• Ethical Governance of AI

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    Join Felipe Flores as he talks with Merve Hickok on ethical and responsible development and governance of AI.

  • When mathematics becomes art …

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    This is an externally organised event. Please see below. https://acems.org.au/events/acems-virtual-public-lecture-when-mathematics-becomes-artthe-unexpected-beauty-self-evolving When mathematics becomes art … the unexpected beauty of self-evolving mathematical functions Professor Kate Smith-Miles Wednesday 7 October, 12pm-1pm AEDT Zoom link - https://unimelb.zoom.us/j/99637817439?pwd=djYwZkp1UWg3MW9GVVhoTVZIZGFLZz09 (password if prompted: ACEMS@Home) Negentropy Triptych is an unexpected outcome of a mathematics research project, titled “Stress-testing algorithms: generating new test instances to elicit insights", funded by an ARC Australian Laureate Fellowship. In this lecture, Kate will describe how her research quest to generate mathematical functions that are challenging and “stress-test” optimisation algorithms has led to a large collection of intricate and beautiful 2D images, contour plots of mathematical functions that have been mathematically generated to create challenging landscapes. The mathematics used to generate the 306 intricate functions underpinning Negentropy Triptych will be lightly explained, and the resulting beautiful landscapes will be explored.

  • Just how much water is down there, and will it last?

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    This is an externally organised event. For the full details please see... https://acems.org.au/events/acems-virtual-public-lecture-just-how-much-water-down-there-and-will-it-last Professor Louise Ryan, University of Technology Sydney Wednesday 14 October, 12pm-1pm AEDT Zoom link - https://unimelb.zoom.us/j/91346460529?pwd=RFB3VUtCaUFwd290SlJYZ2JGMU5PZz09 (password if prompted: ACEMS@Home) Water is a precious resource - under increasing global pressure and vulnerability due to rising populations and changing climate patterns. Modelling can offer critical insights into the nature and sustainability of this resource so that effective and equitable decisions can be made regarding its usage. In this lecture, Louise presents various approaches to modelling underground aquifers, which are a significant water source for many parts of Australia. While she will briefly review the classical process-based approaches based on hydro-geological theory, her focus will be more data-driven approaches including dynamic regression modelling that draw on the theory of time series, as well as machine learning approaches such as neural network models and their extensions to the time series domain. Louise will be joined by Dr Stephanie Clark, post-doctoral fellow at the University of Technology Sydney. The presentation draws on work done in collaboration with Professor Rob Hyndman and Mr Mitchell O’Hara-Wild, Monash University and Dr Dan Pagendam, CSIRO.

  • Causal Inference with Elizabeth Silver

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    Elizabeth Silver https://www.linkedin.com/in/elizabeth-silver-53967b63/ Causal Inference: Tools & Commercial Applications Causal inference techniques are generating interest right now, but it's often unclear when and how to apply them in industry. I'll start by introducing the basic concepts & formal tools of causal inference, and provide a set of example applications in advertising, medicine, user behaviour modelling, and more. In the second half of the talk I'll give a case study on algorithmic fairness in finance. I'll show how causal tools can be used to de-bias a discriminatory loan-granting algorithm, even if the training data has bias "baked in".

  • Infectious Disease Modelling

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    Patricia Campbell will cover the basics of infectious disease modelling. https://www.linkedin.com/in/patricia-campbell-8688549a/ More details to come nearer the time.

  • And Now for Something Completely Different

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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zk-kQSz-Qv0

  • #1 Flash Social

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    A new idea. We will be getting together over a coffee or a wine with a particular topic to discuss or special guest to meet. Details of where and what will be released very close to the time. If you have any suggestions of topics, guests or locations then please suggest them in the comments below.

  • Melbourne Datathon 2020.MINI - Expressions of Interest

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    Hi all, The first challenge is now underway... http://www.datasciencemelbourne.com/datathon/2020_challengea/ -------- Due to circumstances beyond everyone's control, it looks like the Melbourne Datathon will have to genetically mutate to survive 2020. (For those not familiar with this event, see http://www.datasciencemelbourne.com/datathon/previousyears/ to see what has happened in the past) We have a few ideas of a few short 'analytical sprints' where we will set tasks lasting just a couple of weeks. The challenges will be ideal for students or others wanting to put themselves in the employment shop window. We anticipate it will be for individuals rather than teams, and will be fully online. ### NOTE ###### We have no data or sponsors yet, so for anything to go ahead 2 things need to happen... 1) we need businesses that have real tasks that need solving who are also prepared to put up the prize money. If this is you then contact Phil Brierley via meetup. 2) we need enough interested participants (>450) - hit RSVP now! ############### The date of this specific meetup event doesn't mean anything - it's just a placeholder event to see what the interest is. If you have any comments or suggestions, please use the comments below \/ Phil Brierley Data Science Melbourne