What’s New in the Australian Data Science Network

Welcome to the March 2022 update of the Australian Data Science Network (ADSN), a partnership of more than two-dozen data science research centres and organisations across the nation. The ADSN aims to connect expertise in data science across Australia, improve communication, encourage collaboration, expand opportunities, and promote our individual and collective capabilities. To make sure you don’t miss an update, click on the ‘subscribe to newsletter’ button just below to get the latest news, events and opportunities delivered straight to your inbox.

Video: Watch our “Women in Data Science (WiDS) Day” Panel Discussion

We celebrated International Women in Data Science Day (WiDS) 2022 on 7 March with an engaging panel discussion featuring some of Australia’s top women in Data Science. The panel explored how we as a Data Science Network can increase recognition of Data Science as a discipline in its own right, and representation in terms of more inclusive participation. Watch the video

Moderator: Dr Kate Helmstedt, QUT & WiDS @ ADSN Ambassador

  • Prof Flora Salim, Deputy Director, RMIT Centre for Information Discovery & Data Analytics (CIDDA); Incoming Professor and Cisco Chair of Digital Transport, UNSW Sydney
  • Prof Joanna Batstone, Director, Monash Data Futures Institute, Monash University
  • A/Prof Jessica Kasza, President, Statistical Society of Australia
  • D/Prof Kerrie Mengersen, Director, QUT Centre for Data Science
  • Prof Sally Cripps, Research Program Director, Analytics & Decision Sciences at CSIRO/Data 61

Upcoming events

📆 Stats Society Welcome Event | Online, Thursday, 31 March, 4pm – 5pm (3pm AEST)

Please join the Statistical Society of Australia at this virtual event where it will welcome new (and old) members to the society. The Stats Society has an incredible panel of SSA members lined up to share their diverse perspective and experience of life as a statistician and their involvement with the SSA. Register

📆 Breaking out of COVID-19: Post-pandemic, is life just permanently digital? | Online, Friday, 1 April, 1 pm AEDT (12pm AEST)

This is the latest in the series of “Data Science in the News” webinars hosted by the QUT Centre for Data Science. Experts in the areas of digital safety, digital communication, digital well-being, and digital pedagogy will share their views on what their areas might look like once the pandemic breaks and consider the question of what our digital future might need and how we can help society achieve it. Register

📆 Stats Society Workshop: Introduction to Machine Learning for Health Data | Adelaide, 12-13 May

This workshop, presented by Dr Oscar Perez-Concha, Centre for Big Data Research in Health, UNSW Sydney introduces the basics for understanding and using machine learning algorithms.

Register now.  Event URL 

📆 AMSI-AustMS Workshop on Bridging Maths and Computer Science | 31 May – 3 June, The University of Sydney

This 4-day workshop will bring together Australasian researchers in mathematics and theoretical computer science, fostering exchanges and collaborations. The workshop will focus on two themes:

  • Computational Complexity and Cryptography
  • Graph Theory and Combinatorics

Each day will involve plenary talks by both a member of the mathematics and computer science community, and time devoted to open problems and interesting research directions, as seen by both communities.  More information / Register

📆 AMSI Winter School 2022 | 20 June – 1 July

This year’s Winter School on New Directions in Representation Theory will be hosted by The University of Queensland from 20 June – 1 July. Join the mailing list to keep up with announcements!   More information / Join the mailing list

Job opportunities

📌 NHMRC Grant-funded Researcher (A) – The University of Adelaide| Applications close 7 April

The University of Adelaide is seeking a researcher in data science and natural language processing for health, to support the NHMRC Ideas Grant “Improving the safety of implantable medical devices”. The successful candidate will help to develop a system for the early warning of adverse events from implantable medical devices. Apply/find out more

📌 Research Fellow – Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health – The University of Melbourne| Applications close 14 April

The University of Melbourne Indigenous Epidemiology and Health Unit is seeking a Research Fellow to lead and coordinate a program of Indigenous health research projects. The Indigenous Epidemiology and Health Unit’s research covers a range of key health areas across the life course: perinatal health, early childhood and adolescent health, mental health, cardio-metabolic health, disability and cognitive/brain health (dementia prevention). Apply/find out more 

📌 Lead Software Engineer, Australian Institute of Machine Learning | Applications close 22 April

The Australian Institute of Machine Learning (AIML) at The University of Adelaide is looking for a Senior Software Engineer to lead a small team and manage the complete systems development lifecycle for computer vision and machine learning software solutions. Apply/find out more 

📌 Research Fellow in Mathematical Biology, QUT | Applications close 24 April

QUT’s School of Mathematical Sciences is seeking to recruit a talented researcher working at the interface of applied mathematics and applied statistics, to develop novel methodologies for mathematical modelling and parameter inference for a range of biological phenomena. Apply/find out more 

📌 Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Statistics – UNSW| Applications close 26 April

The Lecturer/Senior Lecturer (Level B/C) in Statistics will conduct research in this specialised field and align, where possible, with the existing research strengths in UNSW’s School of Mathematics and Statistics. The role will be expected to contribute actively to the School’s teaching activities in Statistics across a range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses, including online teaching. The role will engage with and build links with the community and industry. Apply/find out more

📌 Statistics Lecturer, Education Focussed Role – UNSW| Applications close 26 April

A Lecturer – Education Focussed (Level B) is expected to carry out teaching and other scholarly activities and to contribute significantly to achieving the teaching and service missions of the School and Faculty. The role is associated with statistics and data science education at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Women and candidates from diverse backgrounds are particularly encouraged to apply. Apply/find out more

📌 Lecturer (x2), Applied Mathematics – UNSW| Applications close 26 April

UNSW has two job openings for a Lecturer in Applied Mathematics. A Lecturer (Level B) is expected to carry out activities to develop their scholarly research and professional activities both nationally and internationally and to contribute to achieving the teaching and service missions of the School and Faculty. The role will conduct research in areas that align with the research strengths in the School and contributes actively to the School’s teaching activities across a range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses. Apply/find out more

Other Opportunities

📣 PhD Scholarships in Unlocking Urban Airspace for Drone Transport – QUT

QUT is seeking highly motivated PhD candidates with Engineering, Math, Statistics or Computer Science backgrounds to be part of this exciting project. Successful applicants will conduct theoretical and applied research in data science, robotics, and aerospace. You will use data and statistical analysis and visualisation, complex algorithm development, and simulation, to produce cutting-edge research results in drone (unmanned) traffic management for Australia. More information / apply

📣 AMSI-AustMS Scientific Workshop Funding

Are you organising a mathematical sciences workshop in 2022? Apply now for funding and support. Applications close 7 April.  Learn more    


People could’ve prepared for the floods better if the impacts of weather forecasts were clearly communicated – Story in The Conversation, written by Dr Kate Saunders and Dr Kate Helmstedt from the QUT Centre for Data Science.

Get to know other ADSN partners

If you’d like to find out more about other partners in our network, check out our video recordings from our ADSN Centre Spotlight series. The presentations are available on YouTube. Watch the recordings


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