Speakers and Program

Theme: Own your Future!

Develop your professional identity

Note: This is a draft of the programs. Details will be confirmed soon.

If you are unable to to attend in person, the event will be live streamed online.

The conference objective is to encourage lively student engagement and provide opportunities for students to network and learn from other students in Australia and New Zealand.

  • Saturday 1 Oct 2022
  • Sunday 2 Oct 2022

Saturday 1 Oct 2022

8:00 am – 9:00 am Registration

No workshops in this session.

9:00 am – 9:10 am Introduction and Welcome

Luke Rosenberg and Xin Yuan will provide an introduction and welcome to ANZSCON.

9:10 am – 9:30 am Keynote Speech – Deepak Mathur (IEEE R10 Director)

Deepak Mathur will be giving an Introduction to IEEE R10.

Deepak Mathur is the Director of IEEE Region 10 (Asia-Pacific). IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) is the world’s largest technical professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for the benefit of humanity.

Deepak has also served in various volunteer leadership roles within IEEE at Section, Council, Region and MGA (Member Geographic Activities). Previously, he was the IEEE India Council Chair in 2015-16, overseeing the activities of Sections across India, representing more than 40,000 members.

Deepak, a former Chief General Manager of ONGC (India’s premier public sector company engaged in exploration and exploitation of hydrocarbons), has more than 37-years of professional experience in fields of electronics, telecommunication, IT infrastructure and has held various engineering and managerial positions during his career. He has successfully done planning and executions of several IT projects like SCADA, on-line/real-time monitoring systems, IT infrastructure creation, Wi-Max based broadband wireless access system, GPS/GSM based vehicle tracking system etc. and has led teams of IT professionals and multi-disciplinary teams. He also has the experience of managing and working on Hi-Tech (Oil) Well Logging Systems which analyzes the properties of subsurface to explore the possibility of hydrocarbons.

Deepak holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Electronics and Communications from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Roorkee and an MBA. He has also completed Advance Management Program from India Institute of Management (IIM), Calcutta.

In his IEEE journey, Deepak has been the recipient of various IEEE recognitions including the prestigious IEEE Region 10 Outstanding Volunteer Award, IEEE MGA Achievement Award and IEEE India Council Life Time Achievement award.

He is also a member of the highly acclaimed international honor society IEEE-HKN or Eta Kappa Nu (ΗΚΝ), which is known to promote excellence in profession and in education through an emphasis on scholarship, character, and attitude. Its membership is a lifelong designation for individuals who have distinguished themselves as students or as professionals in electrical engineering, computer engineering, computer science, and other fields of IEEE’s interest.

9:30 am – 9:45 am Keynote Speech – Emre Ayranci (IEEE Global Young Professionals)

No workshops in this session.

9:45 am – 10:15 am Keynote Speech – Dale Lambert (STEM Careers at the Defence Science and Technology Group)

Dale Lambert will talk on STEM Careers at the Defence Science and Technology Group.

Dr Dale A. Lambert is the Chief of Information Sciences Division in the Defence Science and Technology Group within the Australian Department of Defence in Adelaide, Australia. He was previously: the Chief of Cyber and Electronic Warfare Division; the acting Chief of National Security and Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Division; the Director General of Science Strategy and Policy for Defence Science and Technology in Canberra; and the Research Leader of Intelligence Analytics.

Dr Lambert is a world-leading scientist in High-Level Information Fusion, the process in which a machine automatically combines multiple signal, image and text data sources to automatically comprehend current events and automatically predict future events. He was contracted from Australian Defence to Swedish industry for four years to design and implement an Artificial Intelligence system for Sweden’s airborne defence. The final Swedish system was subsequently on-sold to several nations in Europe, Asia and South America. Dr Lambert is an internationally sought-after journal reviewer, speaker, panellist, award committee member, and has over 70 publications. His second co-authored and co-edited Information Fusion book has been used in international conference tutorials in Singapore, Turkey, Spain, the USA and Germany, and was subsequently translated into Chinese and published in China by the Chinese National Defense Industry Press.

Between 2019 and 2021 Dr Lambert completed two years as Chair of the Executive Chairs of The Technical Cooperation Program (TTCP), providing administrative oversight of the largest cooperation on defence science and technology between Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States. While serving as Chair of the five-nation TTCP Technical Panel on Information Fusion earlier in his career, he received a TTCP Achievement Award in 2006 for that panel’s published book and then in 2021 received a TTCP Distinguished Service Award. Dr Lambert has held several additional roles on behalf of Defence Science and Technology. These include being a member of senior Defence committees and being a member or chair of seven different university advisory boards. He has also been a postgraduate supervisor for several institutions.

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the world’s largest technical professional organisation, presented Dr Lambert with the IEEE Harry Rowe Mimno Award at a ceremony in Washington DC in 2015 for “excellence in technical communication”. He was awarded the Public Service Medal in the 2020 Australia Day Honours List for “outstanding public service in the use of artificial intelligence in surveillance and reconnaissance, command and control, intelligence and autonomous platforms”. In 2021 he was elected as a Fellow of the prestigious Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering, a learned academy that helps Australians understand and use technology to solve complex problems.

Dr Lambert holds: a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science; a first-class Bachelor of Arts Honours degree in Philosophy and Artificial Intelligence; a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics; a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Artificial Intelligence; a Graduate Certificate of Management in Scientific Leadership; and a Doctor of Science degree in Information Fusion. The Doctor of Science degree “… is the highest qualification awarded by the University” and “… is of a higher standing than either a Masters by Research degree or the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)”.

10:15 am – 10:45 am Keynote Speech – Paulo Santos (Spatial reasoning from a first-robot perspective)

The ability to perceive space and reason about spatio-temporal relations is effortless for humans, but it has proved to be a challenge to computational systems that struggle to process the various nuances of our conceptualisation of the world. This talk presents two results on the development of qualitative spatial reasoning tools applied to multi-robot systems that aim to bridge the gap between the human and the machine way of interpreting and acting upon the external world. The first is a novel algorithm for Qualitative Case-Based Reasoning and Learning (QCBRL), which is a case-based reasoning system that uses qualitative spatial representations to retrieve and reuse cases by means of relations between objects in the environment. Combined with reinforcement learning, QCBRL allows the agent to learn new qualitative cases at runtime, without assuming a pre-processing step. Experimental evaluation of QCBRL was conducted in a simulated robot-soccer environment and in a real humanoid-robot. Results show that QCBRL outperforms traditional RL methods and state-of-the-art CBR systems. The second result is an algorithm for combining the information obtained from multiple (distinct and egocentric) viewpoints to infer the pose, the route and the actions to guide a sensory deprived agent toward a goal destination. The information from the multiple observers were fused in terms of a set of qualitative directions that could be easily interpreted by a human agent, but that can also be easily translated to low-level robot actions. Experimental evaluation was also conducted in a simulated and real robot-soccer environment.

Paulo Santos received his PhD degree in artificial intelligence from Imperial College, London, UK, working on the development of spatial reasoning systems for mobile robots. He was a research assistant at the School of Computing, University of Leeds, UK, working on a European Union funded project for the development of Cognitive Vision Systems. Dr. Santos led a research group in AI and Robotics in Sao Paulo, Brazil (2005-2019), conducting a number of research projects of industrial interest. During this period, Dr. Santos was also a visiting researcher at the following world-class institutions: University of Leeds, UK (2007, 2010); Ryerson University, Canada (2010), Bremen University, Germany (2012); Coruna University, Spain (2014). Dr. Santos currently occupies the position of Associate Professor of AI and Robotics at Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia, since 2020, developing research on the integration of Automated Reasoning with Deep Learning models towards explainable AI systems.

10:45 am – 11:15 am Morning Tea (Sponsored by Codan)

No workshops in this session.

11:15 am – 11:45 am Keynote Speech – Teresa Janowski (Learn how to network to increase your net worth)

This fun interactive session will teach you the dos and don’ts of networking

Teresa Janowski is the CEO and founder of STEM Fast Track. She is an engineer, mentor and STEM educator and completely obsessed with Formula 1.
She has worked for Telstra, Motorola, BAE Systems, and SAAB Technologies as well as a not for profit.
In 2018 Teresa created STEM Fast Track and has delivered her award winning programs STEM Sista and STEM Mista to over 1000 high school students and educators.
More recently, Teresa has expanded to work with Primary school children as an Innovation Coach working directly with a school two days a week.
Working with school leavers, Teresa is running her second Cyber Sista program in November for 24 women eager to pursue a career in Cyber.
Teresa is a Keynote speaker, MC and an absolute Formula 1 enthusiast and loves watching technical videos in her spare time. Teresa is married and has adult children.

11:45 am – 12:15 pm Industry Gold Sponsor Session

No workshops in this session.

12:15 pm – 1:15 pm Lunch Break

No workshops in this session.

1:15 pm – 2:00 pm Split Student/Women In Engineering/Young Professionals Session

Student Session: Research Opportunities in Adelaide

Sat 1:15 pm – 2:00 pm

Women in Engineering Session: Future Plans for the Women in Engineering

Sat 1:15 pm – 2:00 pm

Young Professionals Session

Sat 1:15 pm – 2:00 pm

2:00 pm – 3:30 pm AIML Computer Workshop: Mathworks with David Tien, Charles Sturt University.

Whether you’re a seasoned programmer or just starting out, this workshop has something for everyone. Learn the tools to succeed in a career in machine learning, robotics and engineering.

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm Afternoon Tea (sponsored by RFTeq)

No workshops in this session.

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm IEEE Sight Introduction

No workshops in this session.

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm Evening Reception

Enjoy an evening reception at the Adelaide Zoo, including pre-drinks with the pandas.

Sunday 2 Oct 2022

8:00 am – 9:00 am Coffee/Tea

No workshops in this session.

9:00 am – 9:30 am Keynote Speech – Nelson Tansu (Quantum Engineering and Ultra-Wide Bandgap Semiconductors)

The talk will focus on the frontiers of quantum engineering and semiconductor research. Ultrawide bandgap semiconductor research has greatly advanced energy efficiency, biomedical engineering, and power electronics, and lasers. Key examples for quantum optical devices will be provided, and the process of advancing quantum engineering and semiconductor research will also be discussed.

Short Bio:
Professor Nelson Tansu is a Fellow of the US National Academy of Inventors (NAI Fellow; elected in 2016), IEEE Fellow (Class of 2021), and Clarivate Analytics Highly Cited Researcher (in 2018). Tansu is Head of the School of Electrical and Electronics Engineering and Professor of Quantum Electronics at The University of Adelaide (Adelaide, South Australia, Australia). Previously (July 2003 – Jan. 2021), Tansu was the Daniel E. ’39 and Patricia M. Smith Endowed Chair Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE), and Director for the Center for Photonics and Nanoelectronics (CPN) at Lehigh University. He had made seminal advances to the invention and innovation, fundamental sciences, and device technologies of III-V and III-Nitride semiconductors. Specifically, his innovations have impacted areas of dilute-nitride diode lasers, and III-nitride semiconductor technologies for energy efficiency. He has more than 18 US patents, and his work is integrated into today’s state-of-the-art solid-state lighting technology. He has authored more than 160+ refereed journals and 325+ conference publications. Tansu is the Editor-in-Chief of the open-access journal Photonics. He has served as a member of the Editorial Boards for 8 other leading journals in applied physics and nanotechnology.

9:30 am – 10:00 am Keynote Speech – Bisma Manzoor (Revolution of the space industry and career opportunities in the space sector)

Dr Bisma works as a DSP Engineer with Fleet Space Technologies, Australia, one of Australia’s leading space companies providing connectivity to large-scale ground Internet of Things (IoT) devices via the Nanosatellites equipped with advanced communication technologies. Dr Bisma undertakes the task of designing and processing the digital signal algorithms and core access mechanisms used in the satellite and the ground devices. She graduated with a PhD in Electronics and Electrical Engineering from the School of Engineering, RMIT University. She investigated the operation of low-power Internet of Things Access networks, where she identified the mechanisms to optimize the coverage of terrestrial and non-terrestrial IoT networks while examining the energy costs of IoT devices.

She previously worked as a sessional academic at RMIT University for four years and is experienced in training young engineers and promoting Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) in young people. She is a recipient of multiple awards, including the recognition for excellence in teaching award and DVC’s Excellence for research in STEM award, RMIT.

10:00 am – 10:30 am Keynote Speech – Professor Sharath Sriram

Professor Sharath Sriram jointly leads a team in ‘Functional Materials and Microsystems’ that translates discoveries at extremely small size scales into technology for electronics, communication, and biomedicine. He was the Scientific Coordinator and Founding Deputy Director of RMIT University’s Micro Nano Research Facility. He is the recipient of several awards for leadership and research excellence, and contributes extensively to science policy and advocacy [2].

10:30 am – 11:00 am Morning Tea (sponsored by IEEE WiE)

No workshops in this session.

11:00 am – 12:00 pm Entrepreneurship Session – New Venture Institute

Your ideas deserve the chance to grow into something greater. The Flinders New Venture Institute will explore the opportunity for you to consider if you might be the next innovator or entrepreneur who turns a great idea into an entrepreneurial reality. Flinders New Venture Institute have been delivering entrepreneurial programs and accelerating the workforce and business of tomorrow for the past 9 years. The Institute has been acknowledged as #1 Top Challenger: Asia-Pacific in the UBI World Benchmark Study, as well as #3 University Accelerator or Incubator through Australia.

12:00 pm – 12:30 pm IEEE Sight Group Planning

No workshops in this session.

12:30 pm – 1:15 pm Lunch Break

No workshops in this session.

1:15 pm – 2:15 pm IEEE Sight Presentations

No workshops in this session.

2:15 pm – 2:30 pm Group Photo

No workshops in this session.

2:30 pm – 3:00 pm Afternoon Tea

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3:00 pm – 4:00 pm Career Journey Panel

No workshops in this session.

4:00 pm – 4:30 pm Closing Remarks and Prizes

Luke Rosenberg and Xin Yuan will deliver closing remarks for ANZSCON and present prizes.

IEEE R10 Director Elect Dr Lance Fung will deliver a keynote on the ‘Future plans for students, YP and WiE in R10’

Emeritus Professor Lance Chun Che Fung trained and worked as a Marine Radio and Electronic Officer in early 70’s. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree with First Class Honours in Maritime Studies and a Master of Engineering Degree in System Test Technology in 1981 and 1982 respectively from the University of Wales, UK. His PhD Degree was awarded by the University of Western Australia in 1994 with a thesis on the Applications of Artificial Intelligent Techniques to Electrical Power System Engineering under the supervision of the late Professor Kit Po Wong. Lance has taught at the Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering, Singapore Polytechnic, the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Curtin University of Technology and Murdoch University. He was appointed Emeritus Professor in 2015. In 2017, Professor Fung was awarded an Honorary PhD Degree in Information Technology by the Walailak University Thailand, in recognition of his contributions towards the development and advancement of WU’s research and postgraduate programs. Lance has held positions as Academic Program Chair, Associate Dean of Research, Postgraduate Research Director and Director of the Centre for Enterprise Collaborative in Innovative Systems. He has supervised over 30 postgraduate and doctoral students to completion and published over 350 academic articles in international journals and conference.
Lance has been an active and dedicated volunteer in the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (IEEE) for nearly three decades. He has served in many positions in the Executive Committees of Technical Society Chapters, Western Australia Section, Australia Council and IEEE Region 10 Executive Committee. Professor Fung has been an elected Member-At-Large of the Board of Governors in the IEEE Systems, Man and Cybernetic Society, Chair of the IEEE New Initiative Committee (NIC), Conference Quality Committee (CQC), IEEE Technical Program Integrity Committee (TPIC), Conference Organisation Integrity Committee and Chair of the IEEE R10 Educational Activities Committee. Currently, Lance is the IEEE Region 10 Director-Elect 2021-2022.