Dr. Catherine Ball

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Director of Applied Innovation, Elemental Strategy Pty Ltd

Presentation Title:

The New Spatial Data Frontier: How Smaller Equals Bigger



What You Will Learn:

  1. Women can and do lead in spatial innovation
  2. Australia is leading the world
  3. Nurture your outliers
  4. Spatial economy is important for Australia

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Dr. Catherine Ball is a global, independent, innovation and remote sensing consultant, with particular interests in multi-modal data processing, ecological surveys, infrastructure, agriculture, and the coastal and marine interface.

Dr. Ball was the UAS technical lead for international company URS within Australia and New Zealand, and led the delivery of URS’s first Beyond Line of Sight UAS project in Australia in 2013.

As a sought after voice in industry, Dr. Ball is working across a diverse portfolio of projects including unmanned systems (aerial, terrestrial, and aquatic) for environmental monitoring. In particular, her most recent works include the provision of technical support for innovation and new technology within existing monitoring frameworks for the oil and gas industry, marine and environmental monitoring, international development, capacity building, business plan advisory, and data management practice improvement.

Dr. Ball has over 15 years’ experience in handling complex data sets from various environmental conditions and resolutions. Her experience includes soil microbial ecology using molecular techniques, as well as surveys in fluvial, freshwater, forest, intertidal and marine ecosystems. Furthermore, she has experience in data generation and analysis including microbiological molecular techniques, GIS, remote sensing, with an active interest and aptitude for linking environmental physico-chemical conditions to ecological phenomena.

Dr. Ball holds a BSc Honours (Environmental Protection) and a PhD (Spatial Ecology, Descriptive and Predictive Statistics) from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne in the United Kingdom.

2015 BOSS Magazine Young Executives of the Year – Winner

National Telstra Business Woman of the Year 2015, Corporate and Private Award

Queensland Telstra Business Women’s Awards Winner 2015: Queensland Business Woman of the Year, Queensland Corporate and Private.

Named an Innovator of Influence, 2015 at Innovation Week.

Courier Mail Q Magazine: Queensland 50 Best and Brightest, 2015