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SWC July 2018 workshop

Start date: July 16, 2018

End date: July 18, 2018

Time: 9am-5pm

Location: B216:201

SWC July 2018 workshop

Course Content:

  • Introduction to the Unix Shell
  • Introduction to version control (using Git)
  • Data analysis and visualisation in Python
  • Data analysis and visualisation in R

Who: The course is aimed at postgraduate students and researchers who want to learn more about automation and reproducibility of their research. You don’t need to have any previous knowledge of the tools that will be presented at the workshop.

Requirements: Participants must bring a laptop with a Mac, Linux, or Windows operating system (not a tablet, Chromebook, etc.) that they have administrative privileges on. They should have a few specific software packages installed (listed here). They are also required to abide by Software Carpentry’s Code of Conduct.

Registration via Eventbrite

 

CIC Research Symposium 2018

Date: July 26, 2018

Time: 1.30 pm - 4.30pm, followed by a sundowner

Location: HIVE, B200a, entry via the John Curtin Gallery

CIC Research Symposium 2018

We are running our inaugural research symposium showcasing the research being undertaken within the institute.
The symposium will be a platform for CIC members to showcase their research to the wider university and industry community through a mixture of presentations and demos.

Many of the presentations will be describing work funded through the CIC ORS grant scheme.
As we will shortly be opening the 2018 ORS round, we encourage you to come along and take the opportunity to come up with and discuss project ideas.

Places are limited and RSVP is essential.

 

Program

1.30pm – 2.30pm Welcome & Presentations

2.30pm – 3.00pm Demos

3.00pm – 3.30pm Afternoon Tea

3.30pm – 4.30pm Presentations

4.30pm Sundowner (ICP)

 

Invited Speakers

Deborah Kerr & Joanne McVeigh – Evaluating wearable technology to improve physical activity monitoring and feedback in overweight adults

James Hane – Computational biology applications in plant pathology and crop protection

Peter Dell – Map of the IPv4 Address Space

Mark Agostino – Structural studies of the initial stages of Wnt signalling

Kay O’Halloran – Analysing violent extremist communications and their uptake in the media

 

Demos

  • Yi Juin Lim – ElectroAus: Data Storytelling in Financial Industries
  • Artur Lugmayer – VisLab: Visualisation, Media Technology, and User-Experience
  • Peter Dell – Map of the Internet
  • Gretchen Benedix – Detection of Mars craters
  • Richard Hosking – CIC publications analytics
  • Ricardo Mancera – Molecular Dynamics visualisations
  • Andrew Woods – HIVE visualisation examples
  • Hafizur Rahaman – HoloLens demo

RNT August 2018

Date: August 14, 2018

Time: 2pm - 3pm

Location: B216:204 - Innovation Central Perth

RNT August 2018

Our monthly Research Networking Tea (RNT) offers a great opportunity for researchers to hear about updates and news relating to the CIC while enjoying a spread of cakes and healthy snacks. The RNT is also regulary joined by Innovation Central staff and visitors from e.g. CSIRO.

RNT September 2018

Date: September 11, 2018

Time: 2pm - 3pm

Location: B216:204 - Innovation Central Perth

RNT September 2018

Our monthly Research Networking Tea (RNT) offers a great opportunity for researchers to hear about updates and news relating to the CIC while enjoying a spread of cakes and healthy snacks. The RNT is also regulary joined by Innovation Central staff and visitors from e.g. CSIRO

RNT October 2018

Date: October 9, 2018

Time: 2pm - 3pm

Location: B216:204 - Innovation Central Perth

RNT October 2018

Our monthly Research Networking Tea (RNT) offers a great opportunity for researchers to hear about updates and news relating to the CIC while enjoying a spread of cakes and healthy snacks. The RNT is also regulary joined by Innovation Central staff and visitors from e.g. CSIRO

RNT November 2018

Date: November 6, 2018

Time: 2pm - 3pm

Location: B216:204 - Innovation Central Perth

RNT November 2018

Our monthly Research Networking Tea (RNT) offers a great opportunity for researchers to hear about updates and news relating to the CIC while enjoying a spread of cakes and healthy snacks. The RNT is also regulary joined by Innovation Central staff and visitors from e.g. CSIRO

RNT December 2018

Date: December 4, 2018

Time: 2pm - 3pm

Location: B216:204 - Innovation Central Perth

RNT December 2018

Our monthly Research Networking Tea (RNT) offers a great opportunity for researchers to hear about updates and news relating to the CIC while enjoying a spread of cakes and healthy snacks. The RNT is also regulary joined by Innovation Central staff and visitors from e.g. CSIRO

 


Past Events

If you are interested in any further information on our past events feel free to contact the CIC team.

Hacky Hour

Date: July 11, 2018

Time: 3pm - 4pm

Location: Library Makerspace, Level 5

Hacky Hour

Hacky Hour is a weekly meetup designed to help build a community around data and/or computing driven research. Everyone is welcome to drop-in to work on problems related to code, data, or digital tools in a social environment.

We have weekly lightning talks about various topics and regular guest visits from Pawsey and to sweeten the deal we will provide biscuits as well.

Follow @CUHackyHour for updates and info on guests and talk topics.

No RSVP necessary, just rock up!

Hacky Hour

Date: July 4, 2018

Time: 3pm - 4pm

Location: Library Makerspace, Level 5

Hacky Hour

Hacky Hour is a weekly meetup designed to help build a community around data and/or computing driven research. Everyone is welcome to drop-in to work on problems related to code, data, or digital tools in a social environment.

We have weekly lightning talks about various topics and regular guest visits from Pawsey and to sweeten the deal we will provide biscuits as well.

Follow @CUHackyHour for updates and info on guests and talk topics.

No RSVP necessary, just rock up!

RNT July 2018

Date: July 3, 2018

Time: 2pm - 3pm

Location: B216:204 - Innovation Central Perth

RNT July 2018

Our monthly Research Networking Tea (RNT) offers a great opportunity for researchers to hear about updates and news relating to the CIC while enjoying a spread of cakes and healthy snacks. The RNT is also regulary joined by Innovation Central staff and visitors from e.g. CSIRO.

Hacky Hour

Date: June 27, 2018

Time: 3pm - 4pm

Location: Library Makerspace, Level 5

Hacky Hour

Hacky Hour is a weekly meetup designed to help build a community around data and/or computing driven research. Everyone is welcome to drop-in to work on problems related to code, data, or digital tools in a social environment.

We have weekly lightning talks about various topics and regular guest visits from Pawsey and to sweeten the deal we will provide biscuits as well.

Follow @CUHackyHour for updates and info on guests and talk topics.

 

No RSVP necessary, just rock up!

CIC seminar June 2018

Date: June 20, 2018

Time: 2pm - 3pm

Location: B216:204 - Innovation Central Perth

Use of cross-sectoral data linkage to predict high-rate offenders in Western Australia

Presented by Associate Professor Anna Ferrante

 

Abstract:

Studies have repeatedly found that a small number of offenders account for a disproportionate amount of crime. High-rate, persistent offenders (so-called ‘chronic’ or ‘prolific’ offenders) have a major impact on local crime rates and public perceptions of safety, and place a substantial financial and social burden on communities. Reducing (ideally, preventing) high rates of offending is a highly desired criminal justice objective.

Using population-level administrative data, our study identifies ‘prolific’ offenders in WA and describes their demographic and crime profiles. The official criminal records of all offenders born in WA between 1980 and 1995 were linked to administrative records from health, education and child protection databases. Linked data on families (parents and siblings) were also included. Using this information, the study identified factors that distinguish between prolific and non-prolific offenders. The study then examined whether correlates of prolific offending were similar between a) male and female offenders, and b) Indigenous and non-Indigenous offenders. The results and implications of the study will be explained in more detail.

Bio:
Anna Ferrante has a background in both criminology and record linkage with a degree in Pure Mathematics. Anna worked in IT as an applications programmer before gravitating toward academia and research.

As a Computer Programmer/Analyst, Anna specialised in record linkage (RL) and statistical applications. In the early 1990s, she used RL to establish a Road Injury Database for the School of Population Health, UWA. Following this, she set up data linkage infrastructure within the WA justice system – the Integrated Numerical Offender Identification System or INOIS (Ferrante, 1993). The development of INOIS enabled research into ‘criminal careers’, recidivism patterns, and the evaluation of criminal justice programmes.

As an academic, Anna has conducted criminological research and published papers on many issues including drugs and crime, driving and traffic related crime, Aboriginal justice issues, domestic violence, juvenile justice and criminal careers.  Anna has co-authored two books – one of the measurement of domestic violence and the other on the over-representation of Aboriginal people in the criminal justice system.

In 2009 Anna was seconded to Curtin University to establish the Centre for Data Linkage (CDL). The CDL is part of the Population Health Research Network (PHRN) – an NCRIS funded initiative to establish data linkage capabilities across Australia. Currently Anna is the Deputy Head of the new Research and Data Analytics Hub located within the Faculty of Health Sciences at Curtin.

Hacky Hour

Date: June 20, 2018

Time: 3pm - 4pm

Location: Library Makerspace, Level 5

Hacky Hour

Hacky Hour is a weekly meetup designed to help build a community around data and/or computing driven research. Everyone is welcome to drop-in to work on problems related to code, data, or digital tools in a social environment.

We have weekly lightning talks about various topics and regular guest visits from Pawsey and to sweeten the deal we will provide biscuits as well.

Follow @CUHackyHour for updates and info on guests and talk topics.

No RSVP necessary, just rock up!

CIC Seminar May 2018

Date: May 23, 2018

Time: 2pm - 3pm

Location: B216:204 - Innovation Central Perth

CIC Seminar May 2018

The Fast Multipole Boundary Element Method for Large-Scale Modelling in Computational Acoustics

Dr Daniel Wilkes

 

Abstract:

The Fast Multipole Boundary Element Method (FMBEM) is a numerical method which allows for the computational modelling of large-scale wave scattering or radiation problems (acoustics, elastodynamics, and electromagnetics) with significantly reduced computational resources.

This presentation will provide a general overview of the FMBEM algorithm and present numerical results for large-scale modelling problems in underwater acoustics, elastodynamics, and acoustic coupled fluid-structure interaction problems.

A simple algorithm for small-scale parallelisation (<64 cores) of the FMBEM will also be discussed

 

Bio:

Daniel Wilkes is a research fellow at the Centre of Marine Science and Technology (CMST) at Curtin University’s Department of Applied Physics. Daniel’s research work focuses on the development of fast algorithms for computational modelling in underwater acoustics for a range of applications including large-scale or high frequency acoustic scattering/sound radiation, target strength modelling, sound radiation from pile driving and modal analysis of vibrating structures.

RMT May 2018

Date: May 8, 2018

Time: 2pm - 3pm

Location: B216:204 - Innovation Central Perth

RMT May 2018

Note, the May RMT will be held as an afternoon tea on Tuesday May 8.
For this afternoon tea we will be joined by the Innovation Central Perth (ICP) staff as our special guests. So if you want to know more about what the ICP does and how you could engage with them please come along.

To foster collaborations and interdisciplinary research the CIC holds a regular research morning tea (RMT), where researchers from across the faculties can mingle and discuss their research.

Coffee, cake and healthy snack alternatives are provided while you can hear about CIC updates and talk to the CIC computational specialists and other researchers across all faculties.

RVSP: Please send any news items and confirm your attendance by Friday 4 May

Contact:  Email or call Rebecca on extension 2074

April SWC workshop – R

Start date: April 23, 2018

End date: April 24, 2018

Time: 9am-5pm

Location: B216:201

April SWC workshop – R

Software Carpentry‘s (SWC) mission is to help scientists and engineers get more research done in less time and with less pain by teaching them basic lab skills for scientific computing. This hands-on workshop will cover basic concepts and tools, including program design, version control, data management, and task automation. Participants will be encouraged to help one another and to apply what they have learned to their own research problems. For more information on what we teach and why, please see our paper “Best Practices for Scientific Computing“.

Who: The course is aimed at graduate students and researchers. You don’t need to have any previous knowledge of the tools that will be presented at the workshop.

Content: We will be teaching introductions to the Unix shell, version control with Git as well as programming with R. For the syllabus and schedule see the workshop webpage.

When: Monday 23 & Tuesday 24 April 2018, 9am – 5pm

Where: B216:201, Curtin University, Bentley Campus
RVSP: You can register via Eventbrite, there is a registration fee which will cover morning and afternoon tea.
Contact: Please email rebecca.lange@curtin.edu.au for more information.

CIC Special Guest Seminar March 2018

Date: March 28, 2018

Time: 12 pm - 1pm, followed by afternoon tea

Location: B216:204 - Innovation Central Perth

CIC Special Guest Seminar March 2018

Caches all the way down: Infrastructure for Data Science

Prof David Abramson

 

Abstract:
The rise of big data science has created new demands for modern computer systems. While floating performance has driven computer architecture and system design for the past few decades, there is renewed interest in the speed at which data can be ingested and processed. Early exemplars such as Gordon, the NSF funded system at the San Diego Supercomputing Centre, shifted the focus from pure floating-point performance to memory and IO rates.

At the University of Queensland we have continued this trend with the design of FlashLite, a parallel cluster equipped with large amounts of main memory, flash disk, and a distributed shared memory system (ScaleMP’s vSMP). This allows applications to place data “close” to the processor, enhancing processing speeds. Further, we have built a geographically distributed multi-tier hierarchical data fabric called MeDiCI, which provides an abstraction of very large data stores across the metropolitan area. MeDiCI leverages industry solutions such as IBM’s Spectrum Scale and SGI’s DMF platforms.

Caching underpins both FlashLite and MeDiCI. In this presentation I will describe the design decisions and illustrate some early application studies that benefit from the approach. I will also highlight some of the challenges that need to be solved for this approach to become mainstream.

Bio:
David Abramsonhas been involved in computer architecture and high performance computing research since 1979. He has held appointments at Griffith University, CSIRO, RMIT and Monash University and prior to joining University of Queensland, he was the Director of the Monash e-Education Centre, Science Director of the Monash e-Research Centre, and a Professor of Computer Science in the Faculty of Information Technology at Monash. From 2007 to 2011 he was an Australian Research Council Professorial Fellow.

David has expertise in High Performance Computing, distributed and parallel computing, computer architecture and software engineering. He has produced in excess of 200 research publications, and some of his work has also been integrated in commercial products. One of these, Nimrod, has been used widely in research and academia globally, and is also available as a commercial product, called EnFuzion, from Axceleon. His world-leading work in parallel debugging is sold and marketed by Cray Inc, one of the world’s leading supercomputing vendors, as a product called ccdb. David is a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE), and the Australian Computer Society (ACS). He is currently a visiting Professor in the Oxford e-Research Centre at the University of Oxford.