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 Professor Susan P. Williams

Professor Susan Williams from the Universität Koblenz Germany, is visiting our Swinburne University of Technology node from the 4th to 9th February 2024. Sue is a Professor of Enterprise Information Management and will be collaborating and working with CIRES Chief Investigator Dr Paul Scifleet, and CIRES PhD Researchers Lufan Zhang and Pa Pa Khin.

As an interdisciplinary researcher with expertise in the areas of social and organisational informatics, Sue’s work focuses on information ecologies and the design of the digital workplace. With an academic background in computer and information science, her research examines complex socio-technical change (STC) and human-centred technology design. Her long-term research programme investigates the challenges associated with understanding how new information infrastructures are shaping work and work practices, and the design of digital workspaces and workplaces to support distributed collaborative work.

CIRES Chief Investigator Dr Paul Scifleet is looking forward to the collaboration. “Professor William’s is one of the world’s leading researchers in Enterprise Information Management and the challenges businesses face today in managing the ever-increasing amount of vital information shared in workplace collaboration technologies. We are excited to be working with Professor Williams to improve the information resilience of Australian businesses facing the same concerns.”

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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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.

Welcome to Postdoctoral Research Fellow Javad Pool

Welcome to Dr Javad Pool who joins CIRES as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at The University of Queensland.

Javad completed his PhD in Business Information Systems with the UQ Business School, focusing on data privacy, and the effective use of information systems, particularly in the digital health context.

He will work closely with Professors Shazia Sadiq, Marta Indulska, Andrew Burton-Jones, and Dr Ida Asadi Someh. His research aims to understand and address socio-technical challenges in information systems, including data governance, privacy, trust, data breaches, misinformation, the effective use of data, and data protection. Javad is looking forwarding to collaborating with a diverse range of stakeholders to advance research on information resilience and data protection practices.

Welcome Javad!

Welcome to New CIRES CI, Dr Rocky Chen

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Rocky Tong Chen as a Chief Investigator with CIRES!

Rocky is a lecturer in Business Analytics with the Data Science group at The University of Queensland. His research interests include data mining, machine learning, recommender systems, and predictive analytics.

He joined CIRES as an Affiliate Investigator in 2021, and was the Chair of the Centre’s inaugural Information Resilience PhD School in 2022. His Centre PhD supervisions span CIRES partners Health and Wellbeing QueenslandAllianz Partners (Australia) and the Queensland Police Service.

Rocky is looking forward to developing cutting-edge data science solutions to real-world, large-scale problems. He is also committed to the research training and capacity building that will add skillful hands to new-generation industry applications.

Welcome to New CIRES CI, Associate Professor Wojtek Tomaszewski

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Associate Professor Wojtek Tomaszewski as a Chief Investigator with CIRES!

Wojtek is the Deputy Director (Research) and a Research Group Leader at the Institute for Social Science Research at The University of Queensland. He joined the Centre as an Affiliate Investigator in 2022, and brings to CIRES specialist expertise in social sciences, including quantitative research methods and statistical analysis.

He has a strong research interest in the impact of disadvantage on educational and labour market outcomes in young people. He will be an Associate Advisor for the On-demand Dataset Builder https://lnkd.in/gf33trVD PhD project which is a collaboration with the Queensland Department of Education.

As a CI with the Centre, Wojtek is looking forward to building cross-disciplinary collaborations, and working with industry partners to promote building data resources and infrastructure to support evidence-based solutions to real-world challenges.

Welcome to PhD Researcher, Eslam Zaher

We’d like to welcome Eslam Zaher to CIRES! Eslam joined the Centre as a PhD Researcher in April 2023 and is based at The University of Queensland. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Communications and Information Engineering from the Zewail City of Science and Technology. His research interests are focused on data-centric AI, interpretability, and natural language processing.

Eslam’s PhD project “Interpretable AI – Theory and Practice” is a collaboration with industry partner Max Kelsen, and is supervised by Dr Fred Roosta-Khorasani, Dr Quan Nguyen, and Dr Maciej Trzaskowski.

Welcome Eslam!

Welcome to PhD Researcher, Huy Nguyen

We’d like to welcome Van Nhat Huy Nguyen (Huy) to CIRES! Huy has joined the Centre as a PhD Researcher in April 2023 and is based at The University of Queensland. He holds a Bachelor of Computer Science (Honours) from UQ, receiving First Class Honours. His dissertation was on detecting misinformation from multiple news topics, and his research interests include natural language processing and data linkage.

Huy’s PhD project Expanding Data Sets to Allow Improved Critical Care for Children – Inpatient Risk Prediction” is a collaboration with government partner Queensland Health, and is supervised by Dr. Sen Wang and Dr. Ruihong Qiu, and Associate Professor Kristen Gibbons and Dr. Sainath Raman (Queensland Health). His research focuses on developing inpatient risk prediction models for paediatric patients at risk of sepsis. He is inspired by the Centre’s vision to solve real-world problems, using a diverse range of expertise and technologies. He is also looking forward to collaborating with colleagues across the Centre and with Queensland Health to improve the quality of children’s healthcare.

Welcome Huy!

Welcome to Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Lei Han

Welcome to Dr Lei Han who joins CIRES as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at The University of Queensland.

Lei joined the Centre in April 2023 and his passion lies in developing innovative solutions in the field of Data Science, with a particular interest in Crowdsourcing and Human Computation. He received his PhD from The University of Queensland in 2021, and was a postdoctoral research fellow at School of ITEE before joining CIRES. He will work closely with Associate Professor Gianluca Demartini and Professor Shazia Sadiq.

Lei is excited about the prospect of collaborating with colleagues who possess diverse backgrounds and areas of expertise across the Centre. He believes that such collaborations have the potential to drive valuable advances in Human-in-the-loop Artificial Intelligence. By working together, sharing knowledge and resources, and leveraging different perspectives, he is confident that they can develop innovative solutions to complex problems and make significant contributions to the field.

Welcome Lei!

Welcome to PhD Researcher, Jorge Retamales

We’d like to welcome Jorge Retamales to CIRES! Jorge has joined the Centre as a PhD Researcher in April 2023 and is based at The University of Queensland. He holds a Masters Degree in Information Management from the University of Washington. He has extensive working experience in Analytics, with his previous role as Head of Statistics for JUNJI in Chile, a government department in the early education sector.  Jorge’s PhD project “Developing Analytics-Driven Organisations” is a collaboration with business partner Aginic and supervised by Dr. Ida Asadi Someh, Professor Marta Indulska, and Emma Freya (Aginic).

He is excited about helping organizations effectively use their data products and capabilities for value creation, through collaborating with colleagues and CIRES industry partners.

Welcome Jorge!

Welcome to PhD Researcher, Hongliang Ni

We’d like to welcome Hongliang Ni to CIRES! Hongliang is a PhD researcher based The University of Queensland. Her PhD project “Bias Mitigation in Human in the Loop Decision Systems” is a collaboration with CIRES partner Queensland Police Service, and supervised by Associate Professor Gianluca Demartini, Professor Shazia Sadiq, and Nick Moss (Queensland Police Service). Hongliang’s research interests include human-in-the-loop methods and graph neural networks.

Welcome Hongliang!

Welcome to PhD Researcher, Hrishi Patel

We’d like to welcome Hrishi Patel to CIRES! Hrishi is a PhD researcher based at The University of Queensland. He will be working on the “Expanding Data Sets to Allow Improved Critical Care for Children – Outpatient Risk Prediction” in collaboration with our government partner Queensland Health, partner investigator Dr Adam Irwin, Dr Sen Wang, and Professor Shazia Sadiq.

Hrishi has a Masters of Data Science from UQ, and a keen interest in machine learning, learning analytics, and data science teaching. Welcome Hrishi!

Welcome to PhD Researcher, Pa Pa Khin

We’d like to welcome Pa Pa Khin to CIRES! Pa Pa is a PhD researcher based at Swinburne University of Technology. Her PhD project “Curating Systems of Engagement” is a collaboration with partner Astral Consulting, and supervised by Dr Paul Scifleet, Associate Professor Amir Aryani, and Marie Felsbourg (Astral Consulting). Pa Pa’s research interests include Enterprise Information Management, Systems of Engagement, and Knowledge Management Systems. 

Welcome Pa Pa!

Welcome to Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Dr Hui Yin

Welcome to Dr Hui Yin who joins CIRES as our first Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Swinburne University of Technology.

Hui’s research focus includes natural language processing, ai, machinelearning, and data mining, with an emphasis on online social media text mining. Hui received her PhD in Data Science from Deakin University in June 2022, and was a research fellow with Deakin before joining CIRES. She will work closely with Chief Investigator Associate Professor Amir Aryani, and joins our Swinburne colleagues Paul Scifleet, Chengfei Liu, Steve Petrie, and Lufan Zhang. She is looking forward to collaborating with CIRES partners and researchers across the Centre.

Welcome Hui!

Welcome to PhD Researcher, Muhammed Elyas Meguellati

We’d like to welcome Muhammed Elyas Meguellati to CIRES! Elyas is a PhD researcher based at The University of Queensland. He will be working on the Customer Data Stories project in collaboration with our industry partner Allianz Worldwide Partners Australia, partner investigator Mr Shane Downey MPhil, Associate Professor Gianluca Demartini, and Professor Shazia Sadiq.

Elyas has a Masters Degree in applied computing from the University of Malaya, and his research interests include natural language processing and deeplearning. Welcome Elyas!!