Professor Carolyn McGregor AM

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Professor Carolyn McGregor AM is applying her considerable skills in the big data space to help save lives.

Her early career spent providing strategic solutions in decision support, data warehousing and data mining to some of Australia's leading corporations – amongst them St George Bank, Woolworths, Commonwealth Bank.

It was here that Carolyn met a neonatologist and found a way to use her skills for the betterment of society. She established, grew and led Health Informatics Research at the University of Western Sydney, and there laid the foundations of what was to become her ‘Artemis’ project.

Artemis is a sophisticated health analytics platform that enables real-time analysis of multiple data streams. Its initial application was in the highly sensitive environment of neonatal intensive care, where diagnostic machines generate more than 1200 data points per second – difficult to monitor closely enough to pinpoint the change. Her system helps neonatologists see patterns in this high-frequency physiological data, which can mean earlier detection of infection and disease, and reduced mortality.

In 2007, she was appointed to the prestigious Canada Research Chair in Health Informatics, based at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Canada. Here she’s progressed the Artemis project, and developed further the pioneering research that has made her one of the world’s leading experts in health informatics. Her impressive achievements led to the Chair being renewed for a second 5-year term.

Carolyn is now working with NASA to adapt the technology to monitor the health of astronauts on the planned Mission to Mars in 2030, alongside a new project – dubbed Athena – where she is working with tactical operators to capture physiological data in virtual reality training scenarios. Athena is expected to revolutionise the landscape for mental health conditions such as depression and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Carolyn has over 100 refereed publications, filed 3 patents and has established two start-up companies, and has extensive research collaborations in Canada, China, USA, Australia and Ireland. She is passionate about inspiring girls and women into Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) careers, and is the inaugural representative of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Engineering in Medicine & Biology Society (EMBS) for IEEE Women in Engineering.

She has garnered numerous accolades for her research, and in 2014 became a Member of in the Order of Australia for her significant service to science and innovation through health care information systems.

Meet Carolyn McGregor AM, the 2015 Advance Global Australian Technology Innovation Award Winner. Watch a masterclass with Carolyn on 'Disrupting Healthcare with Big Data on Earth and in Space' at the 2015 Advance Global Australian Summit and her 2015 Advance Global Australian Award Acceptance Speech below.