UWA launches new data institute
The University of Western Australia’s expertise in applied data science will be at the forefront in a new Data Institute.
The Institute will provide a gateway for data-intensive industries and government agencies to access UWA’s rich expertise in data science applied to real-world problems and our understanding of the ethical and socially acceptable use of data. data and automation.
Director of the Data Institute, Professor Eun-Jung Holden, UWA School of Earth Sciences, brings extensive experience in developing transformative and innovative data science applications for industry. .
“Data has become an essential currency in modern society,” said Professor Holden. “Affordable, affordable sensor technologies support expanding networks which, when combined with digital platforms such as the web, social media and Internet business transactions, rapidly increase the amount of data available, which can then be transformed into “knowledge” to enable a multitude of diverse applications.
“This transformation is driving innovations in all facets of life, through the adoption of data science that encompasses statistical methodologies, machine learning and artificial intelligence to improve our ability to identify patterns and do predictions from data.
“In addition, the transparency and interpretability of data science solutions are essential to support decisions, especially those with significant social, financial and environmental implications. “
A UWA team of 12 research areas will provide leadership spanning data science applications in the resource, energy, health, biotechnology, bioinformatics, finance and transportation sectors, including informing the ethical use of data and data science, and the psychological impact of automation on human decisions.
UWA Vice Chancellor Prof Amit Chakma said the new institute would promote engagement in research and training of industry-ready graduates.
“It will offer training courses to industry and the dissemination of interdisciplinary research, and generate innovative results,” said Professor Chakma.
“We need to develop our understanding of the ethical and socially acceptable uses of data and automation, which are of paramount importance to industry and to society in general.
“I wish to establish a gateway for data intensive industries, government agencies and the wider community to access UWA’s rich expertise in applied data science for real world applications.”