Rich pickings in data mining

29 September 2010

Professor Edwina Cornish, Professor Paul Bonnington, Professor Ian Smith, back row; Professor David Abramson, Dr Ian Tebbett.
Professor Edwina Cornish, Professor Paul Bonnington, Professor Ian Smith, back row; Professor David Abramson, Dr Ian Tebbett
and Chancellor Dr Alan Finkel.

The new data-rich era for Australian researchers was further enhanced when e-Research experts from Monash and across the state gathered for the annual three day 'e-XPO Exhibition: Technological Innovation Transforming Research'.

The e-XPO was hosted by the Monash e-Research Centre.

Experts in data management, high performance computing, advanced data visualisation and the latest in collaboration services provided Monash and CSIRO researchers of all disciplines a unique environment to discuss their specific research needs for cutting-edge information technology.

At the launch, Professor Edwina Cornish, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) said that the University should be commended for this event.

"State funded bodies committed to furthering e-Research technologies, such as the Victorian Partnership for Advanced Computing, the Victorian Life Sciences Computation Initiative, the Victorian eResearch Strategic Initiative and the Victorian Platform Technologies Network, as well as local universities, could network," Professor Cornish said.

Director of the Monash e-Research Centre Professor Paul Bonnington said the MASSIVE and the 3D ALIVE facility booths were the greatest drawcards for researchers, with higher degree by research students enjoying a 'visualisation' display which exposed layers, or sections of an image, through a mouse.

"The students were also invited to manipulate the same image, but on a much larger scale, as a part of a tour of the new 3D ALIVE facility in Building 28. Also at the exhibition was a display of exciting Australian National Data Service funded projects at Monash University, including for Dr Peter Isaac's research into Climate Studies ... Software solutions designed to solve broader data management issues within specific research departments," Professor Bonnington said.

Science Director of the Monash e-Research Centre, Professor David Abramson (Faculty of Information Technology) said he felt privileged to have Professor David De Roure of the Oxford e-Research Centre present in a High Definition Link from the University of Warwick as a part of e-XPO's Launch.

"Professor De Roure gave an entertaining insight into the 'Evolution of e-Research', and the importance to assemble all components that make up a body of research into one user friendly Virtual Reality Environment/interface for a researcher," Professor Abramson said.

"e-XPO concluded with a mix of informative seminars, including one for the successful Monash-developed TARDIS-MyTARDIS data repository for managing the large-scale datasets coming from the Australian Synchrotron."

Visit the Monash e-Research Centre or email merc@monash.edu.