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

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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.

Ivy Wong

Science Leader | CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science

Dr Ivy Wong is a radio astronomer and a CSIRO Science Leader working on massive data challenges in the era of the Square Kilometre Array at CSIRO Astronomy & Space Science in Perth, WA. Using large all-sky radio surveys, Ivy studies how galaxies form stars; how central supermassive black holes grow (AGN) and how AGN affect the star formation history and evolution of a galaxy. Ivy’s research interests also include non-traditional data analysis methods such as the exploration of citizen science and the potential applications of deep learning algorithms.
The next-generation radio telescopes begin to survey wider, deeper and further back in the Universe’s history, astronomers will enter the massive data era when traditional methods of analyses will be severely tested. Ivy obtained her PhD (Astrophysics) in 2008 from the University of Melbourne and has previously worked at Yale University, CSIRO and the International Centre Radio Astronomy Research (UWA).

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 and consulting experience. Having trained, consulted, and 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 teaching statistical methods to practitioners. His support is requested by an impressive list of global clients, including Sony, Microsoft, GE, Raytheon, Lockheed-Martin, Northrop-Grumman, General Dynamics, GlaxoSmithKline, Samsung, PerkinElmer, Danaher, Corning, BASF, Dell/EMC, John Deere, Xerox, and a host of DoD organizations.

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. During his time in the U.S. Air Force, Mark supported the design, development and testing of various weapon systems, including the Maverick and Cruise Missile systems. He performed the first aircraft/missile safe escape analysis on the Maverick, determining optimum escape maneuvers to minimize risk to the launch aircraft and pilot. On the Cruise Missile system, he was a software engineer responsible for the design and development of the terrain following guidance system. Mark was also a professor at the U.S. Air Force Academy.

In addition to many published technical papers, he has co-authored the books Basic Statistics: Tools for Continuous Improvement; Knowledge Based Management (KBM); Applied Modeling and Simulation: An Integrated Approach to Development and Operation; Network Modeling, Simulation, and Analysis; Lean Six Sigma: A Tools Guide and most recently Design for Six Sigma: The Tool Guide for Practitioners. He is the editor of the text Understanding Industrial Designed Experiments. He is the 2017 winner of the International Test & Evaluation Association’s prestigious Richard G. Cross Award, which recognizes outstanding accomplishments in test and evaluation education.

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

Konstantinos Repanas

Policy Officer, Open Science | European Commission

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Kostas Repanas is a policy officer at the Open Science Unit, in the Directorate General Research and Innovation (DG RTD) of the European Commission. Kostas is mainly involved in the data and interoperability aspects of the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC), as well as in advancing the Open Science agenda of the Commission. He is a long-standing advocate for Open Access, Open Data and Open Science, having previously worked for EMBL Heidelberg, the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A-STAR) in Singapore, and the EU ESFRI landmark project ELIXIR. He is a co-organiser of the RDA FAIR Data Maturity Model WG and a member of the EOSC FAIR WG. Kostas is also the co-founder of the Asian Open Access community (Asia OA) launched at the 7th RDA Plenary in Tokyo, in collaboration with the National Institute of Informatics (NII-Japan) and the Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR). He holds a PhD in Biochemistry and Crystallography from the Netherlands Cancer Institute (NKI) in Amsterdam and the Erasmus University of Rotterdam.


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