2024 Perth ResBaz

ResBaz focuses on empowering researchers to help and improve themselves

Date: 7 February 2024 

Time: 12 – 6 pm (including afternoon tea + sundowner) 

Venue: Curtin University, Bentley Western Australia 

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Who should attend?

Researchers at all levels and from all disciplines, research technologists and higher degree by research students are especially encouraged to attend ResBaz.


This event will entail a 1-day intensive offering to educate researchers on the generative AI learning methods and tools available to amplify their research, complemented by hands on workshops including ensuring data integrity; plus essential tips and skills for those moving into sector employment.


ResBaz will be hosted in the newly refurbished Curtin Library with the Sundowner to be enjoyed within the rooftop space.


Tickets $30 (incl. GST) + BF. Tickets are limited to 100 participants.

Your ticket includes professional learning; access to all sessions; afternoon tea plus networking drinks with canapés.


Alex Jenkins

Alex Jenkins, a seasoned technology expert and current Director of the WA Data Science Innovation Hub (WADSIH) at Curtin University, boasts over 15 years of experience in advancing data science and artificial intelligence (AI) solutions. Alex has collaborated with prominent organisations to develop cutting-edge big data implementations, supply chain modelling solutions and data science strategies. As part of his current role at Curtin University, Alex regularly speaks to the media about how AI works, the safety and ethical implications of AI, and how the workforce will change with AI technology. Alex is particularly focussed on how AI will impact education and the health care areas and spoke in 2023 at TEDxPerth on the topic “An (AI) Tutor for Every Child”.

David Smith

David Smith is a passionate technology professional with a diverse background in architectural and computational design, software development, and data science. Holding a Master of Architecture and Data Science with distinction from the University of Western Australia, David has a proven track record of leveraging his unique skill set to solve complex problems, drive innovation, and bridge industry silos to generate value for companies.

Currently working as the Programs and Digital Executive at the Centre for Entrepreneurial Research and Innovation, a non-profit organization focused on commercializing deep technology research, David utilises his expertise in digital technologies, innovation, and communications to empower the industries of the future.

Dr Anya Jones

Dr Anya Jones, Senior Bioinformatician at INSiGENe, brings 10+ years of expertise to allergies and inflammatory diseases. As a computational biologist, armed with a PhD in Systems Immunology from the University of Western Australia, Anya decodes the complexities of the immune system. Passionate about advancing women in science leadership, she engages in the Homeward Bound Global Leadership program, standing with global luminaries to amplify women’s voices.

Aloke Phatak

Aloke Phatak is an engineer-turned-applied statistician who is an advocate for the sensible use of statistics and data science for addressing real-world problems. He started his professional career in rocket science but then discovered statistics. He spent more than 20 years at CSIRO, where he carried out research in applied statistics; worked with a wide range of industries and in diverse areas such as industrial statistics, biomarker discovery, and climate extremes; and also developed short courses for practicing engineers and scientists. At Curtin, Aloke led the development of the undergraduate Data Science major and is currently Associate Director of the Centre for Transforming Maintenance through Data Science, where he leads a research activity on the use of Bayesian statistical methods for understanding and predicting the degradation of mining assets.

Philipp Bayer

Philipp Bayer finished a PhD in applied bioinformatics at UQ in 2016 where he worked on genotyping in plants. He then moved to UWA, where during a Forrest Fellowship and half a DECRA he worked on pangenomics and the application of interpretable AI in plant breeding pipelines and genomics. 

In 2022 he moved to a position at the Minderoo Foundation within the OceanOmics team, where he uses AI to analyse environmental DNA from ocean samples to change how we measure, understand, and protect our oceans. Headshot attached.

Luke Edwards

Luke Edwards has held a variety of positions while working for Pawsey including working on various NCRIS capabilities and as a data specialist assisting and advising researchers on the use of Pawsey’s resources.

Luke is currently focussed on partnership engagement and support. He also the Data Manager for WAMSI (Western Australian Marine Science Institution) and is the Facility Manager for ASDAF (Australian Space Data Analysis Facility).

Madelene Kawitzki

Madelene Kawitzki is the WA Client Executive for IT Consultancy firm, Leaders IT, part of RGF Staffing the third largest recruitment firm globally. Madelene oversees a graduate and career transition program called “Capacity Uplift” which provides technical certification, mentorship and professional development workshops to support people for their first year in the workforce. Madelene is a Branch Executive Committee board member for the Australian Computer Society (ACS) and has a background in IT and Supply Chain research programs at Gartner in the UK and was a global client development manager at Rio Tinto. Madelene is a passionate advocate for helping others enter the IT profession and has coached and developed recent graduates across WA universities and ACS Professional Year programs.