VIC Branch Tech Event - FUTURAMA

VIC Branch Tech Event - FUTURAMA
Futurama aims to unveil aspects of how recent technologies are being practically applied in the water industry. VR, big data, AI are some of the exciting topics that you can expect to hear about and try on the day.

AWA VIC Branch Tech Event | Futurama

Thursday, 25 October 2018
IBM Level 22, 60 City Road, Southbank

Member & employee of corporate member (must use corporate email) - $44
Non-member $77

Registration includes refreshments

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A great night to share innovative approaches in the industry. We have an array of great speakers lined up for you, who will be introduced by our MC:

MC Amanda Hazell is a Program Manager at Melbourne Water, working in the Asset Strategy and Performance Team. She has worked in the water industry for over 10 years, with her most recent roles focused on process improvement, and the consistent use of asset data to support decision making.  Amanda recently completed her MBA at Melbourne Business School and is the chair of the AWA Victorian Branch, Membership Engagement and Growth sub-committee.


Aurecon – Kimberley Power & Jacob Lindsay - A technical focus and discussion around VR and AR; how it can assist clients addressing any issues early on and how it is applied in other infrastructure fields that might be translatable to the water industry. VR/AR Equipment will be available to try before and after the presentation. 

Jacob is Aurecon’s Global Lead for Digital Advisory. He partners with Aurecon’s key clients to define and enable citizen-led digital transformation within our cities and urban environments. Using analytical-informed, issue-based solutions that help clients make faster, smarter decisions, Jacob helps design, define and deliver smart city strategies and urban transformation projects. 
Kim will present on some of the projects where digital solutions were utilised and then Jacob will talk about what is happening more broadly in the infrastructure space – which may have application in water industry projects.

Goulburn Murray Water - Andrea Pogue is the Innovation & Business Development Manager at Goulburn Murray Water.  Andrea is also a program lead within Intelligent Water Networks (IWN) which is a partnership between VicWater, 18 Victorian Water Corporations and DELWP.  Andrea leads the IWN Remote Technologies Program which aims to investigate potential uses for remote technologies across the whole water industry.  Looking at potential usage opportunities collaboratively across all water corporations enables the whole sector to develop a deeper understanding of where new technology can bring most value to its customers and services. 

IBM - Dr Adam Makarucha - Adam is a data scientist within the IBM Systems Team where he is developing deep learning use cases and demonstrations for clients on IBM's PowerAI platform. He recently completed his postdoctorate at IBM Research Australia, working within the Cognitive Analytics team on deep learning applications for the financial services industry. He has worked on machine and deep learning since joining IBM in 2015, primarily focused on natural language processing as well as risk and compliance. Adam completed his PhD in Applied Physics at RMIT University in 2015 and has more than 8 years experience using High Performance Computing environments including IBM's Blue Gene and OpenPOWER architectures.  

In this talk you will get an understanding of what machine learning and AI is and why it is impacting businesses in a big way.Find out how you can get started with AI and how you can scale once it is an integral part of your organisation. Find out how AI is being used across the industry and saving companies millions, with industry use cases from Telcos using AI for prediction of network outages to power companies using Drones to identify powerline damage.  

KBR Andrew Rozycki - Introducing virtual reality training solutions to the water sector – where do we go from here? 

Andrew Rozycki is a Civil Engineer working in KBR Melbourne's Water Team. Through his time at KBR, Andrew has had the opportunity to be involved in applications of Virtual Reality in the Water Sector. This presentation explores the outcomes of preliminary applications and points to the potential of Virtual Reality and related technologies going forward.

– Quentin Bechet - 
 is a project manager at Veolia whose role is to implement data analytics solutions for water utilities. He started his data science career with a PhD in New Zealand followed by a post-doctorate in France in mathematical modelling. Quentin moved to Australia to join Veolia and help the development of smart services for Water utilities.

Quentin will talk about innovative projects for the Australian Water Industry - Introducing data analytics to make networks smarter.

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25/10/2018 5:30 PM - 25/10/2018 8:30 PM

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