The new Data to Decisions Cooperative Research Centre represents an investment of $88 million into Australia’s big data research effort over the next five years, with $25 million being contributed through the Cooperative Research Centres program, an Australian Government Initiative. The ACVT here in the School of Computer Science forms a major component of this new CRC, being responsible for the analytics program. The awarding of the CRC will see further expansion of the ACVT capabilities in Machine Learning, Big Data, and Computer Vision.
The Data to Decisions CRC (D2D CRC) is set to commence operations on 1 July 2014 to research and develop tools that seek to maximise the benefits of ‘big data’ for Australia’s defence and national security sector.
Three dedicated research program areas in data storage and management, analytics and decision support and policy for big data analysis will be supported by a collaborative education and training program.
The D2D CRC will benefit from the collaboration of over twenty different organisations which range from Government, Industry, Universities and Research Institutions throughout Australia whilst the D2D CRC will foster new relationships with leading US Universities and consulting groups.
Dr Sanjay Mazumdar, D2D CRC CEO says, “at its peak, the D2D CRC will employ around 40 full time equivalent staff, produce 50 PhD students, train over 1000 data scientists and leave a significant legacy to the national security of Australia.”