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Dear ISE ECP affiliates

We are approaching the final quarter of the year and I am impressed with the enthusiasm and participation from this platform's affiliates in many of our activities and events.

All ECP Directors are currently looking at the VC's Fellowship applications and we are excited by the great number of outstanding applications received. Long & shortlisting meetings are in process with interviews to take place in November. I look forward to the announcement of these appointments.

The Centre for Information Discovery and Data Analytics (CIDDA) is planning its LAUNCH event, which will take place on Wednesday 17 October this year. The Centre will include key expertise in many areas including data mining, information retrieval, spatial computing, and analytics. For more information about the centre, click here.

A second round of 2018 CDF funds from the ISE ECP for ideas on workshops was recently held. Congratulations to Michelle Gee, Luke Wallace, Kazi Nazmul Hasan, and Tao Gu for their successful applications. More details below.

There are some features included in this issue of the ISE ECP newsletter, including information about a seminar by John Penn II from Adobe Systems Inc. California who will talk about how software can help to prevent and investigate crimes. You can learn about Google's Dataset Search, a tool to help scientists, data journalists, or anyone who needs or likes searching data as well as listen to a BBC broadcast about systems to combat fake news.

I hope you enjoy our newsletter. If you would like to contribute some of your stories, please contact us by clicking here.

Cheers for now,

Mark Sanderson





Adobe: Saving lives with technology

19 September, 2018
12.00 pm - 1.15 pm
SAB, Building 80, Level 6, room 05,
City Campus

Learn about the role software can play in the prevention and investigation of crimes.

John Penn II, Senior Architect for Law
Enforcement Technologies at Adobe Systems Incorporated in San Jose, California will share
his career trajectory, provide insights into his
current work and demonstrate how he uses
Adobe products in law enforcement. His
current and most challenging area is 
Victim Identification and Digital Media
Analysis for law enforcement.

To register to attend this fascinating talk, click here.


Data Science Melbourne Week 2018 

Tutorials:R, Python
Thursday 27 September, 2018
8.45 am - 5.00 pm
Level 37, Tower 2, Collins Square
727 Collins Street, Melbourne.

Melbourne Data Science is running 'Meetup' Tutorials :R, Python, hosted by Phil Brierly, Data Science Consultant. To register, you will need to login or create a new login by clicking here.

For more information about what other activities are taking place during Melbourne Data Science Week 2018, click here.


Creating value from better use of Transport Data

Thursday 15 November, 2018 
9.30 am - 4.30 pm
Melbourne, Victoria

iMove CRC is holding a workshop in Melbourne titled, Creating value from better use of Transport Data. The event is aimed at iMOVE partners and related transport and freight stakeholders, looking to understand issues in data. This workshop will help attendees gain value from their involvement in iMOVE CRC by:
  • Creating new connections to people for collaborations
  • Generating new thinking on data
  • Progressing project ideas to run through iMOVE CRC.
iMOVE recommends that CRC participants take this opportunity to maximise thier investment in the centre. Other parties interested in investing in collaborative projects in this space are welcome to attend.

To register, click here
If you are interested in further iMOVE CRC opportunities, email Fiona Madden



In late August this year, the Victorian Government launched the Centre for New Energy Technologies, or C4NET, to capitalise on energy transformation, building skills, capabilities and instilling innovation in the state's new energy technology sector.

RMIT University is a core participant of C4NET. This
centre is 
bringing together six Victorian universities,
distribution and transmission businesses and
government to work on a wide variety of projects to
support a flexible, resilient and integrated energy ecosystem.  

C4NET will represent Victoria’s research capability to the private sector, brokering industry engagement to drive project development and commercial outcomes though a variety of activities including:

  • research
  • development of new products and services
  • provision of financial, technical and other support to industry members and start-up organisations
  • development of a data hub
  • facilitation of education activities
  • advocacy and policy work. 

C4NET's board and management team are expected to determine research priorities and a process for engagement in the coming months. For more information, click here.

If you would like to receive updates of opportunities arising from C4NET, please email Rebecca Shepherd, providing details of your research interests and relevant industry partnerships.  There is no need to contact Rebecca if you have already received an update from her on 10 September as you are already on this list.



2018 CDF ISE ECP funding outcomes: 
2nd round - Workshop Ideas

The following people were successful in receiving funding for their workshop ideas.

Professor Michelle Gee, Professor Matt Duckham
and A/Professor Suelynn Choy were awarded
$5000 for their Activity, 'RMIT and Textron Systems: 
Disruptive Technologies Ideathon Workshop'.

'The Internet of Things Forum' by A/Professor Tao Gu 
was awarded $4000.

Dr Luke Wallace was awarded $5000 for his
workshop on 'Drones and 3D Data for Urban Forests'.

Dr Kazi Nazmul Hasan was successful with his
workshop idea, 'Idenitifying Critical Compoments in Energy Networks' and awarded, $5000.


Google launches Dataset Search 

Making it easier to discover datasets

In today's world, scientists in many disciplines and a growing number of journalists live and breathe data. There are many thousands of data repositories on the web, providing access to millions of datasets; and local and national governments around the world publish their data as well. To enable easy access to this data, Google has launched Dataset Search, so that scientists, data journalists, data geeks, or anyone else can find the data required for their work and their stories, or simply to satisfy their intellectual curiosity.

For more information and how to use it, click here.


Automated Fact-Checking
Computer programmes are being developed to combat fake news. 

Could computers do a better job than humans of
exposing fake news and holding politicians to
account? Tim Harford interviews Mevan
Babakar of the fact-checking organisation
Fullfact about the software tools she and her
team are building to try to automatically
verify statistical claims.
To listen to this on the BBC iPlayer Radio, click here.



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