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CARMA Colloquium

4:00 pm

Thursday, 12th Aug 2021

V205, Mathematics Building

Join via Zoom, or join us in person (max room capacity is 9 people).

3:30pm for pre-talk drinks + snacks, and 4pm for the talk

Speaker Bio: Riya is an applied mathematician and data scientist with academic experience in organising, interpreting, and visualising different data forms. She is currently working as a Digital Innovation Engineer at Veris, Brisbane, after recently completing her Doctorate degree from the University of Newcastle. She has 12 publications, with 3 focussing on solutions for COVID or any upcoming pandemic social distancing situations. Riya enjoys creatively finding solutions to problems and determining modifications for optimal use of organisational data, and was recently awarded Global Talent status from the Australian government.

Dr Riya Aggarwal

(School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences, The University of Newcastle)

Emerging Trends in Geospatial AI (geoAI)

Geospatial artificial intelligence (geoAI) is an emerging scientific discipline that combines innovations in spatial science, artificial intelligence methods in machine learning and high-performance computing to extract knowledge from spatial big data. In this talk, I will discuss potential applications for environmental epidemiology, including the ability to incorporate large amounts of big spatial and temporal data in a variety of formats; computational efficiency; flexibility in algorithms and workflows to accommodate relevant characteristics of spatial (environmental) processes including spatial nonstationary; and scalability to model other environmental exposures across different geographic areas.

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CARMA Symposium

Indigenising University Mathematics

Monday, 20th Sep 2021 — Tuesday, 21st Sep 2021

Birabahn building of the Wollotuka Institute

Register now at Eventbrite

The conference website is here.

This national and international two-day symposium will address the pressing challenge of how to Indigenise mathematical practice at Universities, both in education and research. The methodology is of collaboration and sharing of knowledge and worldviews from within both Indigenous cultures and the cultures of mathematics and its allied disciplines.

The symposium will be organised around a collection of interconnected themes, each chaired by a partnership of Indigenous and non-Indigenous practitioners.

The physical location of this blended face to face and online symposium is significant. The Birabahn building of the Wollotuka Institute blends indoor and outdoor spaces, inviting new perspectives, whilst also having the capabilities for an international video-linked conference.


  • Associate Professor Kathryn Butler of the Bundjalung and Worimi people, Director of the Wollotuka Institute, University of Newcastle
  • Miss Tammy Small, student advancement manager, Wollotuka Institute, University of Newcastle
  • Dr Henry Fowler of the Navajo people, DinĂ© College, Tsaile, Arizona
  • Associate Professor Edward Doolittle of the Mohawk people from Six Nations in southern Ontario, First Nations University of Canada
  • Mr Dan Collins of the Worimi/Biripi nation, Yapug program convener, Wollotuka Institute, University of Newcastle
  • Mr Nathan Towney of the Wiradjuri people from Wellington in NSW, Pro Vice Chancellor Indigenous Strategy and Leadership, University of Newcastle
  • Dr Michael Donovan of the Gumbaynggir people, Macquarie University, Australia
  • Mr Jade Kennedy, of the Yuin people of the Illawarra and South Coast of NSW, University of Wollongong
  • Professor Rowena Ball, ANU
  • Professor Mark Maclean, UBC
  • Dr Veselin Jungic, Simon Fraser University
  • Dr Naomi Borwein, Western Ontario University (ECR)
  • Miss Jo-Ann Larkins, Federation University (ECR)
  • Miss Amber Hughes, University of Newcastle (ECR)
  • Dr Maureen Edwards, Wollongong University

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