Energy and resources series: technology and efficiency

Energy and resources series: technology and efficiency

Aug 7
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Professor Mary Cummings, Director, Humans and Autonomy Laboratory, Duke University
Professor Hugh Durrant-Whyte, Chief Executive Officer, NICTA

Event overview

The energy and resources sectors are, and will long continue to be, significant contributors to the Queensland economy. On the back of the normalising of commodity prices and high labour costs organisations continue to research, identify and leverage new technologies in order to increase their competitiveness.

CEDA welcomes international speaker Mary Cummings, Director, Humans and Automation Laboratory MIT ESD - Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Rio Tinto's recently developed Processing Excellence Centre employs a group of experts utilising advanced analytical tools to improve productivity and efficiency. Having advised the work of Rio Tinto's Innovation team Missy Cummings will share her perspectives and insights into the increasingly critical role of new technologies and how these are used to optimise isolated and globally dispersed operations.

Join CEDA to consider the future competitiveness of our energy and resource sectors and the role of innovation in high cost environments.

Meet the keynote speaker

Professor Mary Cummings
Director, Humans and Autonomy Laboratory, Duke University

Mary Cummings is an associate professor in the Duke University Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science and is the director of the Humans and Autonomy Laboratory. Her work includes human-unmanned vehicle interaction, human-autonomous system collaboration, human-systems engineering, public policy implications of unmanned vehicles, and the ethical and social impact of technology.

Meet the moderator

Professor Hugh Durrant-Whyte
Chief Executive Officer, NICTA

Hugh Durrant-Whyte was previously a Professor and ARC Federation Fellow at the University of Sydney, Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Autonomous Systems and of the Australian Centre for Field Robotics. He has published over 350 research papers and founded four successful start-up companies. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, and a Fellow of the Royal Society.

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