The concept of Big-Data computing refers to the ability of an organization to create, manipulate, manage and analyze large data sets and its ability to drive knowledge creation.

In the realm of scientific data, the same applies to large scientific data sets that convert to what was coined as E-Science. In an era of economic challenges and budgets constrains, using E-science analytics to create informative modules for scientific policy is vital.

Join us for this mini-conference where we will be discussing central issues in the areas of Big-Data computing, E-Science and Science Policy featuring presentations from top local and international executive researchers.


Day 1, May 16th 2012

BIG-Data & E-Science

Moderator: Prof. Terry Nolan| University of Melbourne


9:00 - 9:30 Registration & Breakfast

9:30-10:00 Welcome address: Mr. Nick Fowler | Elsevier

10:00 - 10:30 Dr. Henk Moed | Elsevier

10:30-11:00 Prof. Daniel Katz | University of Chicago | USA

11:00-11:30 Prof. David De Roure | University of Oxford | UK

11:30-12:00 Prof. Ray Harris | College University London | UK

12:00-12:30 Dr. Linda Butler | Australia

12:30 Networking Lunch

Day 2, May 17th 2012

Science Policy

Moderator: Prof. Terry Nolan | University of Melbourne


9:00-9:30 Registration & Breakfast

9:30-10:00 Welcome address: Ms. Anne Harvey| Elsevier

10:00-10:30 Dr. Norman Braveman | BioMed Consultants | USA

10:30-11:00 Dr. Julia Lane | American Institutes for Research| USA

11:00-11:30 Dr. Dan Fraser | Argonne National Laboratory | USA

11:30-12:00 Dr. Ross Wilkinson| Australian National Data Service | Australia

12:00-12:30 Open Discussion

12:30 Networking Lunch

Big-Data, E-Science and Science Policy.

16th - 17th May, 2012

Hotel Realm, 18 National Circuit

Barton ACT 2600, Canberra, Australia

Lunches and Refreshments provided by Elsevier.

Please note that some countries may limit the ability of state university or agency employees to accept food or beverages on a free basis, and other states have limits on the value of the food and beverage that may be offered.  As state requirements vary and in order to assist you with compliance, please be aware that the average value of refreshments served is approximately $30 per person for the day.  Please let us know if we can help in providing any other information that your university or agency may require in this regard.

Professor Terry Nolan
Professor & Head of School
Melbourne School of Population Health

Professor Terry Nolan is a medical graduate of the University of  Western Australia, trained in paediatrics at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne and at the Montréal Children’s Hospital, and received a PhD  epidemiology and biostatistics at McGill University in Montréal. After returning from postgraduate training in Canada, he established the Clinical  Epidemiology and Biostatistics Unit at the Royal Children’s Hospital in 1989.

In 2001 he was appointed Foundation Head  of the School of Population Health and Associate Dean in the Faculty of  Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences at The University of Melbourne. He is  also Head of the Vaccine and Immunisation Research Group, a joint initiative of  the Melbourne School of Population Health and Murdoch Children’s Research  Institute.

His research is in the epidemiology of vaccine-preventable  disease and clinical trials of new vaccines. He is the Chair of the  Commonwealth Government’s Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation  (ATAGI), and is a member of the Australian Academy of Science’s National Committee for Medicine.

Professor Daniel Katz
Senior Fellow in the Computation Institute
Argonne National Laboratory

Daniel S. Katz is a Senior Fellow in the Computation Institute (CI) at the University of Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory, and Open Grid Forum Area Co-director for Applications. He was the TeraGrid GIG Director of Science from 2009-2011. He is also an affiliate faculty member at the Center for Computation and Technology (CCT), Louisiana State University (LSU), where he was previously Director for Cyberinfrastructure Development from 2006 to 2009, and Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at LSU. He was at JPL from 1996 to 2006, in a variety of roles, including: Principal Member of the Information Systems and Computer Science Staff, Supervisor of the Parallel Applications Technologies group, Area Program Manager of High End Computing in the Space Mission Information Technology Office, Applications Project Element Manager for the Remote Exploration and Experimentation (REE) Project, and Team Leader for MOD Tool (a tool for the integrated design of microwave and millimeter-wave instruments). From 1993 to 1996 he was employed by Cray Research (and later by Silicon Graphics) as a Computational Scientist on-site at JPL and Caltech, specializing in parallel implementation of computational electromagnetic algorithms.

His research interests include: numerical methods, algorithms, and programming applied to supercomputing, parallel computing, cluster computing, distributed computing, and embedded computing; and fault-tolerant computing. He received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D degrees in Electrical Engineering from Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, in 1988, 1990, and 1994, respectively. His work is documented in numerous book chapters, journal and conference publications, and NASA Tech Briefs. He is a senior member of the IEEE, designed and maintained (until 2001) the original website for the IEEE Antenna and Propagation Society, and serves on the IEEE Technical Committee on Parallel Processing's Executive Committee and the steering committees for the IEEE Grid, Cluster, and e-Science conference series.

Professor David De Roure
Professor of e-Research
Oxford e-Research Centre

David De Roure is Professor of e-Research in the Oxford e-Research Centre and the National Strategic Director for Digital Social Research. He focuses on the co-evolution of digital technologies and research methods in and between multiple disciplines. These include digital humanities (computational musicology), social sciences (social statistics), chemistry (smart labs), bioinformatics (in silico experimentation)  and environmental science (sensor networks).  Many of his projects involve the intersection of the physical world with the digital world, development of datascopes to take researchers from real-world 'signal' to understanding, and ramps to support incremental engagement with new computational capabilities and thinking.

His research projects draw on Web 2.0, Semantic Web, workflow and pervasive computing technologies. In Open Science he advocates sharing methods and Research Objects (like executable papers) and runs the social website. He has an extensive background in Web and Linked Data and is a champion for the Web Science Trust, with a focus on the Internet of Things. He has been closely involved in the UK e-Science programme and is chairof the UK e-Science Forum. In 2011 he was elected as a Research Fellow at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Professor Ray Harris
Department of Geography
University College London

2004 - 9/2008: Executive Dean, Faculty of Social and Historical Sciences, University College London. Responsible for a Faculty of 2900 students, 220 academic staff and an annual budget of £35m.

2003 - 2004: Vice-Dean, Faculty of Social and Historical Sciences.

1995 - 2008: Professor of Remote Sensing, University College London. Director of the Remote Sensing Unit (RSU). Deputy Head of the Department of Geography, 1997-2000.

1990 - 1995: Earth Observation Manager, Logica UK Ltd. Responsible for consultancy, business development, bid management and project management in Earth observation. External examiner University of London MSc in Remote Sensing, vice-chairman of the British Association of Remote Sensing Companies, and member of the BNSC Earth Observation Programme Board.

1987 - 1990: Marketing Manager, Software Sciences Limited. Responsible for strategy development, business planning, financial planning, national and international marketing in the Space Systems, Environment and Civil Systems areas.

1976 - 1987: Lecturer in Geography University of Durham. Responsible for establishing a research group of 12 in remote sensing which led in turn to the university identifying to the UGC remote sensing as a major university strength.

Qualifications and Education

Higher degree 1973 - 1976: PhD awarded 1977 for a thesis entitled Procedures for satellite nephanalysis, Department of Geography, University of Bristol.

First degree 1970 - 1973: BA (Hons) class 2.1 CNAA degree in Geography, Department of Geography, Portsmouth Polytechnic.

Secondary education 1962 - 1970: St Francis Xavier's College, Liverpool.

Dr Linda Butler

Linda Butler is an independent consultant, specialising in the evaluation of research performance, in particular the use of advanced bibliometric techniques. She also advises on the construction of publication databases for use in research assessments, and on ways to measure the downstream impact of research.

Previously head of the Research Evaluation and Policy Project at the Australian National University for 10 years, Linda maintains her links to the higher education sector as a School Visitor at the School of Politics and International Relations at the ANU, and as a Conjoint Professor with the School of Humanities and Social Science at the University of Newcastle. br />

Linda is currently a member of an expert panel established by the Council of the Canadian Academies to advise on Science Performance and Research Funding. She has recently undertaken projects for the OECD, the Australian Research Council and RAND Europe. Past clients from her time as head of REPP include the National Health and Medical Research Council, CSIRO, and the Higher Education Funding Council of England.

Linda has published extensively in peer reviewed journals associated with the fields of bibliometrics and research policy.

She resides in the beautiful Port Stephens area of New South Wales

Dr Norman Braveman
Braveman BioMed Consultants LLC

BBMC provides consulting services for:

Designing, organizing and conducting peer review

Evaluating, developing, and modifying scientific programs

Individual grant writing assistance and pre-submission review of new or revised applications

Grant writing seminars and workshops on getting funding from NIH and other federal science agencies

Developing and designing clinical trials

Strategic planning and implementation

BBMC provides these and many other consulting services by drawing on the expertise of consultants with extensive and diverse scientific and administrative backgrounds who work with you to change problems into opportunities. For additional information please contact us directly by email or telephone using the contact information below. And as always, we look forward to working with you for excellence in biomedical and behavioral research.

Julia Lane
Senior Economics Director
American Institutes of Research

Julia Ingrid Lane is currently a senior economics director at the American Institutes of Research. She served as the Program Director of the Science & Innovation Policy program at the National Science Foundation. She is also the initiator and co-founder of the Longitudinal Employer-Household Dynamics Program at the U.S. Census Bureau and the STAR METRICS program.

Lane has published over 60 articles in leading economics journals, and authored and/or edited five books. She has organized over 30 national and international conferences, received several national awards, given keynote speeches all over the world, and serves on a number of national and international advisory boards.

Dan Fraser
Senior Fellow
Computation Institute at the University of Chicago

Dan Fraser is a Senior Fellow at the Computation Institute at the University of Chicago. Currently he is the Production Coordinator for the Open Science Grid, a collaborative effort involving over 70 independent scientific institutions where his focus is to ensure that a heterogeneous, independently operated, and distributed computing system is resilient and remains functioning in a 24x7 production capacity. He has a PhD in Physics from Utah State University and over a decade of experience working with high performance science and commercial applications in both industry and academia.

Dr Ross Wilkinson
Executive Director
Australian National Data Service

Dr Ross Wilkinson obtained his PhD in mathematics at Monash University in 1982.  After teaching in the United States and La Trobe University, he joined the Department of Computer Science at RMIT and worked there until 1997, when he joined the Division of Mathematical and Information Sciences at CSIRO as a Principal Research Scientist.  In 1998, CSIRO worked with the Victorian governments's Public Records Office to develop the Victorian Electronic Records Strategy (VERS), a framework to reliably and authentically archive electronic documents created in government.  Ross was the technical director of this project.  From 2000-2004 he was Science and Industry Manager and from 2005-2008 he led the Information Engineering laboratory at CSIRO.  During this time Funnelback, the Enterprise Search Company was a spin off from the Information Engineering Laboratory.

His principal research interests are in the area of information environments.  Some of his areas of research are document retrieval effectiveness, personal information delivery, structured documents, and the use of XML in document retrieval.  He has published over 80 research papers, has served on many program committees and was a program co-chair for both SIGIR'96 and SIGIR'98.  In 1998 he co-authored the book entitled Document Computing:Technologies for Managing Electronic Document Collections, published by Kluwer.  In the Australian National Data Service his passion is to enable more researchers to reuse research data more often.

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