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2017 Tech Talk in November: Scientific Workflow Systems

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Scientific Workflow Systems

A scientific workflow composes of multiple computational steps to access and process data and often runs on distributed computing platforms. Scientific workflow systems make it easy for researchers to create and execute their own workflows, share a workflow with their collaborators, and track provenance of a workflow execution results.


Dr Andreas Moll, Senior Scientific Software Engineer, Australian Synchrotron - Lightflow - A lightweight, distributed workflow systems

Andreas is the leader of the software engineering team at the Australian Synchrotron in Melbourne. His and his team’s work comprises the development of experiment control systems, scientific software, data pipelines and data management tools. Before being allowed to spend his days writing Python code and learning about microservices, he had to go through a 6 year Fortran and C++ bootcamp in his PhD.

Dr Siddeswara Guru, Data Science Director, TERN - Kepler scientific workflow and its applications

Siddeswara Guru is a Data Science Director for the Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network (TERN). He initiates, coordinates and manages ecological data, e-infrastructure and synthesis projects apart from overseeing the data and information management activities across TERN.

Assoc. Prof. Steve Cassidy, Macquarie University - Adapting Galaxy for language processing

Steve Cassidy is a computer scientist and has working various areas relating to speech and language technology over the last 30 years after completing a PhD in Cognitive Science.

With Jonathan Harrington, he developed the Emu Speech Database System to support corpus based research in speech and acoustic phonetics. Emu is widely used to support research on small and large scale speech corpora and is now maintained by a team of developers in Munich. He was recently involved in the development and collection of an audio visual corpus of Australian English from around 1000 speakers around Australia. He built the software for data capture and a server based system for data upload and publishing. His most recent work has been on the Alveo Virtual Laboratory which is both a repository for language resources and a platform to support tools for exploration and analysis of language data. Alveo currently holds around 20 collections including audio, video and text resources and is working on new acquisitions of data and tools.


Live meeting hubs in Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, Adelaide, Hobart and Brisbane.

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The talks will take about an hour (3:00pm-4:00pm AEST), followed by face-to-face networking and discussion at the hub locations as listed below (4:00pm-5:00pm). The local face-to-face networking and activities are facilitated by our wonderful local organisers.

You are encouraged to go to your local hub (listed below) to participate. For those who aren't able to attend at any of the hubs, we will email you the virtual meeting ID after you register yourself at the Eventbrite.

Adelaide: University of Adelaide: Ira Raymond Room, Barr Smith Library, University of Adelaide North Terrace Campus (starts 2.30pm ACDT)


1. UQ: Room 505, level 5, Axon Building 47, University of Queensland, St Lucia Campus (starts 2.00pm AEST)

2. USQ: Q528B, QBlock, Toowoomba Campus, University of Southern Queensland (starts 2.00pm AEST)

Canberra: Australian National University: Meeting room 1, 9 Liversidge Street, Acton, ACT 2601 (starts 3.00pm AEDT)

Hobart: Freycinet Room, Room, reception level Building 1 at CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere, Castray Esplanade, Battery Point. (starts 3.00pm AEDT)

1. Deakin University: Deakin Downtown, 727 Collins Street (starts 3.00pm AEDT)

2. Monash University: G22, Ground Level, S.T.R.I.P. 1, 15 Innovation Walk, Monash Clayton Campus (starts 3.00 pm AEDT)

3. La Trobe University, Bundoora: Vislab, Research Commons, La Trobe Library (starts 3.00pm AEDT)

4. Victoria University, Footscray: Room A323, Footscray Park Campus (starts 3.00pm AEDT)

Perth: ARRC Boardroom (26 Dick Perry Ave, Kensington) (starts 12:00pm AWST)

Sydney: University of Technology Sydney: Room CB[masked], Level 9, UTS Tower, 15 Broadway, Ultimo, City Campus (starts 3:00pm AEDT)

Contact: richard.ferrers or mingfang.wu -at- for more information about venues.