Sandra Villacorta Chambi

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Dr. Villacorta is a geosciences researcher with a Ph.D. in Research, Modelling, and Environmental Risk Analysis, an MSc in Sustainable Use of Mineral Resources, and a BSc in Engineering Geology. With a career spanning over 18 years, Dr. Villacorta has emerged as a prominent Research Project leader, currently leading innovative projects for advancing geoscience knowledge through cutting-edge technologies, including Knowledge Graphs, Artificial Intelligence, and Machine Learning at CSIRO.

In addition to her research, Dr. Villacorta received the esteemed Geoethics Medal in 2021, a testament to her unwavering commitment to ethical practices in geosciences. Her contributions extend beyond the laboratory, encompassing geohazards assessment, Earth and Environmental Sciences, project management, education, and extensive outreach activities. Dr. Villacorta's holistic expertise spans diverse domains, from fieldwork and laboratory analysis to environmental data management and cartography.

Furthermore, she actively advocates for inclusivity and diversity within the geoscience community, striving to create an environment that embraces all voices and perspectives.


Dr Villacorta's current research revolves around pioneering methodologies that harness the power of Knowledge Graphs, Artificial Intelligence, and Machine Learning to improve geoscience knowledge administration. She is exploring on her research innovative approaches to optimize the organization, retrieval, and utilization of geoscientific data. Her specific areas of interest encompass:

Knowledge Graphs and their application in geosciences for structured data representation.

Leveraging Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning for advanced data analysis, predictive modelling, and pattern recognition in geoscience contexts.

Geospatial data integration and visualization techniques to derive actionable insights from complex geoscientific information.

The development of decision support systems for geological hazard assessment and disaster management, with a strong emphasis on enhancing community resilience.

Ethical considerations within Geosciences, particularly regarding the responsible use of cutting-edge technologies.


Dr. Villacorta extends a warm welcome to prospective HDR students interested in researching the following topics:

  1. Geological Knowledge Management: Explore novel techniques for effectively administrating and utilising geological knowledge, focusing on knowledge graphs and AI-driven solutions.
  2. Sustainable Geological Practices: Investigate sustainable approaches to risk prevention by integrating green technologies for hazard mitigation.
  3. Geoeducation Advancements: Contribute to developing cutting-edge techniques and strategies in geoscience education to foster excellence in this critical field.
  4. Ethical Dimensions of Geosciences: Dive into the ethical aspects of geosciences, promoting responsible practices and geoethics within the scientific community.
  5. Disaster Management: Engage in research on geological risks, disaster prevention, and long-term observation of disaster risk management, focusing on governance and decentralisation practices.


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