Meet the AEHRC’s health science heroes
Why don’t you decide for yourself? Watch below to find out what inspires our scientists and how they like to spend their free time.
[Music plays and several technology-related images appear inside a circle on the screen. The CSIRO logo appears from the circle. The words ‘Meet the scientists behind CSIRO’s AEHRC (Australian e-Health Research Centre)’ appear on screen in front of a blurry background with people moving across it. The words disappear and a man wearing a CSIRO shirt appears in front of a beige background.]
[A series of individual people, all in front of a beige background, clap once].
[The words ‘What got you into science?’ appear on screen]
Multiple scientists say ‘um’ or ‘ah’. Scientists reply:
1: I wanted to know how pretty much everything around me worked.
2: I think I had my first microscope when I was six, seven, something like that.
3: Always asking questions about ‘why this?’, ‘why that?’.
4: I just liked fiddling with things. Taking things apart.
5: Yeah, I really liked pulling things apart.
6: At some stage my parents stopped giving me, kind of, toys that you could actually break.
7: I think I’ve always been interested in science, since I was a child.
8: You know, animals, space…
9: Build little mechanical things with Lego.
10: The first book I really picked up was a book about sending monkeys into space.
[The words ‘So, what is it about data?’ appear.]
2: Data can tell a story in so many different ways.
3: Data is the way we understand the world.
4: The thing that I love most about data is using data to inform policies and practice.
5: You can change numbers into decisions.
[The words ‘Why is AI such an important tool?’ appear]
2: It can crunch a lot of data and be able to understand things that us humans have difficulty understanding.
3: It can help augment decision-making.
4: AI is not one technology. It’s literally hundreds of different technologies.
5: We will just take the benefits of the AI to improve our overall wellbeing, I guess.
[The words ‘Thoughts on chatbots?’ appear.]
1: We’re gonna have to get used to chatbots.
2: Right now they probably can be a bit frustrating.
3: Chatbots do get a bad wrap, but I think that it’s also demonstrated that it’s the best way to get people engaged and utilise AI. My favourite chatbot name, um…
2: Rad bot. Because I work in radiology. It would also be extremely rad…
3: Um… Oh, well, I mean HAL was very frightening. So not HAL.
[The words ‘What should people know about the AEHRC?’ appear.]
2: We’re all just a bunch of normal people.
3: We are also very diverse and we all have beautiful personalities.
4: Really punching above its weight in terms of international impact.
5: The fact that we work, as we say, from cells to bedside, so across the whole spectrum…
6: I’d like to believe that we’re changing healthcare, one AI algorithm at the same time.
[The words ‘What do you do in your spare time?’ appear.]
2: Um, currently I do burlesque dancing.
3: I like to spend time with my family.
4: ‘cause I’ve got three little kids, and… keep them entertained.
5: I play flute, I play the piano, and I sing a little bit.
2: I also do painting ― oil portraits.
5: *Singing* People to meet at that Berlin café.
6: I like to do, like, cooking.
2: Um, still life painting, I make soap…
7: I like travelling. I like camping
8: I love hiking. I’m really into mountains.
9: When I have spare time, it’s mainly dog related.
[The words ‘Anything else?’ appear.]
1: What’s harder, wrangling data or wrangling kids? Definitely wrangling kids.
2: Psychology is really cool. And emotional intelligence. That’s the thing as well, yeah.
3: If you look back in history, art is science, and science is art.
[The words ‘Are you emotionally intelligent?’ appear.]
O.S: Are you emotionally intelligent?
Scientist replies: Ah, I would love to believe that, but, uh, my partner will probably say no. *Laughs.*
[The CSIRO logo appears on a white background. ‘Australia’s National Science Agency’ is written underneath.]
The Australian e-Health Research Centre (AEHRC) is CSIRO's digital health research program and a joint venture between CSIRO and the Queensland Government. The AEHRC works with state and federal health agencies, clinical research groups and health businesses around Australia.