Qi began her education by studying telecommunication engineering and computer science. After visiting Prof. Linqing Wen and Prof. David Blair’s groups at the University of Western Australia (UWA), she became extremely interested in physics, particularly gravitational waves. She took on a PhD project in UWA and later became an OzGrav and UWA postdoc.
For the last ten years, Qi worked on low latency searches of gravitational wave signals and participated in many exciting new discoveries with LIGO and Virgo. During this time she worked with talented people from LIGO and OzGrav and gained many transferrable skills for both industry and academia. These skills include reasoning and deduction skills, data analysis and reporting skills, and interpersonal skills.
Now, Dr Qi Chu just started her new role as a data scientist at Australia’s largest natural gas provider, Woodside, in Perth. She’s currently onboarding a data science team to work on various data rendering and optimisation projects from Woodside’s natural gas production process.
Industry has been adapting to the new era of big data technology and artificial intelligence, including traditional resource companies like Woodside or BHP. There’s more investment in new data infrastructures and technologies to transform data-driven organizations. Researchers from academia are particularly welcome to bring in new perspectives and skills to this transformation.