Welcome to the April 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, subscribe to the ADSN Newsletter to get the latest news, events and opportunities delivered straight to your inbox.

Upcoming events

📆 Data Science in the News: The Future of Floods | Online, 22 April, 12pm -1pm AEST

This QUT Centre for Data Science Webinar is in response to the recent flooding along Eastern Australia. In this webinar, you will hear insights on predicting extreme rainfall, flood warning designs, community resilience, and urban design solutions from a panel of QUT experts. More information / Register

📆 Research Software Engineers: How will they shape statistics? | Online, 26 April, 5:45pm – 7:15pm AEST

The Canberra and Victoria Branches of the Statistical Society of Australia (SSA), the SSA Statistical Computing and Visualisation Section, and the Australian Research Data Commons (ARDC) are proud to host this joint panel discussion. It will explore how the research and education system should be modified to accommodate the growth of Research Software Engineers (RSEs), and how RSEs will contribute to shaping the field of statistics. More information / Register

📆 Modelling COVID-19 Pandemic with Control Measures using a SEIR Multiplex Network Model | Online, 27 April, 10am AEST

This webinar is part of the AI4PAN Seminar Series. The guest speaker is A/Prof Lock Yue Chew from the Nanyang Technological University.  In this talk, he will present a Susceptible-Exposed-Infectious-Removed (SEIR) model that exploits both multiplex and temporal networks to study the outbreak dynamics of coronavirus infectious diseases (COVID–19) in Singapore. More information / Register

📆 Like the layers of an onion: Transparency and reproducibility for quantitative research | Online, 29 April, 10am – 11:30 am AEST

Prof Ben Marwick (University of Washington) will describe an emerging consensus on ways of improving the computational reproducibility of social and natural science research. A ‘layered reproducibility’ approach to organise the various technologies available to enhance reproducibility in terms of effort to implement and payoff will be described. This webinar is presented as part of the University of Wollongong Data and Decision Science Initiative. More information / Register

📆 AI for Good and the Bootstrapping Problem – Monash Prato Dialogue | Online, 5 May, 6pm AEST

There is a ‘bootstrapping’ problem with calls to align AI with social good, a problem that also impacts related suggestions to develop more virtuous or responsible models of AI innovation. In this Monash Prato Dialogue distinguished lecture, Professor Shannon Vallor from the University of Edinburgh will confront the problem of cultivating virtues and social goods of a new moral shape, and the radical cultural transformations this may entail. More information / 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. More information / Register

📆 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

📌 Australian Institute of Machine Learning

Lead Software Engineer – AIML | (Fixed term, 12 months – applications close 22 April)

Associate Professor/Professor of Computer Vision – AIML | (Fixed term, 5 years – applications close 8 May)

📌 Monash University (closing date for these positions is 28 April)

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Applied and Computational Mathematics (full time, continuing)

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Algebra (full time, continuing)

Research Fellow in Numerical Analysis (fixed term, 2yrs)

Research Fellow in Scientific Computing and Numerical Analysis (fixed term, 2yrs)

📌 QUT

Research Fellow in Mathematical Biology, QUT | (Fixed term, 2.5 years – applications close 24 April)

📌 UNSW (Closing Date for these is 26 April)

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Statistics – UNSW| (Fixed term, 5 years CTT)

Statistics Lecturer, Education Focussed Role – UNSW| (Fixed term, 5 years CTT)

Lecturer (x2), Applied Mathematics – UNSW| (Fixed term, 5 years CTT)

Other Opportunities

🔉 Volunteer for GovHack 2022 – GovHack Australia and New Zealand is looking for people who can commit to an average of 3-4 hours per week from May to October to assist in the planning of GovHack 2022. More information / apply

News

UNSW researcher receives award recognising women in artificial intelligence – at the 2022 Women in AI Awards in Australia, UNSW Professor Flora Salim was honoured for her pioneering work in computing and machine learning. Prof Salim recently moved to UNSW from RMIT’s School of Computing Technologies

Platforms supporting Ukrainian refugees must prioritise their safety – or risk exposing them to trafficking and exploitation – A story in The Conversation, written by QUT Centre for Data Science PhD candidate Adriana Bora.

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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