We have an outstanding selection of Invited Speakers joining us at the 2020 C3DIS Conference held in Melbourne.

Annie Burgess

Lab Director | Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP)

Dr. Annie Burgess’ career has bridged Earth Science and informatics. During her graduate work at the University of Utah, Annie managed, analyzed, and distributed an immense amount of data related to her research in snow hydrology. The primary data product created during her Ph.D. work is currently distributed through NASA/JPL.

As a post-doc at the University of Southern California, she developed software for the unique needs of the Polar science community. Annie knows the power of connecting Earth scientists with technical and collaborative infrastructure.

At ESIP, she utilizes her technical savvy and networking skills to run their innovation program, also known as the ESIP Lab.

Christine Kirkpatrick

San Diego Supercomputer Center’s (SDSC)

Christine Kirkpatrick oversees the San Diego Supercomputer Center’s (SDSC) Research Data Services division, which manages infrastructure, networking, and services for research projects of regional and national scope. Kirkpatrick is a recognized expert in the implementation of research computing services, with an emphasis on data science workloads, as well as operational cyberinfrastructure (CI) at scale.

Kirkpatrick founded and hosts the US GO FAIR Office at SDSC, is the Executive Director of the US National Data Service (NDS), and Co-PI and Deputy Director of the West Big Data Innovation Hub (WBDIH). She co-chairs the All (Big Data) Hub Infrastructure Working Group, is co-PI of the Open Storage Network, and PI of the EarthCube Office (ECO). Kirkpatrick received her master’s degree from the Jacobs School of Engineering at University of California San Diego. She serves on the Technical Advisory Board (TAB) for the Research Data Alliance (RDA), and the external Advisory Boards for the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) Hub and EOSC Nordic.

David Abramson

Director | Research Computing Centre

David has been involved in computer architecture and high performance computing research since 1979. He has held appointments at Griffith University, CSIRO, RMIT and Monash University. Prior to joining UQ, he was the Director of the Monash e-Education Centre, Science Director of the Monash e-Research Centre, and a Professor of Computer Science in the Faculty of Information Technology at Monash. From 2007 to 2011 he was an Australian Research Council Professorial Fellow. David has expertise in High Performance Computing, distributed and parallel computing, computer architecture and software engineering. He has produced in excess of 200 research publications, and some of his work has also been integrated in commercial products. One of these, Nimrod, has been used widely in research and academia globally, and is also available as a commercial product, called EnFuzion, from Axceleon. His world-leading work in parallel debugging is sold and marketed by Cray Inc, one of the world’s leading supercomputing vendors, as a product called ccdb. David is a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE), and the Australian Computer Society (ACS). He is currently a visiting Professor in the Oxford e-Research Centre at the University of Oxford.

Milan Petkovic

Head of the Data Science department | Philips

Prof. Dr. Milan Petković is the head of the Data Science department at Philips, which conducts innovation projects in the domain of AI and data science in healthcare.

He is also a part-time full professor at the Eindhoven University of Technology. Prof. Petković is also a vice president of the BDVA association and he serves in several advisory groups to the European Commission on data sharing and security subjects.

On behalf of Philips he participated in several standardization initiatives and led several Dutch national and EU projects. He recently published a book on Data Science in Healthcare.

Matthew Harrison

Biography to come 

Mark J. Kiemele

President and CEO | Air Academy Associates

Mark J. Kiemele, President and Co-founder of Air Academy Associates, has more than 30 years of teaching, consulting, and coaching experience.

Having trained, consulted, or mentored more than 30,000 leaders, scientists, engineers, managers, trainers, practitioners, and college students from more than 20 countries, he is world-renowned for his Knowledge Based KISS (Keep It Simple Statistically) approach to engaging practitioners in applying performance improvement methods.

Mark earned a B.S. and M.S. in Mathematics from North Dakota State University and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Texas A&M University.  Dr. Kiemele has been involved in the origin and evolution of Six Sigma, as he trained the first Black Belts at the Six Sigma Research Institute at Motorola and has helped deploy and implement Lean, Six Sigma, or DFSS initiatives at more than 100 companies worldwide.

Mark will be delivering a full day workshop on Thursday 19 March: Design of Experiments for science workflows and pipelines.

Vivien R. Bonazzi

Managing Director, Chief Biomedical Data Scientist |
Deloitte Consulting LLP

Biography to come 


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