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Data Dialogue: Transforming Cities of the Future

Data Dialogue

Cities worldwide are sitting on a wealth of valuable data that can be utilised to its fullest potential when they are combined with deep technology and the infrastructure, which will ultimately improve the quality of lives and interactions with the urban landscape and mobility systems.

Come and join a panel of experts as they discuss the challenges that cities face today and the opportunities that data could bring to make lives better for all -  Presented by SGInnovate, CSIRO and Australia Trade & Investment Commission.

Date:     26 June 2019, Wednesday
Time:     4:00pm– 7:00pm
Venue:   32 Carpenter Street, Singapore 059911


Programme Details:
4:00pm – 4:30pm:   Registration
4:30pm – 4:45pm:   Opening remarks and MoU signing
4:45pm – 5:45pm:   Panel discussion
5.45 pm - 7.00 pm:  Networking

Panelists/Speakers Profiles:


Dr Mahesh Prakash is a Senior Principal Research Scientist at CSIRO Data61 and leads a group of Scientists, Engineers and Software Professionals who develop and apply a diverse range of modelling and analytics techniques for urban environmental applications with a key focus on emergency and disaster management.

His scientific and technical interests are in urban flood modelling, geospatial big data analytics and the confluence between environmental research (including climate change and climate change related risk) and technology including how an integrated approach could be applied to resolving some of the intractable challenges associated with deploying these tools for real world applications.

He works closely with the Oceans and Atmospheres and Land and Water Business Units in order to achieve much needed cohesion between the deep science and technology expertise that lies within CSIRO in this exciting area of research.


Dr Mehdi Ravanbakhsh, CEO and Co-Founder, Mapizy has over a decade experience leading innovative computer vision software projects. He is currently CEO and Founder of Mapizy, a Computer Vision Company, and Co-founder of InFarm, an AgTech company.

Previously, he worked as project leader in Cooperative Research Centre for Spatial Information (CRCSI) where he led a team to develop the highly regarded Barista software system for satellite image processing and feature extraction.

Dr Mehdi received the PhD from Hannover University in Germany in computer vision and has published over 50 papers in high ranking journals and peer-reviewed conferences. His R&D work has had a high impact globally and awarded by the American and UK Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing. He served as secretary of ISPRS Working group 1/4 and reviewed a number of ISI journals and conference proceedings.

At Mapizy and InFarm, he’s leading the software development team to create geospatial analytics for all kinds of industries.

Chen Cai

Dr. Chen Cai, Research Group Manager, CSIRO Data61 and Director, ITS Australia is the leader of the Transport Analytics group at Data61 (CSIRO). He co-founded the group in 2013 and led it to grow into one of Australia's leading research units of data science in transport. The group is a multi-time winner of ITS Australia’s National Award on Research (2014, 2015, 2018) and the recipient of NSW Premier's Innovation Initiative.

He is a board director of ITS Australia, the peak-body of the nation's ITS industry. He is a member of ITS Australia’s Membership Committee, and sits on the organisation committee of a number of high profile industrial events, including ITS Australia’s annual Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) conferences and the ITS Asia Pacific 2020 conference.


Moderator:  Liza Noonan is the ASEAN Director for CSIRO; Australia’s national science agency. In this role Liza is responsible for supporting a portfolio of collaborative research and commercial activity spanning data science, advanced manufacturing, agriculture & food, health and environmental sustainability.

Prior to this role Liza was the Executive Manager of Innovation at the CSIRO and founder of the ON Accelerator- Australia’s first national science & technology accelerator supporting public funded research achieve real world impact faster.

Liza has extensive experience in innovation and technology –having been CEO OF Springboard Enterprises Australia - a venture backer of female founded business and head of Solutions & Marketing for Nokia in Australia.Liza has sat on the Executive Council for the IoT Alliance Australia, has served as a non-executive director for the Canberra Innovation Network and is currently an Australian national Innovation Awards judge.

Liza holds a Bachelor of Economics from the University of New South Wales and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.