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Flirting with ICT 2018

May 30, 2018 @ 10:30 am - 1:30 pm

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Connect to ICT professionals & academics. Gain an awareness of the IEEE and their desire to support the setup of a local student chapter. Understand how FedUni is researching & working with industry to strengthen cyber-security. Hear about upcoming IBM graduate opportunities. Meet George Fong, one of the most instrumental ICT professionals to benefit Australia.

10.30am – 11.30amMeet the IEEE and ICSL
11.30am – 12.30pmLunch, networking & Capstone project presentations
12.30pm – 1.00pmIBM Graduate opportunities.
1.00pm – 1.30pmICT Guru George Fong will present on “The re-invention of the Nerd!”


The event will be live-streamed via www.twitch.tv/feduniitcrowd


Event outline:



Presenter: Alan L. Harvey
Title: IEEE – Value to You
Blurb: This talk outlines various aspects of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers or IEEE, including what the IEEE is, a very brief history, its local organization, technical chapters, conferences, joining up, and its costs. The main aim of this talk is to explain the benefits of IEEE to you as a student, an academic or an industry member.

Bio: Alan received the PhD degree in Computer Science from Latrobe University. He has been a faculty member at RMIT since 1977, and he has more than 40 years’ experience in various control and electronics industries, including Amcor, BP Australia, and BP UK. He has been an IEEE member since 1987, chaired the IEEE circuits and systems technical chapter, edited IEEE news and Uplink, and chaired the IEEE Victorian Section.



Presenters: Alireza Jolfaei
Title: IEEE Computational Intelligence Society and IEEE Student Branch at FedUni
Blurb: This talk gives a heads up that where IEEE, more specifically, the computational intelligence society and FedUni student branch fit in.
Bio: Alireza received the Ph.D. degree in applied cryptography from Griffith University. He is currently a Lecturer of Networking and Security in the School of Engineering and Information Technology at Federation University Australia. Previously, he was an Assistant Professor of Computer Science in the Department of Computer and Information Sciences at Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. He is currently serving as the Chair of Computational Intelligence Society in IEEE Victoria Section. He is a member of the Internet Commerce Security Laboratory (ICSL) and the Centre for Informatics and Applied Optimization (CIAO) at Federation University Australia.



Presenters: Iqbal Gondal
Title: Internet Commerce Security Lab (ICSL)

Blurb: This talk outlines various aspects of the Internet Commerce Security Lab (ICSL). ICSL conducts research in the application of advance analytics techniques for cybersecurity and provides innovative Cybersecurity solutions to the industry.
Bio: Iqbal obtained his Master and PhD degrees in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia. He is the Director of Internet Commerce Security Lab (ICSL), Federation University Australia. He is also working as Non Exec Director of Oceania Cyber Security Centre and University engagement for Defence Science Institute. In the past, he was the Director of ICT strategy for the faculty of IT in Monash. He is a Fellow of Institute of Engineers Australia and a Graduate member of Australian Institute of Company Directors. He is a member of the advisory board for International Journal for Distributed Sensors networks and Editor of Journal of Information Processing in Agriculture, China.

11:30-12:30 Lunch break and Capstone Project presentations



Presenters: Brenda Spencer and Danielle Royal
Title: IT Graduate Opportunities at IBM Ballarat
Blurb: Meet the IBM talent acquisition team and find out what it is like being a graduate at IBM Ballarat


Presenter: George Fong
Topic: The Re – Invention of the Nerd
Blurb: Why Corporate  ICT culture is dying, your part in its demise and its part in your future.

The days of treating a corporate is a separate entity and person is increasingly being isolated to legal interpretation rather than the way it functions and operates. Are corporates dead but they simply don’t know it?

How does this factor into your future and how do you, as an ICT professional figure out your place in the era of clusters, collaboratives, co-working environments and social entrepreneurship?
Bio: George started his professional life as a Barrister at Law and as an Advocate and Solicitor in Singapore where he practised shipping and admiralty law. He moved to Australia 1987 where he took up a lecturing position for 9 years at Federation University Australia, then known as Ballarat College of Advanced Education.

In 1994, George co-founded NetConnect Communications, one of the first Regional Internet Service Providers in Australia and one of the first regional wholesale bandwidth providers, with a base station in Napa, California. George has over 26 years of, IT experience, teaching, management & consultancy in various companies & projects.

Present Occupation: Director of Lateral Plains Pty Ltd (a strategic IT business focusing on ICT strategies, implementation and integration within regional communities, Data Centre and cloud based services).



Summary of current and previous experience:

  • Federation University Australia Council Member (Council Appointee) – Current. (Deputy Chancellor January 2016 – December 2017))
  • Federation University Australia Standing Committee of Council – Infrastructure Committee. (Chair)- Current
  • Central Highlands Regional Partnership (Chair) – Current
  • Regional Development Advisory Committee (Member) – Current
  • Board Member of Internet Australia (1997 – 2005, 2010 – 2017) Chair, 2014 – 2017
  • Member of the advisory board for .au Community Domains – 2015
  • ACMA – The Consumer Consultative Forum Representative – Current
  • Ballarat Health Services Foundation – Board Member – Current
  • Board Member and Immediate Past Chair of Ballarat Health Services Foundation
  • Past Member of IPV6 Now Pty Ltd
  • Past Chair of The Ballarat Regional Multicultural Council
  • Past member of the Courier Advisory board.
  • Barrister at Law- Advocate and Solicitor in Singapore, specializing in shipping and admiralty law.


Particular Areas of Expertise / Interest


Information Communications and Technology
National Broadband Network
Regional and Rural Communities.
Cultural Diversity
International Internet Governance.

See also: https://www.linkedin.com/in/georgefong/



Federation Uni – T Building, T102 Lecture Theatre

University Dr, Mount Helen
Melbourne, VIC 3350 Australia