Speaker Bio & Abstract

Leah Moss Commercialisation Lead

BiographyLeah Moss leads commercialisation for the Spark team at Data61/CSIRO. The team has a commendable track record in commercialising research IP related to bushfire modelling, geoprocessing and data visualisation and recently recognised for Australian and Asia Pacific Awards in Spatial Excellence. Leah is first and foremost an environmentalist, but specialises in innovation and commercialisation with extensive experience with driving data driven solutions for the worlds most complex digital problems. AbstractLeah Moss, Mahesh Prakash, James Hilton, Will Swedosh | Data61/CSIRO "Spark" is an entirely new approach to modelling bushfires. It provides the freedom to define exactly how fire propagates, and incorporates GDAL (open-source geospatial technology) for reading and writing any common geospatial data formats. Spark can process any combination of these layers and can run thousands of scenarios simultaneously, allowing for a robust understanding of risk and fire spread.

Its modular infrastructure and flexible approach has allowed us to process large amounts of geospatial data relevant to other areas inclusive of risk assessment, sensor integration, resilience and evacuation planning.

It is currently undergoing trials with various state agencies for operational fire prediction, including Queensland Fire Service (QFES), the New South Wales Rural Fire Service (RFS), the Tasmanian Fire Service (TFS) and the South Australian Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR). Each of these agencies are using Spark to understand and predict fires in fuel types specific to each state. The modular nature of Spark has additionally allowed it to be incorporated into larger predictive platforms.