WA’s Digital Economy – Innovation and opportunity
12:00pm - 1:30pm
Join Professor Peter Klinken, WA’s Chief Scientist, in a showcase of WA’s digital economy through the perspective of leading WA data, cyber, space and compute facilities. At this virtual event, the Chief Scientist will present updates from Directors of the Australian Space Data Analysis Facility, WA’s Data Science Innovation Hub, WA’s AustCyber Innovation Hub and the Pawsey Supercomputing Research Centre and explore what they offer to industry, researchers and businesses from WA. Professor Klinken will also welcome and introduce the new leadership at some of these facilities.
Each of the participants will provide an update on the facilities they lead, followed by a panel discussion about the WA’s digital and data-powered future.
- Melanie Johnston-Hollitt – ASDAF and CIC Director
- Alex Jenkins – WADSIH Director
- Cecily Rawlinson – Director, WA AustCyber Innovation Hub.
- Mark Stickells – Pawsey, Executive Director
About the presenters
Prof Melanie Johnston-Hollitt is an internationally prominent radio astronomer working in the space between astrophysics, computer science, and big data. Melanie, former Director of MWA radio telescope, is currently the Director of the Curtin Institute for Computation (CIC), a knowledge accelerator based on the use of data science and high-performance computing aimed at producing better outcomes for research, government, and industry. Melanie was also recently appointed the Director of the Australia Space Data Analysis Facility (ASDAF), a facility offering small- and medium-sized enterprises the opportunity to leverage Western Australia’s existing computing and data infrastructure, by making available training, data expertise and support in finding, accessing and analysing space data.
In her 20-year career, Melanie has been involved in the design, construction, operation, and governance of several major international radio telescopes including the Low Frequency Array in the Netherlands, the Murchison Widefield Array (MWA) in Western Australia, and the billion-dollar Square Kilometre Array (SKA) which will be hosted in both Australia and South Africa.
Melanie’s research interests span the intersection between radio astronomy, signal and image processing, and big data analytics.
Alex Jenkins has over 15 years of experience working in the technology space, implementing and advocating for data science and analytics solutions. He used his expertise to build data science capabilities for mining technology businesses.
Mr Jenkins has also worked with leading organisations including ABB, BHP, St John of God Healthcare and Imdex to define big data, supply chain modelling and data science solutions.
In June 2021 Mr Jenkins was appointed director of the WA Data Science Innovation Hub, an initiative of the Western Australian Government New Industries Fund which helps industry, government and academia to build their data science capability and advance the application of data science throughout Western Australia.
Cecily Rawlinson was appointed in July 2021 as Director of the WA AustCyber Innovation Hub.
Cecily is a human-centred design practitioner and is passionate about using design thinking to unlock the creative potential of stakeholders and unlikely innovators. She led the CIVICUS team that facilitated the co-design and establishment of 7 regional innovation hubs around the world, launching the Innovation for Change network in 2015. Working with Innovation for Change allowed Cecily to hone her innovation skills and to witness firsthand the global demand for cyber security awareness and training.
Prior to joining CIVICUS, Cecily began her career at the Organisation of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and also worked at DCAF – Geneva Centre for Security Sector Governance.
Cecily holds a Masters in International Affairs from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID) and a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Western Australia.
Mark Stickells – Executive Director
Pawsey is one of two, Tier-1, High Performance Computing facilities in Australia, with a primary function to accelerate scientific research for the benefit of the nation and to support Australia’s participation in the Square Kilometre Array. Pawsey is undergoing a $70m technology refresh and Mark leads a team of 50 HPC, data and visualisation experts, supporting over 2,000 researchers through 400+ projects using Pawsey’s advanced computation and data systems.
An experienced R&D and technology executive, prior to joining Pawsey, Mark held leadership roles in innovation and industry engagement at The University of WA and was a former CEO of the WA Energy Research Alliance – an industry research joint venture between Australia’s national science organisation, CSIRO, universities, Chevron, Shell and Woodside Energy. He also chairs the Board of All Saints’ College and its Foundation, and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Australian Institute of Management. Mark is a member of CEO’s for Gender Equity, graduated with distinction from his MBA program, and completed graduate studies in governance, educational administration, energy and resource policy.