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CIC seminar March II

Date: March 23, 2017

Time: 12.30 - 2.00pm

Location: Graduate School of Business, Function Room, Ground Floor, 78 Murray Street, Perth

Speaker: Dr Shastri Nimmagadda

Title: On Big Data Guided Digital Ecosystems and Technologies (DEST) and their Knowledge Management

RSVP: Please register via Eventbrite at this link by COB Thursday 16 March, 2017



In many industries, the data sources are largely heterogeneous and multidimensional. They are characterized by multiple volumes and varieties. As an example, oil and gas upstream has such Big Data volumes and varieties in multiple domains. By virtue of varying geographies and complex topographies, petroleum data sources in multiple domains have periodic and geographic dimensions. In addition, business rules in these industries change quickly because of fast changing business, geologic and geophysical scenarios. To demonstrate Big Data concepts in the resource business, various petroleum systems are considered from petroleum provinces. For sustainable business and diverse operations in these regions, as a part of digital ecosystems and technologies (DEST) approach, design and development of petroleum management information system (PMIS) and digital petroleum ecosystem (DPE) are articulated, simulating a robust and holistic integrated framework. Big Data tools and technologies that drive this framework offer modelling and integrated solutions with improved understanding of systems’ connectivity. Other artefacts in the framework are data mining, visualization, data analysis and interpretation that add values to DPE and its associated projects. New knowledge is obtained on petroleum exploration & production (E&P) to make future forecast of resources in the hugely spread petroleum provinces.

The purpose of this seminar is to explore for new Big Data opportunities in the oil & gas upstream businesses. The Big Data hype motivate us to develop a design science information system (DSIS), which is articulated by an integrated framework. This framework caters the data modelling, data warehousing and mining artefacts using volumes and varieties of data sources, associated with petroleum systems of large-scale sedimentary basins. The real hype of Big Data depends on the size and type of basin or groups of basins, petroleum systems and oil & gas fields described in such hierarchies. Data sources of elements and processes of petroleum systems that describe structural, stratigraphic and strati-structural events need a robust and holistic ontology based heterogeneous and multidimensional data warehouse repository with constructs’ modelling, data mining, and visualization and interpretation artefacts. Big data tools facilitate the generalized conceptualization, from global scale to specialization, local scale events as simulated in digital ecosystems’ scenarios. Big data has power of connecting various ecosystems of sedimentary basins. The DPE approach is a digital oil field solution in various application development domains such as conventional and unconventional petroleum systems, carbon emission ecosystems and even for turbulent resources management.



Dr Shastri Nimmagadda is a Certified Petroleum Geophysicist. With dual qualifications in Information Systems and Petroleum Geophysics, Dr Nimmagadda has extensive experience in upstream oil and gas; seismic data processing, interpretation and knowledge management; including data analysis and modelling skills.

Data Linkage Researcher Training Course – additional date

Date: March 27, 2017

Time: 09:30-17:00

Location: Faculty of Health Sciences, Building 400: Room 303 Curtin University, Kent Street, Bentley

Note this is a repeat of the course which ran on March 20.

Data linkage is the process of connecting records that are thought to relate to the same person, place, family or event. It is a valuable tool for researchers because it can enable them to identify patterns in very large sample sizes while protecting people’s privacy.

The Data Linkage Branch, at the Department of Health, has been linking data since 1995 and provided the foundation for many landmark projects.

The Branch now offers a tailored training course for researchers interested in applying for linked data. Both new and experienced researchers can benefit from the half-day course designed to help them make the most of this resource by providing insights into:

  • the data linkage process
  • the preparation of data
  • the datasets available to researchers
  • ethical considerations
  • the application process

To register email by 20 March 2017


CIC Seminar March III

Date: March 27, 2017

Time: 10.30am - 12pm

Location: CLT Learning Space, Building 105, Room 107

Speaker: Alex Langshur

Title: Why there are no cobblestone roads: how digital marketing is driving corporate transformation

RSVP: Please register for the event via Eventbrite at this link by COB Thursday 23 March



Never before have digital marketers had access to so many tools with the capabilities to identify, segment, locate and target audiences. And never before have organizations been collecting and sharing as much data on clients and potential clients as they do now to feed into these tools. Yet the promise of omni-channel marketing and personalization is not predicated on data, nor is it a function of tools. It is, in fact, predicated on the ability of the organization to structure and transform itself to be able to manage channels, activate data and operationalize processes – in short governance. In this talk, Alex will share the findings and insight from working with Fortune 100 companies and leading online brands on how they have undergone a digital transformation of their management systems to reflect 21st century marketing realities.



Alex is a co-founder and senior partner of Cardinal Path, a premier digital data analytics firm that was recently acquired by the Dentsu Aegis Network. He works with leading organizations to create, implement and action advanced analytics strategies that drive bottom line returns. He leads the key clients group, responsible for driving value data strategies that integrate and activate data from across client’s technology stacks. He also leads the innovation and education business lines, including managing the global delivery of the Google Partner Academy program on behalf of Google.

Alex hosts the Google Partners Podcast, has keynoted and spoken at digital analytics and marketing conferences around the world, is the past-President and Director Emeritus of the Digital Analytics Association (DAA), and teaches digital marketing optimization for the University of British Columbia. Although now firmly entrenched in the world of marketing, data and analytics, his formal education includes an M.Sc. and B.Sc. Honors in geology, which led him to explore for gold in the wilds of Canada for many years. He currently lives in Boston with his wife, two kids and golden retriever.


CIC Seminar May 2017

Date: May 17, 2017

Time: 1pm to 2pm, followed by afternoon tea

Location: CLT Learning Space, Building 105, Room 107

Speaker: Dr Andrew Squelch

Title: What are our digital images trying to tell us? The role of Computational Image Analysis

RSVP: Please register via Eventbrite at this link by COB Monday 15 May 2017 at


A growing number of social, medical, science and engineering research activities rely on the qualitative and/or quantitative analysis of images as the basis of their investigations. The range of the discipline areas basing their findings on image data sets is growing thanks to advancements in imaging techniques and technology. These endeavours give rise to greater diversity of images and subject matter, and increased size (or resolution) and volume of image data sets to be analysed. These factors mean that manual analysis of the images is becoming less and less viable and, instead, researchers are becoming more reliant on automatic or computer-assisted analysis techniques. Hence, the increasing relevance and value of Computational Image Analysis (CIA) to extract, quantify and summarise meaningful information about features in the research image data. The CIA approach encompasses a range of different digital analysis techniques and borrows aspects from of the fields of image processing and computer vision.

This talk is intended for audiences that are interested in the qualitative characterisation of 2D or 3D digital images and wish to obtain assistance or know how they can apply the approach in their own projects. The first part of the talk is by way of a general introduction to the CIA approach, examining a few examples from applicable discipline areas and appropriate computer software. The second part highlights how CIA is being applied in some research projects conducted in the Faculty of Science and Engineering.



Dr Andrew Squelch is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Exploration Geophysics and Senior Visualisation Specialist with the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre. Andrew has over 14 years of advanced visualisation and virtual environment research experience in fields of geoscience, medical and mining. Andrew is also a member of the CIC Visualisation Theme.


More information:

For more details about the CIC Seminar Series, please contact: Professor David Gibson

Further information or queries: Please email Linda Lilly

CIC Seminar May 2017 II

Date: May 18, 2017

Time: 1pm to 2pm, followed by afternoon tea

Location: HIVE, Curtin University

Activities in Considerate Systems

Prof. Ted Selker

When: Thursday 18 May 2017, 1pm to 2pm, followed by afternoon tea.

Where: HIVE, entrance via John Curtin gallery


Information systems are being called upon not only to help keep us organized and productive, but also to help in the fabric of the way we live. We are starting to see them as solving social problems as they might begin reducing disruption; they help people enjoy others or even increase self-awareness. This talk will introduce notions of how we can introduce social awareness in our design practices and artefacts.

The talk will frame the Considerate System stance of social feedback to a user. We will describe results from a variety of Considerate Research projects, with examples including systems supporting people in audio conference call communication, TV interactions, saving energy in the Sustainability Base Leeds Platinum building and Considerate Mobile phone reactions.

In working towards considerate systems, we are building CAMEO and other technology into a cyber-physical meeting support system. This ambient social feedback system includes social responses that take into account environmental sensing, interactive TV, and physical rewards. We conclude that all interactions with people in the physical world require an appreciation that they are in a social environment and engagement.


About the speaker:
Ted spent 5 years as director of Considerate Systems research at Carnegie Mellon University Silicon Valley. He was also responsible for developing the campus’s research mission, teaching HCI, Android product design, and research in voting with disabilities.

He is well known as a creator and tester of new scenarios for working with computing systems. His design practice includes speaking engagements, innovation workshops consulting. He is CTO of Foldimate for which he made a shirt-folding robot this year.

Ted spent ten years as an associate Professor at the MIT Media Laboratory where he created the Context Aware Computing group, co-directed the Caltech/MIT Voting Technology Project, and directed the CIDI Kitchen of the future/ product design of the future project. His work is noted for creating demonstrations of a more considerate world in which intentions are recognized and respected in complex domains.
His successes at targeted product creation and enhancement lead to his role of IBM Fellow and director of User Systems Ergonomics Research at IBM. He has also served as a consulting professor at Stanford University, taught at Hampshire, University of Massachusetts at Amherst and Brown Universities and worked at Xerox PARC and Atari Research Labs.

Career talk and Q&A session

Date: May 22, 2017

Time: 2 – 3pm, followed by afternoon tea

Location: HIVE, Curtin University

Invention entrepreneurship and Innovation – Q&A session for graduate students and ECR

Prof. Ted Selker

When: Monday 22 May 2017, 2pm to 3pm, followed by afternoon tea.

Where: HIVE, entrance via the John Curtin Gallery



Startups are often hobbled by current trends in funding, limitations of team experience, technology concerns, and inadequate market information. At academic institutions, opportunities for taking innovations forward can be limited by academic stance and by project continuity. And large companies tend to be limited by the expectations of current revenue streams.

This talk explores elements of professionalizing new technology business creation. I introduce processes and components of invention, review and propose models of taking inventions to market and, end with an analysis of innovation; contextually responsible solutions as part of any path to any new technology business success.
The talk ends with examples from my career of working to create solutions that fit into constraints of existing product opportunities.

About the speaker:

Ted’s innovation has been responsible for profitable and award winning products ranging from notebook computers to operating systems. For example, his design of the TrackPoint in-keyboard pointing device is used in many notebook computers. His visualization and visual interface work has made impacts in the performance of the PowerPC, usability in OS/2, ThinkPad setup, Google maps, etc. His adaptive help system has been the basis of products as well. Ted’s work has resulted in numerous awards, patents, and papers and has often been featured in the press. Ted was co-recipient of the Computer Science Policy Leader Award for Scientific American 50 in 2004, the American Association for People with Disabilities Thomas Paine Award for his work on voting technology in 2006 and the Telluride Tech fest award in 2008.

CIC Research Morning Tea

Date: June 6, 2017

Time: 10:00 - 11:00

Location: Cisco IoE Innovation Centre, B216:204

Due to the University holiday on Mon 5 June the monthly research morning tea will move to Tuesday 6 June.


Are you interested in connecting with researchers across the university to talk about research and potential multi-disciplinary projects? Would you like to hear the latest news about the CIC? Then RVSP by 2 June 2017 via email to


For more info visit our CIC RMT page.

SWC Workshop – Python

Start date: June 6, 2017

End date: June 7, 2017

Time: 09:00 - 17:00

Location: B216:201

Who: The course is aimed at graduate students and other researchers who want to learn about programming. You don’t need to have any previous knowledge of the tools that will be presented at the workshop. We will be teaching introductions to the Unix shell, version control with git and programming with Python.

When: 6 & 7 June 2017, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Where: Building 216:201, Curtin Bentley Campus, Perth.

Fee: There is a registration fee of $30, which includes coffee-breaks and refreshments, BYO lunch.

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.

More details: For the syllabus and schedule see the workshop website. You can register for this workshop via Eventbrite.

Please email Rebecca Lange if you have further questions.

CIC Seminar June 2017

Date: June 14, 2017

Time: 1pm to 2pm, followed by afternoon tea

Location: CLT Learning Space, Building 105, Room 107


Weapons of Maths Construction: how a combination of maths theory and algorithms conquers inequalities and constructs optimal solutions.


Prof. Song Wang

RSVP: Please register via Eventbrite at this link by COB Monday 12 June 2017



Prof. Wang will share his experience as a numerical analyst by showcasing some of the computationally hard problems in semiconductor device modelling, optimal feedback control and financial engineering. Using straightforward and conventional methods many of these problems fail to yield accurate numerical solutions with reasonable computational costs. Thus dedicated numerical models have to be designed for them, requiring the marriage of mathematical theory and computational techniques.
Prof. Wang will give a brief introduction to some of these custom methods such as penalty methods for differential variational inequalities and mesh-base/mesh-less methods for the discretisation of partial differential equations. Both theoretical and numerical results will be discussed.


Professor Song Wang received a B.Sc. from Wuhan University of Hydraulic and Electric Engineering, China, in 1982 and a Ph.D. in Numerical Analysis from Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, in 1989. He worked with a Dublin-based hi-tech company -Tritech Ltd., The University of New South Wales, Curtin University of Technology and The University of Western Australia, before returning to Curtin University in July 2014 as Professor and Head of Department of Mathematics & Statistics. His research interests include numerical solution of PDEs, numerical optimization and optimal control, optimum design and computational finance. He has published many research papers in these areas and his early work on numerical solution of semiconductor device equations of the drift-diffusion model has been featured in a review paper and a book chapter published respectively in a top journal Reports on Progress in Physics and a volume of the prestigious book series Handbook of Numerical Analysis. He is currently on the editorial boards of several international journals.


CIC Research Morning Tea

Date: July 3, 2017

Time: 10:00 - 11:00

Location: Cisco IoE Innovation Centre, B216:204

If you are interested in connecting with researchers across the university to talk about research and potential multi-disciplinary projects please come along to the CIC research morning tea. RVSP by 30 June 2017 via email to