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2018 Autumn Members Meeting - Session Synopsis 


Presenter: Chris Hancock, CEO, AARNet 
Session: AARNet - Where to next? 
Synopsis:  In this era of innovation, where new technologies, funding uncertainties, security challenges and globalisation are changing the business operations and priorities of our shareholders and customers, AARNet infrastructure and services are critical capabilities for the nation.  In the education space, online, on demand, blended, anywhere delivery of education is the expectation. Research and science is increasingly data intensive, cross institutional, international and competitive. The National Innovation and Science Agenda (NISA) has sharpened the focus on the translation and commercialisation of research, and working with industry directly or via start-up entities. Meanwhile, the Research Infrastructure Roadmap is changing the structure and function of key national eResearch facilities. The new AARNet 2018-2022 Strategic Plan recognises the significance of these disruptive forces and strives to create a platform for closer collaboration with customers to help them deal with these challenges and capitalise on new opportunities. To meet the changing needs of the sector, AARNet has expanded its portfolio to provide solutions for teaching, learning and research that include network connectivity, networked data and collaboration products and services.  AARNet’s high performance national and international infrastructure serves as a platform for the development of new products, services, technologies and capabilities, with a focus in the next 5 years on streamlining delivery of these to our customers and communities.


Presenter: Richard Palmer 
Session: Ovum – The CAUDIT Top Ten – Overcoming the challenges
Synopsis: Drawing on Richard’s Ovum’s worldwide research on the leading practices in higher education and other industry sectors, Richard’s breakfast session will provide insights into approaches for overcoming the challenges of the CAUDIT Top Ten issues for 2018.
Presenter: Sean Smith
Session: High Performance Data: Enabling Australian Science and Technologies through the Next Decade
Synopsis:  Data that increasingly enables almost every field of science and technology is growing exponentially in both volume and complexity. Such data also comes from a diversity of sources, with uneven provenance. Three major areas of intense activity will drive the underpinning role of high performance data across multiple domains in the coming decade: (i) Curation efforts to create large scale FAIR data repositories; (ii) Innovative software platforms that will reach across national and international data repositories with distributed data gathering and sorting workflows, re-integrating the results for presentation to the client; and (iii) advanced data analytics implemented on the back-end of the workflow to allow what is presented to the client to be more flexible, intuitive and smart. Such data analytics will increasingly integrate AI, machine learning and deep learning technologies. It will also increasingly demand improved capability requiring tight integration with high performance computing and cloud environments, as well as safe transactions with increasingly intelligent computational devices. In this talk I will provide snapshots of how high-performance data is developing at the NCI and where we intend to go in the coming years.
Presenter: Dragan Gasevic
Session: Towards integrating learning analytics in higher education
Synopsis: The field learning analytics is established with the promise for the education sector to embrace the use of data for decision-making. There are many examples of successful use of learning analytics to enhance student experience, increase learning outcomes, and optimise learning environments. Despite much interest in learning analytics, many higher education institutions are still looking for effective ways that can enable systemic uptake. The talk will first describe some selected examples of the successful use of learning analytics in higher education. Key challenges identified to affect implementation of learning analytics will then be discussed. The talk will continue with an overview of a model specifically developed to guide higher education institutions in their adoption of learning analytics. This will be followed with an overview of an approach to the development of institutional policy and strategy for the learning analytics implementation in higher education. The talk will be based on the findings of several international studies and critically interrogate the role of institutional and cultural differences.
Presenter: Rolf Green 
Session: NSW Sharing More Than Just Open
Synopsis: NSW Government is the custodian of vast amounts of data much of which is operational and more which is sensitive. This data provides NSW Government with insights that help inform policy, improve services and drive innovation.  Since 2013 NSW has been delivering Open Data however sharing of more restricted data has proved to be more complex.  In this presentation Rolf Green – Director Information will talk through the NSW Government data sharing journey of the last eighteen months, detail the NSW Government Digital Strategy and its Data Approach. We will look at the governance framework supporting data sharing and protection, the dMarketplace that enables that framework across NSW Government, and the mechanisms that allow data to be provisioned and managed.
Presenter: Peter Gray 
Session: Revolutionising the viewing experience of the Tour de France
Synopsis: Using data insights and through real-time predictions as the Tour de France race unfolds, it has allowed the ASO [Amory Sports Organisation] to revolutionise the viewing experience of the race. Peter will present how machine learning and predictive analytics understands data from current and previous races giving followers new levels of insight about team strategy and tactics at every stage of the race. He will also share with you how Team Dimension Data are using data to make them more competitive and efficient, helping them compete on the world stage.
Presenter: Brad Tucker 
Session: Data in the Space Age 
Synopsis: Emerging technology has meant that what was once available to a large multi-national organization, can now be done at the university level.  Astronomical and space experiments are not only becoming more complex, but more data rich.  Moreover, there are now multiple ways to conduct an experiment - infrastructure, user, and location-wise.  I will discuss a few projects that I am involved with, high-lighting the diversity in infrastructure and data requirements and where this aims to go over the next decade.
Presenter: Peter Elford  
Session: The eResearch Grand Challenge
Synopsis: For most universities, the “student experience” is a relentless mantra – indeed, it’s been the CAUDIT top ten #1 for the past three years. But how much effort do universities put into the “researcher experience” ? And what role do “data bridges” play in fostering collaboration between academia and industry/government ? How does the Federal government continue to disrupt and shape a national eResearch strategy, which is aligned to institutional requirements, that enables researchers to contribute to the Australian innovation agenda? This presentation will outline a grand challenge:  To reduce the complexity, improve the ease of use, lower the barrier to entry, and increase the adoption of digital data tools and techniques for all Australian researchers by fostering the development of digital data skills and the integration of digital data technology platforms and practices.