Hon Colin Barnett MEc MLA

Hon Colin Barnett MEc MLA

Former Premier; Minister for Tourism; Science

    Big Data Week highlights State’s science future

    2/05/2016 2:00 PM
    • One dozen events to promote data-based research, job and career opportunities
    • Encouraging academic, business and government co-operation 

    From deep-sea imaging of shipwreck sites to interpreting radio signals from outer space, Perth Big Data Week 2016 (BDW) will showcase how Western Australian data science is helping lead world research and promises exciting career opportunities.


    With Big Data Week starting today, 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.


    "For example, real-time traffic data powers the apps and websites which tell Perth commuters how to take the easiest and quickest route to work each day, and population health data can help us predict and prevent the development of chronic diseases."


    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.


    "Data science is a key area where the State has an opportunity to build its competitive advantage and be a world leader," Mr Barnett said.


    "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."


    Fact File

    • Perth BDW 2016 is led by the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre, with partners including Woodside, Think Bottom Up, the WA Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Landgate, the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research and Curtin University
    • The State Government supports Perth BDW 2016 through the Office of Science, Pawsey, Scitech and the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research
    • For more information on Perth BDW 2016 events, visit http://bdwperth.com  

    Premier and Science Minister's office - 6552 5000