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Big Data: Now That We Have It, What Do We Do With It?


Wed 19 Aug 2015, 6:00pm–7:00pm

Where: Queensland University of Technology, 2 George St, Brisbane CBD, Queensland

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free


Listed by: ACEMS

What do cancer, the Great Barrier Reef and airports have in common? Along with a vast array of other challenges that our modern world is tackling, these issues are facing up to the reality of ‘big data’.

The phrase ‘big data’ is now almost a household saying and is certainly on the radar of most businesses and governments across the globe. New technology has enabled us to generate information from satellites, sensors embedded in our bodies and homes, the internet, people and so on. The problem now is not ‘how do we get data’, but rather ‘now that we have it, what do we do with it?’

In this presentation, Laureate Fellow Prof Kerrie Mengersen from the Queensland University of Technology, will explore how different forms of data are being used to address important problems in health, conservation and industry. Through a series of stories about these challenges, we will see how mathematics and statistics are being used to organise, analyse and visualise these data, leading to better understanding and decision making. These stories impact on individuals, communities and our world as a whole. They reveal the underpinning importance and relevance of maths and stats in modern day society, as well as the huge worldwide demand for ‘maths-literate and data-literate’ professionals.

Cost: Free