Women in Computing ACM-W Chapter

CIRES celebrated 2024 International Women’s Day with the launch of the UQ Association for Computing Machinery – Women (ACM-W) Chapter, a new initiative to support and encourage women in computing at UQ and beyond. As the first university in Australia to establish a Student Chapter, UQ is excited to be welcomed into a global network of professional women in computing.

The UQ ACM-W Student Chapter will provide an environment for students to make professional and social connections, learn about technology, get career advice, participate in mentoring, organise events, and provide community service. The chapter is led by CIRES Centre Director, Professor Shazia Sadiq and supported by ten Student Leaders who promote and celebrate the achievements of UQ’s women in computing community.

The Association for Computing Machinery – Women (ACM-W) celebrates, and advocates for Women in Computing with more than 70,000+ members world-wide.

Visiting Researcher Dr Barb Wixom MIT CISR

On 26 February, CIRES welcomed Dr Barb Wixom and Dr Alan Thorogood from the MIT CISR (MIT Center for Information Systems Research). Barb is the Principal Research Scientist at MIT CISR & member of the CIRES International Expert Panel. She is a world authority in data with three decades of impactful academic work, & her insights uniquely bridge academia & industry. Her new book Data is Everybody’s Business aims to inspire workers across organisations to engage in data monetization.

CIRES CI Dr Ida Asadi Someh from the UQ Business School is a long-time collaborator with Barb. “Barb is simply an inspiration for me & the whole data field. She has been providing thought leadership into organisational aspects of data & has significantly shaped research & practice in this topic. Her new book really translates in-depth scientific work into concepts, approaches, frameworks that every professional will need to know & use as AI becomes an integrated part of every job. She is democratizing the knowledge we all need to upskill for the future.”

Yesterday’s workshop “Data Monetization Fundamentals: Decoding Three Decades of Academic Research about Data Value for Practice Success” included an interactive seminar covering the core concepts of data monetization, & a deep-dive forum on how companies can establish acceptable data use practices as a foundational step toward ensuring responsible AI.

The workshop audience included representatives across Australian industry, government, & academia, including the Centre’s PhD researchers, Postdocs, & Engineers who were keen to learn from Barb.

CIRES PhD researcher Daisy Xu. has utilised some of Barb’s case studies to inform her own research. “Barb has a very admirable skill in communicating research outputs to a wide audience, making academic work highly accessible and practical. I found the Data Monetization Capability Framework to be particularly inspiring. It can be immediately useful for practitioners; for instance, they can use it to self-assess their readiness for monetizing their data assets after participating in a benchmarking survey. What’s truly remarkable is that her team collaborates with many Australian organizations that are at the forefront of the data space.”

CIRES PhD researcher Jorge Retamales said “I’m really appreciative of Barb’s visit. She conveyed important ideas with such clarity. I especially liked the improving-wrapping-selling framework. It provides an easy vocabulary where anyone can understand how tangible value can be obtained from data. I also liked her practical advice on data capabilities. It’s a great tool for organisations to enable productive conversations to plan their data monetization goals while considering their current context.”

Our thanks again to Barb for such a dynamic & insightful session & to everyone who joined us for this event.

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How AI’s decisions could transform our trust in technology and its role in our lives

How do you think explainable (generative) AI and the ‘why’ and ‘how’ behind AI’s decisions could transform our trust in technology and its role in our lives?

CIRES CI, A/Prof Hassan Khosravi is thrilled to announce the publication of “Explainable Artificial Intelligence (XAI) 2.0: A Manifesto of Open Challenges and Interdisciplinary Research Directions” in the prestigious Journal of Information Fusion.

Read the paper open access at https://lnkd.in/gRJrXb3n

Use of Generative AI in Australian Schools

CIRES Centre Director Professor Shazia Sadiq attended the Australian Parliamentary Inquiry into the use of generative AI in Australian schools, with the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences & Engineering CEO Kylie Walker. They discussed the crucial integration of AI into the Australian education system, emphasising the need for equitable access to hardware, software and skills across the education system. Generative AI has the power to significantly transform the way we work, learn and live.

 

If properly managed, it will lead to powerful tools to:

  • Reduce workload for educators.
  • Motivate students to improve their learning.

Read more in ATSE’s submission to the inquiry into the use of generative AI.

AI in Education: Call for increased ethics, collaboration & rigour

As the use of AI in education rapidly evolves and generates increasing interest, how can we obtain a comprehensive view of its current state-of-the-art developments in research and practical applications?

CIRES CI, A/Prof Hassan Khosravi’s recent paper “A meta systematic review of artificial intelligence in higher education: a call for increased ethics, collaboration and rigour “ published by the International Journal of Educational Technology in Higher Education investigates this question.

Read the paper open access at https://lnkd.in/gaR4826x

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Enterprise AI

January 2024

Centre Director, Prof Shazia Sadiq was interviewed by ABC National Radio on the AI regulation plans announced by federal government.

The Australian Government has released an interim report on supporting responsible AI. This discussion paper focuses on governance mechanisms to ensure AI is developed and used safely and responsibly in Australia. These mechanisms include regulations, standards, tools, frameworks, principles and business practices. The paper builds on the recent Rapid Research Report on Generative AI delivered by the government’s National Science and Technology Council.

Comparatively, here are links to UK’s Bletchley Declaration and EU’s AI Act.

December 2023

Centre Director, Prof Shazia Sadiq, and CIRES CIs A/Prof Gianluca Demartini and Dr Rocky Chen networked with key leaders in AI at the National AI Leadership Summit in Sydney on 8 December. CEDA and CSIRO’s National Artificial Intelligence Centre presented a flagship Summit, convening leading voices on how AI can be leveraged in a positive and inclusive way to transform industries and advance the Australian economy. The Summit will outline how leaders can position their organisations, and Australia more broadly to enable the take up of responsible AI at scale.

 

CIRES participates in Australasian Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence

An exciting week for AI as the Australasian Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence [AJCAI] at The University of Queensland yesterday from 28 Nov – 1 Dec 2023 with an agenda packed day of tutorials and workshops.

CIRES students, Hongliang Ni and Zirui Tan, participated in the AJCAI PhD Forum. Additionally, CIRES Centre Director Professor Shazia Sadiq chaired the conference keynote by Professor H. Peter Soyer internationally recognised leader in the field of dermatology.

Professor Soyer is internationally recognised in the field of dermatology, and a pioneer and world leader in the field of dermoscopy of pigmented skin lesions, a non-invasive diagnostic method. He has lead the development of the morphologic classification system currently used worldwide.

AI has made significant advancements in the field of dermatology, offering a wide range of applications and benefits. His talk will focus on some key areas in which AI is being used within this domain, including: Skin Cancer and Skin Disease Diagnosis; Telemedicine and Teledermatology; Clinical Decision Support; Research and Drug Development; and Wearable Devices and Monitoring.

Postdoctoral Research Fellow position at UQ

Applications close 9th January 2024


We are recruiting for a Level A postdoc fellow to join us in the ARC Training Centre for Information Resilience (CIRES) at The University of Queensland in sunny Brisbane, Australia. International candidates are also welcome to apply as visa sponsorship may be available for this appointment.

This position will be jointly supported by CIRES and the ARC Discovery Project DP 200103650 Making Spatiotemporal Data More Useful: An Entity Linking Approach. As a key member of the team, you will have the opportunity to conduct innovative research related to data management and data mining with a particular focus on entity linking and privacy protection of spatiotemporal data. You will also have the chance to supervise and develop research students, cultivate external partnerships, and contribute to the wider academic community.

We are seeking a candidate with:

  • Completion or near completion of a PhD in Data Management, Data Mining, or Data Science.
  • Demonstrated expert knowledge and experience in reproducible research related to multi-modality data including but not limited to spatiotemporal data.
  • A track record of peer-reviewed publications in high-impact journals or premiere conferences relevant to data management and data mining.

See the full position description and how to apply:

Applications close Tuesday 9th January 2024 at 11.00 pm AEST.

This position will be based in the Australian Research Council (ARC) Industrial Transformation Training Centre for Information Resilience (CIRES) at UQ, and working across multiple projects with industry and government partners, providing a wealth of experience in multi-disciplinary teams, research planning, and industry and public sector dynamics. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to work directly with the Centre’s partners, with an expected third of their time dedicated to working with partner organisations.

Questions? For more information about this opportunity, please contact Professor Shazia Sadiq.

Dr Javad Pool – 2023 Award for Excellence

Congratulations to our CIRES Postdoctoral Research Fellow Dr Javad Pool who has received a 2023 Award for Excellence from the Faculty of Business, Economics and Law (BEL) at The University of Queensland.

The award was for Research – Engagement and Impact, within the Trust in AI Research Team working with Professor Nicole Gillespie, Dr Caitlin Curtis, and Dr Steven Lockey.

“I’m honoured to receive this BEL Award for Excellence 2023 alongside the Trust in AI Research Team. Professor Nicole Gillespie’s leadership in this research has been inspiring, and I’m grateful for the opportunity to collaborate with Nicole, Steve, and Caitlin on impactful projects highlighted in the media, in policy, and in industry reports.”

Congratulations Javad!

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ITRP Managers Symposium

On 16-17 October, CIRES Centre Manager Kate Aldridge and Coordinator Kathleen Williamson attended the 2023 ARC National ITRP Managers Symposium held in Adelaide; meeting with ARC representatives and fellow Managers from across Australia and sharing tips, insights and experience in the operational management of our ARC Hubs and Training Centres. This important knowledge sharing and problem solving event, also included a professional training session “Speaking with Influence” presented by Gary Edwards which provided many tactics and strategies to improve communication, and get better results in any situation. Below is a photo of the UQ representatives at the Symposium.

 

Why data-smart leaders create teams of “purple people”

“Data Is Everybody’s Business” by Barb Wixom, Leslie Owens, and Cynthia Beath with MIT CISR (MIT Center for Information Systems Research) features contributions from CIRES Chief Investigator, Ida Asadi Someh. The excerpt features content that is available in academic form in Journal of Association for Information Systems – https://lnkd.in/gWUW7Gx4

Ida’s collaborator, Barbara Wixom, is a CIRES International Expert Panel Member.

Why data-smart leaders create teams of “purple people”

UQ AI Research Network Launches

UQ Research and Innovation Week 2023 saw the launch of the University’s new Research Networks, which provide a platform for a collaborative and transdisciplinary approach to fields of research with broad impacts across society. In opening the event, Professor Shazia Sadiq, CIRES Centre Director, and Director of the UQ AI Collaboratory commented on the enormity of recent advancements in AI, and the profound impact it can have on science, business and society. This prompted the establishment of the UQ AI Collaboratory in 2021.

Welcome to Data Engineer Zhuochen Wu

We’d like to welcome Zhuochen Wu to CIRES! Zhuochen joined the Centre as a Data Engineer in November 2022 and is based at Swinburne University of Technology. Her main work includes data curation, resilient data pipelines, graph databases and distributed ETL systems, with a focus on data extraction and analytics pipeline integration. Zhuochen has a degree of Master of Computing with Data Science specialisation from the Australian National University. She works closely with Chief Investigator Associate Professor Amir Aryani.  She is excited by the diverse projects within the Centre and is looking forward to collaborating with other researchers to find meaningful insights from data.

Welcome to Data Engineer Shaoyang Fan

We’d like to welcome Dr Shaoyang Fan to CIRES! Shaoyang joined CIRES as a Data Engineer in July 2023 at The University of Queensland. Shaoyang is a data scientist and specialises in microtask crowdsourcing, data quality, and bias. He works closely with Chief Investigator Associate Professor Gianluca Demartini, working in data curation and human computation research, including constructing crowd-sourced data curation processes. He has a PhD in Computer Science and Master of Science in Information Technology, both from UQ, and Master of Science in Econometrics from The University of Manchester.

Shaoyang is looking forward to applying his technical skills and passion for data science to make impactful contributions to the Centre.

Dr Sen Wang CI for new ARC Training Centre in Predictive Breeding in Agriculture

Congratulations to School of EECS, Professor Helen Huang, and CIRES CI, Dr Sen Wang, for the successful $5M funding of the ARC Training Centre in Predictive Breeding for Agricultural Futures. The Centre will train the next generation of breeders and develop cutting-edge predictive breeding technologies in partnership with industry. The Centre will train 31 PhDs, seven Postdocs and perform research across 21 agriculturally important species. The Centre brings together significant contributions from five Australian universities and 30 national and international partner organisations, and now the ARC, to a total value of $136M.

Best Paper Award ICTIR 2023

Congratulations to CIRES Chief Investigator Associate Professor Gianluca Demartini and fellow authors who received the Best Paper Award for their work “Perspectives on Large Language Models for Relevance Judgment” https://lnkd.in/gmf3qU97

The work is the result of an international collaboration between researchers in Italy, USA, Canada, Australia, Germany, Netherlands, and Japan, who highlight the risks and opportunities of large language models and their impact on information retrieval research. The award was given by a committee of information retrieval experts at the ACM, Association for Computing Machinery‘s SIGIR International Conference on the Theory of Information Retrieval in Taipei last week.