Topic 1 - How to future-proof your career
The future is coming faster than we realise; Dubai has Robot policeman, Melbourne has Robotic bricklayers, what’s next? Who is safe? And how can the rest of us future-proof our livelihoods?
This presentation will look at the research behind what realistically can and cannot be replaced by artificial intelligence and robotics, what skills the jobs of the future will need and look at how not only ICT jobs are safe from the future of tech.
Presenter: Dr Erica Mealy
Dr Erica Mealy joined the Faculty of Arts, Business and Law at USC in February 2016.
Erica is a lecturer in Information and Communications Technology in the School of Business. As an accomplished software engineer with 14 years industrial experience alongside her 15 years university teaching experience.
Erica has been writing code for more than 20 years and has experience in areas as diverse as sports analysis, train control, safety critical software, embedded electronics, databases and the web.
Erica’s research interests fall into the broad theme of applied user-centred design.
Current projects relate to interface and systems design for the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital, a user-centred design approach to Entrepreneurship on the Sunshine Coast, wearable technologies, and software engineering support tool design.
Topic 2 - Biotechnology and health: The new frontier
Imagine nanoscale computing technology that operates using redesigned biomolecules.
Dr Macdonald will describe how she adapts such futuristic technology for the design of light-weight biosensors that can operate without requiring batteries or wires, and has been applying it for the detection of diseases such as Hendra, Ebola, Dengue and Malaria.
This includes the first digital-like readout able to operate on a paper-based biosensor. Such devices demonstrate the power of biotechnology for the advancement of new technology frontiers.
Presenter: Dr. Joanne Macdonald
Dr. Joanne Macdonald is the 2016 winner of the Rose-Anne Kelso award by Life Sciences Queensland, which was awarded for her outstanding contributions to life sciences and translational research.
She previously co-developed a computer out of DNA molecules that can play the game tic-tac-toe interactively against a human opponent, and a drug able to inactivate cocaine that is undergoing clinical trials for the treatment of cocaine overdose. Her current research focuses on rapid biosensing platforms for detection of diseases such as Hendra, Ebola, Dengue and Malaria.
She is an Associate Professor at USC, and recently co-founded start-up company BioCifer Pty. Ltd. to assist with commercialisation of diagnostic technologies.
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