2018 National Conference
18 October 2018, Melbourne
The data and analytics ecosystem delivers much to business and society. Beyond the hype-filled headlines, real-world analytics is increasing in importance to organisational success, personal development and global issues. As the industry peak body, IAPA has assembled key people and topics essential to advancing analytics in Australia for our National Conference.
The 2018 Advancing Analytics Conference explores the interconnection of data and analytics for good, greater knowledge of new analytics possibilities and positive business benefits.
Better analytics. Better business. Better world.
Join us on 18 October to learn the latest in technology and analytics techniques, understand the business and ethical impact of analytics, and gain inspiration from global data for good initiatives.
This year the conference incorporates a business stream and technical stream so your team can immerse themselves in their area of interest while being part of the wider analytics community.
Date: Thursday, 18 October 2018
Time: 7:30am - 6:00pm
Venue: Bayview Eden
Address: 6 Queens Road, Melbourne
Member: $580 | Team of 10: $465 per ticket
Non-Member: $730 | Team of 10: $586 per ticket
Group discounts end 4 October.
For other group ticket options, please contact us at [email protected]
Purchase tickets online via credit card until 17 October, purchases via invoice end 27 September.
GM Advanced Analytics
I'm an experienced data science executive, leader and strategist that employs creative use of technology to solve business challenges. I'm an expert in digital strategy, marketing automation and big data technologies and bring these three disciplines together to grow revenue, reduce costs and improve the framework on which modern businesses run.
I've had the fortune of wearing many different hats throughout my career across multiple industries and as a result, I have a unique ability to manage multi-disciplinary teams and enjoy tackling complex challenges. If my left and right brain were hands, I like to think I'd be ambidextrous.
I play an active role as a speaker, writer and leader in the growing use of data and digital technology in the day to day operation of businesses and am passionate about growing talent within the teams I lead.
Speaker at Advancing Analytics 2018
General Manager – Data, Analytics and Customer Strategy
Genevieve Elliott is the GM of Data Science and Insights at Vicinity Centres. Genevieve is responsible for the data practice at Vicinity – an emerging team generating insights from data internally generated and externally sourced. Insights developed support Vicinity’s key strategic pillars - consumer, retailer and business optimisation. Prior to this role, Genevieve worked at Federation Centres, initially as General Manager, Planning and Control before moving into General Manager, Marketing. Before her foray into shopping centres, Genevieve spent 11 years working with J.P. Morgan Asset Management. She held the position of COO in Australia and had a number of positions in Marketing, Sales and Strategy in London and across Europe. Genevieve started her career at KPMG. Genevieve is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accounts Australia and holds a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Commerce from Deakin University.
Kate Carnell AO
Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman
Kate brings extensive experience and knowledge to the role of ASBFEO, having run her own small businesses for 15 years before becoming ACT Chief Minister in 1995 for a five year period.
Prior to her appointment as the ASBFEO, Kate held the position of CEO of the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI), which represents more than 300,000 businesses across Australia. She has also served two years as CEO of beyond blue and four years as CEO of the Australian Food and Grocery Council.
Kate is a pharmacist by profession and was the inaugural chair of the ACT Branch of the Pharmacy Guild of Australia and the first female to become the National Vice-President of the Pharmacy Guild of Australia.
Kate was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2006 for her services to the community through contributions to economic development and support for the business sector, knowledge industries, the medical sector and medical technology advances.
Director Sales Engineering APJ
Alan Eldridge is the APAC Director of Sales Engineering for Snowflake Computing. Alan has worked in the data and analytics space for almost two decades, with roles at Crystal Decisions, Business Objects, Microsoft and most recently Tableau where he was the first employee in the APAC region. He is an active blogger and has authored multiple white papers for the BI community.
Chief Transformation Officer
Super Retail Group
Amanda joined Super Retail Group in June 2017 as Chief Transformation Officer. In addition was appointed Managing Director Super Retail Commercial in September 2018. Amanda also leads the Group’s Merchandise, Inventory and Supply centre of excellence.
Amanda was previously the Director of Human Resources at Coles Supermarkets, Chief Operations Officer and Chief People Officer for Pizza Hut USA and Human Resources Director for Mars in Australia, where she also served as European Organisational Development Manager for Mars in the UK and Europe. Amanda has a Masters in Organisation Change from Hult International Business School and a Bachelor of Business from Deakin University.
Director, Center for Data Science and Public Policy
University of Chicago
Research Expertise: Analytics, Data Mining, Machine Learning, Social Media Analytics, Text Analytics, Natural Language Processing, Social Networks.
Recently (and reluctantly) added buzzwords: Big Data, Data Science, Artificial Intelligence
Older buzzwords that are trendy now: Machine Learning
Not so old buzzwords that are not trendy now: Data Mining
I’m interested in using computation, data and analytics for solving high impact social good problems in areas such as criminal justice, education, healthcare, energy, transportation, economic development, and public safety.
I am the Director of the Center for Data Science and Public Policy, Research Director and Senior Fellow at the Computation Institute and a Senior Fellow at the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago.
What I used to do: Chief Scientist at Obama for America 2012 campaign focusing on analytics, technology, and data. Senior Research Scientist and Director of Analytics research at Accenture Labs where I led a technology research team focused on applied R&D in analytics, machine learning, and data mining for large-scale & emerging business problems in various industries including healthcare, retail & CPG, manufacturing, intelligence, and financial services.
In my ample free time, I advise several analytics start-ups and non-profits, speak at, organize and participate in academic and industry analytics conferences, and publish in machine learning and data mining conferences and journals.
Head of Data & Analytics
Deputy Chair, IAPA
Kathryn is an IAPA specialist advisory committee member.
Dr Alex Gyani
The Behavioural Insights Team
Alex is a Principal Advisor with the Behavioural Insights Team. Based in Sydney, he leads the research and evaluation functions of BIT Asia-Pacific, providing oversight of the team’s trials and evaluations in the region, as well as providing technical advice on how to run pragmatic RCTs in government.
His work with the team over the past five years has cut across a wide set of policy areas. He has led and supported projects on childhood obesity, workers’ compensation, social housing, apprenticeships, domestic violence and health system efficiency, obesity, financial services, education, homelessness, tax, well-being measurement, and employment.
He holds degrees in Psychology from the University of Oxford and the University of Reading. His PhD focused on encouraging people with anxiety and depression to seek treatment using a mobile phone app, and encouraging psychological therapists to use evidence based treatments. He is an associate editor for the Cognitive Therapist and his peer reviewed publications range from mental health policy, to 3D vision, to the science-practice gap.
Big Data and Analytics Technical Team Leader for Australia and New Zealand
Group Head, Customer Analytics
Responsible for developing Origin’s capabilities in Customer focussed analytics and the integration of the analytics outputs and data assets into customer facing business processes. Working across stakeholders in Marketing, Digital, Credit, Sales and Commercial to improve the access and quality of customer insights, modelling and advanced analytics to support key strategic initiatives.
As CEO of Asia Pacific and Americas, lead SEEK’s Australia, New Zealand, South East Asia, Brazil and Mexico businesses. Under my leadership is the AP&A Executive Leadership Team operating SEEK ANZ, SEEK Asia, Catho and OCC Mundial, as well as the AP&A Product & Technology Team and the AP&A Strategy & Platforms Team.
Previously held the position of Managing Director of SEEK ANZ leading SEEK’s employment and learning businesses, encompassing SEEK, SEEK Learning, SEEK Business and SEEK Volunteer.
Chief Data Scientist
Matt Kuperholz is formally trained in actuarial science and computer science. His technical skills in these fields have been honed and expanded over more than 20 years of consulting to top-tier companies to make him expert in planning, executing and communicating the results of advanced data analytics.
Matt’s area of specialisation is in the application of artificial intelligence (machine learning) technologies to detailed and complex data to provide valuable and actionable insight into the various business issues encapsulated by his clients data.
My twenty five year career in banking and finance began in the dealing room of London based merchant bank Wallace Smith Trust Company.
I returned to Adelaide in 1988 and joined the Co-operative Building Society within the Treasury Department. In 1994 the building society converted to the Adelaide Bank and in December 2006 Jamie was appointed Group Managing Director.
During this time I gained extensive experience in senior roles across all areas of the group including treasury, credit, retail operations and wealth parts of the business. Following the merger of Adelaide Bank and Bendigo Bank in November 2007 I was appointed Executive Director of the merged company.
I joined ME Bank as Chief Executive in February 2010.
ME Bank's partnering with industry super funds and unions to build a competitive financial services alternative, genuinely acting in the interests of members – It’s a model I believe in.
I have completed a Civil Engineering degree with honours, and an MBA from the University of Adelaide. I am a Senior Fellow of Finsia, an Associate of the Securities Institute of Australia and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Chief Data Officer & Co-Founder
Tim is Co-Founder and Chief Data Officer at Pascal, and is passionate about using his experience to improve accessibility of state-of-art data science to enable organisations to compete through superior insight.
Tim Manns began solving data mining challenges in the late 1990’s, supporting and consulting users of SPSS Clementine/Modeller. His other roles have included: managing Consumer Analytics at Optus; Principal Analytics Consultant as SAS; and Analytics Lead at Analytics8.
He has over 20 years of hands-on experience implementing Data Science and Analytics solutions across many industries. He has been a guest presenter for IAPA events on numerous occasions.
Dr Michelle Perugini is an entrepreneur, academic and an internationally renowned expert in health, medical research, advanced analytics, and cognitive AI.
Michelle spent the first 13 years of her career in health and medical research, specialising in predictive genetics and translational medicine. Michelle led large complex research projects that translated genetic mutation analysis (bioinformatics) to clinical treatments for cancer patients. She was also the pioneer of new methods in proteomics that now drive drug discovery.
In 2007 Michelle co-founded the innovative start-up ISD Analytics where she led the research and development, and commercialisation, of its award¬ winning human-population behaviour predictive analytics software product Simulait. ISD Analytics was acquired by Ernst & Young (EY) in 2015 and became one of EY’s global suite of analytics products. Michelle is now working with and mentoring various innovative technology start-ups, and is a co-founder of Presagen and Life Whisperer.
Life Whisperer uses artificial intelligence (AI) to better identify healthy embryos for IVF, and to ultimately improve outcomes for couples wanting to have children.
Presagen's unique AI platform allows rapid development and delivery of cloud-based products for automating human behavior, and image-based medical diagnostics.
CEO and Co-founder
Glen Rabie is the CEO and co-founder of Yellowfin, a global Business Intelligence (BI) software vendor headquartered and developed in Melbourne, Australia that operates through an international partner network. Glen holds a Masters of Commerce from The University of Melbourne, a postgraduate diploma in Industrial Relations and Human Resources, and undergraduate degree in Arts/Commerce.
As a data analyst and self-confessed data junky, Glen Rabie holds the belief that numbers and rationality drive everything. As CEO and founder of Yellowfin, Glen has translated this philosophy to how he runs Australia’s most successful global Business Intelligence (BI) software company. That is: Passion + Analytical Thinking + Reasonable Risk = Success. Today, over 10,000 organisations, and more than 2 million end-users across 70 different countries, use Yellowfin every day.
Bradley is currently FaceMe’s COO. He specialises in helping tech success stories grow and keep shipping great products. In his own words: “I help smart people do great things.” He was previously GM of Products at Xero and has held pivotal roles at Deloitte, Fiserv and M-Com.
Dr Clair Sullivan
Chief Digital Health Officer
Metro North Hospital and Health Service
Dr Sullivan graduated with Honours from the University of Queensland. She completed a Research Doctorate in Medicine (UK) at The General Infirmary at the University of Leeds. Dr Sullivan is a fellow of both the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and the Australian College of Health Informatics.
Dr Sullivan is currently Chief Digital Health Officer at Metro North Hospital and Health Service. She is a senior staff specialist in Endocrinology and a Medical Lead for Digital Healthcare Improvement for the Clinical Excellence Division of Queensland Health. She is also Co-Director for the Healthcare Innovation and Transformation Excellence Collaboration (HITEC) and Co-Chair of the Statewide Digital Healthcare Improvement Network (DHIN).
Dr. Brian Ruttenberg
Dr. Brian Ruttenberg is a Principal Scientist at NextDroid, a Boston-based robotics company that delivers novel and cost-effective autonomous solutions for terrestrial and maritime domains. Dr. Ruttenberg's recent work with NextDroid focuses on quantitative and qualitative validation of advanced driver-assistance systems, ensuring that the behavior of these autonomous systems can be explained and justified before their real-world deployment.
Prior to NextDroid, Dr. Ruttenberg was a Senior Scientist at Charles River Analytics (CRA) in Cambridge, MA, where he was the Principal Investigator for CRA’s effort on DARPA’s Explainable AI (XAI) program. On that effort, Dr. Ruttenberg and his team applied causal learning and computational narratives to explain the operation of deep neural networks and deep reinforcement learning. In addition, Dr. Ruttenberg has led or participated in numerous AI- and ML-focused DARPA programs that involved probabilistic reasoning, probabilistic programming, relational learning, and decision-making. Prior to joining CRA, he designed graphics and memory systems for Intel and Qualcomm Corporations.
Dr. Ruttenberg holds a B.S.E. in computer engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder
Will is a Co-Founder & CEO at Pascal, a natural language generation software platform that generates human sounding automated insights using AI and machine learning.
Will serves on the board at Data Scouts a specialist digital transformation training company which helps brands such as Macquarie Bank, Specsavers, IAG, Volvo, Australian Super and World Vision develop their internal talent with new skills and capabilities in an effort to drive successful digital transformation.
Will also serves on the board at Datarati, Asia-Pacific’s digital transformation & customer journey agency which manages the data and automation for Virgin Mobile, Volkswagen, Sensis, Kathmandu and Roche.
Will started the Eloqua (Oracle Marketing Cloud) software business and the Marketo software business in the Asia-Pacific region, building out the marketing, sales, service and training teams and was responsible for the rapid revenue growth for both businesses across Australia & New Zealand.
Chief Data Officer
Chair, IAPA Advisory Committee
Antony began his career as a Biostatistician to the Alfred Group of Hospitals jointly with Monash Medical School. He then moved to a lecturing role in Biostatistics at the University of Melbourne. Antony has co-authored more than 50 peer reviewed articles in medical research and still actively contributes to this industry today.
From 2000 to 2013 Antony worked at National Australia Bank leading many ground breaking teams and projects. Antony started as the lead for NAB’s Credit Card Fraud Analytics Group (the first of its kind in Australia) which used data driven insights to reduce fraud losses by more than 50%. Antony was then offered the opportunity to lead the Customer Analytics team and during his tenure he identified more than $100b worth of revenue opportunities.
Antony holds an MSc from LaTrobe University, is an Associate Lecturer at the School of Physiotherapy, University of Melbourne and a member of the Advisory Board for the Centre of Business Analytics, University of Melbourne.
Advancing Analytics 2018 Speaker Stories
This year at Advancing Analytics, our speakers have a chance to express their stories and insights.
Speaker Stories: Clair Sullivan
Chief Digital Health Officer, Metro North Hospital and Health Service
Clair Sullivan is an award-winning Digital Health Officer at one of Australia’s largest Health Services. She sits on numerous boards and national committees for digital health and holds an academic appointment in clinical informatics at University of Queensland which is widely published in the field of digital health.
Clair has an array of digital transformation lessons to share from a healthcare setting such as how to juggle expectations of internal stakeholders, patients, clinicians and the analytics team while keeping a top-down AND bottom-up approach – both of which are equally important. Clair is looking forward to presenting her understanding of the need for analytics, the challenges of analytics within the healthcare industry and the roadmap to the future for analytics in health.
Speaker Stories: Michelle Perugini
Co-Founder, Life Whisperer
Dr Michelle Perugini is an entrepreneur, academic and an internationally renowned expert in health, medical research, advanced analytics, and cognitive AI. Michelle spent the first 13 years of her career in health and medical research specialising in predictive genetics and translational medicine. In 2007 Michelle co-founded the innovative start-up ISD Analytics where she led the research and development, and commercialisation, of its award-winning human-population behaviour predictive analytics software product Simulait. ISD Analytics was acquired by Ernst & Young (EY) in 2015 and became one of EY’s global suite of analytics products.
Michelle is now working with and mentoring various innovative technology start-ups, and is a co-founder of Presagen and Life Whisperer - where artificial intelligence (AI) is applied to better identify healthy embryos for IVF. Michelle will be presenting on the application of AI in healthcare and some new advances in technology that are enabling its widespread adoption across the industry.
Michelle’s presentation will delve into an advanced AI driven medical diagnostics platform that enables rapid development of diagnostic assessment models using cutting edge AI and computer vision techniques. Michelle will close off her presentation by sharing a case study on how AI has been leveraged to solve a very specific industry application in the fertility sector, improving IVF outcomes through using AI to better select viable embryos.
Speaker Stories: Rayid Ghani
Director - Center for Data Science and Public Policy, University of Chicago
In his current role as Director of the Center for Data Science and Public Policy at the University of Chicago, Rayid Ghani teaches and works with governments and non-profits to help them use data to improve their decision-making and policies to create a better, equitable society.
Historically, Rayid’s research spanned from general machine learning and data science to privacy preserving data analysis, text analysis, semi-supervised learning, active learning, information retrieval, natural language processing, and knowledge management. This includes Rayid’s time as the Chief (Data) Scientist for the Obama 2012 Campaign, where he focused on Analytics, Technology, and Data for improving different functions of the campaign including fundraising, volunteer, and voter targeting and mobilisation.
Today, Rayid’s interest is in using computation, data and analytics for solving high impact social good problems in areas such as criminal justice, education, healthcare, energy, transportation, economic development, and public safety.
According to Rayid, “the use of data is critical in achieving a better, equitable society but what’s also critical is doing it legally, ethically, and the public having trust in the collection and use of their data. We cannot live in a world where data isn’t being used to make any decisions."
“Equally, we cannot live in a world where anyone can use anyone else’s data for anything. Reality needs to be somewhere in the middle, with legal and ethical guidelines, and with the public being a critical part of this conversation.”
A lot of government, civic, and non-profit organisations are realising the value of better data and have been focusing on improving data collection and data standardisation. Rayid’s role is to build on these efforts, and work with these organisations to use this data to help improve outcomes. This involves developing and using machine learning and social science methods that can be operationalised to solve policy and social challenges across health, criminal justice, education, public safety, criminal justice, social services, and economic development.
“The idea here is to combine interventions with prediction, because predictions by themselves aren’t doing anybody any good,” said Rayid.
In the Targeting Preventative Home Inspections to Reduce Childhood Lead Poisoning Project, Rayid and his colleagues combined 15 years of data from home inspections and tests of blood lead levels in children in Chicago to create a model that predicts the risk of lead poisoning. The model is now integrated with one hospital system's electronic health records, and it flags pregnant patients who live at addresses with potentially hazardous lead levels.
"Now the health department has a few months to figure out how to allocate resources to fix this problem before the kid is born," Rayid said.
“Most machine-learning classes tend to focus on abstract problems, while people with expertise in social issues are often unfamiliar with how to find data-driven solutions.
It’s important for data models to include humans because if people don’t trust the system, they won’t use it. Also, even good systems aren’t correct in a significant share of cases — human knowledge and judgment can correct for that. Plus, people know which interventions can best help those identified by computer models," Rayid reveals.
Rayid has also authored two books ‘Big Data and Social Science: Theory and Practical Approaches’ from CRC Press and ‘Data Mining for Business Applications’ from IOS Press.
Rayid will be presenting the keynote ‘Making a difference: Data Science for Social Good’ at the IAPA National Conference, Advancing Analytics on 18 October 2018.
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You will find the presentations available for download sorted by presenter below:
Real-world Healthcare and Digital Transformation Lessons
Getting Real: The Ethics and Impact of AI
Leveraging Data for Greater Business Benefit: A Retail Example
2018 IAPA Skills and Salary Survey Highlights
Living in an Exponential World: The Essential Elements for Business in the Future
AI-driven Medical Diagnostics & Augmentation of Clinical Decision Making
Data Science for Social Good: Opportunities and Challenges