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Dr Yanchang Zhao

Senior Research Scientist


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Dr. Yanchang Zhao is a Senior Research Scientist with Data61, CSIRO (since 2017) and an Adjunct Professor with the University of Canberra (since 2015). Previously, he was a Data Analytics Lead with IBM Australia in 2017, a Senior Data Scientist with the Australian Government from 2009 to 2016 and an Australian Postdoctoral Research Fellow – Industry (APDI) with the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) from 2007 to 2009. He received his PhD degree in Computing Science at UTS in 2007, specialised in data mining and machine learning.

He has 16 years' hands-on experiences in data science and analytics and has authored/co-authored 70+ publications (incl. 4 books) on data mining research and applications. He has delivered dozens of talks (incl. keynote addresses, invited talks, tutorials and training courses) at universities, government, industry and international conferences. His book titled R and Data Mining – Examples and Case Studies has been widely used as a reference book for university courses and industry training courses on data science and analytics.

He is a Founder of, the RDataMining LinkedIn group and the Canberra Data Scientists Meetup Group. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE , a Member of the ACM and SIGKDD, a Secretary of the ACM SIGKDD ANZ Chapter and a Steering Committee Member of the AusDM Conference, and has been a Program Committee member for 100+ academic conferences, such as AAAI 2017-2021, IJCAI 2018-2020 and PAKDD 2018-2021.

Research Interests:
* Knowledge graph and recommender systems
* Entity resolution and data linkage
* Causality analysis, causal inference and discovery

A PC member of
* The AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI 2017-2021)
* The International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI 2018-2020)
* The Pacific-Asia Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining (PAKDD 2018-2021)
* The ACM International Conference on Information and Knowledge Management (CIKM 2020-2021)
* The Pacific Rim International Conferences on Artificial Intelligence (PRICAI 2010-2021)
* The IEEE International Conference on Data Science and Advanced Analytics (DSAA 2020-2021)

Other Interests

  • R
  • Python
  • Data mining
  • Machine learning
  • Data science and analytics

Achievements and Awards

  • 2020-2020

    DNFC Customer First Award – Highly Commended

  • 2020-2020

    Best Paper Award of the Industry and Government Program
    The IEEE Big Data 2020 Conference

  • 2020-2020

    The 2020 IEEE Region 10 Outstanding Small Section Award

  • 2018-2018

    Research Innovation Award
    The Australian Water Association

Current Roles

  • Senior Researcher on data science and analytics projects
    Research on data mining and machine learning on projects collaborated with government, industry and academia

  • Co-supervisor of PhD students
    Co-supervising PhD students with UQ, UTS and UniSA

Academic Qualifications

  • 2007

    PhD in Computing Science
    University of Technology, Sydney

Professional Experiences

  • Sept 2017-Present

    Senior Research Scientist
    Data61, CSIRO

  • Nov 2015-Present

    Adjunct Professor
    University of Canberra

  • March 2017-Sept 2017

    Data Analytics Lead
    IBM Australia

  • Nov 2011-Feb 2017

    Senior Data Scientist
    Department of Immigration

  • May 2009-Nov 2011

    Senior Data Mining Specialist
    Department of Human Services

  • Jan 2007-Nov 2009

    Australian Postdoctoral Research Fellow - Industry (APDI)
    University of Technology, Sydney


  • Jan 2019-Sept 2019

    Data61 Challenge Grant on Smart City and Energy

  • 2007-2009

    ARC Linkage Project (LP0775041) on Data Mining of Activity Transactions to Strengthen Debt Prevention. $469,000.

  • 2010-2013

    ARC Linkage Project (LP100200774) on Detecting Significant Changes in Organisation Customer Interactions Leading to Non-Compliance. $300,000.

  • 2009-2010

    University of Technology Sydney (UTS) Early Career Researcher Grant (ECRG) project on Efficient Mining of Negative Sequential Patterns. $24,941.

  • 2008-2009

    UTS ECRG project on Combined Association Rule Mining. $25,000.

Community and Corporate Citizenship

  • 2013-present

    IEEE Senior Member

  • 2018-present

    ACM Member

  • 2018-present

    ACM SIGKDD Member

  • 2018-present

    Secretary of the ACM SIGKDD ANZ Chapter

  • 2012-present

    Steering Committee Member of the Australasian Data Mining Conference (AusDM)

  • 2014-present

    Founder and organiser of the Canberra Data Scientists Meetup Group

  • 2021-2021

    Conference Chair of the Australasian Data Mining Conference (AusDM) 2021

  • 2012-2020

    Program Chair of AusDM 2012-2016 & 2018-2020

  • 2020-2020

    Member of the Data61 Diversity and Inclusion Committee

  • 2020-2020

    Treasurer of the IEEE International Conference on Data Science and Advanced Analytics (DSAA 2020)

  • 2019-2020

    Chair of the Computer Society of the IEEE ACT Section

  • 2015-2015

    Exhibit & Demo Co-Chair of the ACM SIGKDD Conference 2015

  • 2013-2013

    Program Chair of the International Workshop on Data Mining Applications in Industry & Government (DMApps 2013), in conjunction with PAKDD 2013

  • 2007-2009

    Chair of the International Workshop on Domain Driven Data Mining (DDDM'07, DDDM'08, DDDM'09), in conjunction respectively with KDD'07, ICDM'08 and ICDM'09


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