Neil BakerCo-Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Medulla
With over two decades experience in the development and manufacturing of high-tech products in highly regulated markets, my experience is centred around establishing automated processes and test systems that ensure both Quality and Regulatory compliance. I’m an advocate of Current Good Manufacturing Process (CGMP) and the importance of data-feedback within a continuous improvement environment.
Paul BerkovicChief Commercial Officer, Rayven.io
Paul Berkovic holds a double major in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from UNSW, and has spent over 20 years commercialising enterprise technologies. Paul has worked for global companies such as Cisco, Brocade and Dell, during which time he developed a passion for innovation and has since co-founded and grown several tech startups. Paul is the Chief Commercial Officer for Rayven.io - a codeless platform for IOT, machine learning and predictive analytics.
Ryan BriggsManufacturing Systems ManagerBlueScope
John BroadbentFounder & Director, Smart Factory Mentoring & Strategy
John Broadbent has become somewhat of an Industry 4 evangelist, sharing his experience with businesses of all sizes, educational institutions and various industry-focussed value-add manufacturing networks.
John has been in manufacturing for almost 44 years, starting his journey as a CSR mechanical engineering cadet in Dec 1975. He was part of a multi-factory-build team in SE Asia during the 1990s and started his 'smart factory' exploration in 1996.
He's helped local and international brands successfully incorporate smart factory concepts into multiple facilities and having experienced the substantial benefits of becoming 'smart', now provides education, consulting, leadership coaching and advisory services.
John is also an Adjunct Professor of Engineering, here at UTS.
XiaoQi ChenDeputy Director, Manufacturers Futures Research Institute
Professor XiaoQi Chen is the Deputy Director of the Manufacturing Futures Research Institute, Swinburne University of Technology. He develops and leads manufacturing research programs in industry 4.0, intelligent robotics, smart manufacturing through strategic research partnerships. Prior to joining Swinburne, he was Professor, Director of Mechatronics Engineering Program, University of Canterbury (2006-2019); Senior Scientist in Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology (1992-2006).
He has over 30 years of academic and industrial research experiences in the areas of mechatronics and robotics, manufacturing automation, and advanced materials processing. He has led many multi-million dollar strategic research programs in automotive, aerospace, defence, ICT, agriculture, and machinery in collaboration with industry leaders including GM, Pratt Whitney, Rolls Royce, HP, Singapore Technology, Trimble, as well as many SMEs.
He is a strong advocate for translating fundamental and applied research into commercial adoption. His team received Singapore National Technology Award for their pioneering work on additive re-manufacturing of turbine aerofoils (1999), and he was the recipient of New Zealand Forest Owners Association Award (2015) for the development of forestry harvest robot. His research on untethered wall climbing robot span off Invert Robotics Ltd that won New Zealand Hi-Tech Start-Up Excellence Award (2012).
Jennifer ConleyChief Executive Officer, Advanced Fibre Cluster Geelong
Advanced manufacturing advocate with two decades' experience at the intersection of industry, research and government. Working with companies and organisations to achieve competitive advantage in the global market place, champion greater Asia-Australia business and investment, and develop thought leadership campaigns around advanced manufacturing, energy and tax policy, as well as global social issues. Passionate about building support, capability and opportunity for Australia's innovative small and medium sized companies.
Doug CreightonDeputy DirectorInstitute for Intelligent Systems Research & Innovation
Elliot DuffRobotics Research Consultant, CSIRO/Data61
Elliot Duff is a principal research consultant with CSIRO’s Data61 based in Brisbane. His formal training is in computational physics and metallurgical engineering, but over his career he has been involved in many aspects of autonomous systems development, including: image processing, visualization, navigation and embedded systems design. Since 1999 his main focus has been in the area of field robotics and in particular the development of control and sensing systems that allow machines to operate autonomously outdoors in hostile and unstructured environments. This work has included the automation of large mining excavators, underground ore haulage vehicles and explosive loading machines. For a number of years, he led the robotic perception team with interests in localization and mobile mapping in GPS denied areas. More recently, he led the Autonomous Systems Program with interests in field robotics, sensor networks and cognitive systems. Today he oversees a number of emerging markets, including Spatial Intelligence and the Industrial Internet.
Charlotte DurstanGeneral Manager, Australian Graphene Industry
Currently the General Manager of the Australian Graphene Industry Association (AGIA), Charlotte draws on a unique range of emerging capabilities and experience in Law, Intellectual Property Management, and design to provide industry focus and leadership in the research and manufacturing community.
Charlotte spent over a decade in client facing roles in a variety of sectors and possess a strong focus on achieving innovative solutions and outcomes. Since starting with the AGIA, Charlotte has had the ability to draw on her global networks and develop a strong understanding to complexities of graphene and is passionate is securing a viable commercial outcome to this revolutionary technology and ensuring Australia is at the cutting edge in the development and implementation of graphene.
Bronwyn FoxDirector of the Manufacturing Futures, Swinburne University of Technology
Professor Bronwyn Fox is Director of Swinburne’s Manufacturing Futures Research Institute, which is strategically positioned at the intersection of design, business, engineering and science. Professor Fox is a recognised industry leader with over two decades’ experience in composites and advanced manufacturing.
Professor Fox is translating this industrial research expertise into the development of a new Industry 4.0 manufacturing capability, focusing on the challenging automation processes associated with the construction and curing of composite structures. She has delivered major research projects in collaboration with industry both nationally and internationally.
Professor Fox comes to Swinburne from Deakin University, where she was a co-founder of the Carbon Nexus facility – a $100 million research precinct development in Geelong focused on advanced materials and manufacturing. Professor Fox was the inaugural Research Director at Deakin’s Carbon Nexus facility, working with international teams to develop new approaches for carbon fibre production.
Dimitrios GeorgakopoulosDirector, IoT Lab Swinburne Digital Innovation Capability Platform
Prof. Georgakopoulos is the Director of the IoT Lab at the Digital Innovation Platform of Swinburne University of Technology. Dimitrios came to Swinburne from his roles as Research Director at CSIRO’s ICT Centre and Professor at RMIT. He is also currently the Industry 4.0 Program Leader at Swinburne’s Manufacturing Futures Research Institute and a CSIRO Adjunct Fellow. Dimitrios has held research and management positions in several industrial labs in the USA, including Telcordia Technologies (where he helped found Telcordia’s research laboratories in Austin, Texas and Poznan, Poland), Microelectronics and Computer Corporation, GTE (now Verizon) Laboratories, and Bell Communications Research. Dimitrios is an internationally known expert in IoT, process management, and data analytics/management. He has won more than twenty major research awards, produced 200 publications that have been cited 14,500+ times, and attracted significant research funding ($42M+) from both industry and government in the USA, EU, and Australia.
Roy GreenEmeritus Professor, University of Technology Sydney
Professor Roy Green is Innovation Adviser and Chair of the Innovation Roundtable at the University of Technology Sydney. His doctorate is from the University of Cambridge and he has published widely in the areas of innovation policy and management, including projects with the OECD and European Commission. Roy has worked in universities, business and government in Australia and overseas, most recently as Dean of the UTS Business School. He has chaired the Australian Government’s Innovative Regions Centre, CSIRO Manufacturing Sector Advisory Council, NSW Manufacturing Industries Advisory Council and Queensland Competition Authority, and served on the Prime Minister’s Manufacturing Taskforce and a range of industry and innovation bodies. Currently, Roy chairs the Port of Newcastle and Advanced Robotics Manufacturing Hub and is a board member of the Innovative Manufacturing Cooperative Research Centre.
Geof HeydonAssociate, Astrolabe Group & HeydonDEC
Astrolabe Group Smart City Consultant & Internet of Things (IoT) Alliance Principal Consultant
Geof co-founded the IOT Alliance, Australia - IoTAA in 2015 and today is their principal consultant and Chair of the Platforms and Interoperability Workstream. Geof is currently working in Smart City initiatives and developing Digital 5G and IoT Strategy, Data Sharing Policy and risk analysis for local Governments with his own consultancy and with the Astrolabe Group.
He also Chairs the Australian Computer Society’s (ACS’s) Data Sharing Technical Committee and sits on the ACS Technical Board and chairs Standards Australia IoT committee and participates in their Smart City initiatives. Extensive practical executive management, innovation and consulting experience in Telecommunications, Science and the emerging digital economy, Smart Cities and Internet of Things. Experience driving and transitioning science and ideas though innovation into the market.
Specialties: Innovation, The Digital Economy, Internet of Things (IoT), 5G, Convergence across Media and Telecommunications, Business Development, Commercialisation, Platforms, interoperability, Shared/Linked Data, Transformation of the Telco business, Asia Pacific customers, public speaking, educating. New business models in the digital economy.
Mel IrelandMembership Relationship Executive, Ai Group
Mel is a Member Relationship Executive at the Australian Industry Group (Ai Group), Australia’s largest and most influential peak body representing business and industry. In this role Mel engages daily with Qld Manufacturers and Industry, both local small business and larger Global firms. Mel liaises between Government and Industry to communicate the hurdles and wins that Queensland Industry experiences. Skills required for future work environment is a key advisory area in which Mel contributes at various forums and levels of Government. This role follows two years as QLD State Manager of the Printing Industry Association of Australia at which Mel was a Policy Advisor to the Department of Housing and Public Works and the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games Procurement Committee. Mel has had 28 years’ experience in the Manufacturing Sector in Queensland in a range roles from Sales Management to
Praveen KannanNational Market Product Manager, SICK Sensor Intelligence
Praveen Kannan is a technologist specialising in Industry 4.0 solutions. He is currently leading a team of product managers and engineers at SICK Australia to advance Industry 4.0 technology. Praveen has played a key role in implementing Industry 4.0 solution in over four continents across hundreds of customers. Praveen has a technology interest in RFID, LiDAR and Vision based systems.
Praveen has worked in Australia, Americas and Asia for over 15 years as a technology product manager. Praveen has spent 12 months in University of Adelaide focussing on Smart Cities development, evaluating technology options to improve quality of life and building a sustainable future. Praveen has a bachelors and master’s degree in technology and management.
Bernard KornfeldCo-Founder & Chief ScientistFactory One
Ingrid MarshDirector Industry Development, NSW Treasury
As Director, Industry Development Ingrid leads NSW's efforts to improve industry capability and competitiveness of priority sectors within NSW. Ingrid’s team supports the growth and innovation in NSW's priority sectors of advanced manufacturing, aerospace, food and beverage manufacturing, cyber security, financial services and medtech. Ingrid is also responsible for the Boosting Business Innovation Program which supports collaboration in innovation between research institutions and SMEs.
Adam McCarthyCo-Founder & Chief Executive Officer, ParaFlare
Adam is cofounder and CEO of ParaFlare – an Australian cyber operations company focused on Managed Detection and Response based in Sydney, Australia. Since formation, the company has grown from a humble startup, positioning to be a market leader and exporter of managed cyber detection and incident response services.
Previously, he was a member of the Australian Defence Force for over 14 years, responsible for the delivery and operation of niche cyber and ICT capabilities including those that were standalone and sensitive in nature. He has held senior positions with multiple Australian Defence programs of work, and now as CEO of ParaFlare, Adam provides company management and corporate oversight throughout the ParaFlare Group.
Adam’s professional experience includes Australian Department of Defence, Australian Federal Police, Telstra Corporation, United States State Department and US Department of Defense, and has served in multiple operations throughout APAC and EMEA.
Brad ParsonsFounder & Chief Executive Officer, MOVUS
Brad Parsons is the CEO and Founder of MOVUS. Brad spent 25 years in corporate career which spanned national and global positions. These included Aurizon, Flight Centre, News Limited and Multiplex. Prior to starting MOVUS he worked on automation blueprints projects for BHP and Aurizon. His inspiration for MOVUS came from a strategic condition monitoring program which he worked on for Sydney Trains.
Peter RobertsFounder, Australian Manufacturing Forum
Peter Roberts is a leading journalist, editor and company networking expert, founder of the 4,700-member Australian Manufacturing Forum networking group on Linkedin, and Editor of www.AuManufacturing.com.au news website.
Previously Peter had a 40 year career in journalism where he was senior industry writer for The Australian Financial Review, and Managing Editor of BRW magazine and Managing Editor of Fairfax Business Media’s Asian technology magazine business, based in Singapore.
Dr. Dominik RohrmusChief Technology Officer, Labs Network Industrie 4.0 (Germany)
Dr. Dominik Rohrmus works at Siemens, Germany in different functions in the area of manufacturing and production development since 2005. Since 2016 Dr. Rohrmus is the CTO of Labs Network Industrie 4.0 e.V. (LNI 4.0). LNI 4.0 is a non-profit and pre-competitive German association established in 2015 by a strong alliance of major companies, industry associations, policymakers and researchers. He is member of several industry association gremials in the area of Industry 4.0 and supports the international standardization.
Frank SeeleyFounder & Executive Chairman, Seeley International
Frank founded Seeley International – now Australia’s leading manufacturer of heating and cooling systems – in the early 1970s. After selling portable evaporative coolers, Frank decided to start manufacturing them himself – and to build them better… much better.
Frank is committed to the rebirth of Australian consumer products manufacturing and has a philosophy of vertical integration. This means that most of the components built into Seeley International products are made right here in Australia.
One of the key drivers behind Seeley International’s success has been Frank’s commitment to the continual promotion of excellence in all that it does. Another is his catch-cry – “If enough of us keep right on innovating and automating, then there’s a huge and prosperous future for the Australian manufacturing industry!”
Syed ShahManaging Editor, Manufacturing Monthly
With more than a decade’s worth of experience of journalism in trade and mainstream media in Southeast Asia, Syed now helms Manufacturer’s Monthly by Prime Creative Media as its Managing Editor. He also heads Prime Creative Media Sydney's editorial team as the Group Managing Editor making sure that the titles he looks after live up to their brands' promise of growing individuals, organisations and industries. In addition, he has built a reputation as a sought after voice in thought leadership across different manufacturing verticals which has seen him chairing, moderating and speaking at various trade conferences/events in the past.
Syed possesses multiple undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in journalism, history and political science. However, his main interests (and forte) in reporting, however, lie in the fields of business and finance, engineering, supply chain and advances in industrial information technology.
Vaughan ShanksChief Executive Officer, Cydarm
Vaughan is co-founder and CEO of Cydarm Technologies, a Melbourne-based startup that has built a secure case management platform for cybersecurity incident response. Vaughan first developed an appreciation for information security 20 years ago while working as a UNIX systems administrator. Before founding Cydarm, Vaughan worked at Palantir, a Silicon Valley-based data analytics vendor, as a forward deployed engineer and deployment lead. Prior to that, Vaughan worked for almost 10 years at the Department of Defence, in Canberra and Maryland, USA, leading devops teams and driving analytic modernisation efforts using big data. Vaughan has a PhD in Computer Science, specialising in high scale machine learning, and Bachelor degrees in Computer Science and Computer Systems Engineering.
Bob SharonFounder & Chief Innovation Officer, Blue IoT
Bob Sharon is a passionate "Disruptor" with over 30 years of commercial experience in the I.T., cyber security, data centres, sustainability, smart buildings and the IoT spaces. He is committed to innovation in the delivery of smart buildings, cities and facilities leveraging new procurement and financial models, technologies, the cloud and the IoT. He is the Founder & Chief Innovation Officer for Blue IoT and a member of IEEE and the Executive Council of the IoTAA and a member of IEEE.
Bob is a NABERS assessor who has been privileged to have conducted the first NABERS (National Australian Built Environment Rating System) assessment a for Data Centre back in 2013 which was for Fujitsu.
Bob has been speaking at conferences for the last 10 years all over Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, and China. He is an eminently qualified data centre judge as over the past 5 years he has been judging in APAC, China and India and now judging data centres globally. He was also a judge on the construction awards panel for the recently held Sydney Build 2018 and 2019.
Apart from the University of Life, Bob has completed his Master of Management – International Business at Monash University.
Annette SlunjskiManaging Director, Institute of Analytics Professionals of Australia
Annette has been involved in data and technology for over twenty years. Working across change management, communications, marketing and business development in B2B organisations has allowed Annette to combine passions in data / technology and communication.
Working with the IAPA Board, Annette grew the IAPA community to more than 8,000 people Australia-wide. As Managing Director of IAPA, Annette is the driving force behind promoting the strategic role of data and analytics in business and helping the industry meet the challenges of a fast-paced data environment, including addressing the analytics skills shortage and fostering data informed decision-making.
Key to this role is the recent introduction of IAPA-certification for analytics to help those who work in data and analytics gain independent recognition of their skills; and the soft skills in-house course that helps analytics teams to improve skills in communication, collaboration and interaction with business stakeholders. New corporate membership options allow analytics-savvy organisations to demonstrate their commitment to enhancing analytics capability, advancing the careers of team members and promoting data-driven decision-making.
Annette holds a Bachelors and Masters in Marketing.
Cori StewartLead, Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM) Hub
Cori Stewart is the Lead, for the Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM) Hub, a national not-for-profit innovation company located in Brisbane Australia. The ARM Hub specializes in advanced robotics and design-led manufacturing and is delivering Industry 4.0 projects with a wide range of companies and research institutions. The Hub has a specific focus on assisting SMEs and microenterprises on their Industry 4.0 digital transformation journeys.
Aleksandar SubicDeputy Vice Chancellor (R&D), Swinburne University of Technology
Professor Aleksandar Subic currently holds the position of Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Development) at Swinburne University of Technology. Prior to this appointment, Professor Subic was the Dean of Engineering and the Head of School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering at RMIT University. He is internationally recognised for his research in engineering design and advanced manufacturing, having led numerous global R&D projects in collaboration with industry leading to important translational research outcomes and impact.
Professor Subic held positions on the Prime Minister's Industry 4.0 Taskforce, the Australian Advanced Manufacturing Council Leaders Group, Deputy Chair of the National Aerospace and Aviation Industries Association, Director of Oceania Cybersecurity Centre, Director of SAE-A and on the Executive Committee of the Global Engineering Deans Council (GEDC). He served on the Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) National Assessment Committee for Engineering and Environmental Sciences and on the research advisory panels of the Defence Materials Technology Centre and the European Engineering Research Council.
Professor Subic is an honorary Professor of Tsinghua University, Tianjin University and Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and a Fellow of the Institute of Engineers Australia (IEAust), Fellow of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) and Fellow of the International Energy Federation (IEF).
Tracie ThompsonCo-Founder & Chief Executive Officer, HackHunter
Tracie Thompson is CEO of HackHunter, a cyber security company that develops IoT sensors to detect malicious wireless activity and precisely locate the source.
Previously, Tracie was COO of a Security Consulting and Software company with over 200 customers including Medibank and Centrelink.
Matthew TobinManaging Director, UAP Group
Matthew Tobin is co-Founder and Managing Director of UAP. He and his brother Daniel established the company in 1993, as a studio and workshop in which to collaborate with artists and create artwork for the public realm. These days Matthew oversees all operations of the company, spending his time in the Brisbane, Shanghai and New York studios. Matthew’s primary focus is strategic business growth, and UAP’s engagement with advanced manufacturing techniques and Industry 4.0.
Matthew has played an integral role in UAP’s evolution from a small Brisbane workshop to an international brand, fostering an outlook that embraces all creative possibilities. From 2009 – 2012 he was based in China establishing UAP’s Shanghai office. Matthew has a vast knowledge of all aspects of project delivery, providing sound government which enables the ever-expanding UAP team to undertake jobs which push the levels of innovative fabrication and artisanal craftsmanship.
Matthew studied Visual Arts at the Queensland University of Technology. He currently resides in Brisbane.
Daniella TrainoManaging Director, Pinecone Technology Strategies
Daniella leads a focus on strategic cyber security services (interim CISO) and high tech commercialisation for a niche technology advisory. She is a non-executive director and strategic advisor to IoTSec Australia (a not-for-profit organisation influencing IoT cyber security innovation), a member of the Research Advisory Committee for the Internet Commerce Security Laboratory (ICSL) – a cyber security research unit of Federation University Australia, Cyber Track Leader for Spark Festival and a judge for Fintech Australia.
In prior roles, Daniella set the strategy and led the Australian-based cyber security division for a European Technology Consulting company (product development, consulting and R&D
for the Asia Pacific region). While a Director and Business Leader (Cyber Security) for Australia’s premier R&D agency, codeveloped the cyber security business strategy and led business development, commercialisation and global innovation partnerships for the cyber security domain where she was a member of the combined Data61-DSTG team that won two National iAwards and three state iAwards. Daniella is also a co-author and contributor to a number of reports in cyber security innovation and cyber security analytics.
Daniella was also formerly the first Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for a state-government department (critical infrastructure) and held various executive management leadership roles in Banking & Finance and Management Consulting across security design assurance, risk management, supplier risk management, incident response and threat management.
Todd WilliamsDirector, NSW Cyber Security Network
With a track record in collaborating across industry, education and government to deliver national, state and regional outcomes, Todd is a metrics driven executive with a reputation for supporting entrepreneurial and regional growth by building effective partnerships. He is currently Director of the NSW Cyber Security Network - established in January 2018 by the NSW Government and NSW’s universities to address cyber security challenges in NSW – Todd leads teams across industry, research, education and government that determine imperative cyber security issues and engage experts to develop and implement strategies to address them.
Todd has specialist skills and experience in economic Cyber and STEM workforce development to maximise the economic potential of NSW’s cyber security industry by promoting its R&D capability and building a skilled, technology-driven workforce trained to forecast and address the sector’s future requirements.
Todd has international experience as a presenter on topics including smart specialisation, economic development and innovation, I am working to maximise NSW’s capabilities in the cyber security area and position the State as an international leader in cyber security. As well as executive education from Harvard University and INSEAD is complemented by Masters Degrees in Business. I am a fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) and trustee of the Committee for Economic Development Australia (CEDA).