Soldiers participating in the 2017 Contested Urban Environment Strategic Challenge (CUE17), an activity led by Defence Science and Technology to investigate new and emerging technologies that can improve the intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities of soldiers when operating in cities during conflict so there is less risk to them and the civilian population. Picture curtesy © Commonwealth of Australia, Department of Defence.
Title: Defence Next Generation Technologies: Driving Innovation in Defence
Presenter: Dr Alex Zelinsky AO, Chief Defence Scientist, Department of Defence
Description: This presentation outlines the operation of The Next Generation Technologies Fund managed by the Defence Science and Technology (DST) Group. It will show how industry and universities can get involved in delivering emerging technologies for the future Defence force.
Introduced with the Defence Industry Policy Statement in 2016, the Next Generation Technologies Fund is an investment of $730 million over ten years supporting forward-looking research and development. Together with the Defence Innovation Hub and the Centre for Defence Industry Capability, these three form the integrated Defence Innovation System.
About the presenter: Dr Alex Zelinsky’s scientific career includes working as a computer scientist, a systems engineer and a roboticist. His career spans innovation, science and technology, research and development, commercial start-ups and education. As the Chief Defence Scientist since March 2012, Dr Zelinsky leads the Defence Science and Technology program within the Department of Defence. Prior to joining Defence, Dr Zelinsky was Group Executive for Information Sciences at the CSIRO. Dr Zelinsky was Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of Seeing Machines, a high-technology company developing computer vision systems. He was also Professor of Systems Engineering at Australian National University in Canberra. In 2017, he was appointed an Officer in the Order of Australia (AO) in the 2017 Queen’s Birthday honours. He has been included in Engineers Australia’s list of the 100 most influential engineers since 2009 and in 2015, Engineers Australia awarded him the prestigious M A Sargent Medal.
When: 12pm (NSW time) 3 July 2018. The presentation will last 30 minutes followed by 30 minutes question time.
Where: The presentation by webinar
Cost: This presentation is free to members of Engineers Australia (EA), the Australian Computer Society (ACS), the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and IEEE. Just provide your membership number during registration for the event. The cost for non-members is $30.
How to register: Please register on the Engineers Australia event system. Note, to register you need to have a free EA ID which you can get on the first screen of the registration page. Take note of your ID number for future events.