Grand Challenge Lecture: Engineering a Revolution

Speaker Hon. Trish White, National President and Chair of Engineers Australia

Engineering a Revolution: from impossible complexity to transformed lives

The transformation referred to as Industry 4.0, or the fourth Industrial Revolution, has begun and engineers are at its forefront. Many Australian companies are alert to the scale of disruptions on the doorstep of their businesses and are looking to technology to help them adapt. The pace of innovation is escalating, as is the pace of disruption, but how well prepared are we for this changed future? And how well prepared is the engineering profession to guide our path?

Engineers are the professionals trained to identify good ideas that will work, and they use their problem-solving skills to turn those ideas into practical products and services. Stepping out of the shadows, the future engineer must develop new skills to help shape our nation and communicate the benefits that technology and good leadership can bring. They need expertise in their field, but they also need to be across a wider range of technologies and practices and to care about the impact of their work.

In this Grand Challenge Lecture, Ms White will outline some of the major shifts in engineering, technology and business leadership that will transform our country and our lives. She will cover topics of innovation, technological advances, leadership, engineering education and the impact of engineering on a preferred future for the nation.

Event details:
Friday 21 September, 4.00–5.15pm, followed by light refreshments
QUT Gardens Point campus, Kindler Theatre (P-421), Level 4, P Block
Free event. RSVP via Eventbrite.

Pitch your idea to an audience of global business leaders and influencers

Perfect your pitch and apply to PItch@Palace by September 30 for your chance to pitch your business idea, connect with CEOs, influencers, angels, mentors and potential business partners.

Visit www.pitchatpalaceaustralia.com. You can enter with a startup business or social enterprise – even of it’s an idea on paper, MPV or prototype. The pitching competition starts November 27 with a Pitch@Palace On Tour event (e.g. at the Gold Coast, Queensland). Forty-two progress from tour events to Pitch@Palace Australia Bootcamp, being held in Brisbane, on November 28.  The Pitch@Palace Australia 2.0 event will be held 30 November 2018. If you win, you may progress to represent Australia, pitch in a palace, and gain international exposure and contacts.

Details:
Apply by September 30
Australian Pitch events are held in late November
Find out more.

Practice your pitch

Being able to pitch an idea is a valuable skill – whether in entrepreneurship or in your every day personal life. There are a number of upcoming opportunities for you to develop and pitch ideas and significant prizes, support, and/or promotion available.

These include:

At QUT foundry’s Pitch Coaching sessions:

  • practice pitching your idea for a product, startup business or social enterprise (whatever stage it’s at – from ‘just an idea’, to prototype, minimum viable product, or new venture)
  • get constructive feedback from panelists – to both improve your pitch and idea
  • get competition ready!

The next session is Thursday September 13, from 12-2PM. Register here.

Creative3 – celebrating creativity, business and investment

Creative3 brings together some of the world’s brightest talent and industry leaders from across the different creative tech fields to share their insights” and will crown Australia’s Emerging Creative Startup for 2018. 

Enjoy incredible speakers, fashion, designers, entertainment, a national creative pitch competition – mixed with drinks, dinner and DJs

Event details:
14 September, 3-11pm
Tickets $150-$299
Register here and enter the promotional code “72HR” for a ticket discount.

Hosted by QUT Creative Enterprise Australia.

Asian-Australian creative practice & intercultural communication

Asian-Australian creative practice and intercultural communication is proudly presented by the Socially and Ecologically Engaged Practice research program of the QUT Creative Lab on Friday 31 August, in Room Z9-607, Level 6, Building Z9, Kelvin Grove QUT, from 10.00am – 2.00pm.

 Attendance is free but registration at the Eventbrite site is essential.

Discussion will focus on on a number of interesting topics, including Juna’s Groove and Emi’s Beat: Women and Rock in Modern Japan (Dr Barnaby Ralph); We Are Bad Company: Friendship as methodology in creative collaboration (Dr Jeremy Neideck); The Art of Intercultural Collaboration and Translation: Writing and Exhibiting Chinese Art in Local and Global Contexts (Dr Sophie McIntyre), and other fascinating topics as well.

Photo of Takako Nishibori Haggarty and friend

Full program details are available on the Creative Lab website. All welcome.

Doing Data Work – Technical and Organizational Pragmatics in Smart Cities

QUT’s Design Lab and Digital Media Research Centre are thrilled to present Paul Dourish in this exclusive guest lecture on Monday 3 September, 1.00pm – 2.00pm, Z-401, Gardens Point Campus of QUT.

Photo of Paul Dourish

As in so many other parts of contemporary life, data-driven approaches are often presented as a means to resolve problems in urban governance, from civic participation to institutional accountability. In recent ethnographic work, Paul has been examining data practice in a large city with a particular emphasis on the challenges of meshing data practice with existing institutional frames. In this talk, he will discuss some of our early findings, highlighting the gulf between the rhetoric of smart cities and the practical work of urban governance.

For more information, visit the DMRC website. Registration is essential at the Eventbrite site. All welcome.

 

Writing and publishing resources from RDTF

The Faculty of Education held another successful Research and Publications Week on 2nd – 5th July which featured engaging sessions on research design and analysis, academic writing and publishing.

Research and Publications Week is one of a number of events held as part of the Faculty of Education’s Research Development and Training Framework. Many RDTF sessions are open to researchers past and current, and attending can be a great way of connecting with the Faculty, networking with other researchers and continuing your learning after graduation.

Recordings, PowerPoints and other resources from RDTF sessions can be accessed by anyone with a QUT log-in and password on the OER Research Development and Training Framework Blackboard Community page. If you’re planning to continue researching and publishing from your thesis, consider nominating as visiting fellow to obtain access to these and other QUT resources.

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Call for Papers: POMS 2018 in Sri Lanka

Production and Operations Management Society (POMS) is an international professional and academic organisation representing the interests of Production andOperations Management professionals and academia from around the world. This year’s POMS International conference will be hosted by the Department of Manufacturing & Industrial Engineering at the University of Peradeniya, Kandy, Sri Lanka on 14th-16th December.

Conference themes include:

  • Artificial Intelligence / Computational Intelligence in
    Operations Management/Industrial Engineering (OM/IE)
  • Big Data and Data Analytics for OM/IE
  • Digitization of Logistics and Supply Chain Management
  • Design of Experiments and Industrial Statistics for OM/IE
  • See more (PDF, 713KB)

Interested researchers at all stages of their careers are invited to submit an abstract by July 31st. Find out more at www.poms2018.org.

 

Winning the brand relevance battle in a modern world

In the age of information overload, consumers have become experts at ignoring the tens of thousands of brands that don’t interest them. Despite this challenging reality, some brands seem to continuously earn and re-earn consumers’ loyalty with new ways to connect, engage and inspire their customers. These brands are able to stand out from their competition because they are simply relentlessly relevant.

At this Business Breakfast, Dr Nicolas Pontes and Luke Wheatley will provide insights on creating brand relevance and long-term success.

Event details:
Friday 3 August, 7:30-9am
Level 10, Z Block, QUT Gardens Point Campus.
Free, but registration is essential.

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.