Graham Williams

Professor, Data Science Lead, and Chief Scientist, Software Innovation Institute

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Data Science
Software Innovation Institute

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Graham’s research in data science and machine learning has recently focussed on how we can recover our privacy in a digital and data rich world. To that end, he has built a team that is researching how data can be securely stored and placed under an individual’s control. Our personal online data stores (PODs) are hosted on open source SOLID (socially linked data) servers that store open and encrypted data.


Graham innovatives with Data Science solutions utilising AI and Machine Learning to target important business use cases. He has a focus on developing technology for good and sharing through open source software practices, particularly with a focus on privacy.

Graham has served in a number of senior roles across indistry, government, research and academia. He was Director of Data Science with Microsoft, building and mentoring research groups across different industries. As an executive with the Australian Taxation Office and the Whole of Government Data Analytics Centre of Excellence he guided government departments in setting up their Data Science capabilities. At CSIRO he initiated the first Data Mining research group in Australia. He is the author of books and open source software widely used in teaching.

Graham has a PhD in Computer Science (Machine Learning) from the ANU and BSc Hons (Maths) (First Class) University of Adelaide.

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