Wednesday 26 October 2016

Welcome by Professor Mary O'Kane AC, Chair, CRCSI

Keynote Speakers

Opening Address by NSW Government – Launch of NSW Location Intelligence Strategy
Hon Victor Dominello, Minister for Innovation and Better Regulations
Responsible for the Office of Fair Trading and the NSW Government’s ICT Strategy and a range of open government, data analytics, innovation and regulatory reform initiatives.

Insights and Trends – mapping and the future of data driven decision making
Dr Hugh Williams, VP Engineering, Google
Hugh is an innovator, executive leader, and expert in building data-driven products. His passion is creating great ideas with smart people, and delivering thought-leading, massive scale consumer products that impact millions of people. Hugh currently leads the Google Maps product and engineering teams. Amongst other roles, he was also previously a Vice President at eBay and worked on the Bing development team at Microsoft. He began his career at RMIT University and has a PhD in information retrieval.

Prospering in the Age of Disruption
Roland Slee, MD, Bravura Solutions
As the Managing Director-Asia Pacific for Bravura Solutions a leading technology provider to some of the world’s largest wealth management companies. Roland is responsible for accelerating growth, developing new lines of business, implementing major change programs and leading merger and acquisition activity. He was previously Vice President Database Product Development for Oracle Corporation.

Connecting Spatial Applications, the Power of Drones, Big Data and New Markets
Dr Catherine Ball, CEO, Remote Research Ranges and Telstra Business Woman of the Year, 2015
Catherine is an author, founder and ethics advocate working across global projects where robotics and new technology meet environmental protection. Currently CEO of an Australian start-up working with the application of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) across remote communities, schools, industry, and citizen scientist. Catherine is leading the call for discussions around the ethics of spatial data. In 2015, Catherine was awarded Telstra Business Woman of the Year.

The Benefits of Innovation: Telling a different kind of story about ourselves
Peter Biggs, CE, Assignment Group New Zealand
Peter Biggs is one of New Zealand’s most distinguished business leaders. As the National Chief Executive of Assignment Group New Zealand, Peter is an expert on branding, marketing, creativity and leadership. Peter believes that key to telling great stories of science and innovation is the collision of normal and weird, and that nations need to invest in the creative intellectual property of the country as much as the infrastructure.

Peter is Chair of the Wellington Regional Economic Development Agency. Previously, he was Chief Executive of Clemenger BBDO in Melbourne and is a former member of the New Zealand Prime Minister’s Growth and Innovation Advisory Board.

Peter was appointed a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit (CNZM) in 2013 for services to philanthropy and arts governance.

Industry Trends and Update

Earth Observation: Data, Processing and Applications – Report Launch
Barb Harrison, Editor and Collaborator
This three volume report is an Australian Earth Observation (EO) community undertaking to describe EO data, processing and applications in an Australian context, and includes a wide range of local case studies to promote Australia's growing dependence on EO data.

2026Agenda: Jointly Creating the Future of the Australian Spatial Sector
2026Agenda Team: Eva Rodriguez and Phil Delaney
How will Australia become a world leader in the spatial of the future?
The 2026 Spatial Industry Transformation and Growth Agenda initiative is a whole-of-industry approach to create a roadmap to transform the sector over the next decade. This interactive session will provide a live taste of the consultation process, present its latest findings and bring the national consultation right into the room. Be ready to be challenged and have your say.

The CRCSI’s Role in the Future of the Australia and New Zealand Spatial Industry
Discussion with Dr Peter Woodgate (CRCSI), David Sinclair (Chair 43pl), Steven Jacoby (Chair CRCSI Government College), Professor Wendy Lawson (Chair CRCSI Research and Education College) and Glenn Cockerton (Co-Chair 2026 Spatial Industry Transformation and Growth Agenda working group)

Thursday 27 October 2016

Innovation to Transformation — research outcomes, business development and next generation spatial leaders

Blockchain Solvathon – a marathon in problem solving and thinking
Australia and New Zealand’s great spatial minds innovate with blockchain technology
The CRCSI Student Day focused on developing a concept using blockchain technology to benefit the spatial sector. The students thought creatively about blockchain technology, unusual data and apps.

Presented by the two Solvathon teams, please vote through the conference app on the winning approach.

Research Streams

A full program (draft) can be downloaded from here.




Rapid in the Real World
Rapid discussions and interactive demonstrations about people movement, open rapid analytics, digital reporting and QA4mobile.

Dynamic Positioning
Solving the signal processing and economic impediments to operating at 2cm accuracies.

Spatial Infrastructures – Can I trust this information?
Delivering opportunities to utilise and commercialise research through industry best practice, proof of concept designs and robust end user documentation.

Building a Cohesive Community
Using spatial planning systems in the field; balancing community, council and infrastructure.

Ag and Natural Resources: IoT and Smarter industries and communities
Data cubes, digital natural resources, carbon capture and real-time biomass are just the beginning of the Internet of Things.

Spatial Information Improving Health
The value of spatial enablement in health strategy to manage change and the tools required.

New Zealand VIP High Tea

Robust community, business and government consultation has led to the New Zealand Geospatial Research and Development Priorities and Opportunities strategy, and the Geospatial Research Institute.


Agriculture and Natural Resource Spatial Platforms Create Opportunities
In workshop style, this session is a hands on approach to delve into common spatial platforms, future opportunities and investment.


Health Research in Action
A series of short presentations.