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Executive Committee

Professor Shazia Sadiq

The University of Queensland

Centre Director

Professor Shazia Sadiq is the CIRES Centre Director and a research and education leader in data science at The University of Queensland. Her research track record has focussed on overcoming challenges that stem from disparate IT systems and result in information silos, and she has developed new methods that to tackle these challenges through integrated solutions for information quality and effective use. Shazia is passionate about the positive impact emerging technologies from data science, machine learning and artificial intelligence can have on our future. She advocates for the responsible and ethical technology developments and believe strongly that these developments require trans-disciplinary collaborations between research, industry, government and community.

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Professor Marta Indulska

The University of Queensland

Research Director

Professor Marta Indulska is the CIRES Research Director and Leader of the Business Information Systems discipline at The University of Queensland Business School. Marta’s research interests include IT business value, data quality, business process management and open innovation, primarily focusing on using technology as an enabler of increased organisational effectiveness. She has worked with organisations in the retail, consulting and non-profit sectors to provide guidance on a variety of topics, including digital strategy, business process improvement, and emerging technologies and platforms for innovation. 

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Kate Aldridge

The University of Queensland

Centre Manager

Kate is the CIRES Centre Manager and responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Centre. She joined the University of Queensland after 13 years at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) where she was the Centre Manager for the Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence for Robotic Vision and the QUT Centre for Robotics. Kate is passionate about creating welcoming and inclusive workplaces and dedicated to creating supportive research training environments.

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Dr Hassan Kosravi

The University of Queensland

Theme Leader

Dr Hassan Khosravi is a Senior Lecturer in Data Science and Learning Analytics at The University of Queensland. As a computer scientist by training, he is passionate about the role of artificial intelligence in the future of education. In his research, he draws on theoretical insights from learning science and exemplary techniques from the fields of human-computer interaction, learning analytics and explainable AI to design, implement, validate and deliver technological solutions that contribute to the delivery of learner-centred, data-driven learning at scale. His past research and publications have addressed a number of diverse topics such as learning graphical models, statistical-relational learning, social network analysis, cybersecurity and game theory.

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Assoc. Prof. Gianluca Demartini

The University of Queensland

Theme Leader

Dr. Gianluca Demartini is an Associate Professor in Data Science at the University of Queensland, Australia. His main research interests include Information Retrieval, Semantic Web, and Human Computation. His research is currently funded by the Australian Research Council, Facebook, and Google. He received Best Paper awards at the AAAI Conference on Human Computation and Crowdsourcing (HCOMP) in 2018, at the European Conference on Information Retrieval (ECIR) in 2016 and 2020, and the Best Demo award at the International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC) in 2011. He has published more than 150 peer-reviewed scientific publications including papers at major venues such as WWW, ACM SIGIR, VLDBJ, ISWC, and ACM CHI. He is an ACM Senior Member, ACM Distinguished Speaker, TEDx speaker, and CIKM 2021 General co-chair.

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Dr Fred Roosta-Khorasani

The University of Queensland

Theme Leader

Fred is an ARC DECRA Fellow and Lecturer in the School of Mathematics and Physics, The University of Queensland. He is also an Associate Investigator in the ARC Centre of Excellence for Mathematical and Statistical Frontiers (ACEMS) and Distinguished Research Scholar at the International Computer Science Institute (ICSI) Berkeley, USA.

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Assoc. Prof. Amir Aryani

Swinburne University of Technology

Theme Leader

Amir Aryani is the Head of the Social Data Analytics (SoDA) Lab in the Social Innovation Research Institute. The Lab applies contemporary and emerging co-op data analytics techniques to provide insight into health and social problems. Amir has experience with large-scale and cross-institution projects in Australia and Europe. His track records include collaboration with high-profile international institutions such as British Library, ORCID (U.S), Data Archiving and Network Analysis (DANS, Netherlands), Institution for the Social Sciences in Germany (GESIS), and funders including ARC, NHMRC, and NIH. He is an experienced project leader on initiatives involving creating and leading data-driven projects and using data modelling, information retrieval techniques, and real-time data analysis. He has published articles in high impact journals such as Nature Scientific Data, Metadata and Semantics Research, and Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence and Applications.

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Dr Ida Asadi Someh

The University of Queensland

Theme Leader

Dr Ida Asadi Someh is a senior lecturer in the Business Information Systems discipline at the UQ Business School, The University of Queensland, Australia, and a research affiliate at the Centre for Information Systems Research (CISR), MIT Sloan School of Management, US. Her research focuses on organizational and societal impact of data, analytics and artificial intelligence. She completed her PhD in 2015 at The University of Melbourne and was awarded the best PhD thesis in Melbourne School of Engineering, and the Vice Chancellor’s PhD Prize at The University of Melbourne.

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Chief Investigators

Assoc. Prof. Amir Aryani

Swinburne University of Technology

Chief Investigator

Amir Aryani is the Head of the Social Data Analytics (SoDA) Lab in the Social Innovation Research Institute. The Lab applies contemporary and emerging co-op data analytics techniques to provide insight into health and social problems. Amir has experience with large-scale and cross-institution projects in Australia and Europe. His track records include collaboration with high-profile international institutions such as British Library, ORCID (U.S), Data Archiving and Network Analysis (DANS, Netherlands), Institution for the Social Sciences in Germany (GESIS), and funders including ARC, NHMRC, and NIH. He is an experienced project leader on initiatives involving creating and leading data-driven projects and using data modelling, information retrieval techniques, and real-time data analysis. He has published articles in high impact journals such as Nature Scientific Data, Metadata and Semantics Research, and Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence and Applications.

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Dr Ida Asadi Someh

The University of Queensland

Chief Investigator

Dr Ida Asadi Someh is a senior lecturer in the Business Information Systems discipline at the UQ Business School, The University of Queensland, Australia, and a research affiliate at the Centre for Information Systems Research (CISR), MIT Sloan School of Management, US. Her research focuses on organizational and societal impact of data, analytics and artificial intelligence. She completed her PhD in 2015 at The University of Melbourne and was awarded the best PhD thesis in Melbourne School of Engineering, and the Vice Chancellor’s PhD Prize at The University of Melbourne.

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Professor Andrew Burton-Jones

The University of Queensland

Chief Investigator

Andrew graduated from UQ’s Commerce program in 1998 and worked for several years in IT risk management for one of the Big-4 accounting/consulting firms. He then moved to Georgia State University in Atlanta, USA, to complete his Ph.D., followed by seven years at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, where he became a tenured Associate Professor. He returned to UQ in May 2012. Andrew has a particular interest in IT governance and control, IT development, and IT strategy. He undertakes research in three areas: how effectively organisations use IT; how to improve methods to analyse and design IT systems; and how to improve theories and methods used by researchers in the Information Systems discipline. He has published in and served on the editorial boards of the Journal of the Association for Information Systems, Information Systems Research, MIS Quarterly, and other outlets. He recently completed a term as Representative for the Americas for the Association of Information Systems and commenced a term as International Representative for the Academy of Management (OCIS Division).

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Assoc. Prof. Gianluca Demartini

The University of Queensland

Chief Investigator

Dr. Gianluca Demartini is an Associate Professor in Data Science at the University of Queensland, Australia. His main research interests include Information Retrieval, Semantic Web, and Human Computation. His research is currently funded by the Australian Research Council, Facebook, and Google. He received Best Paper awards at the AAAI Conference on Human Computation and Crowdsourcing (HCOMP) in 2018, at the European Conference on Information Retrieval (ECIR) in 2016 and 2020, and the Best Demo award at the International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC) in 2011. He has published more than 150 peer-reviewed scientific publications including papers at major venues such as WWW, ACM SIGIR, VLDBJ, ISWC, and ACM CHI. He is an ACM Senior Member, ACM Distinguished Speaker, TEDx speaker, and CIKM 2021 General co-chair.

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Dr Wen Hua

The University of Queensland

Chief Investigator

Dr. Wen Hua currently works as a Lecturer (tenure) and an ARC DECRA Fellow at School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering, the University of Queensland, Australia. From April 2016 to April 2017, she was appointed as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Queensland. She received her PhD degree (under the supervision of Prof Xiaofang Zhou) and Bachelor degree (under the supervision of Prof Xiaoyong Du) in Computer Science from Renmin University of China in 2015 and 2010, respectively. She was awarded the ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) in 2021 and the Advance Queensland Early Career Research Fellowship (AQRF) in 2017, two highly-competitive fellowships for early-career researchers. Her current research interests include information extraction and retrieval, data mining, natural language processing, spatiotemporal data management, high performance query processing, and social media analytics. She has published actively in reputed journals and top international conferences including SIGMOD, PVLDB, ICDE, TKDE, VLDBJ, IJCAI, SIGIR, CIKM, WSDM, WWWJ, etc.

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Professor Marta Indulska

The University of Queensland

Chief Investigator

Professor Marta Indulska is the CIRES Research Director and Leader of the Business Information Systems discipline at The University of Queensland Business School. Marta’s research interests include IT business value, data quality, business process management and open innovation, primarily focusing on using technology as an enabler of increased organisational effectiveness. She has worked with organisations in the retail, consulting and non-profit sectors to provide guidance on a variety of topics, including digital strategy, business process improvement, and emerging technologies and platforms for innovation.

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Dr Hassan Khosravi

The University of Queensland

Chief Investigator

Dr Hassan Khosravi is a Senior Lecturer in Data Science and Learning Analytics at The University of Queensland. As a computer scientist by training, he is passionate about the role of artificial intelligence in the future of education. In his research, he draws on theoretical insights from learning science and exemplary techniques from the fields of human-computer interaction, learning analytics and explainable AI to design, implement, validate and deliver technological solutions that contribute to the delivery of learner-centred, data-driven learning at scale. His past research and publications have addressed a number of diverse topics such as learning graphical models, statistical-relational learning, social network analysis, cybersecurity and game theory.

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Professor Chengfei Liu

Swinburne University of Technology

Chief Investigator

Professor Chengfei Liu is leader of Swinburne’s Web and Data Engineering research group and the focus area leader of Knowledge and Data Intensive Systems in Swinburne’s tier-1 Centre for Computing and Engineering Software Systems (SUCCESS). Professor Liu’s current research interests include web data management (keyword queries, uncertain data, query processing, view rewriting, stream data and query relaxation), advanced database systems (big data management, graph data management, keyword searches on graph data, query refinement and data provenance, RDF databases) and workflows (artifact-centric models, web service transactions, collaborative business processes, and business process views).

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Dr Fred Roosta-Khorasani

The University of Queensland

Chief Investigator

Fred is an ARC DECRA Fellow and Lecturer in the School of Mathematics and Physics, The University of Queensland. He is also an Associate Investigator in the ARC Centre of Excellence for Mathematical and Statistical Frontiers (ACEMS) and Distinguished Research Scholar at the International Computer Science Institute (ICSI) Berkeley, USA.

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Professor Shazia Sadiq

The University of Queensland

Chief Investigator

Professor Shazia Sadiq is the CIRES Centre Director and a research and education leader in data science at The University of Queensland. Her research track record has focussed on overcoming challenges that stem from disparate IT systems and result in information silos, and she has developed new methods that to tackle these challenges through integrated solutions for information quality and effective use. Shazia is passionate about the positive impact emerging technologies from data science, machine learning and artificial intelligence can have on our future. She advocates for responsible and ethical technology developments and believe strongly that these developments require trans-disciplinary collaborations between research, industry, government and community.  

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Dr Paul Scifleet

Swinburne University of Technology

Chief Investigator

Before joining the Department of Business Technology and Entrepreneurship (BTE), Paul held positions with the Discipline of Business Information Systems at the University of Sydney and the School of Information Systems, Technology and Management at the University of New South Wales. He has been a visiting Scholar with the Information School at the University of Sheffield and the Royal School Library and Information Science, Copenhagen and Research Fellow with the School of Information Studies at Charles Sturt University. Paul is currently a research affiliate with the Information Design Lab, University of Koblenz-Landau, Germany and Centre for Social Impact Research Fellow for Semester 2, 2019 at Swinburne University of Technology.

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Dr Thomas Taimre

The University of Queensland

Chief Investigator

Thomas Taimre is Senior Lecturer of Mathematics and Statistics and received his BSc (Mathematics and Statistics) in 2003, BSc (Hons. I, Statistics) in 2004, and Ph.D. (Mathematics) in 2009, all from The University of Queensland, Australia.  His current research is at the interface of probability theory, computer simulation, and mathematical optimization with biological and other scientific, engineering, and finance disciplines.

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Professor Rhema Vaithianathan

The University of Queensland

Chief Investigator

Rhema Vaithianathan is a Professor of Social Data Analytics at the Institute for Social Science Research at the University of Queensland. She is also Director of the Centre for Social Data Analytics at Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand, where she is a Professor of Economics. Rhema is recognised internationally for translational research that uses data analytics for social good. She has been working with health data and collaborating with hospitals and health policy agencies for over 25 years, including work on indigenous health and disparities.

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Dr Sen Wang

The University of Queensland

Chief Investigator

Currently, I am a lecturer and an ARC DECRA Fellow (Australia Discovery Early Career Researcher Award) in School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering (ITEE) in the University of Queensland (UQ). I am also an adjunct senior research fellow in Institute for Integrated and Intelligent Systems (IIIS) in Griffith University (GU). Previously, I worked as a lecture of computer science in School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in GU from July 2016 to January 2019. I received my PhD degree in UQ in 2014. Between Jan 2014 and July 2016, I have been an ARC post-doctoral research fellow in UQ. My research interest includes various topics on Feature Selection, Semi-supervised Learning, Deep Learning, Pattern Recognition, and Data Mining. Also, I have always been concentrating on significant applications using AI and Data Mining techniques, such as health informatics and social media analysis. My CV can be found at here.

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Professor Mark Western

The University of Queensland

Chief Investigator

Mark Western is Director of the Institute for Social Science Research and a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia. He has previously worked at the Australian National University and the University of Tasmania, and held visiting appointments at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the University of Manchester, and the Institute of Education, London. Mark is an International Fellow of the Centre for the Study of Poverty and Inequality at Stanford University, a Chief Investigator on the ARC Centre of Excellence for Children and Families Over the Life course and a former Chief Investigator on the ARC Centre of Excellence in Policing and Security.

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Assoc. Prof. Hongzhi Yin

The University of Queensland

Chief Investigator

A/Prof. Hongzhi Yin works as an associate professor with The University of Queensland, Australia. He was recognized as Field Leader of Data Mining & Analysis in The Australian’s Research 2020 magazine. He received his doctoral degree from Peking University in July 2014, and his PhD Thesis won the highly competitive Distinguished Doctor Degree Thesis Award of Peking University. His current main research interests include recommender system, graph embedding and mining, chatbots, social media analytics and mining, edge machine learning, trustworthy machine learning, decentralized and federated learning, and smart healthcare. He has published 160+ papers, including 15 publications in Top 1% (CNCI).

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Partner Investigators

Mr Shane Downey

Allianz Partners

Partner Investigator

Shane Downey is the General Manager, Enterprise Data Management at Allianz Partners Australia. He has made significant contributions to a variety of organisations over a career spanning 20+ years, including Government, banking and insurance, finance, wealth management, retail, manufacturing, and health. Shane is also a part-time academic researcher in the field of data quality with The University of Queensland, Mater HEALTH and Mater RESEARCH.

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Ms Marie Felsbourg

Astral Consulting

Partner Investigator

Marie Felsbourg has over 30 years’ experience in the Information Technology industry covering all aspects of software application development, and the implementation of major systems and applications. As the founder and director of Astral Consulting, she has developed an Information Management (IM) organization that provides customers with independent, vendor-neutral advice about the best strategy for managing their information. Astral also partners with leading business organisation to implement business solutions that increase the value of their information assets by aligning unstructured information assets with business process and structured information in enterprise applications such as market leading ERP, CRM, Engineering Asset and HSE solutions. Marie has also been instrumental in the initiation and setup of an industry association, Information Governance ANZ, and is active in student education through an Intern and Graduate program and guest Lectures at Swinburne and RMIT Universities.

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Mr James Hinchliffe

Queensland Police Service

Partner Investigator

James is the Director of Research and AnalyticsQueensland Police Service.

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Dr Adam Irwin

The University of Queensland and Children’s Health Queensland

Partner Investigator

Dr Adam Irwin is a NHMRC Emerging Leadership Fellow and conjoint Senior Lecturer and academic lead for paediatric infectious disease at The University of Queensland and Queensland Children’s Hospital. His research focuses on the optimal use of antimicrobials in children, including the early recognition of invasive infections like sepsis, and on the most appropriate treatment of healthcare-associated and antimicrobial resistant infections in children. He is the medical co-chair of the Queensland Paediatric Sepsis Program which was awarded the Global Sepsis Alliance award in 2020, and leads a national study of invasive Gram-negative infections in Australian children

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Professor Lizbeth Kenny AO

Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital

Partner Investigator

Prof Lizbeth Kenny is a Senior Radiation Oncologist at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, and is the Medical Director of Queensland Clinical Network Executives. Liz is committed to research that is outcome focussed, aiming to both improve cure and reduce the morbidity of cancer treatment and has brought together a number of clinical and research teams on the Herston campus with this aim. She has served as the Dean of the Faculty of Radiation Oncology, and as President of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists. Liz was awarded an officer of the order of Australia (AO) in 2017.

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Assoc. Prof. Paula Lister

Queensland Health

Partner Investigator

A/Prof Paula Lister is the Director of Paediatric Critical Care Unit at the Sunshine Coast University Hospital. As a Senior Paediatric Intensivist and clinical researcher, A/Prof Lister has experience and expertise in running international multi-centre clinical trials and studies in critically ill children, particularly involving severe infection and sepsis. International trials include RESOLVE, Hyp-HIT, TRIPICU, CHIP, CATCH, Cool-NEC, USII, as well as national trials in the UK and Australia associated with UK PICS-SG (Paediatric Intensive Care Society Study Group), ANZIC PSG (Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care Society Paediatric Study Group), and the PCCRG (Paediatric Critical Care Research Group). She serves as World Health Organisation rapporteur for the clinical management of severe viral infections, is Chair of Paediatric Sepsis Advisory Network of the Australian Sepsis Network, and co-Chair of the globally recognized Queensland Paediatric Sepsis Program.

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Assoc. Prof. Robyn Littlewood

Health & Wellbeing Queensland

Partner Investigator

Dr Robyn Littlewood is the Chief Executive Officer of Health and Wellbeing Queensland and a leading advocate for health promotion. Robyn believes every Queenslander has the right to better health and she is relentless in achieving this. An experienced leader, researcher, clinician, academic and educator, she has worked extensively across all levels of paediatric obesity prevention, nutrition and dietetics. Robyn has held influential roles including director at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Brisbane, where she set up a dedicated obesity clinic, and the director of health services research at Children’s Health Queensland Hospital. She also previously co-chaired the Queensland Child and Youth Clinical Network and chaired the Paediatric Obesity Working Group, and led the first national paediatric dietetics training course in Australia, alongside the Dietitians Association of Australia.

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Mr Rob Mackay

Aginic & Aginic Ventures

Partner Investigator

Rob Mackay is a business and technology consultant with over 10 years’ experience advising public and private sector customers on how to best leverage their data assets. Rob supports Aginic’s strategic partnerships and new service offerings, and also leads Aginic Ventures, which supports a portfolio of startups to rapidly transform from early stage ideas to successful market leading businesses.

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Dr Sara Mayfield

Health & Wellbeing Queensland

Partner Investigator

Dr Sara Mayfield joined Health and Wellbeing Queensland in March 2020 and is the Research Development Manager focusing on building research and evaluation capability and capacity within HWQld.  To achieve this, Sara’s team are partnering with academic researchers in the university sector and partners across government to Make Healthy Happen for all Queenslanders.  Sara has worked within the acute care health system of adult and paediatric intensive care for over 20 years, both within Australia and overseas.

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Mr Nicholas Moss

Queensland Police Service

Partner Investigator

Nick Moss is the Manager, Data Services at the Queensland Police Service (QPS) and leads the QPS’s advanced data and analytics capability journey. Nick is a qualified statistician with a Bachelor of Science majoring in Statistical Computing and a Master of Applied Statistics.  He’s been a faculty member of the School of Statistics at Macquarie University, before forming his own consultancy company aimed at providing information management consulting services to both Corporate and Government sectors. Since mid-2003, he has worked at the Department of Emergency Services, the Department of Community Safety, the Public Safety Business Agency and now at the QPS. He has over 35 years ICT experience.

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Dr Sandra Nissen

Department of Education Queensland

Partner Investigator

Dr Sandra Nissen works in the Queensland Department of Education. She has international experience with supporting teachers, school leaders and systems to reflect upon strategic planning, and the use of data to inform planning and to track the impact of their work. Sandra’s current role involves supporting system thinking about the development of data literacy for teachers and school leaders.

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Mr Nigel Pearn

Department of Education Queensland

Partner Investigator

Nigel Pearn is the Manager, School Autonomy and Improvement, at the Department of Education, Queensland. His interests lie in supporting teacher inquiry, promoting language and arts education, designing educational assessments and visualising data to drive school and systems change. He was the President of the Primary English Teaching Association Australia from 2010-2013 and has worked extensively in standardised test construction, review and analysis for both the Queensland Studies Authority and Educational Assessments Australia (UNSW Global).

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Mr Neil Readshaw

Anonyome Labs

Partner Investigator

Neil is a recognised and awarded industry leader in security, privacy, and compliance. He is currently the Chief Security Officer of Anonyome Labs where he leads their security, risk, and compliance programs, and works with Sudo Platform partners to ensure compliance with their stringent security and data protection requirements. He previously led a global team as Chief Security Architect for IBM’s Managed Cloud Services. He has been granted over 30 patents worldwide for his inventions in security, privacy, and compliance.

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Mr Brett Thebault

Aginic

Partner Investigator

Brett Thebault is a Director and Co-founderat Aginic, a specialist Business Intelligence consultancy based in Brisbane. Originally from the UK, he has a maths background and worked with a niche analytics company in London for 6 years prior to moving to Brisbane to set-up the Ernst & Young Analytics team in 2011. Brett and Marty Conneely then span-off Aginic in 2014 to focus on the rapid moving trends in BI in Queensland and across Australia. Brett specialises in using data to help improve performance and reduce costs for organisations and works across a broad range of industries including Health, Government and Commercial.

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Dr Maciej Trzaskowski

MaxKelsen

Partner Investigator

Dr Trzaskowski is Head of Research at Max Kelsen, providing supervision to 10 researchers and machine learning engineers, as well as 3 PhD students and 2 postdocs. He also holds a position of a visiting scientist at QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute. He previously held the title of The British Academy Fellow aiming to improve utilisation of polygenic risk prediction in large population samples. He also underwent extensive training in application of a wide variety of Artificial Intelligence techniques extending beyond Machine Learning at the Department of Mathematics and Engineering, King’s College London as well as at University of Washington, Seattle. When in academia, he was a member of the Human Genome Organisation and a member of HUGO Trainee Committee, Behavioural Genetics Association, as well as an Associate Member and consultant for InLab quantitative and molecular genetics.

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Assoc. Prof. Kristen Gibbons

Queensland Health

Partner Investigator

Kristen is a Senior EpidemiologistMater Research, and with the Child Health Research Centre, The University of Queensland.

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Operations Team

Kate Aldridge

The University of Queensland

Centre Manager

Kate is the CIRES Centre Manager and responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Centre. She joined the University of Queensland after 13 years at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) where she was the Centre Manager for the Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence for Robotic Vision and the QUT Centre for Robotics. Kate is passionate about creating welcoming and inclusive workplaces and dedicated to creating supportive research training environments.

Kathleen Williamson

The University of Queensland

Centre Coordinator

Kathleen is the CIRES Centre Coordinator assisting with events and communications as well as Centre operations. She was previously the Manager of the ARC Research Network in Enterprise Information Infrastructure, an ARC initiative, spanning 18 Australian universities and five private and government sector partners, to improve the quality, impact and visibility of Australian ICT research, through networking, collaboration and fostering research opportunities. Kathleen has extensive experience in event coordination from international summits, academic conferences to student focused engagement activities.

Strategy board

Geoff Clarke

Regional Standards Manager, Microsoft

Strategy Board Member

Geoff is the Regional Standards Manager of Microsoft’s Asia-Pacific region, working with national standards bodies and leading industry associations across the region. He is committed to developing and maintaining positive, constructive relationships with government, academic and industry leaders, to collaboratively contribute to the development of standards globally. He is the chair and expert member of several IT and governance standards committees covering topics including Organisational Governance, Governance of IT, Cloud Computing, and Artificial Intelligence. Through these roles he provides guidance to organisations on developing information and technology strategies within a robust governance framework.

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Stan Gallo

Partner, BDO Australia

Strategy Board Member

Stan is a Partner with the Forensic Services team at BDO in Brisbane and has over 30 years’ experience working as a Detective and senior leader in law enforcement and professional services. In his current role, he provides proactive risk management, investigative and technology advice to assist organisations in aligning Governance, Risk and Compliance programs with their strategic objectives. Stan works with clients across a range of industries and specialises in fraud, misconduct and compliance related matters, including the identification, preservation and analysis of digital evidence in cyber and technology related investigations.

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Dr Sue Keay

CEO, Queensland AI Hub 

Strategy Board Member

Sue is the CEO of Queensland AI Hub following her role as Research Director for Cyber-Physical Systems at CSIRO’s Data61. She is responsible for bringing the Grace Hopper Celebration to Australia and led the development of Australia’s first Robotics roadmap, outlining how robotics and automation will impact on every sector of the Australian economy.  Sue was formerly the Chief Operating Officer for the Australian Centre for Robotic Vision, an ARC Centre of Excellence headquartered at QUT. She is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, chairs the Boards of Robotics Australia Group and the Australia AI Collective and is an Adjunct Professor at QUT.

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James Mabbott

Partner in Charge, KPMG Innovate

Strategy Board Member

James is partner in charge for KPMG Futures and National Leader KPMG Innovate.  James and his team work at the intersection of signals of change across society, technology, economics and politics to identify and understand emerging trends and their potential to reshape and reimagine our world.  This is done by working at the CEO and Board level to identify opportunities for innovation and disruption to explore new business model hypotheses that drive profitable business growth with the aim of creating sustainable value for all stakeholders. He has worked across a range of public and private clients in the Financial Services, Telecommunications, Technology, Energy and Natural Resources, and Government sectors.

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Maria MacNamara

CEO and Co-Founder, Portal Consulting 

Strategy Board Member

Maria is the CEO and Co-Founder of Portal Consulting Pty Ltd. She has specialist expertise in policy, politics, professional services and digital transformation and has spent over 30 years working in the professional services sector leading marketing and business development teams, in politics as an adviser to the Hon. Arthur Sinodinos AO and in strategy and engagement at the state and federal government. Maria is an active participant in, and supporter of, the Australian innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem and is currently the convenor of the Australian Innovation Council, a board member of the Spark Festival, the Board of Advisors for Idea Spies, and the Advisory Council for the Commissioner of the Australian Federal Police.

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Timos Sellis

Visiting Scientist, Facebook

Strategy Board Member

Timos is a Visiting Scientist at Facebook, Adjunct Professor and former Director of the Data Science Research Institute at Swinburne University of Technology. He is a Fellow of both the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) for his contributions to database query optimisation, spatial data management and data warehousing. Timos has a significant international research reputation in big data, data analytics, data integration and spatio-temporal database systems. In 2018 he was awarded the IEEE TCDE Impact Award, in recognition of his impact in the field and for contributions to database systems research and broadening the reach of data engineering research.

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Dr Rachel Thomas

Founder + Researcher, fast.ai

Strategy Board Member

Rachel is the co-founder of fast.ai, a non-profit research lab studying how to make deep learning more accessible and widely applicable. She helped create the most popular free online course on deep learning, bringing more people around the world with diverse and non-traditional backgrounds into AI. She previously was founding director of the Center for Applied Data Ethics at the University of San Francisco, with a focus on issues of surveillance, disinformation, bias, and justice in the tech industry. She was selected by Forbes as one of 20 Incredible Women in AI and is a popular writer and keynote speaker on topics of data ethics, AI accessibility, and bias in machine learning.

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Kate Aldridge

University of Queensland

Centre Manager

Kate is the CIRES Centre Manager and responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Centre. She joined the University of Queensland after 13 years at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) where she was the Centre Manager for the Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence for Robotic Vision and the QUT Centre for Robotics. Kate is passionate about creating welcoming and inclusive workplaces and dedicated to creating supportive research training environments.

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Data Compliance Committee

Mr Neil Readshaw

Anonyome Labs

Chair

Neil is a recognised and awarded industry leader in security, privacy, and compliance. He is currently the Chief Security Officer of Anonyome Labs where he leads their security, risk, and compliance programs, and works with Sudo Platform partners to ensure compliance with their stringent security and data protection requirements. He previously led a global team as Chief Security Architect for IBM’s Managed Cloud Services. He has been granted over 30 patents worldwide for his inventions in security, privacy, and compliance.

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Professor Marta Indulska

The University of Queensland

Research Director

Professor Marta Indulska is the CIRES Research Director and Leader of the Business Information Systems discipline at The University of Queensland Business School. Marta’s research interests include IT business value, data quality, business process management and open innovation, primarily focusing on using technology as an enabler of increased organisational effectiveness. She has worked with organisations in the retail, consulting and non-profit sectors to provide guidance on a variety of topics, including digital strategy, business process improvement, and emerging technologies and platforms for innovation.

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Assoc. Prof. Gianluca Demartini

The University of Queensland

Chief Investigator

Dr. Gianluca Demartini is an Associate Professor in Data Science at the University of Queensland, Australia. His main research interests include Information Retrieval, Semantic Web, and Human Computation. His research is currently funded by the Australian Research Council, Facebook, and Google. He received Best Paper awards at the AAAI Conference on Human Computation and Crowdsourcing (HCOMP) in 2018, at the European Conference on Information Retrieval (ECIR) in 2016 and 2020, and the Best Demo award at the International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC) in 2011. He has published more than 150 peer-reviewed scientific publications including papers at major venues such as WWW, ACM SIGIR, VLDBJ, ISWC, and ACM CHI. He is an ACM Senior Member, ACM Distinguished Speaker, TEDx speaker, and CIKM 2021 General co-chair.

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Assoc. Prof. Amir Aryani

Swinburne University of Technology

Node Leader and Chief Investigator

Amir Aryani is the Head of the Social Data Analytics (SoDA) Lab in the Social Innovation Research Institute. The Lab applies contemporary and emerging co-op data analytics techniques to provide insight into health and social problems. Amir has experience with large-scale and cross-institution projects in Australia and Europe. His track records include collaboration with high-profile international institutions such as British Library, ORCID (U.S), Data Archiving and Network Analysis (DANS, Netherlands), Institution for the Social Sciences in Germany (GESIS), and funders including ARC, NHMRC, and NIH. He is an experienced project leader on initiatives involving creating and leading data-driven projects and using data modelling, information retrieval techniques, and real-time data analysis. He has published articles in high impact journals such as Nature Scientific Data, Metadata and Semantics Research, and Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence and Applications.

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Kate Aldridge

University of Queensland

Centre Manager

Kate is the CIRES Centre Manager and responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Centre. She joined the University of Queensland after 13 years at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) where she was the Centre Manager for the Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence for Robotic Vision and the QUT Centre for Robotics. Kate is passionate about creating welcoming and inclusive workplaces and dedicated to creating supportive research training environments.

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Professor Shazia Sadiq

The University of Queensland

Centre Director

Professor Shazia Sadiq is the CIRES Centre Director and a research and education leader in data science at The University of Queensland. Her research track record has focussed on overcoming challenges that stem from disparate IT systems and result in information silos, and she has developed new methods that to tackle these challenges through integrated solutions for information quality and effective use. Shazia is passionate about the positive impact emerging technologies from data science, machine learning and artificial intelligence can have on our future. She advocates for the responsible and ethical technology developments and believe strongly that these developments require trans-disciplinary collaborations between research, industry, government and community.

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International expert panel

Professor Abraham Bernstein

University of Zurich

International Expert Panel Member

Professor Abraham Bernstein is a computer scientist with the Department of Informatics at the University of Zurich, where he also runs the UZH Digital society Initiative — a university-wide research and teaching initiative about the digitalization with more than 170 faculty members. He is an expert on the Semantic Web, Machine Learning, AI, and Collective Intelligence, and his research work is based on both social science and technical foundations.

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Professor Lei Chen

HKUST

International Expert Panel Member

Professor Lei Chen is a Professor with the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST). He is an ACM Distinguished Scientist and became an IEEE Fellow in 2020 for his contributions to time series management and spatial crowdsourcing. His research interests include Data-Driven Machine Learning, Crowdsourcing-based Data Processing, and Web Data Management.

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Distinguished Prof. Rayid Ghani

Carnegie Mellon University

International Expert Panel Member

Professor Rayid Ghani is a Distinguished Career Professor in Machine Learning at Carnegie Mellon University. He works with governments and NGOs to help them tackle problems with AI and data science, developing methods and tools to do this effectively and ethically, to achieve equitable outcomes for all. He is passionate about teaching practical data science and started the Data Science for Social Good Fellowship that trains computer scientists, statisticians, and social scientists from around the world to work on data science problems with social impact.

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Assoc. Adj. Prof. Michael Mahoney

University of California

International Expert Panel Member

Associate Adjunct Professor Michael Mahoney is based at the University of California, Berkeley. His work focuses on algorithmic and statistical aspects of modern large-scale data analysis in scientific and Internet applications. His research interests include statistical computing, high dimensional data analysis, artificial intelligence, machine learning, with applications in the physical and environmental sciences, as well as social sciences.

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Professor Felix Naumann

Hasso Plattner Institute

International Expert Panel Member

Professor Felix Naumann is the Chair for Information Systems at the Hasso Plattner Institute (HPI) at the University of Potsdam in Germany. His research interests include data profiling, data cleansing, and data integration with over 200 scientific publications.

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Professor Sudha Ram

The University of Arizona

International Expert Panel Member

Sudha Ram is Anheuser-Busch Endowed Professor of Management Information Systems (MIS) at the University of Arizona. She is the director of the Advanced Database Research Group (ADRG) and co-director of INSITE: Center for Business Intelligence and Analytics. Her research is the areas of Enterprise Data Management, Business Intelligence, Large Scale Networks and Data Analytics.  Her work uses different methods such as machine learning, statistical approaches, ontologies, and conceptual modelling.

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Dr Divesh Srivastava

AT&T

International Expert Panel Member

Divesh Srivastava is the head of Database Research at AT&T.  He is a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), the Vice President of the VLDB Endowment, co-chair of the ACM Publications Board, and on the Board of Directors of the Computing Research Association (CRA). He has conducted research on a wide variety of topics in data management for over three decades. He has published over 350 technical articles in journals and peer reviewed conferences, has been cited over 32,000 times, has an h-index of 92, an i10-index of 336, and has over 100 US patents issued. He has served as the managing editor of the Proceedings of the VLDB Endowment (PVLDB), as an associate editor of the ACM Transactions on Database Systems (TODS), as associate Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering (TKDE), and as the Chair or Co-chair of the Technical Program Committees of many international conferences including SIGMOD 2021, VLDB 2020 (Industrial), SIGMOD 2020 (Industrial), ICDE 2019 and CIKM 2018. He has presented keynotes at a large number of international conferences. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and his Bachelor of Technology from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, India.

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Barbara Wixom

MIT

International Expert Panel Member

Barbara is a Principal Research Scientist at the MIT Sloan Center for Information Systems Research (CISR) which undertakes practical research on how firms generate business value from digitisation. Her work focuses on how organisations effectively deliver value from their information assets.

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Professor Sean Xin Xu

Tsinghua University

International Expert Panel Member

Professor Sean Xin Xu is based at Tsinghua University Beijing, China. His research focuses on how to extract Information Technology’s business value and specialises in the two areas of digital enablement and IT governance.

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