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.

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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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.

Research Showcase – QUT Women in Leadership

QUT’s Women in Leadership Committee invites you to a special event to celebrate the achievements of some of our mid-career women researchers who are making an impact in their respective fields.

A number of QUT PhD alumni will be speaking at the event, including Dr Glenda Caldwell, Associate Professor Moe Wynn, Dr Lisa van Leent and Dr Rowena Maguire.

Read more about the presenters (PDF 723KB).

Event details:
Thursday 14 June, 12-2pm
Gardens Theatre Foyer, QUT Gardens Point Campus. Light lunch provided. RSVP.

Event contact: Kym Mapleston.

Art-making, Machines and Creative Learning

This research seminar hosted by Associate Professor Sandra Gattenhof and the QUT Creative Lab will look at how machine learning and digital tools are remaking the way in which arts engagement and arts learning is taking place in contexts as diverse as schools, workplaces and cultural organisations.

It will investigate how arts and machine learning can challenge notions of delivery around art-making and art for social or health outcomes.

Presentations by Bridgette van Leuven, Michael Dezuanni, Ellen Marie Saethre-McGuirk, Manuela Taboada and team, Greg Jenkins and Steph Hutchison. Read presenter bios and a description of each session.

The seminar celebrates UNESCO Arts Education Week at
QUT Creative Industries.

Event details:
Tuesday 22 May, 2pm-6:30pm
QUT Kelvin Grove Campus, Creative Industries Precinct, Building Z9 Level 6
Free but registrations are essential. Register by Friday 18 May.

Catapult – launching transdisciplinary research for industry impact

QUT’s Institute for Future Environments introduced the Catapult research funding program to help support short term, higher risk transdisciplinary research projects that deliver industry outcomes.

All QUT academic staff and QUT doctoral alumni are eligible to apply.

Catapult funding is aimed at enhancing the technology readiness levels of transdisciplinary research ideas – ensuring QUT’s research is able to move along the continuum from creative discovery and successful application… through to adopted innovation by our end user partners in industry and government.

It’s launch time: find out how to apply.

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Bundanon Artist-in-Residence Program 2019

The Bundanon Artist-in-Residence program supports new work, research and collaborations by Australian and international artists. Professional artists and thinkers from all disciplines, individually or in groups, are invited to apply.

Applications are assessed by industry experts and selected residents are hosted in purpose-built studios in the lush bushland of New South Wales’ south coast.

Applications for 2019 residences are now open and will close on June 18th 2018.

Testimonials from past artists-in-residence:

The on site accommodation is varied and lovely, the atmosphere is very conducive to getting rich work done (writing, visual arts, dance, music, performance, media arts, art-science, land art etc) and the Site-works Festival each year can be a perfect place for subsequent dissemination. Their local links with the indigenous community and science community are also fabulous and long standing (Bundanon Alumnus).

Desire an academic career? Apply to attend Teaching Advantage 2018 by Friday 27 April!

Are you a post-confirmation PhD student who is hoping to develop an academic career? Apply to attend the nationally award-winning program Teaching Advantage by Friday 27 April. 

Post-confirmation PhD students are invited to apply for Teaching Advantage. This program builds skills in teaching, unit coordination, and forging an academic career through a series of interactive workshops. This program is designed to fill the teaching experience gap between part-time tutoring while undertaking a PhD and completing academic development programs once you secure your first lecturing role. The program extends other sessional academic workshops at QUT by enhancing skills in teaching, coordinating units, and career development, and is designed to complement the Sessional Career Advancement Development (SCAD) program.

“Teaching Advantage is exactly the program that doctoral students need to prepare them for their first academic positions.” Suzi Derbyshire, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Learning & Teaching)

“I firmly believe that my participation in the Teaching Advantage program was one of the primary reasons why I was awarded my job.” Teaching Advantage Participant, 2011 (now a Senior Lecturer)

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Embracing challenges & networking effectively: experiences of a Fulbright Scholar

Passionate information researcher and educator Dr Elham Sayyad Abdi has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence to explore people’s information experience in all aspects of life, with an aim to enhance informed citizenship.

A 2014 QUT PhD graduate, Dr Sayyad Abdi describes her Fulbright program, and how an eagerness to embrace new challenges and build professional networks has led her to exciting new opportunities in Australia and overseas.

We asked Dr Sayyad to tell us about her Fulbright program, her work and future goals, and for her tips for early career researchers.

 

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