The ABC of Data Science Down Under: On Analytics, Bees, and Cognition
May 29, 2017 3:15 PM
to 4:15 PM
Studying and developing computational mechanisms based on or augmenting human-like information
processing is at the heart of what we do in the
Cognitive Informatics Team at the CSIRO,
Australia. Through our work, we aim to improve existing processes in a wide range of domain
sciences by tightly integrating human and computational performance. In this talk, I will give an
overview of the CSIRO – the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation – and some
of the science we are doing. I will then go into more detail concerning our work in Cognitive
Informatics and Data Visualization, and specifically focus on one project that aims to discover the
causes of why our honey bees are dying globally.
Ulrich Engelke received the Dipl.-Ing. degree in Electrical Engineering from RWTH Aachen
University, Germany, in 2004. In 2010, he received the Ph.D. degree in Telecommunications from the
Blekinge Institute of Technology, Karlskrona, Sweden. In 2011, he pursued a post-doc position at
the University of Nantes, France. From 2011 to 2013 he was with the Visual Experiences Group at
Philips Research, The Netherlands, and with Philips Color Kinetics, USA, working with perception in
Currently, Ulrich is a Senior Research Scientist in Cognitive Informatics and leader of the ‘
VizzzBees – Visual Analytics of Honey Bee Behaviour’ project at the Commonwealth Scientific and
Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) in Hobart, Australia. The VizzzBees project aims to
develop a scientific framework and software platform for visual analytics of honey bee data
collected in the Global Initiative for Honey Bee Health (GIHH).
Ulrich is editorial board member for ELSEVIER Signal Processing: Image Communication and is
on the technical programme committee of several international conferences. He is the co-founder and
general co-chair of the 1st IEEE International Symposium on Big Data Visual Analytics (BDVA). He is
a co-chair of the Psychophysiology-based Quality Assessment (PsyPhyQA) project of the Video Quality
Ulrich is the recipient of several prestigious awards, including the 2015 OCE Julius Career
Award, 2014 CSIRO Excellence in Research Ethics Award as a member of the Cognitive Engineering
team, and 2006 Graduate School of Telecommunications (GST) PhD scholarship awarded through the
Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm, Sweden.
Ulrich's research interests lie within visual data analytics, perception driven signal
processing, and user experience. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE.