Data61, the data science research arm of the CSIRO, has begun a global search for its next CEO to replace inaugural chief Adrian Turner who is stepping down from the role in September.
Turner has led Data61 since it formed in 2016 and is expected to continue working with the data science and engineering group.
“Adrian Turner has made a significant contribution to CSIRO and Australia in understanding and harnessing the opportunities that digital and data science can deliver,” said Dr Larry Marshall, chief executive CSIRO.
“Our relationship will continue beyond Data61, with CSIRO and Adrian exploring how we can work together on the new venture.”
Data61 was formed with a mission to create “Australia’s data-driven future”. The group is widely considered Australia’s leading digital research organisation, collaborating with governments and the private sector across a range of industries.
More than 1,100 Data61 staff, including over 415 resident PHD students are located across 14 sites in New South Wales, ACT, Victoria, Queensland, Tasmania and Western Australia.
Data61 has worked on hundreds of projects including the development of an AI ethics framework for Australia, Open Banking standards, Cybersecurity for company directors, blockchain based currency for the NDIS, and robotics research.