Grand Challenge Lecture: can we eliminate human error from the road system?

Speaker Professor Hugh Bradlow, President, Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering.

Every year about 1300 people die on Australian roads and about 45,000 receive injuries sufficiently serious to warrant hospitalisation (about 11 per cent of emergency room admissions). According to US statistics, 94 per cent of road accidents are caused by human error.

Emerging technology creates the possibility of a fully autonomous road system where no human is involved in the control of a vehicle. This would not only save thousands of lives and reduce the burden on the health system, but would eliminate congestion and avoid the need to build new roads. It is likely to be the single biggest urban transformation we witness in the first half of the 21st century.

Besides explaining the impact of an autonomous transport system, Professor Bradlow will demystify the emerging technologies that make this transition possible: the synthesis of artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things, autonomous systems, 5G mobile networks and centimetre-accuracy mapping systems.

Finally, he will consider the implications to the economy in terms of the factors described above as well as employment and industry disruption.

Event details:
Friday 27 July, 4pm – 5:15pm
The Kindler Theatre, Level 4 P Block, QUT Gardens Point Campus.
Free event. RSVP via Eventbrite.

PhDs in Industry: Geremy Farr-Wharton

Geremy Farr-Wharton did a PhD because he wanted to change the world by solving real problems.

He says his role as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the CSIRO enables him to do just that: use the research skills developed through his PhD to create life-changing solutions to real-world problems.

“I made the choice to pursue impact and I do a lot of really exciting things at CSIRO. I’m lucky enough to work with amazing colleagues on some really life-changing projects, from (re)designing our Australian cities for the coming future, to shaping the role of technology in healthcare, liveability and well-being. I even get to play a role in reshaping the futures of young Australians through artificial intelligence and machine learning. I get to work closely with industry, with different levels of government, and with tech start-ups to drive solutions for a better future.”

Read more about Dr Farr-Wharton’s professional journey and his advice for PhD graduates interested in industry careers.

Making Innovation Happen – Tales from the Coalface with Luisa Guthrie

You are invited to the ‘Making Innovation Happen’ seminar and networking event as part of the BridgeTech Occasional Seminar Series.

The BridgeTech Program specialises in the commercialisation of medical technology including medical devices and diagnostics. The BridgeTech Program is convened and administered by QUT and involves a consortium of partners including medical technology companies, universities and industry associations. 

Event details:
Tuesday July 10, 2-3pm followed by an opportunity to network.
IHBI, 60 Musk Avenue, QUT Kelvin Grove Campus
RSVP via Eventbrite
Please contact bridgetech.program@qut.edu.au with any queries.

About the presenter:
With over 35 years in the pharmaceutical and bioscience industries, Lusia Guthrie is an experienced executive and medtech entrepreneur, with strong leadership skills and international industry networks.

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Dream Big: Engineering our World

To celebrate International Women in Engineering day, Engineers Australia have partnered with QUT to host a screening of the ‘Dream Big: Engineering our world’.
This family-friendly event will include an introductory address followed by the movie screening and Q&A discussion with some of Queensland’s prominent engineers.
Popcorn, workshops, and experiential activities for students are included in ticket price.

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QUT Hosts First Intergenerational Challenge, Harnessing Diversity for Problem-Solving

This week QUT hosted InCahoots: Australia’s first intergenerational innovation challenge, harnessing cross-generational thinking to solve significant real world challenges.

The pilot event, co-created by QUT foundry & QUT IFE, catalysed cross-generational (and cross-sector) collaboration.

Participants let their passion for solving a particular problem, rather than their age or qualifications, guide their teaming.

After several hours, all nine teams showed their capacity to be creative and develop and pitch business opportunities for profit and positive impact.

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DMRC Friday Seminar and Book Launch

The Digital Media Research Centre Fridays Seminar Series 2018 continues on June 22 at 1 – 3pm with four exciting presentations! Join us to hear about the latest research being generated by Centre members and research students.

Please register to attend at the Eventbrite site.

After the seminar, all are welcome to stay for the launch of DMRC member Terry Flew’s new book, recently published by Palgrave: Understanding Global Media (second edition). More information is available on the DMRC website.

Event details:
Friday 22 June, 1-3pm
Room 607, Building Z9, Creative Industries Precinct, QUT Kelvin Grove Campus

Contact us at dmrc@qut.edu.au for further information.

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“A cross-disciplinary tool box” – the value of a PhD in industry

“The real value of a PhD is the methodological tools. I grew in my ability to manage and manipulate ideas, frameworks and data from various disciplines. My problem solving skills are much, much more refined now.

For me the greatest value of the PhD has been to draw upon diverse problem solving methodologies from different disciplines to address the very challenging problems that sometimes arise”.

Dr Matthew Turnour embarked upon a PhD in the QUT Business School after 15 years working in industry. Read our Q&A with Dr Turnour for his thoughts on the value of a PhD outside of academia, plus advice for doctoral graduates interested in pursuing careers in industry.

Teaching Artist Programs at Seanse Art Center

You are invited to a Creative Lab Seminar presentation by Marit Ulvund, Teaching Artist Programs at Seanse Art Center, 3pm – 4.30pm, Thursday 7 June in Room 607, Level 6, Z9 Building, QUT Kelvin Grove campus.

This is a free event but registration at Eventbrite is essential.

About:

Since 2002, Norway has had a national program for bringing professional art to all school children. The program is acclaimed, however several reports conclude that ‘students want more say in the content of the Rucksack’ (Anne Bamford 2012, 33). Research in the field demonstrates that teaching artists in programs and partnerships represent a new and effectual model for arts in education and community work. The three first international teaching artist conferences (Oslo 2012, Brisbane 2014, and Edinburgh 2016) have confirmed that a world community of teaching artists is emerging.

Based on studies of practices in USA, Scotland and Norway, Marit Ulvund will present definitions of a teaching artist, art program and creative partnerships. Seanse have supported art programs since 2008, and Marit will exemplify by referring to short and long art practices. A particular focus will be given to five art programs in schools supported by Seanse in 2015-16. These were researched with focus on the work and role of the teaching artist.

Artist Researcher at Work Professional Development and Publication Series

This Professional Development and Publication Series, presented by the QUT Creative Lab, will commence on Friday 15 June and run until Friday 20 July. This is a series of professional development seminars, followed by ‘Shut Up and Write’ sessions, for aspiring, emerging, or established researchers who would like to take concrete steps to bolster their research profile.

Read the program (PDF, 740KB).

Register for the Shut up & Write sessions.

No registration required to attend the professional development seminars. All aspiring and emerging researchers (including QUT doctoral alumni) and established researchers are welcome.

SilverRail’s TED Cinema Experience and networking event

SilverRail’s annual Brisbane Meetup welcomes alumni interested in mathematics, travel and technology to attend a cinema experience and night of networking.

SilverRail is hosting the TED Cinema Experience and screening a selection of must-see TED talks from the world’s most inspired thinkers. Register and get ready to explore your curiosity and engage with new ideas and people.

This is a a great opportunity to grow your skills and network with like-minded tech and travel friends and collaborators.

Event details: 
June 21, 5:30-9:00pm
New Farm Cinemas
FREE.