Data Science Down Under, 8-12 December 2019

About

Newcastle Beach

The aim of the workshop is to bring together Australian researchers and practitioners as well as key international academics in areas related to data science, e.g., mathematics, statistics and computer science, to discuss recent advancements, share ideas and foster new local and international collaborations. The workshop consists of two integral parts:

  1. Boot camp: Sunday 8th December to Tuesday 10th December,
  2. Recent advances: Wednesday 11th December to Thursday 12th December.

We intend to organise ongoing yearly workshops with specific underlying theme for each year's boot camp. In our Inaugural year in 2019, the theme of the boot camp is 'Randomised Numerical Linear Algebra' (RandNLA), which is a subject of ongoing intense study. For this, invited speakers who are the pioneers and leading scholars in the field will bring their UoN NewSpace expertise in the area of RandNLA and expose early career researchers and graduate students to related background topics. The aim of the second half of the workshop is to explore not only the interactions between the theme of the boot camp, i.e., RandNLA for 2019, and machine learning, but also a diverse range of topics in data science. For this, speakers from various areas related to the mathematics of data science will present and discuss their cutting-edge research results. There will be two poster sessions, where postgraduate students and ECRs will have the opportunity to present and discuss their research in further details. Prizes are awarded to the best posters based on audience votes.

To become acquainted with the topic RandNLA, please see the introductory monograph 'Lectures on Randomized Numerical Linear Algebra'.

Venue

The venue for the workshop has not yet been finalised, but will be in the Newcastle CBD.

Programme

The workshop consists of two integral parts:

  1. Boot camp (days 1-3): the boot camp is intended to give the participants an intensive introduction and review of the key topics of the workshop,
  2. Recent advances (days 4-5): during the workshop, the participants will be exposed to the most recent cutting-edge research results not only on the theme of the boot camp, but also a diverse range of topics in the mathematics of data science.

There will be two poster sessions, where postgraduate students and ECRs will have the opportunity to present and discuss their research in further details. Prizes are awarded to the best posters based on audience votes.


The workshop will involve a dinner, to be held on Tuesday 10th December.


Tentative workshop programme

Tentative programme

Speakers

Confirmed invited speakers:

Registration

Early bird, before 31st October 2019:

  • Students and Female ECR: $75
  • AMSI/AustMS/ANZIAM Member: $150
  • non-AMSI/AustMS/ANZIAM Member: $200

After 31st October 2019:

  • Students and Female ECR: $100
  • AMSI/AustMS/ANZIAM Member: $200
  • non-AMSI/AustMS/ANZIAM Member: $250

Registration fees include attending all sessions, morning/afternoon teas, Hunter Valley tour and the conference dinner.

From Newcastle Airport

For those arriving at the Newcastle Airport we recommend taking a taxi to Newcastle. The taxi rank is adjacent to the arrivals area of the terminal. Newcastle Taxis can be contacted directly, free-of-charge, on the dedicated taxi phone located in the arrivals end of the terminal. Alternatively, you can catch the 130 or 131 bus from the Newcastle Airport to the Newcastle Station. From Newcastle Station it is an easy walk to the recommended hotels. For more information and/or to plan your exact trip times see the Sydney Trains or the Port Stephens Coaches timetables.

From Sydney Airport

For those arriving at Sydney Airport we recommend taking the train. For information and trip planning, please visit www.transportnsw.info. The trip typically takes 3 hours, though the route is scenic. You should take the T2 Airport Line from Domestic or International Airport Stations to Central Station and then the Central Coast & Newcastle Line.

Local Transportation in Newcastle

Newcastle Taxis: bookings can be made online or by calling 133 300 within Australia. For public transport options, please visit www.transportnsw.info.

Accommodation Suggestions

There are two main areas with hotels and backpacker accommodation — Newcastle East and Honeysuckle, within easy walking distance of each other and the conference venue. Honeysuckle is a popular area with lots of restaurants with great views across the harbour. Additionally, the website wotif.com sometimes has good deals.


Newcastle East: Honeysuckle:

Organisers

Contact

Scientific inquiries: Ali Eshragh (Ali.Eshragh@newcastle.edu.au) or Fred Roosta (Fred.Roosta@uq.edu.au)
Logistical inquiries: Juliane Turner (Juliane.Turner@newcastle.edu.au)
Technical support: David Allingham (David.Allingham@newcastle.edu.au)

Abstract Submission

If you want to present a talk or a poster, please submit your abstract through the following link:

Abstract System

Note that abstract submission is a separate process from registering to attend the conference.

The deadline for abstract submission is 30th August 2019.