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Monash University data scientist wins Victorian Young Achiever Award Dr. François Petitjean, from the Faculty of Information Technology, is the winner of this year’s Victorian Young Achiever Award in the Research Impact category. Dr. Petitjean, whose work is partly funded by the US Air Force, has developed systems which are being applied across a range of scientific disciplines, from monitoring oil spills to fighting insect-borne diseases. He joined the Monash Centre for Data Science in 2013. Since then, Dr. Petitjean has developed a data analysis tool called Chordalysis, which can reveal relationships and influences between the variables of a dataset. Several research teams around the world have already started using Chordalysis for problems as diverse as discovering symptoms of rare diseases, creating heat-resistant anti-inflammatories, and monitoring oil spills in the…


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