Positioning New South Wales as a leader in future industries

Positioning New South Wales as a leader in future industries

Aug 14
CEDA NSW/ACT is delighted to welcome NSW Chief Scientist and Engineer, Professor Hugh Durrant-Whyte to the 2019 Trustee program. 


Professor Hugh Durrant-Whyte, NSW Chief Scientist and Engineer

Event overview

Professor Hugh Durrant-Whyte will present on positioning NSW as a leader in future industries, commenting on collaboration between business and world-leading NSW research institutions; efforts to attract and build a skills base for future industries; and how AI, data, and automation will shape the future of work. 


This briefing is by invitation only to CEDA Trustees. Trustees are senior leaders nominated by CEDA member organisations. At CEDA boardroom briefings Trustees hear from an informed, expert guest speaker in a private, small group setting. Invitations to boardroom briefings are a valued benefit of CEDA membership. Chatham House Rule applies.

Meet the speaker

Professor Hugh Durrant-Whyte
NSW Chief Scientist and Engineer

Hugh Durrant-Whyte is the NSW Chief Scientist & Engineer. From 2016-18, he was Chief Scientific Advisor to the UK Ministry of Defence. From 2014-16 and from 2002-2010, he was a Professor and ARC Federation Fellow at the University of Sydney. From 2010-2014, he was CEO of National ICT Australia (NICTA), and from 1995-2010 Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Autonomous Systems and of the Australian Centre for Field Robotics (ACFR).
Hugh is a world-leading authority on machine learning and robotics, and its application in areas including cargo handling, mining and defence. He has published over 300 research papers, graduated over 70 PhD students, and has won numerous awards and prizes for his work, including being named 2010 NSW Scientist of the Year. In his career he has worked with many major companies, has co-founded three successful start-up companies, and has won many awards including being named 2008 Engineers Australia NSW Engineer of the Year. He is particularly well known for his work with Patrick in delivering the automated container terminals in Brisbane and Port Botany, and for his work with Rio Tinto in pioneering the delivering the automated “Mine of the Future”. 

He is an honorary Fellow of Engineers Australia (HonFIEAus), a Fellow of the IEEE (FIEEE), Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (FTSE), Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science (FAA), and a Fellow of the Royal Society of London (FRS). 

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