30pm, 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.

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Getting Started with Containers

14 May 2021, 10-11am, 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

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Tech Talk

13 May 2021, 8-10am, 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.

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ARCOS: A National View of Containers and Kubernetes in Research

11 May 2021, 11am, 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.

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A National Approach to Research Software

11 May 2021, 1-2pm , 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.

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From Counting Beans to Counting Cells

11 May 2021, 5.30-8pm 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.

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

14 May 2021 10-12.00pm, 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.

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Accelerating Industrial        Data Science

13 May 2021, 5pm, 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.

Guest speakers: Denis Marshment, Global Vice President - Data Science Customer Solutions, Worley amd Sia Doshvarpassand, Lead Data Scientist, VROC. 

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WHPC Australasia Chat: Career journeys in Data Science

12 May 2021, 9-10am, 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.

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The Role of Data Science in the Resources Sector

12 May 2021, 3-6pm, 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.