Dr Rob Hough is the Science Director for CSIRO Mineral Resources based in Australia. The research entity has over 270 researchers, across a range of disciplines, working to support the minerals exploration and mining industry. The Discovery program alone is working with juniors, mid-tiers and major mining companies as well as in the commercialisation of technology with the METS sector. He is a geologist with over 20 years’ experience in research with industry and a passionate advocate for innovation that can support industry to explore for our future mines. He is also the lead for Minerals engagement with the large Data Science capability in CSIRO called Data61, providing for new data science driven technologies and approaches to support the minerals industry.