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Published on : Monday, May 2, 2016
West Australia Premier and Science Minister Colin Barnett said there was an inspiring range of data applications featured across a dozen events running from May 2-6.
“The ability to interpret data and apply this to make a positive difference is critical for a modern WA that is safe, healthy and competitive,” the Premier said in a statement.
Big Data Crunch is the opening event, bringing students and data professionals together at Scitech to explore careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields.
Other events will show how data analytics apply in business, town planning, climate change research, cloud computing, radio astronomy, regional development and education.
Running concurrently with Perth BDW 2016 is Science on the Swan, an international conference exploring how health data drives precision medicine, medical imaging and research.
“Big Data Week is a unique opportunity for students, business operators, scientists and the public sector to share an understanding of how data analytics will help drive WA’s progress.”
The State’s data processing capabilities are led by the $80 million Pawsey Supercomputing Centre, which houses Magnus, the most powerful public research computer in the southern hemisphere.
“Magnus will be critical in analysing vast quantities of deep space information from the giant Square Kilometre Array radio telescope being co-hosted by WA,” the Premier said.
“The groundbreaking WA Biodiversity Science Institute will also benefit from the State’s commitment to data, as it creates a comprehensive database of WA’s unique flora and fauna.”