Professor Geoffrey Webb, WINNER 2017 Eureka Prize for Excellence in Data Science

Big data mining researcher at Monash University wins Eureka Prize

Professor Geoffrey Webb, Scientific Director of the Monash University eResearch Centre in the Faculty of IT has won the 2017 Eureka Prize for Excellence in Data Science. The Australian Museum Eureka prizes are awarded annually for excellence in the fields of research & innovation, leadership, science engagement and school science.

According to statistics, by the year 2020 about 1.7 megabytes of new information will be created every second for every human on the planet.

Professor Webb develops programs that take enormous amounts of raw data and extracts information that can be used to improve the health of Australians.

He has used his data mining experience to analyse data from ambulance call outs in relation to male mental health and suicides across Australia. The outcomes of this work will inform government policy and resourcing, and will shape new training programs for first responders’ encounters with the mentally ill.

Algorithms developed by Professor Webb have also been used in biomedical research to support the development of more effective drugs and improved medical procedures.

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