Understanding the cumulative impacts in our natural resource consumption and management, has important long-term consequences for Australia’s economic, societal and environmental health. Yet many decisions and policies are based on limited amounts of data and rudimentary data analysis, with little appreciation of the critical role that understanding and quantifying uncertainty plays in the process.
The ARC Industrial Transformation Training Centre for Data Analytics for Resources and Environments (DARE) will develop and deliver the data science skills and tools for Australia’s natural resource industries and managers; to be expert users of data and models; to quantify, explain and understand uncertainty; and to make the best possible evidence-based decisions in exploiting and stewarding the nations’ natural resources and environment.
The DARE Centre is a collaborative research centre led by the University of Sydney in partnership with the University of New South Wales and the University of Western Australia and funded under a five-year grant from the Australian Research Council in partnership with industry and government. Our Partner Organisations represent some of Australia’s leading organisations directly involved in natural resource use and management.
In addition, the DARE Centre is collaborating with the UK’s leading data science organisation, the Alan Turing Institute to ensure students have access to the world’s best practice data science, including the opportunity to participate in an exchange program in the UK.
Led by Professor Sally Cripps, the DARE Centre will train PhD candidates in world leading data science through an innovative, collaborative program between industry, government and academia. All students will undertake a cohort-based training program in data science prior to selecting a specific data science project and domain. Data science research projects will be applied against real world challenges through an industry placement program with one of our Partner Organisations.
PhD’s will take place over a three to four-year period including one year on secondment with a Partner Organisation. The DARE Centre will support linkages between industry and academia through industrial training opportunities for higher degree researchers.
The DARE Centre will be supported by an exemplar advisory board of industry, government and academic leaders. The Advisory Board will ensure that the Centre considers key current and emerging issues, delivers economic value for Australia and maintains a strong strategic focus. The Advisory Board will be led by Robert McLean AM.
Rob brings considerable industry experience to the Board as a Director Emeritus from McKinsey and Company where he was Managing Partner for Australia and New Zealand, and a Senior Adviser to the Firm. Rob serves as Chair of The Nature Conservancy Australia Board and as Vice Chair of the Asia Pacific Council of The Nature Conservancy, a director of the Paul Ramsay Foundation and The Centre for Independent Studies. He was the founding Chairman of Social Ventures Australia, a former President of The Benevolent Society and Dean of the Australian Graduate School of Management. In 2011 he became a member of the Order of Australia for his contributions to social welfare, the environment and to business. He holds a first-class honours degree in economic statistics from the University of New England and an MBA from Columbia University Graduate School of Business.
Sally Cripps is an internationally recognised scholar and Professor in Bayesian statistics, a Professor of Maths and Statistics at the University of Sydney and Director of the Centre for Translational Data Science (CTDS). She holds a bachelor degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Sydney, an MBA from the University of Western Australia and a PhD in statistics from the University of NSW. She is also Chair of the International Society for Bayesian Analysis’s section Bayesian Education and Research in Practice.
Sally’s research focus is the development of new and novel probabilistic models which are motivated by the need to solve an applied problem with the potential for impact. She has particular expertise in the use of mixture models for complex phenomenon, modelling longitudinal data, nonparametric regression, the spectral analysis of time series, and the construction of transitions kernels in MCMC schemes which efficiently explore posterior distributions of interest.
Sally is the Director of the ARC Training Centre in Data Analytics for Resources and Environments (DARE Centre). Sally has extensive experience in translating world leading novel data science models to deliver practical, evidence driven solutions for industry and government. Sally has advised some of Australia’s leading organisations including CBA, McKinsey, Newcrest, The Nature Conservancy, NSW Government, Ramsay Health and is developing collaborative projects with the DARE Centre industry partners.
Chris Gentle is currently the Program Director, Information Management at the Western Australia Biodiversity Science Institute. Chris has over twenty years’ experience consulting at a strategic level within the information management industry for natural resources and government sectors. He has specialised knowledge in developing and implementing location-intelligence strategies and leading ICT strategy and implementation planning for resource infrastructure capital projects. Chris has a focus on customer outcomes with his multi-disciplinary expertise gained through years of working in the data management and systems as well as the engineering services industry.
Chris holds a Bachelor of Science from The University of Western Australia, a Graduate Diploma in Technology Management and an M.B.A. from La Trobe University.
Dr Ian Oppermann is the NSW Government’s Chief Data Scientist working within the Department of Customer Service. He is also an Industry Professor at the University of Technology Sydney. From 2015 to 2019, Ian was also the CEO of the NSW Data Analytics Center (DAC). Ian has nearly 30 years’ experience in the ICT sector and, has led organizations with more than 300 people, delivering products and outcomes that have impacted hundreds of millions of people globally.
Professor Philippa (Pip) Pattison was appointed Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) at the University in Sydney in June 2014.
As Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education), Professor Pattison is responsible for the University’s strategy and vision for teaching and learning and students’ educational experience. She oversees institution-wide development of better support for student learning, including the University’s approach to curriculum renewal, new thinking in pedagogy, learning and teaching analytics, e-learning and quality assurance for learning and teaching.
A quantitative psychologist by background, Professor Pattison began her academic career at the University of Melbourne, and has previously served as president of Melbourne’s Academic Board and most recently as Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic).
The primary focus of Professor Pattison’s research is the development and application of mathematical and statistical models for social networks and network processes. Recent applications have included the transmission of infectious diseases, the evolution of the biotechnology industry in Australia, and community recovery following the 2009 Victorian bushfires.
Professor Pattison was elected a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia in 1995.
Professor Pattison was named on the Queen’s Birthday 2015 Honours List as an Officer of the Order of Australia for distinguished service to higher education, particularly through contributions to the study of social network modelling, analysis and theory, and to university leadership and administration.
Dr Susan Pond AM, FRSN FTSE FAHMS is an experienced leader in business & academia, recognised for her national & international contributions in science, technology and medicine. Currently, she serves as Chair of the New South Wales Smart Sensing Network, Vice-President of the Royal Society of NSW, Governor in Council Member of the Queensland University of Technology, Non-Executive Director of the Trusted Autonomous Systems for Defence Cooperative Research Centre, Biotron Limited, Vectus Biosystems Limited, Cannatrek Limited and the Australian Phenomics Network, and Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Engineering & Information Technologies at The University of Sydney. Most recently, Dr Pond was Director of Sydney Nano, a multidisciplinary institution at The University of Sydney from 2017-2018.