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MDSI students star at GovHack NSW 2017

In summary: Students undertaking the UTS Master of Data Science and Innovation have taken home several prizes at 2017 GovHack NSW events (July 28 – 30) GovHack NSW hosted open events in Sydney City, Parramatta and Broken Hill, inviting participants to apply their skills and creativity to unlock the potential of data. Masters of Data Science and Innovation students have maintained their winning Hackathon form, claiming multiple awards in a jam-packed weekend of GovHack 2017 data challe...
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Hack to the Future: UTS MDSI students continue their winning Hackathon run

L-R: Patricia Kavinski, Duhita Khadepau, Amey Soo and Alex Scriven accept first prize at Unearthed Sydney 2017
In summary: A team of UTS Master of Data Science and Innovation students have won first prize at the 2017 Unearthed Sydney hackathon, replicating the success of their MDSI colleagues in 2016. The 54 hour long event challenged participants to develop prototype solutions to data challenges in the mining and resource sector.  For the second year running, UTS students undertaking the Master of Data Science and Innovation (MDSI) degree have achieved the ultimate success at th...
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CIC collaboration with UTS:Pharmacy wins Teaching Innovation Prize

CIC Researchers Simon Buckingham-Shum, Andrew Gibson and Adam Aitken, along with Cherie Lucas from UTS Pharmacy have been awarded a Teaching Innovation Prize in Italy for their poster summarising their development of the Academic Writing Analytics (AWA) tool for student self-reflection. The poster, entitled "Utilisation of a novel online educational tool to assist pharmacy students to self-critique reflective writing tasks" explains the objectives and designs of the tool, which has already b...
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The great potential of AI in Education (if used wisely)

Data big and small have come to education, from creating online platforms to increasing standardised assessments. But how can AI help us use and improve it? UTS CIC academics Simon Buckingham-Shum and Simon Knight reflect on the promise and potential pitfalls of Artificial Intelligence in Education. Read their full Conversation AU piece here.
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CIC academic presents at international learning analytics conferences in Europe

In April 2017, CIC academics Roberto Martinez-Maldonado, Andrew Gibson and Simon Buckingham-Shum had multiple learning analytics research papers accepted for two international conferences held in Romania and Slovakia this month (July 2017). ICALT 2017 (International Conference on Advanced Learning Technologies) was held in the city of Timisoara, Romania from July 3-7; and UMAP 2017 (User Modelling, Adaptation and Personalisation) took place in Bratislava, Slovakia from July 9-12. &...
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Michael Pracy joins CIC as Data Scientist

CIC is delighted to announce that astrophysicist Michael Pracy has joined the team in a Data Scientist role. We'll let Mike introduce himself! My new role at CIC is as a Data Scientist. It is a service position, tasked with providing analytic support, data analysis and modelling to other UTS business units. I will also provide advice or collaborate with research students and academic staff at CIC involved with data analytics and machine learning applications. My background is in physi...
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Theresa Anderson on the “slow information” movement

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Associate Professor Theresa Dirndorfer Anderson was recently interviewed by Alexandra Cain from the Sydney Morning Herald's MySmallBusiness publication on the topic of "slow information". An extract from the article: "...we all grapple with the pace of commercial life. At the same time, we have more information at our fingertips than ever before.This is great in lots of ways as it gives us plenty of real data on which to base business decisions. But we're bombarded by information and it's ...
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Dr Simon Knight on “fake news”, epistemic cognition & the double-edged sword of data

CIC Lecturer Dr Simon Knight has produced an article for The British Psychological Society addressing the rise of so-called "fake news", and the way we process information online. The piece, entitled "A lens on fake news" begins as follows: Every day we face complex situations in which the information we need, and who we trust to provide that information, has a very real impact on our lives. How do we evaluate the competing claims of politicians on climate change policy, or Brexit; navigate m...
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UTS:CIC celebrates its first MDSI graduates

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This month, UTS celebrated its very first Master of Data Science and Innovation graduates – a momentous occasion for the university’s ground-breaking trans-disciplinary postgraduate degree.  The three MDSI graduates - Eduardo Lynch, Pedro Fernandez and William De Azevedo - accepted their certificates in the UTS Great Hall, before returning to the UTS Connected Intelligence Centre in Chippendale to celebrate the occasion with family, academic colleagues and industry peers. The UTS MDSI was...
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Radhika Vijay Mogarkar joins CIC as Web Applications Developer

CIC is delighted to welcome web developer Radhika Vijay Mogarkar to our growing team.  Radhika brings with her a wealth of experience in the field, working most recently as an applications developer for a financial research institute, where she helped to design and develop  analysis tools for fund, equities and property research. Radhika is enjoying her new setting and her work at CIC is already well underway. "It's a totally different experience here at UTS CIC. I'd describe it as no less...
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