We're so engrossed in our devices, and these close-calls are proof of why you should look away from the screen.
Technology and Society Magazine Editor-in-Chief Katina Michael has been recognized with The Brian M. O’Connell SSIT Distinguished Service Award at ISTAS 2017 in Sydney.
University of Wollongong
The development of small wearables and tiny implantable devices that are tethered to mobile or desktop units have aided to realize the possibility of the Internet of Medical Things paradigm. This presentation will review the three P’s, pervasive diagnostics, personalized medicine and persuasive technology in the context of an end-to-end healthcare value chain. The future of IOMT is in the collection of discrete historical data and continuous real-time data incorporating not only static data like one’s DNA profile but real-time behavioral biometrics like one’s brain and heart activity. This presentation will emphasize the precautionary principle in considering the impact of IOMT on privacy and security. Notions of secondary use of personal data, retrospective use (e.g. in courts of law), bodily privacy, body hacking, and ‘death by Internet’ will be discussed. This presentation will be focused on raising awareness in biomedical device engineers of new end-user vulnerabilities posed by emerging devices within an uberveillance society for individual life sustainment and life enhancement.
8 August 2017 @ the University of Wollongong, Australia
Where: SMART Infrastructure Facility Advisory Council Room, 6.101, University of Wollongong
9.30 am Mr Paul Cunningham, CEO at IIMC, Dublin, Ireland
Title: Co-designing Ethical Interventions in Resource Constrained Environments
We are fortunate to be hosting Mr Paul Cunningham, IEEE Society on the Social Implications of Technology President from Dublin, Ireland, to give a leading edge talk on co-designing ethical interventions in resource constrained environments. Paul will also be speaking on the importance of engineers and informaticians getting involved in IEEE activities, especially linked to humanitarian engineering. All welcome! Paul is President and CEO of International Information Management Corporation, and Founder and Director of the IST-Africa Institute. His vision for Africa is awesome- come and hear about it.
Abstract: This SSIT Distinguished Lecture focuses on social implications and ethical issues to be considered when designing interventions in resource constrained environments. It introduces the concepts of collaborative open innovation and co-design in the context of Global Development and addressing the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It then discusses socio-cultural differences, ethical conundrums and ethical research principles. These concepts are then contextualised through an African case study focusing on the co-design approach taken to implementing a cross-border health oriented, research and innovation project supported by the European Commission. The DL will conclude by providing recommendations to be considered for interventions in resource constrained environments.
Biography: Paul M Cunningham is the President and CEO of International Information Management Corporation, Founder and Director of the IST-Africa Institute, a visiting senior fellow at Wrexham Glyndŵr University, and Founder and Coordinator of mHealth4frika. Paul works as a technology, strategy, and policy expert for organizations including the World Bank as well as European and nationally funded research and innovation programs in Europe and Africa. Supported by the European Commission and African Union Commission, IST-Africa (www.IST-Africa.org) is a not-for-profit strategic collaboration with ministries and national councils responsible for innovation, science and technology adoption, implementation, policy and research in 18 African Member States. At Wrexham Glyndŵr University (Wales), Paul focuses on Social Implications of Technology and ESGDC (Education for Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship). Supported by the European Commission under Horizon 2020 (European Research and Innovation Framework Programme), mHealth4Afrika (www.mHealth4Afrika) is co-designing an open source, multilingual mHealth platform integrating electronic medical records, medical sensors, and generation of monthly aggregate health indicators to strengthen primary healthcare delivery in resource constrained urban, rural and deep rural health clinics in Africa. An IEEE Senior Member, Paul is 2017 - 2018 President, IEEE Society on Social Implications of Technology (SSIT); Projects Chair, IEEE Humanitarian Activities Committee; Member, IEEE Technical Activities Board and IEEE Global Public Policy Committee; and Founder and Chair, IEEE SSIT IST-Africa SIGHT (Special Interest Group on Humanitarian Technology). Paul is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin and Smurfit Graduate School of Business, University College Dublin; has studied at postgraduate level in Hungary and USA; and is completing a PhD at the Department of Computer and Systems Sciences (DSV), Stockholm University. Paul is a member of the Institute of Directors in Ireland (M Inst D.) and a former Board Director (2008 – 2012) of Meeting Professionals International.
10.30 am Prof Brian Martin
11.30 am Associate Professor Dr Win Khin, Centre Director
- "The Vision for the Centre for Persuasive Technology and Society"
- How we can work with IEEE SSIT
- How we can be an integral part of Brave Conversations
12.30 pm Lunch
- TBA. A location on campus.
1.30 pm Hot Topics - 10 min presentations from researcher's in the Centre
- Dr Roba Abbas: A socio-technical framework for studying emerging technologies
- Dr Mark Freeman: Improving Participation: Volunteering in our technology enabled society
- Dr Holly Tootell: Perspectives on IT in early childhood education
- Dr Will Tibben: Persuasive technologies for minority groups
- Dr Elena Vlahu-Gjorgievska: Information systems for assisted living: Challenges and opportunities
2.30 pm Panel of Provocation
- Facilitated by Prof Katina Michael
- Key Interdisciplinary UOW Linkages - Facing Global Challenges (to be invited): Christopher Moore, Ted Mitew, Narciso Cerpa
Dr Christopher Moore is a lecturer in Digital Communication and Media Studies at the University of Wollongong. His recent research in Game Studies examines the disruptive dimensions of virtual and augmented reality experiences. He is the co-editor of the journal of Persona Studies and Dr Moore’s research in the Digital Humanities explores the role of digital objects in the presentation of the public self online.
Dr Teodor Mitew is a Senior Lecturer in digital media at the University of Wollongong, with a background in internet studies and actor network theory. His long-term research interests are in the internet of things, object oriented ontology, and distributed content networks. He is currently working on projects involving smart textiles, peer-to-peer clothing, open source maker communities, memetic warfare, and virtual reality.
3.30 pm Wrap Up
Following presentation to be rescheduled:
Ms Anni Rowland-Campbell, Intersticia
Title: Having a Brave Conversation: Comparing the Australian and UK Experience
Ms Annie Rowland-Campbell, Director of Intersticia, philanthropist and communications expert, will also be joining us among a brilliant day's line up. Anni was the brain-child behind "Brave Conversations" on April 10-11 held in Canberra, Australia bringing some 100 people together from industry, government and the general community to have what they considered brain conversations related to technology and society broadly. She is very active in the Web Science Trust, and will be sharing her thoughts with us on what a brave conversation actually entails.
Biography: Anni Rowland-Campbell – Director of Intersticia. Bachelor of Arts – Fine Arts, History & Philosophy of Science (Melbourne); Master of Arts – Modern European Art, specialising in Design for Theatre (Courtauld Institute, London); Grad. Certificate of Public Policy (UNE); Master of Business & Technology, focusing on Knowledge Management (UNSW); Masters of HRM and Coaching Psychology (Sydney); theory and research towards a PhD – now being put into practice through teaching. Anni is fundamentally an observer and practitioner of Web Science and a passionate advocate for digital literacy. In her early years Anni lived in Melbourne, Sydney, Paris and London. She worked in various roles at the Sydney Opera House, the National Theatre of Great Britain, the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, the Julian Ashton Art School, and the Australian Opera. She served as Research Officer to Hon. Peter Collins QC MP, then NSW Minister for the Arts, which afforded her the opportunity to contribute towards the encouragement and support of the arts at a strategic policy level. In 1990 Anni went to live on a cotton and grazing property near Narrabri, NSW, during which time she worked with both the Moree Gallery Foundation and Yurundiali Aboriginal Arts Co-Operative, with a focus on business planning and community development. In 1993 Anni returned to Sydney and became Executive Director of the NSW Division of the Institute of Public Administration, whilst simultaneously developing Intersticia as a consultancy in new media strategy and education in the early days of the World Wide Web. From 1996 to 2004 Anni juggled young children and her role as Executive Director of GAMAA, the association for suppliers to the graphic communications industries. During this time Anni undertook research into the impact of digital technologies on graphic communications (as part of Print21); founded the GAMAA Leadership Programme; created the PrintEx exhibition in Sydney, and developed an international industry network. In 2004 Anni was engaged by Fuji Xerox Australia as Industry Marketing Manager and subsequently as a new-media consultant. During this time Anni initiated Fuji Xerox’s research into the future of the Web which involved the management and undertaking of two Australian Research Council funded projects: the first focused on the impact of semantic technologies on printing and publishing; the second developed this further by investigating the practice of Sustainability Reporting (see www.circlesofsustainability.org). In addition Anni was instrumental in connecting Fuji Xerox Australia with the globally recognised Xerox Innovation Group as an Australian based research organisation in its own right. In 2009 Anni began her collaboration with Peter Thompson at ANZSOG (the Australian and New Zealand School of Government) to integrate digital socio-technical concepts (now recognised as the Social Machine) into the Managing Public Communications Executive Programme. This work evolved into two ANZSOG funded research projects: Government as a Social Machine, articulating the role of Government within a Social Machine ecosystem; and Developing an Australian Government Web Observatory. Both of these linked Australia with the global research being undertaken at the Web Science Institute. In 2017 this culminated in the first Brave Conversations event held in Canberra, and which will now be replicated around the World as a forum to connect research with practice to more effectively understand, manage, govern and develop the evolving Web.
Following on from our excellent ARC Linkage Projects outcomes announced last week, I'm delighted to advise that the ARC Training Centre for Advanced Technologies in Rail Track Infrastructure, led by Professor Buddhima Indraratna and A/Prof Cholachat Rujikiatkamjorn from the Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences, was awarded $3.94million in ARC funding from 2017 to 2020. In addition, there is significant co-investment in the ITTC-Rail by 13 Partner Organisations, with cash and in-kind contributions totalling $1.8million and $3million, respectively. The ITTC-Rail, one of only 9 awarded nationally, is the first ARC Training Centre to be awarded to UOW.
The Centre aims to transform Australia's rail construction and maintenance technologies through specialist training of industry-focused researchers. This is to be achieved by close collaboration with companies within the rail supply chain, synergistic interdisciplinary programs promoting novel design approaches, and innovative fabrication of products delivered through advancedmanufacturing techniques. The programs will address the key geotechnical challenges inherent in building cost-effective rail infrastructure to meet the future demands of increased operating speeds and axle loads. The outcome will be safe, reliable and cost-effective rail networks that immensely benefit the nation's transportation, mining and agriculture sectors.
The Centre comprises the following partners:
PARTNER UNIVERSITIES: University of Sydney, Swinburne University of Technology, Monash University, University of Queensland, University of Newcastle, Queensland University of Technology, Curtin University of Technology, Western Sydney University.
INDUSTRY PARTNER ORGANISATIONS; Australasian Centre For Rail Innovation (ACRI) Limited, Metro Trains Melbourne Pty. Ltd., Bridgestone Corporation, Geofrontiers Group Pty Ltd, SMEC Australia Pty. Limited, Ecoflex International Pty Limited, China Railway Eryuan Engineering Group Co.Ltd, Innovative Technology Beijing, Nu-Rock Technology Pty Limited, Tensar International Limited Partner Organisation, Elasto-Plastic Concrete Pty Ltd, Boral Construction Materials Limited, Polyfabrics Australasia Pty Ltd.
UOW CIs: Prof Buddhima Indraratna, A/Prof Cholachat Rujikiatkamjorn , Prof Kiet Tieu, Prof Zheng Jiang, Prof Rian Dippenaar, Dr David Wexler, Prof Pascal Perez, A/Prof Alex Remennikov, Dr Tao Yu, Dr Hongtao Zhu.
UOW is the lead institution in 5 ARC-LP grants. Congratulations to the 4 teams led by:
- This project aims to develop next-generation lithium-ion batteries with high energy density, …
- This project aims to design, test and deploy a practical and highly secure anonymous access system …
- This project aims to understand the principles that control phosphorus (P) partitioning in steel …
- This project will propose a novel, cost-effective surface engineering technique that synthesizes an …
EIS researchers are also involved in ARC-LP grants led by other institutions. These include:
Andries Fourie [Vinod Jayan Sylaja]
- The University of Western Australia
- This project aims to reduce risk in the mining industry from failing mine tailings by producing a …
Xun Yi [Jennifer Seberry]
- RMIT University
- This project aims to explore practical privacy-preserving solutions for cloud data …
Full details can be found at:
TITLE: Cyber-security Policy Development: Low-middle income country perspectives
SPEAKER: Dr William Tibben
LOCATION: Friday 26th May at 2pm in the Tony Hoare Room, Robert Hooke Building (https://www.cybersecurity.ox.ac.uk/about-us/how-to-find-the-centre)
ABSTRACT: The challenges that face low-to-middle income countries in cyberspace are arguably different than high-income countries. The potential of the Internet to make available cost-effective technologies to increasing numbers of their citizens, particularly those working to free themselves from poverty, presents unique challenges. How can countries design cyber security policy that recognizes world best practice while balancing the protection of citizens with the freedoms that enable autonomous social and economic development? The presentation outlines two streams of research being undertaken at the University of Wollongong, Australia that address these conflicting requirements.
BIO: William Tibben is currently a Lecturer in the School of Computing and Information Technology at the University of Wollongong (UOW). Before joining UOW in 2000, William worked in project management with Australian Broadcasting Corporation and technical training roles throughout South Pacific region. In his PhD William investigated Community Technology Centers in Australia to review public policy measures aimed to overcome the digital divide. His research into procurement policies for accessible ICTs was awarded the Christopher Newell prize for Telecommunications and Disability in 2013. His research interest in policy and development has segued into cyber security policy research in low to middle income countries.. He teaches in the Information Systems discipline at UOW in project management, corporate networking, ethics and corporate social responsibility. William is a member of the IEEE and SMPTE.
The 2017 QILT (Quality Indicators in Learning and Teaching) results are outstanding for UOW and for our Faculty in particular -see below. As you can see every single one of our Schools has excelled. These are based on the Australian Government Department of Education and Training funded Student Experience Surveys.
2017 QILT STATEMENT FOR EACH DISCIPLINE
The best in Australia
The federal government’s Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT) ranked UOW in 2017 as the best university in Australia for Engineering.
One of the best in NSW/ACT
The Federal Government’s Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT) ranked UOW in 2017 as second among all universities in NSW and the ACT for Computing and Information Systems.
Maths & Stats
One of the best in NSW/ACT
The Federal Government’s Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT) ranked UOW in 2017 as second among all universities in New South Wales and the ACT for Science and Mathematics.
One of the best in NSW/ACT
The Federal Government’s Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT) ranked UOW in 2017 as second among all universities in New South Wales and the ACT for Physics.
- Speaker: Andrew Eckford, Marketing Science Lead, Facebook Australia & New Zealand
Presentation Topic: Measuring business outcomes in the emerging digital marketing landscape
- Speaker: Professor Samuel Fosso Wamba, Toulouse Business School, France
Presentation Topic: Big Data Analytics: An Introduction, Concepts, Business Value, Challenges and Research Opportunities (see abstract and biography below)
Date: 24th of May, Wednesday, 2017
Time: 5:30-7:30 PM
Big Data Analytics: An Introduction, Concepts, Business Value, Challenges and Research Opportunities
Big data analytics (BDA), which is deﬁned a “holistic process to manage, process and analyze 5 Vs (i.e., volume, variety, velocity, veracity and value) to create actionable insights for sustained competitive advantages”, is now emerging as an economical game changer and an important research topic for both practitioners and scholars. Indeed, BDA has tremendous potential in transforming various organizations across industries. In this talk, after proposing a definition of BDA and presenting various concepts, business value and challenges related to BDA, he will discuss potential research opportunities offered by BDA.
Dr Samuel Fosso Wamba, PhD, is a Full Professor at the Toulouse Business School, France. He earned an MSc in Mathematics from the University of Sherbrooke in Canada, an MSc in e-commerce from HEC Montreal, Canada, and a PhD in industrial engineering for his work on RFID-enabled supply chain transformation from the Polytechnic School of Montreal, Canada. Prior, he was Associate Professor at The NEOMA Business School and Senior Lecturer at Wollongong University. His current research focuses on business value of IT, business analytics, big data, inter-organizational system (e.g. RFID technology) adoption and use, e-government, IT-enabled social inclusion, IT and talent management, supply chain management, electronic commerce and mobile commerce. He has published papers in the proceedings of a number of international conferences (IEEE, AMCIS, HICSS, ICIS, and PACIS) and in renowned international journals, including the European Journal of Information Systems, Production Planning and Control, the International Journal of Production Economics, Information Systems Frontiers, the International Journal of Production Research, the Business Process Management Journal, etc. He has been organizing special issues on IT-related topics for IS and OM journals including: Business Process Management Journal, Pacific Asia Journal of the Association for Information Systems, Journal of Medical Systems, Journal of Organizational and End User Computing, The International Journal of Logistics Management, Production Planning & Control, International Journal of Production Research, Annals of Operations Research and International Journal of Operations & Production Management
QS World University Rankings - EIS Performance Highlights:
- “Engineering and Technology” is ranked 185th in the world
- “Civil and Structural” falls in the band 101-150
- “Mechanical” falls in the band 151-200
- “Computer Science & Information Systems” and “Electrical” fall in the band 201-250
- “Mineral & Mining” is ranked 26th in the world
We are fortunate to be hosting Professor Susan Halford, Director of the Web Science Institute (WSI) from the University of Southampton, to give a leading edge talk on the future of big data research from a social science perspective.
Date: Friday, 7 April 2017
Where: SMART Infrastructure Facility Advisory Council Room, 6.101, University of Wollongong
RSVP: 3 April, 2017
More details below:
Symphonic social science and the future for big data research
Over recent years there has been a persistent tension between proponents of big data analytics on the one hand - using new forms of digital data to make computational and statistical claims about ‘the social’ - and, on the other hand, many social scientists who are skeptical about the value of big data, its associated methods and claims to knowledge. This talk seeks to move beyond this, taking inspiration from a mode of argumentation developed by some of the most successful social science books of all time: Bowling Alone (Putnam 2000). The Spirit Level (Wilkinson and Pickett 2009) and Capital (Piketty 2014). Taken together these works can be distinguishedas a new approach, that can be labelled as‘symphonic social science’. This bears both striking similarities and significant differences to the big data paradigm and – as such – offers the potential to do big data analytics differently. The talk will suggest that this offers value to those already working with big data – for whom the difficulties of making useful and sustainable claims about the social are increasingly apparent – and tosocial scientists, offering a mode of practice that might shape big data analytics for the future.
Susan Halford, Professor of Sociology
Professor Susan Halford is Director, Web Science Institute within Social Sciences at the University of Southampton. Her research interests range from the sociology of work and organization - with projects on the third sector, the ageing workforce and employee driven innovation - to the sociology of technology and specifically the World Wide Web. She has a particular interest in the politics of data and digital artefacts, information infrastructures and digital research methods.
Professor Halford has a background in Geography (she studied at the University of Sussex 1981-4) and Urban Studies (also at Sussex 1985-1990) and moved into Sociology when she joined the University of Southampton in 1992. Since this time she has developed a range of research around the themes of gender, work, and identity and - connected to this - exploring digital innovation in the workplace, and beyond particularly through Web Science in collaboration with colleagues in Health Sciences and Computer Sciences.
By Invitation Only - Cross Collaboration SOTON-UOW
Professor Susan Halford and Professor Katina Michael will be going off-site for a collaborative meeting with key PhD students who will be presenting on their research. Schedule is as follows:
Lunch at 1.30 pm, Gerroa Fisherman's Club
Presentations at 4pm: format (10 min presentation, followed by 10 min discussion for each participant)
4 PhD students from the University of Southampton, UK
Participant 1: J. Webster, Web Science Centre for Doctoral Training
Title: Algorithmic Taste-Makers: How are Music Recommender Systems Performing as "Cultural Intermediaries" and Shaping Cultural Consumption Practices?
Abstract: The digital age has seen the rise of new cultural intermediaries in the music marketplace. Music streaming services have invested heavily in the development of recommendation systems, which are used to enhance the quality of their user experience by selecting and organising music in a personalised fashion. As they seek to shape what we consume and how we come to consume it, music recommender systems have the potential to impact on cultural consumption practices and taste formation processes. Indeed, the automated nature of these systems means they have the potential to intervene in these social processes at a rate and scale not previously encountered. Whilst existing social science literature has begun to speculate on the impact of their cultural intermediation, little attention has been given to what music recommender systems are, how they come to exist and operate in the field, or how interaction with these systems is shaping consumption practices. The aim of my PhD is to advance our understanding of how music recommender systems are performing as cultural intermediaries and shaping consumption practice. This presentation will offer a window into my research and provide a brief account of what I have learnt so far about the cultural intermediary work of music recommender systems.
Bio: Jack is a second-year Web Science PhD student at the University of Southampton, UK. His research focusses on how the music recommender systems used by music streaming services, such as Spotify, are operating as "cultural intermediaries," shaping how cultural goods and symbolic value are circulated in the field of cultural consumption. Jack is an interdisciplinary researcher, combining perspectives from the social and computer sciences to understand both how music recommender systems work, but also how they are experienced by consumers and the rationale behind their design and implementation. If you would like to find out more Jack and his research, please visit www.jwebster.net.
Participant 2: C.N. Tochia, Web Science Centre for Doctoral Training
Title: Does craving a digital detox make me a bad digital citizen?
Abstract: My PhD topic is looking at digital literacy and in particular joining the argument that busts the myth of the "digital native" concept. A lot of work has been done in this area already, but I believe there is a unique group of people born just before the digital / information age took over, however have a very good understanding and grasp of new digital technologies they come into contact with. Some of them are known already as the want-nots. This group therefore understands and sometimes craves the pre-digital era and I would like to understand what deters them from choosing some new technologies or wanting to access the Web less or not at all. I also have a general interest in online identities and behaviours, particularly how we present ourselves on and off the screen.
Bio: After completing a degree in Advertising and Marketing Communications from Bournemouth University I joined the advertising industry working at OMD, an Omnicom media agency. Beginning first in their Communications department then moving across to their Insight department I managed several projects across clients such as Boots, Vodafone, Hasbro, Pepsi Co and Disney. Then I moved back to a company I previously interned at, Substance Global, that specialises in PR and marketing films, TV and games. There I worked in the Social team managing over 100 + accounts for brands such as Warner Bros Interactive, 20th Century Fox, Paramount and HBO.
Participant 3: R.D. Blair, Web Science Centre for Doctoral Training
Title: Social media, learning and risk
Abstract: Social media is much lauded as a powerful tool for use in support of non-formal learning, and a tool of choice for teenagers. With this in mind the aims of my research were to determine the position of, and the barriers to the use of social media in support of learning activities by school pupils. To achieve these aims an investigation of the perceptions and use of social media by primary stakeholders at the operational level was conducted.
Data was collected from pupils and teachers using both quantitative and qualitative methods. 384 pupils responded to an online survey and 96 pupils participated in semi-structured focus group interviews. As a ratio comparable to the average teacher to pupil ratio in English secondary schools 18 teachers participated in semi-structured, individual interviews. The findings suggest that the main reason social media does not appear to be having an impact is a perception of risk. Initial findings indicated that usage of social media for learning was dominated by logistical task support (for example, clarifying instructions) mostly focused on homework activities. On further investigation findings suggest that activities which support general school work and a deeper engagement through homework understanding are taking place with a not insubstantial number of pupils.
The research findings also indicate that though social media is being used by this age group to support their learning, generally in a dyadic fashion, factors other than pupil skill and imagination in the use of social media may be in play. Of these other factors a the primary factor suggested by the findings appears to be a perceived risk to social capital accrued in a time of life in which social capital is assuming increasing importance.The reluctance of teachers to promote social media as a tool to support learning support through knowledge sharing by pupils appears to stem primarily from the possibility of risk to pupil welfare followed by professional risk to the teacher then risk to institution. With a recognition and understanding of the perceptions of risk held by the primary stakeholder at the operational level the next stage of this work is to determine how to reconcile and overcome these barriers to access the power of networked to technologies to support socially constructed learning.
Bio: Robert Blair is a final year PhD candidate at the Web Science Centre for Doctoral Training, department of Electronics and Computer Science at the University of Southampton. He holds an MSc Information Systems from the University of East Anglia and an MSc Web Science from the University of Southampton. For his PhD research Robert is investigating the driving factors affecting change in the use of digital technologies. In particular, he is interested in the apparent enthusiasm for the use of Social Media displayed by children and young adults and the possibility of how this may be leveraged to support formal and non-formal learning. Prior to commencing his research Robert gained over 20 years experience of teaching Physics, Mathematics and Computer Science in compulsory, further and higher education.
Participant 4: F. Hardcastle, Web Science Centre for Doctoral Training
Abstract: This talk will be loosely based on a draft submitted to TOIT's Special Section on Computational Ethics and Accountability that is currently under review. As part of it I will introduce a conceptual sociotechnical intervention called TATE (Targeted Advertising Tracking Extension) that - using semantic web technologies, W3C PROV model, and the concept of sociotechnical imaginary - aims to contribute to supporting accountability in the Online Behavioural Tracking and Advertising (OBTA) landscape. On-going work involves evaluating a hypothetical implementation and normalisation of this model informed by STS theories to identify overlapping interests, values, and incentives of various stakeholder groups to map its design to these spaces.
Bio: Faranak is a PhD candidate at the Doctoral Training Centre at the University of Southampton. Studying Web Science has challenged her views about society and technology. She is currently interested in critically engaging with the Web and the Internet from the intersection of arts and design, technology, sociology, and STS, and continuously tries to avoid letting the disciplinary boundaries to discipline her "thinking”, “designing", and “making”.
Honorary and Student from UOW's School of Computing and Information Technology
Honorary Fellow Dr Roba Abbas, Persuasive Technology and Society
Title: Big (Geospatial) Data and Location Intelligence in Action: The Consumer Perspective
Abstract: The big data movement has, in recent years, promised to deliver a wide range of benefits to organisations, offering business insights generated through the analysis of vast and varied datasets. The potential to create an enhanced understanding of consumer and corporate opportunities, through the extraction of trends and patterns, is certainly appealing from a business perspective. Increased emphasis is now being placed on the use of geospatial datasets. This essentially refers to “geo-enriched” data; data that is supplemented with a geographic component, and when contextualised, layered with additional levels of detail, and analysed, provides some form of “location intelligence”. The proliferation of consumer location-based services (LBS) applications, in conjunction with the wealth of publicly accessible geospatial data and supporting applications, now signifies that location intelligence activities are not exclusive to geographic information systems (GIS) professionals, as was traditionally the case. Rather, advanced mapping and location capabilities are now accessible to the individual user or consumer. This presentation provides a practical demonstration of consumer-level location intelligence and the societal implications of “geo-enriched” data analysis more specifically.
Biography: Dr Roba Abbas is an Honorary Fellow with the Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences at the University of Wollongong, Australia and is the Associate Editor (Administrator) for the IEEE Technology and Society Magazine. She completed her Australian Research Council (ARC)-funded Doctor of Philosophy on the topic of Location-Based Services Regulation in 2012, earning special commendations for her thesis titled “Location-Based Services Regulation in Australia: A Socio-Technical Approach”.
Mr Asslam Umar Ali, Doctoral Candidate, School of Computing and Information Technology
Title: Analysis Framework to Integrate Knowledge Derived from Social Media for Civic Co-Management during Extreme Climatic Events
Abstract: Information generated on social media during extreme climatic events has forever changed disaster relief and response. This information shared as private conversation on public social media platforms is reliant on citizens to share their personal information and knowledge. This type of content generated by individuals with geospatial information has been termed ‘Volunteered Geographical Information’. A large number of VGI have used social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook to crowd-source disaster information in real-time for effective management of infrastructure systems and their population. Therefore, providing more eyes on the ground and a source of intelligence that serve to improve situational awareness. On the other hand, managing the disaster activities is challenging, complex and involves various stakeholders; agencies, organisation, managing individual with different roles, resources and goal. This also puts time constraints on the decision makers make information intensive activities. Therefore, it challenging to coordinate or obtain timely and right type information from the social media channels. More importantly the disaster management activities follow a standard set of disaster management plans with set goals. Whereas, currently crowdsourced applications do not generally interact to share knowledge with the existing disaster management activities. This presentation shows results of social media data analysis obtained during floods and provides some interesting insights to type information (text/photos) shared, their relationship and how this could used by emergency management teams.
Bio: Asslam Umar Ali is a Business Intelligence professional at the Information Management Unit, University of Wollongong. His educational background connects the technology and business spectrum, with a bachelors degree in Electronics Engineering and a Master in International Business and a MBA specialisation in Engineering Management. Asslam is enthusiastic about data analytics, visualisation and data informed decision making.
Check-in at hotel at 6pm
Dinner at 7.00 pm (venue to be announced)
Close 9.30 pm
Terahertz spectroscopy of semiconductor nanostructures with a free-electron laser
Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf, Dresden, Germany
Thursday 2nd March
Level 1, AIIM Facility, Innovation Campus
In this talk I will present our recent experimental investigations on carrier dynamics in graphene studied via nonlinear laser spectroscopy, on time-resolved photoluminescence dynamics of single InAs/GaAs quantum dots under pulsed inter-sublevel excitation, and on sub-diffraction limited terahertz imaging by a GaAs-based superlens studied by scattering near-field optical microscopy. The experiments have been carried out using the mid-infrared/terahertz free-electron laser facility FELBE in Dresden, Germany.
Towards Enhancing the Performance of Lithium batteries –Role of Electrolytes and Additives
Dr. Devaraj Shanmukaraj
Associate Research Scientist at CIC EnergiGune, Alava, Spain
Wednesday 1st March
Level 1, AIIM Facility, Innovation Campus
One of the main challenges for the coming decades is the development of new technologies for storage of electrochemical energy. The supply and management of energy are particularly at the centre of our daily concerns and represent a socio-economic priority. The depletion of oil reserves and necessity to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, stimulate the development of electric vehicles.
Lithium-ion battery (LIB) seems to be the best choice for electric vehicles, and perhaps for the storage of electricity from wind turbines or photovoltaic cells. Although lithium-ion technology has known remarkable improvements over the last two decades in terms of enhanced energy density, a technological breakthrough seems to be necessary to further increase the energy density, charge rate, safety and longevity. The performance of LIB’s can be improved either by optimizing the electrolyte, or by developing electrode materials.
Lithium batteries use organic electrolytes due to their wide operating voltage. For lithium ion rechargeable batteries, these electrolytes are almost universally based on combinations of linear and cyclic alkyl carbonates. These electrolytes make possible the use of Li as the anodic active component and results in high power and energy density characteristics of the Li ion chemistries.
This presentation will include a brief overview on Lithium batteries and the different electrolytes currently in use. Focus will be on the state of the art graphite compatible electrolytes developed using a new class of glymes called Hindered Glymes (patent pending). Moreover electrolyte additives like Boron Esters (a new family of Boron complexes-patent granted), that can overcome some of the drawbacks of currently employed commercial liquid electrolytes will be discussed. Cathode additives like “Sacrificial Salts” (patent granted), a relatively different approach towards overlithiation for compensating initial charge irreversibility, would also be highlighted. Next steps on developing all solid- state Lithium batteries using polymer electrolytes/cathodes and current research activities on polymer electrolytes at CIC EnergiGune will also be presented.
DSL members Muhammad Asjad Khan and Joel Kocherry served as Organizing
Chairs of the Service Science Society of Australia Annual Service
Innovation Award event held at the Hilton on George St., Sydney, on
Nov. 8th, 2016. The Chief Guest was the CEO of Service NSW.
A novel framework that leverages both data analytics and abduction to
mine business process task post-conditions was reported by DSL authors
Metta Santiputri, Aditya Ghose and Hoa Dam in a paper recently
accepted by the prestigious Data and Knowledge Engineering Journal
TITLE: A search-based approach to estimate issue resolution time
Resolving issues is central to modern agile software development where
a software is developed and evolved incrementally through series of
issue resolutions. An issue could represent a requirement for a new
functionality, a report of a software bug or even a description of a
project task. Knowing when an issue will be resolved is thus important
to different stakeholders including end-users, bug reporters, bug
triagers, developers and project managers. This paper presents a novel
search-based approach to estimate the resolution time of issues.
Using genetic programming, we iteratively generate candidate estimate
models and search for a robust model in estimating issue resolution
time.We evaluate both single-objective and multiobjective search
approaches using 5,301 issues we collected from four Apache Hadoop
projects. The results demonstrate that our search-based approach
outperforms both the baseline and stateof- the-art statistically
significantly (p < 0:001).
Decision Systems Lab (DSL@UOW)
DATE: Thursday, Feb. 23rd
TIME: 4pm onwards
Seminar hosted by the Centre for Persuasive Technology & Society (CPTS)
Date: 6 February 2017
Where: 3.224, University of Wollongong
From the initial qualitative analysis to quantitative analysis, methods and tool changes have bee promoted across into the social science and management fields. However, social systems and management areas are heavily involved in social phenomena which are difficult to quantify using mathematical language to describe and to solve. But some simulation methods we use in engineering fields now can be applied to related problems, which can better address some of the social science and management issues, to achieve certain effects. This topic will explain and discuss it. It will also help to expand the engineers’ ideas.
Xi Chen is Ph.D., Full Professor, Ph.D. Supervisor, Chair of Marketing and Electronic Business Department, Visiting Scholar/Postdoctor of Michael G. Foster School of Business, University of Washington and Harvard University. Chen has authored more than 60 refereed journal/ international conference papers and book chapters. He has published 2 monographs and owns several national authorized patents. He is the project chief and sub project leader of more than 20 Foundations, including the key project of the National Natural Science Foundation, the key project of the National Social Sciences Foundation, National Science Foundation, and National Ministry of Education Science Foundation and so on. He is the innovation team leader of Nanjing University. He got the 2015 Youth Award of Management in China，Best Paper Award of Chinese Academy of System Simulation, Outstanding Achievement Award of Philosophy and Social Sciences of Jiangsu Province and so on. He has been elected to Ministry of Education for New Century Excellent Talents Scheme since 2011, and 3 high level talents plans in Jiangsu Province. He is the chair and the commissioner of some international/national academic associations, the chair of some technical committees, the chair of organization committee of some refereed conferences, and the associate editor and editorial member of some refereed international journals and conferences. His research interests include business intelligence, services engineering and management, computational simulation experiments, Internet data analysis.
Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham said the Turnbull Government’s $1.875 million commitment for research into strengthening railway tracks at the Centre for Geomechanics and Railway Engineering (University of Wollongong) is among the first projects to be funded under the new Linkage Projects scheme. Minister Birmingham said the Linkage Projects scheme was a direct response to the country’s “appalling” reputation internationally for collaboration between industry and higher education researchers where the OECD ranks Australia last out of all 33 participating countries for collaboration by large firms. “When researchers and businesses come to the Government with strong proposals that will clearly deliver real benefits for industry and Australians, we want to be able to green light them as quickly as possible,” Minister Birmingham said. ( source: http://www.arc.gov.au/Fast-tracking-NSW-and-Queensland-project)
Distinguished Professor Buddhima Indraratna will be leading a research team at the University of Wollongong in collaboration with the University of Newcastle, Infra Tech, the Australasian Centre for Rail Innovation (ACRI), Geoharbour Group, Coffey Geotechnics and SMEC, to determine underlying causes of a process known as ‘mud pumping’ which is highly destructive to railway lines. Fast heavy haul operations (such as loads used in mining and agriculture) impart repeated loads on the ground underneath the railway line, which can cause holes and other deformations of the ground, leading to serious damage of tracks and the immediate suspension of rail operations. The problem occurs particularly in areas where the ground is waterlogged, and causes millions of dollars damage to Australia’s 33,000km rail network every year.
Thanks to the Australian Government, through an ARC Linkage Projects scheme grant worth $675,000, as well as significant additional cash and in-kind support from five partner organisations, an experimental program and field study will be undertaken to understand the mechanisms of mud pumping, and the role of vertically installed drains will be quantified for improved practical design. The project aims to contribute to improved track longevity and reduced maintenance costs, with a corresponding boost in rail productivity. (source:http://www.arc.gov.au/Improving-our-rail-network and https://www.railexpress.com.au/rail-project-gets-675k-in-federal-collab-funding/ )
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SMART Seminar Series
Business model generation and innovation for wellbeing In this presentation, Dr George Blanas will share an extended semantics description of the individual. Drawing on Social Network Analysis, Dr Blanas explore the complexity of business modelling in relation to the maximisation of quality of life.
Dr Blanas is a Professor of Quality Management within the Faculty of Business and Economics at the University of Applied Sciences of Thessaly (TEI Thessaly), where he has founded the Entrepreneurship Living Lab.
Time & Date: 10.30 am, Thursday, 1 December 2016
Location: SMART Infrastructure Facility - Building 6, Room 105
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Title: Living Labs for Social and Technical Innovation in Sustainability
Speaker: Prof Greg Morrison, Curtin University
Time: 12.30-1.30pm, Wednesday 30th November 2016
Place: Sustainable Buildings Research Centre (SBRC), Innovation Campus of the University of Wollongong, Squires Way, North Wollongong.
Abstract Living Labs play a vital role in providing industry (including large companies and SMEs) knowledge institutes and policymakers with a unique new infrastructure in testing and the co-development of sustainable products, services, legislation.
In this seminar Prof Morrison will describe a range of Living Lab projects across Europe and Australia, which all aim to connect industry, academic, and public stakeholders, while facilitating user-centred studies.
His research covers a range of topics including: a) insight research involving the study of current practices in existing homes; b) studies in prototype houses equipped with innovative products and services focused on sustainable living; and c) field testing, in which research prototypes are up-scaled such that existing homes can be equipped with innovative sustainable technologies.
This talk will be of relevance to a number of projects and living laboratories at UOW, and others proposed for the Illawarra Region/NSW.
Biography Greg Morrison was appointed Professor in Sustainable Cities, at the Curtin University Sustainability Institute, Perth, in October 2015, and is the coordinator of the extensive Living Laboratories program of the Australian Cooperative Research Centre for Low Carbon Living.
Greg is also a co-founder of the Climate-KIC Australia initiative. His research concerns systems and engineering, as well as practice based research which contributes to contemporary sustainable homes.
Previously Greg was Professor and Deputy Head of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden. He was the innovator behind the HSB Living Labhttps://www.hsb.se/kampanjer/hsblivinglab/Om/ at Gothenburg (image below), which has won numerous international awards and has demonstrated new modular construction practices and extremely high sustainability outcomes. He was also responsible for Chalmers University initiatives within the EU Climate-KIChttp://www.climate-kic.org/.
For further details contact Robyn Dawson at the email address above.
HSB Living Lab at Chalmers University, Gothenburg.
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Title: Spin dynamics in inhomogeneously magnetized systems
Presenter: Dr. Teruo Ono,
Institute for Chemical Research, Kyoto University, Uji, Japan
IEEE Magnetics, 2016 Distinguished Lecturer
Date: Wednesday 30 November 2016
Venue: LKM Theatre Level 1, AIIM Facility, Innovation Campus
Worldwide efforts are underway to create revolutionary and energy-efficient data storage technology such as magnetic random-access memory (MRAM). An understanding of spin dynamics in inhomogeneously magnetized systems is indispensable for further development of nanoscale magnetic memory. This lecture provides a clear picture of inhomogeneously magnetized systems, such as magnetic nanowires with domain walls and disks with magnetic vortices, and presents not only technological developments and key achievements but also the unsolved puzzles and challenges that stimulate researchers in the field.
First, the basic concept of an inhomogeneously magnetized system is described by introducing a magnetic vortex structure in a magnetic disk. A magnetic domain wall in a magnetic nanowire is also provided as a typical example. The magnetic field-driven dynamics of these inhomogeneously magnetized systems are described to illustrate their uniqueness. Second, electric-current-induced dynamics of magnetic vortices and domain walls are described. One can flip the core magnetization in a magnetic vortex using electrical current excitation, and move a domain wall by current injection into a wire. The next part focuses on the applications of current-induced magnetization dynamics in devices. The basic operations of two kinds of magnetic memories-magnetic vortex core memory and magnetic domain wall memory-are demonstrated. The lecture describes not only the current understanding about inhomogeneously magnetized systems, but also unexpected features that have emerged. It concludes with prospects for future developments.
Teruo Ono received the B.S., M.S., and D.Sc. degrees from Kyoto University in 1991, 1993, and 1996, respectively. After a one year stay as a postdoctoral associate at Kyoto University, he moved to Keio University where he became an assistant professor. In 2000, he moved to Osaka University where he became a lecturer and an associate professor. Since 2004, he has been working at Kyoto University, where he is now a professor. He has published over 280 technical articles in peer-reviewed journals, including book chapters and review articles, and has given more than 90 invited presentations at international conferences. He served as conference co-chair of the 8th International Symposium on Metallic Multilayers (MML) in 2013, and on the program committees of various international conferences on magnetism and spintronics. He is a member of the IEEE Magnetics Society and is an editor of the Japanese Journal of Applied Physics.
Contact: Professor Xiaolin Wang, ISEM/AIIM
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