Innovation Symposium: Disruption

Innovation Symposium: Disruption
November 25, 2016 Lauren Attana

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This year we ran our inaugural Innovation Symposium with the theme ‘Disruption’, as a part of our partnership with Open State. This Symposium tackled concepts like big data, data analytics, digital disruption, and platform strategies with presenters from Dell, Amazon, Data to Decision CRC and eRSA.

This Symposium brought together thought leaders in innovation and data analytics.

Hon Kyam Maher ML, Minister for Employment, Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation, Minister for Manufacturing and Innovation, Minister for Automotive Transformation, Minister for Science and Information Economy launched the South Australian Research and Innovation Platform, which will enable new IT services for South Australia’s innovation precincts.

eRSA is well positioned to provide this platform as it has both a local and national profile in research solutions, and experience working with research establishments and Universities across Australia and internationally. This experience will translate to other government services, commercial services and partnerships on a local, national and international basis.

The Platform model allows for collaborative projects between commercial partners and research and science to flourish into commercial derivatives that will drive economic opportunities and job creation.

In additon to Minister Kyam Maher ML, our Speakers included our CEO Mary Hobson, who specifically spoke about her time at the MIT CIO Symposium in Boston, sharing her insights from the event on big data, platform technologies, and digital disruption.

We had speaker Dave Blockow, Software Architect for the Data to Decisions CRC speak on the work of the CRC, how big data is transforming innovation and provided case studies on the type of intelligence they have been able to gather from big data analytics.

Adrian White, Amazon Web Services Scientific Computing, Head of Research and Technical Computing, Asia Pacific and Japan, spoke about the innovations cloud computing have enabled across a range of research projects, including marine biology, astronomy and genomics.

From DELL EMC, Director – HPC, Cloud & Big Data David Siroky spoke on IT transformation, machine and deep learning.

To close the Symposium, the Growing Data Foundation Ltd. launched the Internet of Things data network in Adelaide – a network that can talk to the internet without 3G or WiFi and has low battery usage, long range and low bandwidth, extending opportunities for makers, inventors and creatives.

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  • "The eRSA support is very personal and solution-focused and not just a brushing off 'it's-your-fault-check-your-code' kind of support which one sometimes gets from University tech supports. I very much appreciate the help."  
    Sven SchellenbergSchool of Science, RMIT University
  • “The supercomputing facilities at eResearch SA permit analysis of a host of interesting problems in evolutionary biology. It is the only computer system in SA that can perform certain complex calculations required to infer large evolutionary trees and associated patterns of evolution.”  
    Associate Professor Michael LeeSouth Australian Museum
  • “It would be impossible to do the type of research that we’re doing without them – it is a major factor in achieving our research outcomes.”  
    Associate Professor Con DoolanSchool of Mechanical Engineering, University of Adelaide
  • "eResearch capabilities ... ensure we can continue to use the latest methods available in our field. The hope is that through the use of these technologies, we will be able to achieve some research outcomes that may otherwise not have been possible.”  
    Professor Ina Bornkessel-SchlesewskyCognitive Neuroscience, UniSA
  • “Having access to greater computer power helps us put in place a more realistic model in terms of the number of atoms you can have in the system and that improves the predictive power of the calculations.”
    Professor Andrea GersonMinerals and Materials Science & Technology
  • On using an eResearch program to complete 3D modelling of architectural records: “We were able to build an interactive, photo image model of the [historical South Australian property Joseph Elliot’s cottage] home – transforming simple sketches and floor plans into an interactive 3D experience... what we have now is a computerised model that allows us to experience the Elliott house beyond just words on paper”.
    Associate Professor Christine Garnaut

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