We’re delighted to have an outstanding selection of invited speakers joining us at eResearch 2019. More speakers will be announced as planning proceeds!

Dr Toni Collis

Chair Women in High Performance Computing
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Dr Toni Collis is the CEO of Collis-Holmes Innovations and Chair of Women in High Performance Computing (WHPC). Toni is a Strategic Leader, Trainer, Consultant and Leadership Coach. With a background in Physics, Toni’s professional career has focused on facilitating the use of parallel computing and supercomputers for the advancement of research and innovation in both academia and industry. Early on in her career, Toni realised that knowledge was not the only barrier to the uptake of parallel computing in research, but that culture limited the participation of women and minorities. As Chair and Co-Founder of WHPC, Toni developed and led training aiming to diversify the HPC workforce by providing HPC tutorials for women academics and students around the world, training for inclusive workforces and research into how to improve the representation of women. In early 2019, Toni focused on her passion for broadening diversity & inclusion in the technology industry and now offers Strategy, Coaching, Training and Consultancy for Women Leaders and their allies, with a personal goal of assisting 2000 women into leadership in the next 5 years.

Jakub Moscicki

The European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN)
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Jakub T. Mościcki (Kuba) works in CERN IT Department. He leads the disk storage operations team which provides over 300PB of storage to the physics experiments, infrastructure&services and all end-user groups at CERN. Storage technologies and services managed by Jakub’s team include:  AFS, Castor, Ceph, CERNBox, CVMFS, EOS, Filers and S3. In addition to the LHC experiments, the team supports the full spectrum of other experiments at CERN: several fixed target experiments at Proton Synchrotrons (PS and SPS), experiments at Antimatter Decelerator and AMS, located at the International Space Station. In 2014, after a successful introduction of the CERNBox service, Jakub initiated an international collaboration on new type of storage services via a series of workshops on Cloud Services for Synchronization and Sharing (CS3). The CS3 community now includes around 70 universities, research laboratories, public institutions, commercial software houses and SMEs from around the world.  He is also the project director of CS3MESH4EOSC — an EU-funded project federating CS3 sites and software providers under the umbrella of the European Open Science Cloud. Jakub also holds other roles in international projects in education and scientific digital collections. In the past Jakub was involved in scientific programming, distributed computing and workload management; and in the support of the ATLAS and LHCb experiments with the WLCG and EGEE Grids. Jakub holds PhD in Computing from University of Amsterdam. He graduated from the AGH University of Science and Technology in Kraków, Poland.

Professor Svetha Venkatesh

Co-Director, Applied Artificial Intelligence Institute (A2I2)
Alfred Deakin Professor, Australian Laureate Fellow
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Svetha Venkatesh is an ARC Australian Laureate Fellow, Alfred Deakin Professor and co-Director of Applied Artificial Intelligence Institute (A2I2) at Deakin University, Australia. She was elected a Fellow of the International Association of Pattern Recognition in 2004 for contributions to formulation and extraction of semantics in multimedia data, and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering in 2006. In 2017, Professor Venkatesh was appointed an Australian Laureate Fellow, the highest individual award the Australian Research Council can bestow.

Professor Venkatesh and her team have tackled a wide range of problems of societal significance, including the critical areas of autism, security and aged care. The outcomes have impacted the community and evolved into publications, patents, tools and spin-off companies. This includes 600+ publications, 3 full patents, start-up companies (iCetana) and a significant product (TOBY Playpad).

Professor Venkatesh has tackled complex pattern recognition tasks by drawing inspiration and models from widely diverse disciplines, integrating them into rigorous computational models and innovative algorithms. Her main contributions have been in the development of theoretical frameworks and novel applications for analysing large scale, multimedia data. This includes development of several Bayesian parametric and non-parametric models, solving fundamental problems in processing multiple channel, multi-modal temporal and spatial data.

Professor Nikolajs Zeps

Group Director of Research
Epworth HealthCare
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Dr. Zeps is the inaugural Group Director of Research for Epworth HealthCare and is an Adjunct Professor at the Eastern Clinical School of Monash University.

He is a board member and the chair of the Cancer Biology Group of the Clinical Oncology Society of Australia (COSA) and a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee of the Australasian Gastro-intestinal Trials Group (AGITG). He is chair of the Primary Care Collaborative Cancer Trials Group (PC4) Advisory committee and a member of the PC4 Scientific committee. His was a founding director and board member of the Australian Clinical Trials Alliance (ACTA). He is currently Co-Chair of the Communication and Outreach Committee of the International Cancer Genome Consortium-ARGO initiative.

He was the Australian member of the Steering Committee for the Global Summit of National Ethics Committees (WHO/UNESCO) from 2010-2016. He was a member of the Australian Health Ethics Committee from 2006-2012 and the Research Committee of the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) of Australia from 2009-2015.

Rosie Hicks

Chief Executive Officer
Australian Research Data Commons
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Rosie Hicks is the Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Research Data Commons (ARDC). The ARDC is a transformational, sector-wide initiative enabled by NCRIS, that works with researchers from universities, government and industry partners to build a coherent national and collaborative research data commons.

Rosie has expertise and extensive knowledge of the Australian research infrastructure sector, and leadership experience as the former CEO of the Australian National Fabrication Facility (ANFF). Her career, spanning Japan, UK and Australia, includes every aspect of scientific instrumentation from product development and technical marketing to the management of multi-user facilities working in environments that cross academic and industry domains.

Professor Keith McNeil

Assistant Deputy Director-General and Chief Clinical Information Officer
Queensland Health
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Professor Keith McNeil plays a key role in the clinical leadership of the state-wide eHealth program. He works closely with key clinical stakeholders to maximise the clinical and patient safety benefits associated with technology in the healthcare setting.

Prof McNeil has previously worked within Queensland Health as the Head of Transplant Services at The Prince Charles Hospital, Chief Executive Officer at Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, and Chief Executive Metro North Hospital and Health Service.

More recently, Prof McNeil was Chief Clinical Information Officer and Head of IT for the NHS in England following roles as Chief Executive Officer at Addenbooke’s Hospital and Cambridge University Hospital Foundation Trust.

Dr Sue Keay

Research Director – Cyber Physical Systems
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Sue set up the world’s first robotic vision research centre, and now leads CSIRO’s Data61 Cyber-Physical Systems program. Last year, she developed Australia’s first Robotics Roadmap highlighting how advances in robotics (and AI) will impact on every sector of the Australian economy.

With a PhD in Geoscience and an MBA, Sue combines science with business. She has interests in entrepreneurship and disruptive technologies, and started QUT’s social robotics program. Sue serves on the Board of the CRC for Optimising Resource Extraction and the Expert Advisory Panel of Queensland.AI. She is a judge for the James Dyson Awards and the Australian Museum Eureka Prizes, and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Sue has been recognised as one of RoboHub’s 2018 “ 25 Women in Robotics you need to know about”, as one of Queensland’s most influential people (Courier Mail’s Power 100), as a Superstar of STEM (Science and Technology Australia), and is responsible for bringing the Grace Hopper Celebration to Australia.

Muhammad Farhan Sjaugi

School of Data Sciences, Perdana University
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Mr. Muhammad Farhan Sjaugi is a Senior Lecturer at School of Data Sciences – Perdana University, Malaysia. He obtained a Master of Science in Computer Network from Universiti Putra Malaysia. Mr. Sjaugi has been instrumental in the development of e-science/research infrastructure in Malaysia. He was the technical coordinator of the Malaysia National Grid Computing Infrastructure (Academic Grid Malaysia), the co-founder of Certification Authority for Research and Education (MYIFAM CA) and Malaysian Identity and Access Federation (SIFULAN), and the principal engineer/administrator of Education Roaming (eduroam) Malaysia. Mr. Sjaugi formerly served as the Executive Committee of the Asia-Pacific Bioinformatics Network (APBioNet), and as the chair of the South East Asia Chapter of the International Desktop Grid Federation. As a member of several regional technical task forces (e.g. APAN TF-IAM, ASEAN FILM), Mr. Sjaugi is actively contributing to the development of Identity and Access Federation in the region by developing rapid deployment tools, conducting training, and building of several use cases.

About the conference

eResearch Australasia provides opportunities for delegates to engage, connect, and share their ideas and exemplars concerning new information centric research capabilities, and how information and communication technologies help researchers to collaborate, collect, manage, share, process, analyse, store, find, understand and re-use information.

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