News and events

Professor Dietmar Muller honored for oustanding contribution to science

Dietmar, from the School of Geosciences and the Director of the Sydney Informatics Hub, is elected to the Australian Academy of Science. He is a world-leading authority on geophysics – the study of the interior of the Earth and leads the EarthByte research group, who are pursuing open innovation, involving the collaborative development of open-source software as well as global digital data sets made available under a creative commons license.
Read how Dietmar has made a profound contribution to understanding solid Earth processes by merging conventional geological and geophysical data into global digital data sets, and by coupling global tectonic models with kinematic and dynamic process models.
[[https://www.science.org.au/fellowship/fellows/professor-dietmar-muller]]
[[https://www.science.org.au/news-and-events/news-and-media-releases/how-science-nature-and-teachers-inspired-australias-best]]
[[http://sydney.edu.au/news-opinion/news/2017/05/22/university-scientists-named-australian-academy-of-science-fellow.html]]

Non-Parametric Spatial Bayesian Crime Regression

Presented by Dr Roman Marchant
Two significant methodological challenges confront policy makers and practitioners in using crime data. The first challenge is that the models underestimate the extent of crimes occurring within a geographical space and the second is that the models need fully reflect uncertainties in prediction and inference. Combining machine learning techniques and new Bayesian estimation tools this paper develops a generic modelling strategy that learns and hence models crime in a spatial environment. This model will enable policy makers and police to make better and more informed decisions. The proposed method combines a parametric and non-parametric stochastic model which is fully probabilistic, i.e. captures the uncertainty in the prediction and the model parameters, using criminal records and demographic information. This provides more robust and informed estimates of crime activity. The model is estimated using machine learning sampling algorithms that can dynamically update the stochastic model as new information is fed into the model. We validate this method using real crime data from the state of NSW, Australia

This seminar will be held at:
2.00 – 3.00pm
Wednesday 10 May 2017
Street Two, Street Theatre, 15 Childers Street, Canberra

Interview with Dr Roman Marchant

Media coverage of exciting progress in criminology where data science techniques are being used to inform long-term governmental policies and short-term policing programs, which are designed to curb domestic violence levels within the community.
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Find out about us at an information session

We are running information sessions across the University to help you understand how we could work together.

You will hear about data science services and resources that can assist you in providing compelling, data science findings to bolster your research papers. Please come along and find out more.

Our next session is scheduled for the following area:

Sydney Law School (date and venue to be advised)



Watch videos of our previous information sessions:


Official Launch of the Centre for Translational Data Science

The Centre for Translational Data Science held its official launch in October, showing our commitment to using valuable data to improve lives and benefit society.

The launch brought together academics and industry partners to hear from our researchers about their work and the future plans for the centre.

The centre uses data to solve real world problems by refining the research questions being asked, making new discoveries and developing predictive models.

The Sydney Morning Herald, Age, ZDNet and The Australian and Canberra Times reported on the launch and our remit to drive research innovation and discovery. We also received coverage in Engineers Australia.


Joint Forum - Vivid and Sydney Ideas

On the 7 June, an interactive forum with three leading data science researchers was held jointly with Vivid and Sydney Ideas.
The forum was chaired by Professor Hugh Durant-Whyte, Director of the Centre.

If you missed the event, you can listen to Sydney Idea's podcast of all the talks below: