Women in Data Science (WiDS) Perth

Event details


  • Auditorium, The University Club of Western Australia
  • Map location

Date and time

  • Wednesday, 11 March 2020
    5pm - 7.30pm

Event type

  • Faculty of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences


  • Business / Industry
  • Current students
  • Future students
  • Graduates or near graduates
  • Postgraduate
  • Studying at another tertiary institution


  • Event registration is essential via the link below
Register here

The University of Western Australia is excited to partner with Stanford University for the return of Women in Data Science (WiDS) Perth.

Following the inaugural 2019 event, WiDS Perth 2020 will be delivered in association with Stanford University's annual Global Women in Data Science (WiDS) Conference. WiDS Perth will feature an expert panel with leading WA-based data science experts, sharing their different perspectives on what it takes to build a successful career in data science, followed by Q&A and networking.

We are proud to be hosting one of 150+ worldwide events and look forward to inspiring more women to engage in data science.

WiDS Perth Panellists
Rachel Cardell-Oliver

Rachel Cardell-Oliver
WiDS Ambassador
The University of Western Australia

Rachel is a computer science academic specialising in the design of intelligent systems that integrate data measurement using environmental sensors; data collection with wireless communication systems; and data mining. Rachel's work addresses environmental challenges including demand for public transport, reducing household water consumption, understanding water use by native Australian plants, and measuring the performance of rammed earth for sustainable housing in outback Australia.

Clare Offner
Mining Engineer
Rio Tinto Iron Ore                            

Clare has worked in the West Australian iron ore industry for the last 18 years for both major and junior companies. A mining engineer by trade with a masters in geotechnical engineering, Clare followed a traditional career route through operational and technical services management roles until an opportunity to join Rio Tinto's Mine of The Future program presented itself in 2015. Since that time, Clare has been in the front row of the iron ore industry's embracing of the new opportunities that advances in technology, automation and data science provide. She has a particular interest in linking data science and machine learning techniques to improve productivity and making the working lives of front line technical teams better.

Samantha Hall
Managing Director and Founder      
Spaces Alive

Samantha’s academic career was in was in sustainable cities and buildings, including a post doctorate on evidence based decision-making for healthier, sustainable buildings. She left academia to start her own business in 2016 compelled by the gap between science and industry. She has since designed a number of 'Space IQ' tools - these collect data from people about their built environment. Over 7,000 people have engaged, giving feedback that is being used to better design and manage buildings.

Christina Burt
Operations Improvement Specialist 
Fortescue Metals Group

Christina obtained a PhD in Optimisation at Curtin University in 2008, for which she was awarded a Chancellor’s commendation for excellence. She completed three postdoctoral research positions, in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Melbourne, at the Austrian Institute of Technology, and in the Computer Science department at the University of Melbourne. In 2015 she was awarded the President’s Mid-career Plenary Award at the International Congress on Modelling and Simulation. Since 2016, Christina has worked in industry, developing optimisation and artificial intelligence solutions. She has published 17 peer-reviewed articles and authored a book on these topics. She has supervised five Masters projects and been awarded more than $1.5Million in consulting and grant funding as Principal Investigator.

Anna Hayes
Principal Managing Consultant        
Data Analysis Australia

Anna Hayes (Munday) is the Principal Managing Consultant at Data Analysis Australia, a fully commercial statistical, mathematical and data science consultancy operating since 1988. Through managing Data Analysis Australia's consulting team, Anna provides leadership and direction to the company and monitors all projects undertaken by consultants.  Anna is an Accredited Statistician of the Statistical Society of Australia, as well as being a past President of the Society’s Western Australian Branch. Anna has a wealth of expertise in statistical application, with particular expertise in statistical analysis, forecasting, survey design and analysis, data management, methodology development, statistical reviews, project management and report writing. Her clients include Federal, State and Local Government Agencies and private organisations.

May Hu

May Hu
Master of Data Science Student
The University of Western Australia

May is a Graduate Data Scientist at Bankwest. She is also a CPA qualified accountant in her final semester of the Master of Data Science at The University of Western Australia (UWA). During her time at UWA, May was co-founder and 2019 President of the Data Science Club of UWA.

Global Women in Data Science (WiDS) Conference 2020

Stanford’s 2020 Global Women in Data Science (WiDS) Conference takes place in March at Stanford University and 150+ locations worldwide, including Perth. The Conference provides an opportunity to hear about the latest data science related research and applications in a broad set of domains. All genders are invited to participate in the conference, which features outstanding women doing outstanding work.


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