We are proud that BDVA’16 will host several internationally renowned keynote speakers.

Professor Bruce Hunter Thomas, University of South Australia

Professor Thomas is the current the Deputy Director of the Advanced Computing Research Centre, Director of the Mawson Institute SAR Visualisation Lab, and Director of the Wearable Computer Laboratory at the University of South Australia. He is currently a NICTA Fellow, Senior Member of the ACM, Senior Member of the IEEE, and visiting Scholar with the Human Interaction Technology Laboratory, University of Washington. His current research interests include: wearable computers, user interfaces, augmented reality, virtual reality, visualisation, CSCW, and tabletop display interfaces.

Prof. Thomas’ academic qualifications include the following:
1) B.A. in Physics, George Washington University;
2) M.S. in Computer Science, University of Virginia with a thesis titled: Pipeline Pyramids in Dynamic Scenes; and
3) Ph.D. in Computer Science, Flinders University with a thesis titled: Animating Direct Manipulation in Human Computer Interfaces

Prof. Thomas has over 200 publications, has been cited over 4400 times, and has an h-index of 35 as calculated by Google Citations. His experience includes working at the School of Information Technology and Mathematical Sciences, University of South Australia since 1990. He has run his own computer consultancy company. He was a Computer Scientist at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (A major US government laboratory for the Department of Commerce.), and a software engineer for the Computer Sciences Corporation and the General Electric Company.


Professor Kerrie Mengersen, Queensland University of Technology

Kerrie Mengersen is a statistician whose research interests are in Bayesian and other modern methods for statistical modelling and computation. She currently holds a Chair in Statistics at Queensland University of Technology, Australia. Professor Mengersen has maintained an active collaborative and consultancy profile in both the development of statistical methods and in their application to a wide variety of problems in environment, health and industry. She is a Deputy Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence in Mathematical and Statistical Frontiers, which aims for research excellence and its translation to collaborative domains in Healthy People, Sustainable Environments and Prosperous Societies. For the past decade Kerrie has led the Bayesian Research and Applications Group (BRAG) which aims to engage in world-class, relevant fundamental and collaborative statistical research, training and application through Bayesian and other modern methods. Professor Mengersen was announced as one of 15 new ARC Laureate Fellows for 2015 for her project, Bayesian Learning for Decision Making in the Big Data Era.

Emeritus Professor Peter D Eades, University of Sydney

Peter Eades has studied many aspects of network visualization from mathematical underpinnings to diverse domain applications. His algorithms have been used in visualization systems for software visualization, biotech analysis, homeland security, and social networks. Peter obtained a PhD from ANU in 1978, and has held positions at the University of Waterloo, the University of Queensland, the University of Newcastle, and NICTA. He is currently an Emeritus Professor at the University of Sydney.