The CSIRO Conference on Computational and Data Intensive Science


2017 Keynote Speakers – details coming soon…



2016 Keynote Speakers


Sudip Dosanjh

Dr. Sudip Dosanjh is Director of the National Energy Research Scientific Computing (NERSC) Center at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. NERSC’s mission is to accelerate scientific discovery at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science through high performance computing and extreme data analysis. NERSC deploys leading-edge computational and data resources for over 4,500 users from a broad range of disciplines. NERSC will be partnering with computer companies to develop and deploy pre-exascale and exascale systems during the next decade.

Previously, Dr. Dosanjh headed extreme-scale computing at Sandia National Laboratories. He was co-director of the Los Alamos/Sandia Alliance for Computing at the Extreme-Scale from 2008-2012. He also served on the U.S. Department of Energy’s Exascale Initiative Steering Committee for several years.

Dr. Dosanjh had a key role in establishing co-design as a methodology for reaching exascale computing. He has numerous publications on exascale computing, co-design, computer architectures, massively parallel computing and computational science.

Abstract:  Exascale and Extreme Data  Science at NERSC

NERSC’s primary mission is to accelerate scientific discovery at the DOE Office of Science through high performance computing and data analysis. NERSC supports the largest and most diverse research community of any computing facility within the DOE complex, providing large-scale, state-of-the-art computing for DOE’S unclassified research programs in alternative energy sources, climate change, environmental science, materials research, astrophysics and other science areas related to DOE’s science mission.

NERSC’s next supercomputer, Cori, is being deployed in 2016 in Berkeley Laboratory’s new Computational Research and Theory (CRT) Facility. Cori will include over 9300 manycore Intel Knight’s Landing processors, which introduce several technological advances, including higher intra-node parallelism; high-bandwidth, on-package memory; and longer hardware vector lengths. These enhanced features are expected to yield significant performance improvements for applications running on Cori. In order to take advantage of the new features, however, application developers will need to make code modifications because many of today’s applications are not optimized to take advantage of the manycore architecture and on-package memory.

To help users transition to the new architecture, in 2014 NERSC established the NERSC Exascale Scientific Applications Program (NESAP). Through NESAP, several code projects are collaborating with NERSC, Cray and Intel with access to early hardware, special training and “deep dive” sessions with Intel and Cray staff. Eight of the chosen projects also will be working with a postdoctoral researcher to investigate computational science issues associated with manycore systems. The NESAP projects span a range of scientific fields—including astrophysics, genomics, materials science, climate and weather modeling, plasma fusion physics and accelerator science—and represent a significant portion of NERSC’s current and projected computational workload.

Cori will include many enhancements to enable a rapidly growing extreme data science workload at NERSC. Cori will have a 1600 Intel® Haswell processor partition with larger memory nodes to enable extreme data analysis. A fast internet connection will let users stream data from experimental and observational facilities directly into the system.  A “Burst Buffer”, a 1.5 Petabyte layer of NVRAM, will help accelerate I/O. Cori will also include a number of software enhancements to enable complex workflows.

For the longer term we are investigating whether a single system can meet the simulation and data analysis requirements of our users. For example, we are adding a genome assembly  miniapp (Meraculous) to our benchmark suite and we are considering adding one for genome alignment (Blast). We are also investigating how data intensive workflows (e.g., cosmology and genomics) differ from our simulation workloads.


Genevieve Bell High Res

Photograph credit: J.R. Mankoff/AUGUST 

Genevieve Bell

Genevieve Bell is an Intel Fellow and Vice President of the Corporate Strategy Office at Intel Corporation.

An accomplished anthropologist and researcher, Bell joined Intel in 1998. She has been granted a number of patents for consumer electronics innovations throughout her career, with additional patents in the user experience space pending, and is the author of numerous journal papers and articles. She was named an Intel Fellow in 2008.

In addition to her position at Intel, Bell is a highly regarded industry expert and frequent commentator on the intersection of culture and technology. She has been featured in publications such as Wired, Forbes, The Atlantic, Fast Company, the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times. She is also a sought-after public speaker and panelist at technology conferences worldwide for the insights she has gained from extensive international field work and research.

Her industry recognition includes being listed among the “100 Most Creative People in Business” by Fast Company in 2010, induction in the Women in Technology International Hall of Fame in 2012, and being honored as the 2013 Woman of Vision for Leadership by the Anita Borg Institute. Bell’s book, “Divining a Digital Future: Mess and Mythology in Ubiquitous Computing,” written in collaboration with Paul Dourish, was published by MIT Press in 2011.

Bell holds a combined bachelor’s and master’s degree in anthropology from Bryn Mawr College and a master’s degree and Ph.D. in cultural anthropology from Stanford University, where she was a lecturer in the anthropology department from 1996 to 1998.


To be announced.



Paulo de Souza

Paulo is a Physicist with M.Sc. in Material Sciences (UFES, Brazil) and a Ph.D. In Natural Sciences (Dr. rer. nat., Uni-Mainz, Germany). He has some 20 years of professional experience in industry, government, Universities and consultancy. Paulo has over 200 original papers published and is co-author of the “2004 Breakthrough in Science” for the series of papers he co-authors about the discovery of past water on Mars using data from the NASA’s Mars Exploration Rovers Spirit and Opportunity.  Paulo has held a number of leadership positions at CSIRO such as Lab Director, the SSN-TCP, and was acting  Science Director of the Digital Productivity Flagship. He is currently an OCE Science Leader leading the efforts in the development of micro-sensing technologies to enable new observations of nature to be conducted. The most interesting one being fitting bees with small RFID tags and follow their behaviour once exposed to stressors. This research has received huge international interest and is the basis of the Global Initiative for Honey bee Health: a world-wide research endeavour of scientists in the quest for a better understanding of bee colony collapse and its consequence to global food security.

Abstract: Can bees with backpacks bring scientists together send secure our food supply?

The Global Initiative for Honey bee Health (GIHH) is an international collaboration of researchers, beekeepers, farmers, industry and technology companies set up to research the threats to bee health in order to better understand bee colony collapse and find solutions that will help secure crop pollination. It is not possible for a single research group or organisation to mount a program aimed at protecting honey bee health alone. In response, CSIRO is leading the GIHH – a tightly-focussed, well-coordinated national and international effort that is addressing the challenges facing honey bee health globally.

CSIRO is well placed to lead this initiative. Our scientists can contribute core capability, knowledge and technology along with expertise in biosecurity, bee pathology, pollination and landscape ecology, and micro-sensing technologies and systems and data management. The GIHH aims to protect and improve the health of honey bees, ensure sustainable production of crops dependent on honey bee pollination, and increase productivity through coordinated management of pollination. In doing so, we can increase the environmental and economic benefits for farmers and beekeepers while making a valuable contribution to sustainable farming practices and food security.



David Abramson
David is the Director of the Research Computing Centre at the University of Queensland. He has been involved in computer architecture and high performance computing research since 1979. David has held appointments at Griffith UniversityCSIRORMIT and Monash University.

Prior to joining UQ, he was the Director of the Monash e-Education Centre, Science Director of the Monash e-Research Centre, and a Professor of Computer Science in the Faculty of Information Technology at Monash.

From 2007 to 2011 he was an Australian Research Council Professorial Fellow.

David has expertise in High Performance Computing, distributed and parallel computing, computer architecture and software engineering.

He has produced in excess of 200 research publications, and some of his work has also been integrated in commercial products. One of these, Nimrod, has been used widely in research and academia globally, and is also available as a commercial product, called EnFuzion, from Axceleon.

His world-leading work in parallel debugging is sold and marketed by Cray Inc, one of the world’s leading supercomputing vendors, as a product called ccdb.

David is a fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), the Academy of Science and Technological Engineering (ATSE), and the Australian Computer Society (ACS), and a Senior Member of the IEEE.

Abstract: Translational Computational Science: From The Lab To Practice

Translational research is well understood in medicine. Research projects not only target real world problems, but “translate” the solutions into practice. Examples are common and well understood, for example determining how a tumour grows, designing drugs that destroy it, and then testing these in real world studies with patients. The advantages are clear: science is advanced but society benefits in immediate ways. Translational research is less well understood and practiced in computing. All too often, research outcomes are not tested in the real world, and thus while solutions may appear attractive, they fail to be useful.

In this seminar I will discuss a framework that fosters the development of novel computer science, but tests the outcomes in practice. This has been deployed both in the Monash e-Science and Grid Engineering (MeSsAGE) Lab and the University of Queensland Research Computing Centre, (RCC) in which disruptive technologies are trialled in practice. These platforms incorporate a student training component that offers international research internships to undergraduates, and a virtual seminar program that allows local researchers and students to interact with some of the world’s leading experts. Through industry engagement, the platforms also lead to commercial outcomes that have longer term benefits for the research organisations.

Brendan Dalton

Brendan Dalton has been the Chief Information Officer for CSIRO since 6 July 2015.

Over the last 15 years Brendan has held roles as CIO,  programme manager and technology executive in a number of Federal Government agencies.

Between 2008 and 2013 Brendan worked as a senior executive and as CIO at the Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency where he was ultimately responsible for the delivery of the underpinning technology solutions for Australia’s fixed price scheme.

His varied career has seen Brendan work outside technology as a ministerial advisor, in the design of industry and employment programmes. In the early 2000’s he was successful in enabling the early adoption of online tools enabling the delivery of government services to citizens and business. He also led the establishment of protocols for secure data sharing of social services data and the development of geospatial tools to support policy development and better targeting of service delivery.

Brendan has qualifications in technology management and the humanities.


Robert M. Wallace

Dr. Robert M. Wallace currently serves as the Chief Scientist for the Department of Defense High Performance Computing Modernization Program (DoD HPCMP) and as the Technical Director for High Performance Computing and Advanced Data Analytics for the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC). Dr. Wallace has over 25 years of experience in management and execution of software development projects related to computational science with emphasis on graphical user interfaces, geographic information systems and data analytics. He most recently served as chief of the Computational Science and Engineering Division of the Information Technology Laboratory at ERDC where he led a team of approximately 100 engineers and scientists in developing cutting edge software and computational techniques to solve complex problems for the US Department of Defense.


Reed L. Mosher

Dr. Reed L. Mosher is director of the Information Technology Laboratory (ITL) at the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center in Vicksburg, Mississippi.

Selected to the Senior Executive Service in January 2008, Dr. Reed L. Mosher serves as Director, U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC), Information Technology Laboratory, the premier Department of Defense Laboratory for information technology in support of Military Engineering and Army Civil Works. The Information Technology Laboratory is one of seven laboratories in the ERDC and Dr. Mosher serves as a corporate officer and member of the Board of Directors for the Center. He is responsible for the efficient and effective accomplishment of the overall Center mission, as well as the specific mission of the Information Technology Laboratory. He is responsible for directing the accomplishment of the Laboratory mission by providing top-level leadership and direction to the scientific and engineering research, development, and support activities of the Laboratory. Dr. Mosher oversees the execution of a broad range of research, development, studies and operational programs that provide technical assistance and operational support in information technology and closely related fields, including the following: automated information systems development, computer-aided engineering, computer-aided design and drafting, geospatial systems, building information modeling, computational science and engineering, high-performance computing, general-purpose computing, software engineering, informatics, sensor and instrumentation systems, and the Center’s library.

Dr. Mosher is the ERDC’s Chief Information Officer and is responsible for all Information Technology Operations, infrastructure and cyber security. Dr. Mosher is the Senior Executive directing the Department of Defense High Performance Computing Modernization Program (HPCMP), the Army’s largest single research program. The HPCMP was initiated in 1992, in response to congressional direction to modernize the DoD laboratories’ high performance computing capabilities. The mission of the DoD HPCMP is to accelerate technology development and transition to superior defense capabilities, which provide DoD’s scientists and engineers with the resources necessary to solve the most demanding problems through the strategic application of high performance computing, high speed networks, and computational expertise.

To accomplish the HPCMP mission, the program operates five DoD Supercomputing Resource Centers (DSRCs) comprised of large-scale supercomputers and associated HPC support infrastructures such as Local Area Networks (LANs)/Wide Area Networks (WANs) and develops HPC productivity software applications and support environments. These five DSRCs, located at Army, Air Force and Navy research laboratory sites, provide a HPC computational environment, and include a full range of resources, including hardware, software, networking, data storage, archiving and visualization. Dr. Mosher was appointed by the Chief Information Officer, Office of the Secretary of Defense, as the Authorizing Official for the Defense Research and Engineering Network (DREN-links 98% of the DoD R&D/T&E locations across the United States), as the single official responsible for maintaining the DREN and HPCMP DRSCs at an acceptable level of security risk for both unclassified and classified operations.

As the Director of the ITL, Dr. Mosher is responsible for assessing, analyzing, acquiring, and administrating human, financial, material, and information resources that are necessary for delivering high-quality results on time to sponsors and customers. He has ensured applicable business process controls that are effectively established in a manner that instills public trust and accomplishes the organization’s mission. In this cost-reimbursable environment, the viability of organization depends on acute management of these resources. Customer satisfaction is essential to its success and growth. Since becoming the Director of ITL, Dr. Mosher has grown ITL’s funding authority from $150M to over $350M with 115 projects supporting more than 75 customers. This includes 212 contract actions totaling over $40M in FY14 besides the HPCMP contract actions.

Prior to his becoming Director of ITL, Dr. Mosher was the Technical Director for Survivability and Protective Structures and the lead Technical Director for Military Engineering in the Geotechnical and Structures Laboratory. Dr. Mosher has over 30 years of experience conducting research at all levels in the field of geotechnical and structural engineering. In 1999, he was the ERDC first selection to be promoted to one of the 16 Army-wide Senior Scientific Technical Manager (SSTM) positions (above GS 15) created under the Science and Technology Laboratory Demonstration Project. Dr. Mosher served as the Co-Lead for the Levee and Floodwall Performance team of the Interagency Performance Evaluation Task Force, which investigated the performance of the New Orleans hurricane protection system during Hurricane Katrina. Dr. Mosher received the U.S. Army’s Meritorious Civilian Service Award for this effort. Dr. Mosher recently received the Department of Defense Distinguished Civilian Service Award, the highest award given by the Secretary of Defense to a civilian career employee, and the Army Engineer Association’s Bronze de Fleury Medal for his leadership in research that has led to the development of innovative products for force protection of our military and civilian personnel worldwide from terrorist bombings and conventional weapons. Dr. Mosher has held a Top Secret for more than 18 years.


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The C3DIS 2017 will bring together researchers with computational and data science specialists from CSIRO, publicly funded research organisations and other invited institutions and organisations. This will enable attendees to share their science outcomes and learnings, and build a community of practice around Computational and Data Intensive science.

Free for CSIRO staff and invited participants