Digital Analytics for Social Impact

Social science, mathematics and computer science researchers come together to discuss data analytics for social impact.

Data analytics is commonly seen as furthering the goals of business; however, a branch of this field focuses elsewhere – 'data analytics for social impact'.

‘Data analytics for social impact’ is an emerging research domain facilitating innovative methodologies from researchers who span the fields of social sciences, mathematics, and computer science.

Join us for an international event that will bring together three leading international researchers who will each describe distinct methodologies they have employed to enable them to conduct research with a social impact. This event, uniquely links researchers both in the social and in the technical. It will provide in depth knowledge on three distinct approaches:

  • large-scale analysis of social media content;
  • exploiting Facebook advertising data to learn about marginalized communities; and
  • deploying sensors and mobile phone apps to learn about communities.

Come to an international forum where you will listen to and engage in discussions that will touch upon human/machine interactions, privacy, digital inclusion, algorithmic ethics, and social approaches to digital communication.

Our event will be opened by Prof Calum Drummond, AO, DVC, Research & Innovation and Vice President, who will talk about the vision and achievements of the ECP Post COVID-19 Strategy.

Our speakers include:

  • Dr Ingmar Weber, Research Director, Social Computing, Qatar Computing Research Institute (QCRI) at Hamad Bin Khalif University, Qatar who will talk about his work on analysing social media advertising to inform intergovernmental organisations of the demographics of countries and on population movements.
  • Dr Cecile Paris, Chief Research Scientist and Group Leader of Knowledge Discovery and Management, CSIRO's Data61, Sydney, Australia who will discuss large scale analysis of social media.
  • A/Prof Flora Salim, Deputy Director, Centre for Information Discovery and Data Analytics, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia who will talk about her research on behaviour analytics with mobile and wearable sensing data.

Our Discussant:

  • Professor Linda Brennan from RMIT University's School of Media and Communication, as the Discussant, will provide a social science perspective as she leads a thought-provoking conversation between our speakers and the audience.

An event not to be missed!

This is 'A Digital Start' event, an initiative of the ECP Post COVID-19 Restart Strategy. It is hosted by the Information & Systems Engineering; Biomedical & Health Innovation; Design & Creative Practice and Social Change Enabling Capability Platforms (ECPs) in collaboration with the School of Media & Communication, RMIT University.

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