What’s New in the ADSN – December 2023

ADSN & the UN Datathon

We’re excited to say that the ADSN’s first attempt at hosting a satellite event for the worldwide U.N. Datathon was a big success! The ADSN hosted one of only seven worldwide Datathon sites at QUT’s Centre for Data Science. Seven teams of researchers from around the ADSN came to QUT and Brisbane for the event. One team also participated in Melbourne.

The ADSN kicked off the weekend with an Opening Ceremony on Friday, 3 November. The Datathon swung into full gear for the teams the following morning with a brekky BBQ, and then it was straight to work. For three straight days, from 7 am to 11 pm, teams worked to complete a data challenge involving one or more U.N. SDGs. Read the full story and check out the photo gallery from the event.

The ADSN would like to acknowledge and thank the QUT Centre for Data Science for providing travel grants to many of the researchers who attended.

The 2023 ADSN Conference is SOLD OUT!

We’re excited to announce the upcoming Australian Data Science Network Conference is sold out. The Adelaide Data Science Centre at The University of Adelaide is this year’s host organisation. The conference will take place at the National Wine Centre of Australia.

The conference will feature keynote speakers:

  • Professor Sally Cripps, University of Technology Sydney
  • Professor Xiao-Li Meng, Harvard University
  • Associate Professor Fatemeh Vafaee, UNSW Data Science Hub

The full program is available on the ADSN website.

AI Workshop on LLM & RAG Architectures

You are invited to join Australia’s leading AI experts at a technical workshop to learn about how to maximise the power of Large Language Models (LLM) and make your AI ideas a reality. This event is proudly brought to you by ToothFairyAI and is part of CSIRO’s AI month.

ADSN 2023 Conference

  • 7-8 December
  • National Wine Centre of Australia, Adelaide

This year’s ADSN Conference is being hosted by the Adelaide Data Science Centre. There will be a diverse range of talks in Data Science, several interesting panel discussions, and the chance to meet others across the ADSN as we explore new and better ways to work together.

AMSI Summer School 2024 Public Lectures

  • Dr Katharine Turner, ANU – “Quantifying differences in shape via algebraic topology”
  • Weds, 10 January: 12 pm – 1:30pm AEDT


  • Prof Andrew Hassell, ANU – “Scattering theory / looking at the big picture”
  • Mon, 15 January: 12 pm – 1:30 pm AEDT

AMSI Summer School Careers Day

  • Wednesday, 17 January: 11 am – 2:30 pm AEDT
  • The Australian National University, Canberra (virtual participation also available)

Maths, stats and data science students – explore infinite career possibilities at the AMSI Careers Day 2024. The program features organisations including Optiver, Reserve Bank of Australia, Australian Signals Directorate, Australian Bureau of Statistics, APR.Intern and more!

Bayes on the Beach 2024

  • 5-7 February
  • Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast

Bayes on the Beach is a biennial conference organised by the Bayesian Research & Applications Group (BRAG) in collaboration with the QUT Centre for Data Science (CDS); the Australasian chapter of the International Society for Bayesian Analysis (ISBA); the Statistical Society of Australia, (SSABayesian Statistics Section; and Queensland University of Technology (QUT). The meeting provides an opportunity for Australian and international researchers to present and discuss the most recent research developments in Bayesian statistics.

2024 DARE Symposium (Save the Date!)

  • Thursday 8th February
  • The University of Sydney Business School (and on Zoom)

The ARC Training Centre in Data Analytics for Resources and Environments (DARE) invites you to its annual symposium showcasing work from their multidisciplinary, world-class data scientists.

Join us in welcoming keynote speaker, Professor Scott Sisson, a globally recognised expert in computational and Bayesian statistics. Also explore how DARE researchers are leveraging sophisticated data science methodologies to confront Australia’s critical biodiversity, mineral sector, and water security challenges.

📌 Monash University

📌 The University of Melbourne

What would we do without Wi-Fi? It’s something we all take for granted. In the latest episode of The Random Sample podcast, we talk to an Australian scientist who was part of the team credited with this remarkable innovation!

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DARE Centre seminar: “Challenges in Annotating Datasets to Quantify Bias”Professor Gill Dobbie, University of Auckland


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