2021 Speakers

Steve van Bodegraven


Steven began collaborating with CSIRO in 2018 as part of our Healthy Country AI partnership and is currently involved in Climate Resilient Enterprises and Net Zero Emissions missions.

Trevor Dhu


As part of Microsoft’s Sustainability Science Team Trevor helping Microsoft to be carbon negative, water positive, zero waste, and protect more land than it uses by 2030. We’re also helping to build the Planetary Computer platform to transform the way the world monitors, models, and manages the Earth’s natural systems.

Professor Sisi Zlatanova


Zlatanova is a SHARP Professor and Head of the Geospatial Research Innovation and Development (GRID) lab at School of Built Environment, Faculty of Arts, Design and Architecture, UNSW. She is internationally recognised expert in three-dimensional (3D) geospatial data modelling, 3D topology, spatially enabled Digital Twins, 3D data structures and specifically frameworks for 3D indoor modelling and navigation. The GRID lab aims to further advance the theoretical foundations of 3D geospatial data modelling and analysis. With a team of talented researchers, she investigates alternative approaches for digital representation of urban environments to ensure intelligent data management and meticulous analysis of the comprehensive interrelations between physical environment, dynamically changing phenomena, and human wellbeing. The GRID team is involved in agile and collaborative research & development, which makes 3D geospatial data FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable)

William R. Sherman


Bill Sherman is a Computer Scientist with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) High Performance Computing and Visualization Group, where he works on tools and projects involving immersive visualization in CAVE and HMD VR systems. Prior to joining NIST, Sherman was a Senior Technology Advisor with the Advanced Visualization Lab at Indiana University, where he also worked on many projects and technologies related to VR and scientific visualization. Likewise he also spent time at the Desert Research Institute and the National Center for Supercomputing Applications managing VR facilities and teams using four- and six-sided CAVE systems. He is also the co-author and editor of four books on virtual reality.


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.