The CSIRO had developed a new research division focused on data-driven computational and information sciences.
The division, known as CSIRO Computational Informatics (CCI), will work together with the organisation's National Research Flagship to address national issues "across the information and decision making value chain", the organisation says.
"It will also work closely with a range of external partners and collaborators to create a capability hub in key research areas including next generation data analytics, autonomous robotics, complex systems modelling, and decision making under uncertainty."
Along with the development on this new division, the CSIRO has also appointed Dr. Bronwyn Harch as its chief.
Harch stated that the CSIRO has always been leading development in Australia, from digital image analysis for agriculture through the wireless LAN technology, and now "the proliferation of smart devices and increasing access to next generation broadband has caused an explosion in the volume, velocity and variety of data and information. With predictions, that by 2020 the average person will own six different smart devices connecting us to over 37 billion ‘things’, from cows in the field to our car to our fridge door through the Internet, it is clear the amount of data we produce will continue to grow at an exponential rate".
“We have responded to the information and data challenges facing Australia with the formation of this new CSIRO Computational Informatics (CCI) Division. Our integrated and strengthened capabilities in this division will enable us to remain at the forefront of global developments in key research areas that transform the information and decision making workflows of industry, government and the innovation sectors.”
A recent McKinsey Institute report investigating the future of 'disruptive technologies' outlined a reduction in the focus of new pieces of technologies, and instead an increase on the impact of technology which will require advanced data analytics.
"The same report predicts that by 2025 the potential economic contribution of new disruptive technologies such as mobile Internet, advanced robotics and 3D printing are expected to return between $14 trillion and $33 trillion globally each year," Harch added.
She stated that this new division's focus on 'data-driven science' will hell the CSIRO to take on the nation's major issues such as declining productivity and an increase in the ageing population.