Accelerated Computing for Innovation

Welcome to the Accelerated Computing for Innovation Conference presented by the Sydney Informatics Hub, a Core Research Facility of the University of Sydney. We are celebrating the cutting edge of computing in a one-day technology, big data, and machine learning/AI spectacular!

We have a fantastic line up of speakers showcasing outstanding work in science and industry revolutionised by accelerated computing, including precision medicine; wildlife and crop conservation; exploring the evolving virtual earth; star, rock, and shark spotting; education and language technology, crime prediction and more.

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Time and Date:

8.45am - 5.45pm, Friday 28 September 2018


The University of Sydney
ABS Lecture Theatre 1130
Abercrombie Building (H70)
cnr Abercrombie St and Codrington St

A short walk from Redfern train station.


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8.45am - 9.00am Registration

9.00am - 9.10am Welcome

  • Jeremy Hammond, University of Sydney

9.10am - 11.15am Life, Evolution and Health

  • Aidan O’Brien, CSIRO - Life science research at scale
  • Mark Pinese, Garvan - Computing the genomics of good health
  • Carolyn Hogg, University of Sydney - The future is here – the benefits of genomic tools in translocations
  • John Sebastian Eden, Westmead Institute for Medical Research and University of Sydney - Revealing the hidden world of viruses, one Giga-base pair at a time
  • Emily Remnant, University of Sydney - Using big data to find small things inside bees: Discovering new honey bee viruses with metatranscriptomics

11.15am - 11.30am Morning tea (provided)

Poster session and sponsor booths

11.30am - 12.30pm National Collaborative Infrastructure

  • Andrew Lonie, Melbourne Bioinformatics, University of Melbourne - Planning digital research infrastructure for biosciences
  • Christopher Harris, Pawsey Supercomputing Centre - Enabling Petascale Science with the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre
  • Ben Evans, NCI - Current challenges in cross-disciplinary computational and data integration

12.30pm - 1.15pm Lunch (provided)

Poster session and sponsor booths

1.15pm - 3.15pm Earth, Environment and Space

  • Geraint Lewis, University of Sydney - What’s happening in the dark-side of the universe?
  • Dietmar Muller, University of Sydney - Understanding Earth System Evolution—Connecting Deep to Surface Processes
  • Caroline Foster, ASTRO3D, University of Sydney - Galaxy formation and evolution
  • Cormac Purcell, Macquarie University - Sharks, tombs and cosmic bubbles: how machine-learning spans diverse scientific fields

3.15pm - 3.30pm Afternoon tea (provided)

Poster session and sponsor booths

3.30pm - 5.35pm Humans and Society

  • Kai Riemer and Sandra Peter, University of Sydney - AI - History, hype and hysteria
  • Simon Hammond, Appen - Understanding speech and text in low-resource languages
  • Bing Ong, Daisee - Democratising AI for businesses
  • Sonya Corcoran, Digital Innovation - Who is making what and how?
  • Roman Marchant, University of Sydney - Understanding and preventing crime using Data Science

5.35pm - 5.45pm Closing Remarks

  • Simon Ringer, University of Sydney


Monoclinic Paracetamol vs Paracetamol-4,4-́bipyridine Co-crystal; What’s the difference? A Charge Density Study

Jonathan J. Du, Felcia Lai, Linda Varadi, Peter A. Williams, Paul W. Groundwater, James A. Platts, Jacob Overgaard, and David E. Hibbs

How to better represent preferences in choice models: the contributions to preference heterogeneity attributable to the presence of process heterogeneity

Camila Balbontin, David A. Hensher, and Andre T. Collins


Speakers for each session come from a wide range of disciplines using state-of-the-art technology and techniques to fuel their research:

Jeremy Hammond Jeremy Hammond

Dr Jeremy Hammond is the Director, Strategic Ventures at the University of Sydney, where he leads university-wide transformation initiatives. He is a linguist by trade, with a PhD from the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics specialising in field experiments on indigenous languages in Southern Vanuatu and has experience in developing capabilities in high performance computing, informatics, and data services. These days, both his coding and Austronesian languages are rusty with his focus now on transforming the University for the next generation of researchers and students.

Aidan O'Brien Aidan O’Brien

Aidan O’Brien is a PhD student with the Transformational Bioinformatics team, CSIRO and the Australian National University. He develops machine learning models for accurate genome editing as needed in gene therapy for human health. He developed GT-Scan, a CRISPR target predictor and is a developer on VariantSpark, which enables personalized genomic insights at point-of-care by finding ‘patients with conditions like mine’ based on their genomic similarity. He has an enthusiasm for serverless (FaaS) and hypothesis-driven architecture design, which he presented at YOW! Data 2018. He received the “Best student and postdoc” award at CSIRO in 2015.

Mark Pinese Mark Pinese

Dr Mark Pinese is a Senior Research Officer in the Garvan’s Genomic Cancer Medicine Lab where he is the lead analyst for the Medical Genome Reference Bank and conducts research into the genetic basis of cancer risk.

Carolyn Hogg Carolyn Hogg

Dr Carolyn Hogg is the Research Manager for the Australasian Wildlife Genomics Group in the Faculty of Science, University of Sydney. Carolyn is a conservation biologist who has been working with threatened species for over twenty years both in Australia and overseas. Carolyn has been working closely with the Save the Tasmanian Devil Program for over eight years and with other threatened species more recently. Through her partnerships with both her academic and conservation colleagues Carolyn has developed better tools and technologies to integrate molecular genetics into real-time conservation management decisions.

Emily Remnant Emily Remnant

Dr Emily Remnant is a geneticist and evolutionary biologist in the Social Insects Lab, University of Sydney investigating how insects respond to changes in their environment. She use genetics and genomics to study genes involved in resistance to chemical insecticides, and to investigate the impact of viral diseases in beneficial insects like honey bees on crop pollination.

John-Sebastian Eden John-Sebastian Eden

Dr John-Sebastian Eden is a Research Scientist in Bioinformatics and Genomics at the Westmead Institute for Medical Research and Senior Research Fellow in the Sydney Medical School. Previously, he was an NHMRC Early Career Fellow working with Prof Eddie Holmes at the University of Sydney. His research uses pathogen genomics and phylodynamics to better understand the sources and mechanisms of how pathogens emerge, spread and evolve in populations. Recent work includes the development of novel assays for sequencing individual HIV proviruses to explore the latent reservoir and the application of “meta-transcriptomics” to pathogen discovery in both human and wildlife disease investigations.

Andrew Lonie Andrew Lonie

Andrew Lonie is Director of Melbourne Bioinformatics, Director of EMBL Australia Bioinformatics Resource, and an associate professor at the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences at the University of Melbourne, where he coordinates the MSc (Bioinformatics). Andrew directs a group of bioinformaticians, computational biologists and HPC specialists to collaborate with and support life sciences researchers in a variety of research projects within the Parkville research precinct and across Australia.

Christopher Harris Christopher Harris

Dr Christopher Harris is a Senior Supercomputing Specialist at the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre. He provides assistance and expertise to researchers, enabling computational workflows to make effective use of Australia’s national petascale HPC facilities.

Ben Evans Ben Evans

Dr Ben Evans is the Associate Director, Research Engagements and Initiatives, NCI. He is an expert in HPC, data management and software development. For the last several years he has particularly focused on national priority areas of research at NCI: weather, climate, earth systems, environmental sciences and geophysics.

Dietmar Müller Dietmar Müller

Prof. Dietmar Muller is the founder of EarthByte at the School of Geosciences, University of Sydney. He is a world-leading geophysicist whose research has transformed our understanding of the Earth’s evolution over the past 200 million years. Prof. Muller has developed new capabilities for modelling tectonic, geodynamic, environmental and resource-formation processes.

Geraint Lewis Geraint Lewis

Geraint Lewis is a Professor of Astrophysics at the Sydney Institute for Astronomy, University of Sydney. He is head of the Gravitational Astrophysics Group, is the Associate Head for Research, and Deputy Director of the Sydney Informatics Hub. He is a Welsh astrophysicist, who is best known for his work on dark energy, gravitational lensing and galactic cannibalism.

Caroline Foster Caroline Foster

Dr Caroline Foster is the Astro3D Centre for Research Excellence fellow at the University of Sydney. Her research focuses on galaxy formation and evolution through the analysis of the 3D structure, dynamics and chemistry of galaxies.

Cormac R. Purcell Cormac R. Purcell

Cormac Purcell a researcher and lecturer in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Macquarie University. He uses radio telescopes to investigate the interstellar medium, with a focus on magnetism and star-formation in the Milky Way.

Kai Riemer Kai Riemer

Kai Riemer is the Professor of Information Technology and Organisation, Business Information Systems, Sydney Business School. He is the founder and leader of the Digital Disruption Research Group (DDRG) and convener of DISRUPT.SYDNEY™. His expertise spans the fields of digital commerce, inter-firm networking, the future of work, technology adoption, and the philosophy of technology.

Sandra Peter Sandra Peter

Sandra Peter is the Director for Sydney Business Insights with expertise in disruptive innovations for education and the future of business.

Hanh Le Simon Hammond

Simon Hammond has worked in speech technology for more than a decade, producing training corpora in over 30 different languages. He specialises in translating between teams of linguists and engineers.

Bing Ong Bing Ong

Bing is currently a data scientist at Daisee, a local start-up that specialises in artificial intelligence.

Bing has over seventeen years of experience in IT, working for startups to MNCs (eg. Oracle (nearly ten years)) with experience spanning across anything to do with data – presales, system integration, project management and program development. She found her passion in data science after recently completing her studies in the Masters of Data Science and Innovation with UTS. In her new role at Daisee, she is continuing her knowledge-seeking journey by working with world-class consultants and talented data scientist to provide value to clients.

Sonya Corcoran Sonya Corcoran

Sonya Corcoran is the manager for Digital Innovation. She leads the TechLab where students and researchers can experiment with new technology and algorthims. She is also a co-founder of Changineers where she helps to design experiential learning technology.

Roman Marchant Roman Marchant

Dr Roman Marchant is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Translational Data Science. He applies data science to predict crime and to understand criminal behaviour. His work informs governmental policies and policing programs which are designed to curb domestic violence levels within the community.

Simon Ringer Simon Ringer

Professor Simon Ringer is the University of Sydney’s Academic Director of Core Research Facilities, and leads the University’s strategic planning and operations of its high-end research infrastructure initiatives. He is a Professor of Materials Science and Engineering in the School of Aerospace, Mechanical & Mechatronic Engineering, and an academic member of the Australian Centre for Microscopy & Microanalysis.

Expect the bleeding edge in eResearch:

This conference will connect all different aspects of computing technologies and applications and get people thinking about how they might use these in their own work. We are ambitiously targeting a broad demographic to try and encourage skill- and knowledge-sharing across disciplines. Think outside your box.

  • Big Data
  • Genomics
  • Data Science
  • Machine Learning
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Predictive Analytics

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