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Telling better educational stories with data visualisation

As we drown in information, "dashboards" have become pervasive, but how we present the information to the end user is a challenge. Dashboards are often too complex with users bombarded with information that may not be relevant. Let’s take education as an example, where dashboards are being designed to help students with different aspects of their learning, for example,  managing time effectively, accessing key learning resources, or gaining a richer picture of their progress.   But here's the...
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Meet CIC’s Data Scientist

CIC’s Data Scientist, Mike Pracy, is available to consult with you on how you can 'do data' better, faster, smarter.  Mike's background is in Physics and Astronomy research. He has a PhD in Astrophysics from the University of New South Wales and has held research positions in Universities and Astronomical Observatories. He has primarily worked on better understanding distant galaxies and Cosmology with a particular focus on the role played by 'super-massive' black holes. Much of his work invo...
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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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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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Hack to the Future: UTS MDSI students continue their winning Hackathon run

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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Kailash Awati

CIC continues to grow as we welcome our new Senior Lecturer Data Science - Kailash Awati. Kailash is co-founder of Sensanalytics, a consultancy specialising in sensemaking and analytics. Prior to this, he worked for a pharmaceutical multinational where he set up a global IT service center specialising in business intelligence and analytics. Over the last several years, he has worked as a data and analytics geek; facilitator and sensemaker; data / information architect; project manager and ...
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UTS:CIC Research Community

CIC researchers engage in a number of research and teaching community activities externally, as well as Learning Analytics Reading Group (LARG) - Open to External Participants Our LARG meetings will be held fortnightly on Tuesdays, lasting ~ 1.5 hours, and led by UTS:CIC PhD candidate interests. The format will typically involve: Individuals selecting a paper they want to discuss/present Papers should be targeted at a problem (theoretical, methodological, analytical, etc.) in their o...
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PhD Resources

Graduate Research School GRS coordinates UTS-wide PhD and indeed all researcher development. We encourage you to build your network of peers across the disciplines (also bearing in mind that your learning analytics research may well need to partner with one or more academic teams in the faculties/centres) The UTS Research Environment (Staff Connect home) includes the UTS research strategy and the first UTS Data Science Symposium held in 2015 Researcher development on Staff Connect Re...
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PhD Training Program

Doing a PhD at UTS:CIC – What is expected Stages 1-3 In CIC, HDR students become an integral part of the team, working alongside academics and professional staff to make an impact in the university and on human knowledge.  We’re a transdisciplinary centre, bringing our collective intelligence together to tackle data-driven problems with creative, human centred, approaches. You’ll be required to complete a doctoral study plan. This should be proposed at the start of the year, and then revie...
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Bridget Payne

For the month of June, CIC's admin assistant, Bridget travelled to Bangalore, India to take part in a volunteering internship program with 40K Globe. 40K Globe carries out programs in rural India where Australian university students work on hands-on programs, creating entrepreneurial solutions to issues such as access to education, waste and employment for women. UTS has partnered with 40K Globe to provide grants to UTS students wishing to participate in the 40K Globe program. As part of her ...
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