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Join us for the third event in the ignite series to hear from AI experts from Deakin University for a discussion on this revolutionary field of research.

ignite is an exciting new collaboration between Victorian universities, business and government to present world leaders in innovation, new technology development and creativity.

ignite is an exciting and ground breaking collaboration between the Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the state's leading universities and the Victorian Government. Bringing together business leaders with universities in bespoke partnerships to research, develop and commercialise innovative products, services, business models and processes.


How can artificial intelligence (AI) stimulate growth and investment?

What is the impact of AI on business and manufacturing in particular? What does it really mean for Victorian business? There are many doomsday scenarios of human redundancy and economic collapse bu Deakin University sees the emergence of AI as undoubtedly a disruptor, but one that can be leveraged to enhance growth and job opportunities.

Industry 4.0 refers to the fourth industrial revolution and the trend of improved artificial intelligence (AI). automation and continued technological improvements.

Deakin's Applied Artificial Intelligence Institute (A2I2), led by Australian Laureate Fellow Alfred Deakin Professor Svetha Venkatesh and Professor Kon Mouzakis, is working with other research centres at Deakin to develop new technologies in AI with the aim of driving competitiveness through increased productivity.

What to expect at an ignite event

Breakfast and networking opportunities with industry and academic representatives.

Engaging speaker presentations from experts in topics like materials science, AI and sport science.

Post-presentation Q&A panel, allowing audience members to dig deeper into the opportunities presented.

Engaged audience members exploring new opportunities while enjoying state-of-the-art venues like the MCG.

Watch our video showcasing our ignite+RMIT event and view more from our ignite YouTube playlists

The speakers

Professor Svetha Venkatesh, Professor of Computer Science and Director of the Centre for Pattern Recognition and Data Analytics (PRaDA) at Deakin University. Professor Venkatesh was awarded an Australian Laureate Fellowship in 2017, the highest individual award the Australian Research Council can bestow, and was elected a Fellow of the International Association of Pattern Recognition in 2004 for her contributions to the formulation and extraction of semantics in multimedia data. Professor Venkatesh's research tackles a wide range of problems of societal significance, including the critical areas of autism, security and aged care. This research has led to frontier technologies in large-scale pattern recognition in big data and several start-up companies. For example, her work on using surveillance data led to the development of a "virtual observer" which was used after the 2005 London bombings.

Professor Kon Mouzakis, Professor of Software and Technology Innovation at Deakin University and Director of the Deakin Software and Technology Innovation Lab (DISTIL). Professor Mouzakis is a decision support and software development expert with over 30 years of experience. He was also recently appointed as the Director, Australian Research Council, Industrial Transformation Research Hub for Digital Enhanced Living. This $5.8 million hub addresses the need for effective, affordable, scalable and safe in-home and in-residential care solutions using current and emerging sensor, interaction and integration technologies. In collaboration with the Alfred Hospital's Trauma Centre, Professor Mouzakis also developed the world first Trauma Reception and Resuscitation Decision Support Tool to minimise the number of errors made by physicians within the first 30 minutes of patient arrival.

Dr. Murray Height is co-founder and Chief Science Officer of the HeiQ Materials group, and CEO of HeiQ Australia Pty Ltd. After completing his undergraduate degrees in chemical engineering and mathematics at the University of Newcastle in 1999, Murray travelled to the USA on a Fulbright Scholarship to pursue graduate studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), completing his PhD in Chemical Engineering in 2003. In 2005, while a postdoctoral researcher at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich), Murray co-founded HeiQ Materials, a spin-off company from ETH Zurich that today is a global business with more than 75 employees located in 10 countries. HeiQ is today a leading innovation provider to more than 150 International textile and apparel brands. Since 2013 Murray has been based in Geelong, Australia and in addition to establishing and leading HeiQ Australia has completed his Executive MBA at Melbourne Business School and is also an Adjunct Professor in the Institute for Frontier Materials at Deakin University.

Post event tour

12.00 pm - 12.45 pm

Deakin University’s Centre for Advanced Design in Engineering Training (CADET) provides some of the best future-focused engineering and design facilities in the Australian university sector. After the event, Associate Professor Ben Horan will lead a tour of the facilities where you will witness the power in the high voltage lab and immerse yourself in a virtual world while experiencing all that 21st century engineering education and research has to offer. It houses virtual and real prototyping facilities, allowing creative design solutions to be developed almost seamlessly from imagination to concept to reality in a single journey. Be it new wind turbines, medical devices, sustainable infrastructure, fuel efficient vehicles or robotic aids, CADET provides the key elements to imagineer the ultimate solution. This is your opportunity to see first-hand where AI can lead.


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Event Location

Centre for Advanced Design in Engineering Training (CADET) (Building KE)
Deakin Waurn Ponds Campus, 75 Pigdons Road
Waurn Ponds, VIC 3216

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