Data, Knowledge and Decisions: Research Theme Forum


From ice sheets to genetics, researchers demonstrate their innovative use of data and computer analysis.

Start Date

23rd Oct 2018 6:00pm

End Date

23rd Oct 2018 7:30pm


Stanley Burbury Theatre, University Centre, Sandy Bay campus

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Enquiries: E., T. 6226 2521

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This Data, Knowledge and Decisions forum introduces University of Tasmania researchers and their projects from a cross-section of research areas. While the applications vary widely - from ice sheets to geoenvironment to genetics - the projects all make innovative use of data and computer-enabled analysis. The forum will conclude with a lively panel discussion and question session with a focus on emerging opportunities for research and society. 

  • Eleri Evans, PhD Candidate, Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre
  • Dr Matthew Cracknell, Lecturer and Postdoctoral Researcher, Centre for Ore Deposits and Earth Sciences, University of Tasmania
  • Associate Professor Kathryn Burdon, Principal Research Fellow, Menzies Institute for Medical Research
  • Facilitator: Professor Hamish Maxwell-Stewart, University of Tasmania 
University of Tasmania Research Themes

The most pressing challenges our local and global communities face are deeply complex and can only be overcome by the combined efforts of diverse disciplines.

Our Research Themes draw together our rich multi-disciplinary expertise to develop solutions to real-world problems of global relevance, within a local context. They provide an interdisciplinary setting for individuals, established research concentrations and our partners to work collaboratively, and capitalise on the advantages presented by our unique locality and existing areas of research excellence.

Data, Knowledge and Decisions

The extraction and interpretation of information from diverse sources of data is now a fundamental part of advanced inquiry, transforming research in all areas of human endeavour. Researchers at the University of Tasmania are collecting and analysing huge data sets to build new models to improve community, environmental and economic outcomes, providing a better foundation for policy and business practice. These new approaches are significant not only for Tasmania, but across international jurisdictions.

Drawing on our strengths in fundamental sciences and information technology, the University has formed close collaborations with a wide range of disciplines across the University, as well as government and industry partners. We aspire to establish Tasmania as a reference source of globally unique, high-quality, longitudinal, integrated data sets covering our social, economic, environmental and health systems.

Research outcomes include: Establishing Sense-T, a world-first, economy-wide sensor network and data resource that creates a digital view of Tasmania; improving maths education in the classroom; and the investigation of data relating to descendants of colonial penal systems to provide longitudinal insights into health.