Tech Talk: Serverless Architecture

Tech Talk: Serverless Architecture
May 3, 2017 Karen Mecoles
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Serverless architectures

Fri. 5 May 2017

3:00 pm – 5:00 pm AEST


Serverless architectures are gaining prominence in the tech community for their scalability and reduced operational costs. These architectures remove some of the need for a traditional server sitting behind an application. This topic will include speakers sharing their experiences and advice on the benefits and pitfalls of going serverless.


Stephen Liedig: Building Serverless Backends with AWS Lambda and API Gateway

StephenLiedig (Amazon Web Services ) is a Public Sector Solutions Architect at AWS working closely with local and state governments, educational institutions, and non-profit organisations across Australia and New Zealand to design, and deliver, highly secure, scalable, reliable and fault-tolerant architectures in the AWS Cloud while sharing best practices and current trends, with a specific focus on DevOps, messaging, and serverless technologies.

Dr.Laurence Wilson and Aidan O’Brien: GT-Scan2: bringing bioinformatics to the cloud

Dr. Laurence Wilson (Health & Biosecurity, CSIRO) is a Post-doc in the Transformational Bioinformatics team at CSIRO, working under Denis Bauer, specialising in using BigData analytics to design computational tools to assist in the process of genome-editing, with a focus on the CRISPR-Cas9 system. He has completed a PhD at the Australian National University and a post-doc at the Institut Curie in Paris, where he investigated the link between chromatin and genome function. Since joining CSIRO he has expanded on this work, building models to predict how chromatin influences the activity of the CRISPR-Cas9 system.

Aidan O’Brien graduated from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Biotechnology (1st class honours) in 2013. With Dr. Timothy Bailey as his honours supervisor, he developed GT-Scan, a CRISPR target predictor. Aidan then started at CSIRO with the transformational bioinformatics team, where he developed VariantSpark, which applies BigData machine learning algorithms to genomic data. Aidan has 4 journal publications (3 first author) with 51 citations (h-index 3). He received the “Best student and postdoc” award at CSIRO in 2015 and attracted $180K in funding to date as AI. Aidan has now started his PhD in the field of genome editing at the Australian National University.

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