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  The International Conference on Learning Analytics & Knowledge (LAK) is the premier research conference in the field of Learning Analytics. Acceptance rates are 30%, double-blind peer reviewed, with archival proceedings in the ACM Digital Library. After a year's planning, for the first time, LAK comes to the southern hemisphere, right on our doorstep in Sydney CBD. CIC’s Director Simon Buckingham Shum is a scientific Program Co-Chair, and all of CIC’s researchers including P...
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heta.io • ATN Text Analytics kickoff workshop

The ATN-funded Higher Education Text Analytics project convened for its kickoff workshop at the UTS Connected Intelligence Centre this week. The mission: to build capacity in our institutions to gain new insights into textual data using natural language processing. Our skills matrix revealed an exciting mix of expertises, with staff spanning academic researchers, cloud architects, writing pedagogy specialists, analytics developers and senior managers from institutional analytics centres. ...
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3 year old MDSI takes its next step

The Master of Data Science and Innovation now has a new home, relocating to the Faculty of Transdisciplinary Innovation. The links with CIC remain strong however, with our academics and PhD students continuing on the teaching team, and mentoring students in their iLab projects. The new faculty, created last year to advance the UTS priority on transdisciplinary learning, teaching and research, provides a rich teaching and learning environment for the MDSI academics and students enrolled in the...
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Job: 4 yr PostDoc: Writing Analytics

CIC Postdoctoral Research Fellow: Writing Analytics (IRC104013) Job Summary [PDF version] [Detailed Person Specification PDF] The University of Technology Sydney has a bold vision to be a world-leading university of technology. We are a dynamic and innovative university in central Sydney, consistently ranked the top young university in Australia. The UTS Connected Intelligence Centre (CIC) is an innovation centre whose mission is to build the university’s capacity to gain insights from an...
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Event recap: Humans, Data, AI & Ethics – The Great Debate

On Wednesday December 6th, two teams of UTS academics and industry partners gathered at UTS for the hotly anticipated “Humans, Data, AI & Ethics – Great Debate”.  The rhetorical battle raised the provocative proposition that: “Humans have blown it: it’s time to turn the planet over to the machines”  The debate was preceded by our daytime Conversation  which featured engaging panel discussions and Lightning Talks from UTS academics and partners in government and industry. The debate ...
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Event recap: Humans, Data, AI & Ethics – A UTS Conversation

Data science, machine learning and artificial intelligence technologies are transforming our workplaces, our social institutions and our everyday lives. Whilst the creative, commercial and organisational potential of these technologies is exciting, are we overlooking the human and ethical dimensions of data and its uses? On Wednesday December 6th, a stellar line up of leading UTS academics, along with industry and government speakers, assembled at UTS’s Broadway campus to discuss and debate ...
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CIC leading ATN Text Analytics Project

CIC leading ATN Text Analytics Project   UTS and its sister universities of technology in the other states form the Australian Technology Network of Universities (ATN), to advance our common missions through collaboration. We are delighted to say that the ATN’s Learning and Teaching Grants Scheme, which promotes joint innovation across the ATN, has just awarded CIC $100,000 to lead a project focusing on the promise and practicalities of Text Analytics. CIC has been focusing on text analytic...
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Are you coming to LAK18?

Things are ramping up to the 8th International Learning Analytics & Knowledge Conference (LAK18), which comes to Sydney next March, the first time it has been hosted in the southern hemisphere. LAK is the primary research conference in the field, and the official conference of the Society for Learning Analytics Research (SoLAR).   CIC’s Director Simon Buckingham Shum helped to found the first LAK in 2011, is a former Vice-President of SoLAR, and is serving as Co-Chair of the L...
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TAP (the Text Analytics Pipeline) now available

TAP (the Text Analytics Pipeline) is now available as open source under the Apache 2.0 license from the UTS-CIC GitHub page.   This software runs as a web application in the cloud and provides a convenient GraphQl API access to a variety of Text Analytics processes.   The software has been successfully used in recent Text Analytics workshops - HERN Symposium Text Analytics Workshop at Queensland University of Technology and ALASI 2017 Text Analytics Workshop at University o...
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CIC collaborates with UTS:Law for writing interventions

CIC researchers are collaborating with the UTS Faculty of Law on a project to teach undergraduate law students how to improve their academic essay writing. Students learn the use of rhetorical structures and discourse markers, which guide the reader through the flow of a text using linguistic cues. They also learn self-assessment and revision skills to apply on their essay writing using several writing tasks guided by an online tool. CIC PhD student Shibani Antonette has developed this online to...
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