Advanced Analytics & AI Platform

Enhance your research services and research impact with Intersect Advanced Analytics & AI Platform

Data Science skills are, increasingly, an integral part of research and required to build a deeper understanding of research data. However, many researchers face a growing knowledge gap in these skills. The 2021 National Research Infrastructure Roadmap mentions that:

“Rapid advances in computing techniques and analysis, and management of large and complex datasets, have resulted in researchers no longer having sufficient expertise in data management, computational and analysis techniques.”

In 2016, a survey of 704 National Science Foundation (NSF) Biological Sciences Directorate principal investigators (BIO PIs) was conducted and nearly 90% indicated they are currently or will soon be analysing large data sets. However, BIO PIs acknowledged that data science skills will be required to build a deeper understanding of life [1] .This portends a growing data knowledge gap in biology and challenges institutions and funding agencies to redouble their support for computational training in biology [1]. Environmental and other scientists face the same issues and unmet need for training and mentorship/support in computational skills [2, 3, 4].

Intersect Australia has launched the Advanced Analytics & AI Platform to help address this pressing unmet need and bridge the knowledge gap by helping researchers/scientists advance their research quicker using advanced analytics, data science and AI methods combined with cutting edge digital tools and technologies/infrastructure. 

Enhance your Research Services & Research Impact with expertise in Data Science, Advanced Analytics, Artificial Intelligence, Statistics, and more, from Intersect Advanced Analytics & AI Platform

What is the service?

Intersect Advanced Analytics & AI Platform allows participating universities, organisations, research institutes, government departments, and individual research groups to annually procure a number of Service Hours or Expert Hours for allocation to individual researchers seeking help with advanced data skills and analytics in a research project. It is designed to provide full end-to-end support for data intensive research across key areas of the research workflow, including, but not limited to:

  • Experimental design: an examination of the research question to determine the relevant amount and nature of data required to address the question;
  • Data Import: capture, storage, and wrangling of data into the relevant compute environment, and the relevant data construct within that environment; 
  • Data Cleaning: preparative review and filtering of the raw data to obtain a clean set of relevant data for answering the research question;
  • Data Transformation: manipulation of the clean data into the correct format and structure to support the desired analysis;
  • Exploratory analysis: initial analyses, auxiliary to the main analytics, designed to check assumptions, identify anomalies, spot patterns, and test hypotheses; 
  • Descriptive analytics: identification of trends, patterns, insights, and relationships within the data;
  • Inferential statistics: data analysis to infer properties of an underlying distribution or probability, e.g., chi-square, t-tests, ANOVAs, correlation;
  • Predictive analytics: a broad range of specific techniques for making predictions on the basis of the research data, including machine learning, deep learning, data mining, etc.;
  • Visualisation and tabulation: a core element of many of the previous steps and essential as a final step; this involves the presentation of information derived from the data to promote understanding and interpretation;
  • Results: summarisation, integration, and overall narrative linking the analytics back to the research question;
  • Final Research Outputs: preparation and review of relevant research outputs based on the analysis, including journal articles, reports, presentations, publishing of data sets, publishing of research software, dashboards, etc.

What are the benefits?

Intersect Advanced Analytics & AI Platform is not just a simple analytics service. It offers a plethora of benefits!

Select one of the two pages to learn more about the benefits for

  • University / Research Institute / Government Department / Organisation
  • Researcher/Research Group

Want to ask about Intersect Advanced Analytics & AI Platform or have us contact you? Reach out by emailing analytics@intersect.org.au or visit help.intersect.org.au

Dr. Anastasios Papaioannou

Data Science Manager
anastasios@intersect.org.au
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