Monday, 27th February: Deloitte
Applying Big Data
Deloitte is hosting our first event for the year, with the theme “Applying Big Data”. There will be two parts: the first will be David Cormack talking about Innovation in Mining; and the second will be a tag-team of speakers from CSIRO talking about application of big data to genomics in environmental modelling.The event will be held at Deloitte in Brookfield Plaza, Monday 27th February commencing at 5:30.
Innovation in Mining
David Cormack is Deloitte’s Consulting National Mining Sector leader and is one of the key authors of Deloitte’s report Innovation in Mining 2016, published in July last year. In his 25 years in the mining and resources industry, David has gained an excellent understanding of the entire mining value chain from exploration to corporate affairs. The report can be downloaded here. You can also read David’s blog on Innovation in mining: where to from here?
Megadata, meta-genomes and models: tools for the management of marine ecosystems
Ecosystems are complex and the results of management interventions can be difficult to predict. Increasingly, ecosystem models are used to evaluate alternative management strategies prior to their implementation – especially in the marine environment. Oliver Berry and his team will present snapshots of their research on different aspects of ecosystem modelling, and provide examples of their application.
Dr Oliver Berry, Leader CSIRO Environomics Future Science Platform, is a geneticist and uses genomic tools (“eDNA”) to put together food-webs that underpin ecosystem models. Dr Hector Lozano-Montes is a Research Scientist with CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere, and uses large ecosystem models to test alternative management scenarios. Dr Fabio Boschetti is the Principal Research Scientist at CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere. Besides being an applied mathematician working on ecosystem modelling, he also studies the interface between social science and ecology, trying to understand stakeholders’ attitudes to data and models.
Many thanks to Deloitte for hosting this event.
The October 2016 Mega Data Cluster meeting was a great success, with around 130 people attending an excellent presentation on the Australian Synchrotron.
Australian Synchrotron Director Professor Andrew Peele showed dazzling rich-colour images that shed insight into the mind-bending computing behind the real-life benefits delivered through the Australian Synchrotron: from peeling back the surface of priceless artworks to de-clogging inkjet printers, and from enriching the nutrients in essential foods to pharmaceutical breakthrough that are changing the lives of people with cancers and coeliac and Alzheimer’s diseases.
Embarking on a ‘deep dive’ into the mechanics of big data, Dr Andreas Moll, Senior Scientific Software Engineer, took the audience through the creation of a one gigapixel image, from data collection and processing to stitching and reconstruction. Incredibly, Dr Moll told guests that technical upgrades to key equipment on one of the facility’s ten beamlines will see data acquisition that currently takes 15 minutes, reduced to only 18 seconds accelerating health and medical research.
In a further nod to the future, Professor Peele explained how advances in synchrotron technology are rapidly outpacing increases in the speed of conventional computing devices, paving the way for new investment at the landmark research facility that will massively expand the ability of Australian Synchrotron scientists to translate its torrents of data into improvements in the way we work, eat and live, through partnership with academic researchers and industry clients from across Australia, New Zealand and around the world.
Many thanks to ANSTO and the Australian Synchrotron staff, especially Professor Andrew Peele and Dr Andreas Moll. Also thanks to the Harry Perkins Institute for Medical Research for the use of the McCusker Auditorium.
You can download a copy of the presentation from the ANSTO web site.
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