2018 Speakers

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Keynote Speakers

Dr Eng Lim Goh

Vice President and Chief Technology Officer HPC & AI,
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Dr Eng Lim Goh

Dr. Eng Lim Goh is the VP and CTO, HPC and AI at Hewlett Packard Enterprise. His current research interest is in the progression from data intensive computing to analytic, inductive machine learning, deductive reasoning and artificial specific to general intelligence.

In collaboration with NASA he is currently principal investigator of a year-long experiment aboard the International Space Station – this project won both the 2017 HPCwire Top Supercomputing Achievement and Hyperion Research Innovation Awards.

In 2005, InfoWorld named Dr. Goh one of the 25 Most Influential CTOs in the world. He was included twice in the HPCwire list of-People to Watch.

In 2007, he was named Champion 2.0 of the industry by BioIT World Magazine and received the HPC Community Recognition Award from HPCwire.

Dr. Goh did his postgraduate work at Cambridge University, UK. He has been granted six U.S. patents with three pending.

Brendan Bouffler

Global Lead,
AWS Research Cloud Program
Brendan Bouffler

Brendan Bouffler has 25 years of experience in the global tech industry creating very large systems for high performance environments. In the late 90’s he helped co-found an Australian dot-com start-up in New York to apply extreme computing to streaming media for broadcast video environments. The company was successfully acquired by Apple in 2004.

He has since been responsible for designing and building hundreds of HPC systems for researchers as well as commercial and defense organizations, all around the world. Quite a number of his efforts are listed in the top500, including some that placed in the top 5.

After leading the HPC Organization in Asia for a hardware maker, Brendan joined Amazon in 2014 when it became clear to him that cloud would become the exceptional computing tool the global research community needed to accelerate discoveries and change the world for us all. The AWS Research Cloud program he leads is tasked with that mission.

He holds a degree in physics and is the author of the Researcher’s Handbook (the “missing manual” for research workloads on AWS). He is based in London.

Dr Jane Wyngaard

Centre for Research Computing,
University of Notre Dame
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Dr. Jane Wyngaard, alongside Dr. Sarah Ramdeen (see other Member Spotlight) was also recently elected to RDA’s Technical Advisory Board.  She is an Electronics Engineer with a passion for open source technologies that enable the Sciences.

After completing an undergraduate degree in Mechatronics Engineering at the University of Cape Town, she pursued a Doctorate of Science in engineering, focused on microprocessor design for Scientific High Performance Computing at the same. This led to her continuing to work in the domain between technology and Applied Science as a post-doctoral scholar focused on Big Data tools for Earth Science at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California. Most recently Jane has taken up the position of Data Science Technologist at the University of Notre Dame’s Centre for Research Computing.

Currently, Jane is the co-chair for RDA’s Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems’ Data Interest Group, and the Earth Science Information Partners [ESIP] Drone Cluster alongside Lindsey Barbieri from the University of Vermont.  To learn more about the community building standards for science drones, read a recent report authored by Jane and Lindsey titled “Drones: Emerging Scientific Tools of-the-trade.”

KJ Pittl

Strategic Cloud Engineer,
Google Cloud – A/NZ
KJ Pittl

KJ is a Strategic Cloud  Engineer for Google Cloud  working with newly established Professional Services Organisation helping Australian customers architect and implement solutions on the Google Cloud Platform.

With over 20 years experience in the IT industry KJ started her career on the mainframe and has since established herself as a subject matter expert in application development, BigData processing and machine learning.

KJ lives in Sydney, and has a Masters in Information Systems and is an avid Kite Surfer and Snowboarder.

Andrew Underwood

HPC and Al Leader
Dell EMC, Asia

Leading the Dell EMC high performance computing and artificial intelligence solutions in Asia, Andrew and his team work hand-in-hand with industrial, academic and government clients to build the computational foundations critical to their scientific advancement and global economic competitiveness.

With over a decade experience in scientific computing, Andrew has led the design of some of Asia’s most versatile and powerful Supercomputers, as well as the Artificial Intelligence Lab at the Chinese Academy of Science, in Beijing.

Andrew lives in Melbourne, and has a personal interest life science, and sat as an Informatics Project Member of the Victorian Cancer Biobank between 2011-2013.

Dr Kendall Ackley

Research Fellow, School of Physics & Astronomy
Monash University
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Dr Kendall Ackley has been a member of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration since 2012. She joined the School of Physics and Astronomy at Monash University in 2017 as part of the ARC Centre of Excellence (OzGrav) working on identifying optical counterparts to gravitational-wave events with the Gravitational-wave Optical Transient Observer (GOTO) telescope. Her research interests include optimising follow-up studies for detecting coincident gravitational-wave and electromagnetic counterpart events, searches for gravitational waves from massive compact binaries, and developing machine-learning algorithms to identify high-energy astrophysical transients which may accompany gravitational-wave events discovered with LIGO.

Guest Speakers

Kirsten Banks

School of Physics, UNSW Sydney
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Kirsten Banks is a proud Wiradjuri Woman with an intense passion for space and the cosmos. Growing up on the Northern Beaches of Sydney, Kirsten always had a fascination with the sky and after graduating from Davidson High School in 2014 she pursued a Bachelor degree of Science with a major in Physics at the University of New South Wales. Within her first year of tertiary study, Kirsten was awarded an Astronomy Guide position at Sydney Observatory. It was at Sydney Observatory where Kirsten first sought out to determine where she and her ancestors came from. These days, Kirsten dreams of becoming a famous Science Communicator, like Brian Cox, so she can share her passion with the whole universe. You can follow her journey to the stars on Twitter and Facebook, using the tag @AstroKirsten.

Dr Amanda Caples

Victorian Lead Scientist
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Dr Amanda Caples BSc Hons PhD GAICD was appointed to the Victorian Lead Scientist role in mid-2016. The Lead Scientist works across the Victorian Government to foster linkages and identify opportunities for economic outcomes by engaging with business, the research sector and the Australian government. Amanda brings to the role broad experience in technology commercialisation, public policy development and governance of public and private entities.

Previously as Deputy Secretary Sector Development and Programs, Amanda was responsible for the development of Future Industries strategic sector growth plans and for support of the Victorian science, innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystem.


Senior executives from GA, DSTG, BOM and CSIRO will discuss the topic of “A five year outlook on the needs, drivers and visions of computational and data intensive science for the publically funded research agencies”

Dr Sue Barrell

Chief Scientist and Group Executive,
Science and Innovation,
Bureau of Meteorology

Brendan Dalton

Chief Information Officer and
Director of Information Management and Technology,

Dr Carina Kemp

Chief Information Officer,
Digital Science and Information Branch,
Geoscience Australia

Peter Lambert

Chief Research Services,
Defence Science & Technology Group

AeRO is the industry association focused on eResearch in Australasia. We play a critical coordination role for our members, who are actively transforming research via Information Technology. Organisations join AeRO to advance their own capabilities and services, to collaborate and to network with peers. AeRO believes researchers and the sector significantly benefit from greater communication, coordination and sharing among the increasingly different and evolving service providers.