Boost for data science skills in the natural resource industry

September 2, 2019

Congratulations goes out to OFFshore ITRH Chief Investigator Dr Ed Cripps who, in conjunction with Mark Jessell and Mark Lindsay of UWA, are part of a recently announced $10M ARC Training Centre in Data Analytics for Resources and Environments (DARE) aimed at boosting data science skills in the natural resources sector.

The new Industrial Transformation Training Centre, hosted at the University of Sydney, will develop and deliver both crucial data science skills and new ways for Australia to become better decision makers when it comes to natural resources.

Professor Sue Thomas, Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Research Council (ARC) , stated that “… the Training Centre will mentor the next generation in industry and develop a workforce that will be ready to innovate, operate and lead in the area of managing natural resources through the use of data sciences. Collaborative research in this area will develop and deliver frontier data science skills and tools for use by Australia’s resource industries to make informed, evidence-based decisions when it comes to exploiting and stewarding the nation’s natural resources.”

The ARC Training Centre will bring together a diverse field of expertise.  Researchers from The University of Sydney will collaborate with colleagues at The University of New South Wales and The University of Western Australia, as well with a range of other partners from across the sector including: the Western Australian Biodiversity Science Institute; Geoscience Australia; IAG Insurance; Mckinsey & Company; Natural Resources Commission; Newcrest Mining Ltd; NSW Treasury; Office of Environment and Heritage NSW; Water NSW; The Alan Turing Institute and the University of Leeds.

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