2019 John Western Public Lecture delivered by Professor Rhema Vaithianathan: A UQ Event

Data analytics in the public sector: the tortoise or the hare?

The University of Queensland’s School of Social Science and Institute for Social Science Research invite you to attend the 2019 John Western Public Lecture delivered by Professor Rhema Vaithianathan.

The lecture will explore the history of data analytics for social good, the emerging ‘rules of engagement’, and Professor Vaithianathan will share her own experiences in implementing the Allegheny Family Screening Tool – a child welfare decision support tool – in Allegheny County, PA (United States). Read the full abstract here.

Date: Tuesday 10 September 2019
Time: 5.15pm for 5.30–6.30pm. The lecture will be followed by a post event reception from 6.30–7.30pm.
Venue: Customs House, River Room, 399 Queen Street, Brisbane 
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Cost: Free
Thursday 5 September 2019 – as places are limited, please register to secure your spot.

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About the presenter:
Rhema holds a partial appointment at the Institute for Social Science Research as a Professor of Social Data and Analytics. She is also a Professor of Economics at Auckland University of Technology (New Zealand) where she is director of the Centre for Social Data Analytics, a research centre focused on using data analytics for social impact. Additionally, Rhema is Director of the Singapore Life Panel, a large population-representative monthly survey run from Singapore Management University. Rhema is internationally recognised for implementation of machine learning tools in high stakes government systems such as child welfare. Her work has been published in top journals and profiled in The New York Times and Nature. Her methods for screening child abuse calls using machine learning tools are being adopted internationally. She is frequently invited to speak to government agencies, researchers and practitioners around the world about ethical use of machine learning tools in public policy. Rhema has held research positions in Australia, Singapore and the United States, including a Harkness Fellowship at Harvard University.