Carolyn McGregor to talk on the power of big data at UTS

2 March 2016

Carolyn McGregorUTS Alumni Award winner, Professor Carolyn McGregor AM, will be welcomed back to campus on Wednesday 23 March to share her insights on how big data can be used to help to save the lives of newborns as well as monitor the health of astronauts destined for Mars, at the first UTSpeaks public lecture of 2016.

Professor McGregor (BAppSc Computing Science 1991; PhD 2003), who holds the Canada Research Chair in Health Informatics at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, will be returning to UTS to take part in a UTSpeaks panel discussion on ‘Data’s Dawn of Discovery’ examining how the explosion in the quantity and variety of data is revealing secrets and surprising connections that are supporting new breakthroughs and unexpected benefits.

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Professor McGregor, who was recently recognised with the prestigious 2015 Advance Global Australian Award for Technology Innovation for her frontier research with great human impact, is widely recognised as a world-leading expert in health informatics. Her foundational work establishing the Artemis Project – a sophisticated health analytics platform enabling real-time analysis of multiple data streams – has been applied help reduce infant mortality in neonatal intensive care, as well as in the space industry, where she is working with NASA and the Canadian Space Agency to adapt the project to help monitor the health of astronauts involved in the planned Mission to Mars in 2030.

"Our UTSpeaks lecture series is a fantastic platform for alumni, students , staff and members of the public to visit our campus and hear the latest cutting-edge thinking and how its practical applications are shaping our world."

“We are delighted to welcome Carolyn back to UTS to share her incredible work, alongside some of our very own talented researchers. Carolyn’s work with NASA, newborns as well as her emerging project in the monitoring of mental health conditions, like depression and post-traumatic stress disorder shows how harnessing the power of big data can have a revolutionary impact,” said Professor Ian Burnett, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology.

“Our UTSpeaks lecture series is a fantastic platform for alumni, students , staff and members of the public to visit our campus and hear the latest cutting-edge thinking and how its practical applications are shaping our world,” Professor Burnett says.

Professor McGregor will also be joined on the panel by Associate Professor Valerie Gay and Dr Peter Leijdekkers, two academics from UTS’s Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology, whose longstanding research focuses on how data from mobile devices and wearable technology can reveal personalised patterns in health and fitness, as well as Dr Dominik Beck, from the UTS Centre for Health Technologies, whose work focuses on using state-of-the-art information- and bio-technologies to allow new, more personalised treatment of cancer patients.

From newborns to astronauts, hear a two-minute preview from Dr Carolyn McGregor on the power of big data:

Dr Carolyn McGregor on big data research in health

 

Don’t miss your chance to learn about how big data is fuelling a new age of enlightenment, while catching up with fellow graduates over refreshments and canapés’ at this special UTSpeaks event! Best of all, it’s free!

Register your attendance here before Tuesday 22 March, and we look forward to seeing you at the event!