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UniSA leads new $88 million CRC
in big data

Data analysis.UniSA is now the national headquarters of another Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) – the $88 million Data to Decisions CRC which is set to boost national security.

Announced in February, the Data to Decisions CRC is expected to help build a substantial big data industry, which will position Australia as an international exemplar in the development and use of big data capability across many sectors.

The new CRC places UniSA at the forefront of industry and academic research collaboration, with the University now leading three CRCs and partnering in 10 more.

The Data to Decisions CRC will be led by Dr Sanjay Mazumdar who heads up the Defence and Systems Innovation Centre, a joint venture between UniSA and the University of Adelaide.

Dr Mazumdar says the overarching research challenge being addressed by the CRC is ‘how does the defence and national security sector efficiently extract intelligence and unforseen insights from big data within a balanced privacy paradigm?’.

“Every day, society creates 2.5 quintillion bytes of data from disparate sources including satellite imagery, social media content, digital pictures, videos and voice recordings,” Dr Mazumdar says.

“This data is referred to as big data and it cannot be efficiently analysed using traditional data processing applications.

“The National Security Strategy for Australia highlights the importance of timely and accurate intelligence as a powerful weapon against security threats.

“Addressing big data challenges and applying high-performance analytics can make the difference between predicting a threat and reacting to a catastrophic aftermath.”

The new CRC has been funded for five years by a $25 million CRC grant and $62.5 million participant contributions. It will involve researchers in areas of computer science, engineering, business and law from UniSA, the University of Adelaide, the University of New South Wales, Deakin University and Carnegie Mellon University, with industry input from IT and systems integration companies, consulting companies and small-to-medium enterprises in collaboration with state and federal national security agencies.