• International Conference on

    Electrical Engineering Research and Practice, Sydney, Australia
    iCEERP, 24-28 Nov, 2019

Plenary Speakers

Advanced technologies to Engineer a Better Sustainable World

Abstract: The UN Sustainable Development Goals were approved by member nations in September 2015 and provide an integrated approach to development which brings together objectives for people, prosperity and concerns for the planet. The world has 11 years to implement the 17 Goals and 169 targets of this ambitious agenda. There is no time to lose, especially for engineers as every one of the 17 Goals involves engineering.
Dr. Kanga has led the World Federation of Engineering Organisations with a commitment by its members from 100 nations, and its partners, to develop and implement solutions that advance the achievement of the Goals. Her presentation will cover the opportunities for advanced technologies to advance the UN Sustainable Goals and the strategies being used by the Federation to engage with the United Nations and its various agencies such as the UN Framework Convention for Climate Change (UNFCCC) and UNESCO.She will showcase the UNESCO Engineering Report which will be released in November 2019 and which will also have the strong message of the role of engineering in sustainable development. She will also describe the work being undertaken by various committee of the Federation, especially in the area of advanced technologies and the work of the member and associates of the Federation and projects being undertaken through partnerships between international organisations in engineering, especially for the celebration of the first World Engineering Day for Sustainable Development on 4th March 2020.

 Prof Schahram Dustdar

Professor Dr. Marlene Kanga

Dr. Marlene Kanga is President of the World Federation of Engineering Organisations (WFEO), the peak body for engineering institutions internationally representing some 100 engineering institutions and approximately 30 million engineers. She led the proposal to declare 4th March every year as World Engineering Day, the first Day will be celebrated on 4th March 2020. She is the 2018 Engineers Australia Professional Engineer of the Year. She has been listed among the Top 10 Women Engineers in Australia, the Top 100 Women of Influence and the Top 100 Engineers in Australia. She is a Member of the Order of Australia, a national honour, as recognition of her leadership of the engineering profession. Dr. Kanga was National President of Engineers Australia in 2013. She is a board member of Sydney Water Corporation, Australia's largest utility, AirServices Australia with responsibility for Australia's air navigation services and a member of other boards involving innovation. Dr. Kanga is a Chemical Engineer and a Fellow of the Academy of Technology Science and Engineering (Australia), a Foreign Fellow of the ASEAN Academy of Engineering and Technology. She is an Honorary Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Australia and an Honorary Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers (UK).

Neuromorphic Engineering and Intelligent Sensors

Abstract: Neuromorphic Engineering is an area of Electrical Engineering that applies knowledge of how we sense the world around us, and how these signals are processed in the brain, to build electronic systems that vastly outperform current digital signal processing systems.
The human brain is far in advance of any computer invented, with truly exceptional data-processing and pattern-recognition capabilities. In a world where we are processing more and more data from all sorts of devices, we need to reproduce the brain's advanced data processing capabilities in electronics. We also need to capture information more intelligently to reduce the vast amount of redundant data recorded by current sensors. Again we can take inspiration from our biological senses.
With the end of Moore's law now here, meaning that we can no longer keep doubling the number of transistors on a computer chip every two years, we need alternative approaches to deal with the deluge of data being generated. Without novel Neuromorphic technology, twenty years from now, data processing is projected to consume more electricity than everything else in the world. Clearly that is not sustainable.
In this talk, he will discuss some of the projects undertaken at Western Sydney University's International Centre for Neuromorphic Systems (ICNS) to address these issues.

 Professor Andre van Schaik

Professor Andre van Schaik

Professor Andre van Schaik
Director, International Centre for Neuromorphic Systems
Western Sydney University, Australia

Andre van Schaik received the MSc degree in electrical engineering from the University of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands, in 1990 and the PhD degree in electrical engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL), Lausanne, Switzerland, in 1998.
He has authored more than 200 publications, invented more than 35 patents, and is a founder of three start-up companies: VAST Audio, Personal Audio, and Heard Systems.
In 1998 he was a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Physiology at the University of Sydney, funded by a fellowship from the Garnett Passe and Rodney Williams memorial foundation. In 1999 he became a Senior Lecturer in the School of Electrical and Information Engineering at the University of Sydney and promoted to Reader in 2004.
In 2011 he became a research professor at Western Sydney University and leader of the Biomedical Engineering and Neuromorphic Systems (BENS) Research Program in the MARCS Institute for Brain, Behaviour, and development. In 2018, he became the Director of the International Centre of Neuromorphic Engineering. His research focuses on neuromorphic engineering and computational neuroscience.
He is one of the pioneers of the field of Neuromorphic Engineering and a recognised world leader in neuromorphic vision sensors and audio sensors.