Information Resilience PhD School 2022

12-14 September @ The University of Queensland

Thank you to all our delegates and speakers who participated in the CIRES inaugural Information Resilience PhD School!


Congratulations to our Prize Winners

3MT first place (session 1a) Rm 275
Sandy Spiers (Curtin University) – Maintenance Optimisation for Network Assets
Comment: A well-packaged 3MT presentation that reveals an exciting PhD journey.

3MT first place (session 1b) Rm 273
Tessa Faulks (Monash University) – Improving Nitrogen Use Efficiency (NUE) from Urea through the Development of a Novel Coating
Comment: Nicely engaged with the audience and presented the research idea in a clear and logical way. The poster is a professional visual aid that allows the audience to easily follow along and sets out a solid structure.

3MT runner up (session 1a)
Nazym Baizhiyen (University of Adelaide) – Measuring and Monitoring Particle Size Distributions to Divert Low Value Waste
Comment: Good use of intuitive examples, which is tremendously helpful for people outside the domain to grab the core idea of research.

3MT runner up (session 1b)
Hechuan Wen (The University of Queensland) – Run-time Causal Inference under Domain Shift
Comment: Hechuan delivered the presentation very confidently. He used simple words to clarify the research motivation and highlight the innovation efficiently and effectively. Well done!

3MT people’s choice (session 1a)
Jinchun Du (Monash) “Ultrafast Euclidean Pathfinding using Hub Labeling”

3MT people’s choice (session 1b)
Clement Lartey (UniofSA) “Outlier detection in flotation sensor information

Poster Session first place
Yiheng Hu (University of New South Wales) – 3D Point Cloud Multiview Registration
Comment: Great layout and clear communication of the core technical novelty.

Poster Session runner up
Xin Zheng (Monash University) – Multi-relational Graph Neural Architecture Search
Comment: A clear, coherent, concise poster that motivates viewers to search for the paper to read.

Poster Session people’s choice
Yerniyaz Abildin (UofAdelaide) “Constraints and Quantifying Uncertainty on Resource Domain Boundaries”


View the program here


Applications for the 2022 PhD School have now closed. To register your interest for the 2023 event, please email

Who should attend?  

Are you an Australian-based PhD candidate, or planning to commence a PhD in Australia? Is your research data oriented? Are you aiming to address any of the following challenges?

  • Low data quality, i.e., how to handle issues like missing entries, false information, lack of samples, class imbalance? 

  • Limited insights obtained from data, i.e., how can we maximize the value of “big data” with advanced techniques? 

  • Unknown reliability and trustworthiness of data analysis tools, i.e., is the automated decision process transparent and interpretable? 

  • Anything that hinders resilient application of your research, e.g., ethics, privacy, cyber security, generalisability, efficiency, adoption etc. 

If yes, then the Information Resilience PhD School is the right place for you!

The Information Resilience PhD School offers a 3-day program from 12 September to 14 September at the St Lucia Campus of The University of Queensland for current or prospective PhD students interested in exploring and understanding cutting-edge data science practices, pathways towards academic or industry careers, and prospects of next-generation research in the field. The Information Resilience PhD School brings research students from Australian universities together with leading national and international researchers to enhance and invigorate research education, offering an opportunity to share and discuss research with both peers and mentors.  


What does the Information Resilience PhD School deliver? 

Knowledge sharing and acquisition in data-driven research. A series of interactive activities including a keynote, tutorial, open discussion, and poster session will be hosted. Internationally renowned scholars will present techniques that enable, advance, and shape many research areas and applications today. These activities will cover the following topics (selectively listed): 

  • Data management and engineering 

  • Data Profiling 

  • Information retrieval and predictive analytics 

  • Data privacy and security

Special Guest International Speakers & Topics 

Mentorship from both academia and industry. The Information Resilience PhD School will feature industry leaders and world-class researchers sharing their experience in digital transformation, stories of data-driven R&D practices, and visions on next-generation information technologies. The dedicated activities include: 

  • Guest talks 

  • Roundtable sessions hosted by industry leaders and academics 

  • Mentoring and advising on research and professional development 

  • Experience sharing by recently graduated PhDs

Social networking. The Information Resilience PhD School offers opportunities to engage with guest speakers, build connections with peers with common research interests and establish interdisciplinary collaborations with experts across domains. Our social networking events include: 

  • Interactive poster and presentation sessions with awards 

  • Guided tour 

  • Banquet 


Important Dates 

  • 7 August 2022: Applications Due – closed

  • 15 August 2022: Successful Applicants Notified 

  • 12-14 September 2022: Information Resilience PhD School 2022


Link to Information Resilience PhD School Flyer



PROGRAM Dr Rocky Chen 


ARC Training Centre for Information Resilience [CIRES]
The University of Queensland 
Brisbane Qld 4072 Australia