Shimon Ando is senior adviser of technology integration for Rio Tinto. He is based at their Centre of Excellence for Automation in Perth, Australia. His work is at the forefront of “data science” – one of the fastest growing fields in the industry – which seeks to understand, manipulate and interpret large amounts of data created from the connected machines and processes. Before joining Rio Tinto six years ago, he studied Mining Engineering at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. He also has degrees in both Physics and Mineral Economics from his home country of Japan.