Augmented Perception: Next Generation Wearables and Human Machine-Interfaces

November 25 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Products like Fitbit and the Apple Watch have brought to the public decades of foundational work on wearable technologies achieved by researchers in the IEEE CAS Society and related groups. Similarly, research into brain- and human-machine interface is starting to enter the public domain in applications including deep brain stimulation, prosthetic limb control, and human assistive devices. While researchers continue to explore new wearable sensing and human-interface paradigms, it is vital that we also explore what applications the next generation of wearable human-machine interfaces can and s...

Mandatory Primary Frequency Response (PFR) in Australian Power Grid

November 19 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
IEEE Power Energy Society (PES) VIC Women in Power Chapter Technical Seminar With the increasing penetration of renewable generation (e.g., wind, solar PV) in the Australian power grid and planned retirement of large conventional thermal will potentially result in deteriorated frequency regulation performance due to the reduced system inertia and primary frequency response. Until recently, synchronous generators (e.g., coal, gas, and hydro) have provided PFR in the NEM and renewable energy generators were not expected to contribute to the frequency control of the grid. However, almost all the ...

Orbital Angular Momentum for Communications

November 18 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
In recent years it has been recognized that there is another angular momentum associated with a coherent light beam called orbital angular momentum (OAM) which can be any integer. The ability to reliably create and detect such states holds great potential for communications using electromagnetic waves, both in free space and in optic fibres. Our speaker will talk about the theoretical ideas behind this new technology, as well as a few practical aspects and uses in communications.  Speaker: Dr Bill Moran, currently serving as Professor of Defence Technology in the University of Melbourne Regi...

Human Factors: Developing the right Technology and Training in Healthcare

November 18 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
By Professor Marcus Watson Abstract Modern healthcare systems are good but could be much better. Healthcare is an evolved complex socio-technical system rather than a designed system, which has resulted in spiraling costs and high rates of harm to patients. Less than 100 years ago the majority of the complexity of healthcare originated from clinicians’ skills and their network of other clinicians. Today, the diversity of specializations, pharmaceuticals, medical technologies, information systems and financial systems have increased the complexity exponentially. Our clinical training has not ...

SAR and Temperature Rise in a Human Head due to EM Radiation

October 29 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
This online presentation will focus on the development and simulation procedure to determine the specific absorption rate (SAR) and the corresponding temperature rise due to electromagnetic waves incident on a human head. The human head model is based on medical magnetic resonance images (MRI) that are discretized to fit in the simulation domain.   Presenter: Prof. Atef Elsherbeni, Distinguished Professor, Colorado School of Mines, USA. Registration: (A Zoom link will be sent out one day before the event)   Contact for further information: IEEE AP-M...

Arduino as a Learning Tool – Part 2

October 29 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Soft and tech skills from zero to the latest technologies Presenter Massimo Sacchi, Arduino Engineer, Market Developer, Australia Massimo will present the engaging approach of the Educational Division of Arduino, which supports millions of students across the world in their learning path from primary and secondary school to the University, and its benefits for people entering the professional world.     Host IEEE Vic. Education chapter. Enquiries. Alan Harvey  Join Zoom Meeting      

Recent Spectrum Developments in the United States

October 28 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Recently, there have been several important regulatory actions in the United States in response to industry developments of the next generation of mobile technologies. Following the release of several GHz of spectrum in the mmwave and sub-mmwave ranges a few years ago, the US FCC embarked upon releasing additional spectrum in the mid-ranges to accelerate the expansion of 5G. These efforts, aside from being exceptionally expeditious, have used novel approaches to arrive at suitable regulatory solutions. From financial incentives to FSS operators in C-band to devising an Automated Frequency Coor...

IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference (GHTC) Student Poster Competition

October 20
The deadline for submitting an abstract for the IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference (GHTC) Student Poster Competition is October 2, 2020. Students are invited to send ideas or designs for developing projects/products supporting the Key focus areas of GHTC 2020 including (but are not limited to): Affordable & Clean Energy Agriculture & Food Security Clean Water & Sanitation Connectivity & Communication in Support of Development Good Health and Well Being Disaster Mitigation, Preparedness, Response & Recovery Quality Education Other Related United Nations Sust...

Practical Tips on Underground Design

October 7 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Underground design can sometimes be viewed as the dark art of the black magic that is electrical engineering. Not only can you not see electricity, but with underground cabling, you can’t see the cables either. This presentation will help improve understanding of this part of engineering and present some practical tips for Underground Design. Using studies from cable capacity modelling software CYMCAP some different scenarios for cable layout are explored. Is it better to have cables in conduit or direct buried? What is the effect of reducing the spacing between cables compared to increasing...

IEEE Symposium on Data Analytics and Internet of Things (ISDAIOT 2020)

September 29 - November 19
Organised by Computational Intelligence Society, IoT Community and University of Melbourne Student Branch   IEEE Victorian Section presents “IEEE Symposium on Data Analytics and Internet of Things (ISDAIOT 2020)”, a virtual technical event series during 29th September - 19th November 2020. The symposium includes diverse sessions including technical talks, workshops, poster competitions, and panel discussions to promote the use of Data Analytics and IoT Technologies for real-time applications. This symposium provides a unique opportunity for industry and academic experts as well as student...

More Than Privacy: Applying Differential Privacy in Key Areas of Artificial Intelligence

September 23 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
By Professor Wanlei Zhou - School of Computer Science, University of Technology Sydney, Australia Artificial Intelligence (AI) has attracted a great deal of attention in recent years. However, alongside all its advancements, problems have also emerged, such as privacy violations, security issues and model fairness, etc. For example, adversarial samples can fool machine learning models, leading to incorrect results; Multi-agent systems may receive false information from malicious agents. As a result, many researchers have been exploring new and existing security and privacy tools to tackle thes...

Personalised Epileptic Seizure Forecasting

September 22 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
IEEE EMBS Distinguished Lecture by Prof David Grayden Epilepsy is a common and serious neurological disorder, characterised by recurrent seizures, affecting over 60 million people worldwide. The inherent unpredictability of seizures is a significant factor contributing to the risk of injury, psychosocial disability, and mortality. In these cases, the quality of life impairment compares unfavourably with other chronic illnesses such as hypertension, diabetes or heart disease, and the uncertainty of seizure occurrence is a major component of this impairment. New methods for epilepsy treatments, ...

How to manage consensus processes for large scale group decisions

September 22 @ 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm
IEEE online lecture with Prof. Luis Martinez: How to manage consensus processes for large scale group decisions Consensus reaching processes (CRPs) provide solutions acceptable to all the experts participating in group decision problems, they are demanded in many real-life contexts. Given the variety of existing approaches to support consensus reaching processes, this talk considers two main objectives. Firstly, it revises and introduces a taxonomy that provides an overview and categorization of some existing consensus models for group decision making problems defined in a fuzzy context, takin...

When Video Streaming and Active Queue Management Collides

September 22 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
With video traffic accounting for more than 60% of the global downstream Internet traffic in 2019, video streaming represents a significant portion of inbound traffic to the home environment. Recently, the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) has standardised three Active Queue Management (AQM) schemes – PIE (RFC8033), CoDel (RFC8289) and FQ-CoDel (RFC8290). These schemes are being progressively deployed at the last-mile Internet Service Providers’ (ISP) end-points and home gateways to counteract bufferbloat and will likely impact consumer video streams. This talk presents the benefits o...

Moving to a two-sided energy market

September 16 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Supply and demand are becoming increasingly variable and uncertain, consumers are increasingly generators as well as consumers of electricity and responsive to price or other market signals. This, alongside the ever-increasing data and information, flows that come with digitalisation, presents an opportunity to explore a fit-for-purpose market framework for the national electricity market (NEM). The biggest opportunity from this energy transition is the development of a two-sided market. Registration: Members and visitors are welcome, RSVP at

Effective Science Communication

September 16 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
In this digital era, merely having the ability to research and discovering is not enough, if not coupled with effective communication skills. Even the brilliant research is wasted if no one knows it has been done or if the target audience is unable to understand it. Moreover, one of the top sought skills in a resume is effective communication skills. Join us for an online session on Wednesday, 16th September 2020 from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. where we will have Dr. Jenny Martin who will provide advice on effective communication for researchers. She will share some specific tips on writing and speaking...

Analog Photonic Systems: Features & Techniques to Optimize Performance

September 16 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
by Ed Ackerman, Photonic Systems Inc., USA Both the scientific and the defense communities wish to receive and process information occupying ever-wider portions of the electromagnetic spectrum. This can often create an analog-to-digital conversion “bottleneck”. Analog photonic channelization, linearization, and frequency conversion systems can be designed to alleviate this bottleneck. This presentation will highlight the advantages and other features of analog photonic systems (including some specific systems that the author has constructed and tested) and will review and explain multiple ...

Panel Discussion on Engineering Job Market

September 3 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
IEEE Student Branch at the University of Melbourne, Women in Engineering at Victoria Section and University of Melbourne Affinity Group are pleased to co-host a virtual panel discussion on the topic, “Engineering jobs at risk and in trend during the next 5 years” on 3rd September (Thursday) from 4.30 - 5.30 PM AEST. In the COVID-19 pandemic crisis, this panel discussion is our share of effort to support the class of 2020 in analyzing the engineering job trends and the job market in a comprehensive way. The speakers will discuss the impact of COVID-19 on engineering jobs and also highlight ...

Precision medicine, positioning satellites and turbo-charging the internet – all printed on a chip the size of your fingernail

September 2 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
We already use photonic technologies every day, our smartphones, the LED lights in our houses and particularly the internet are all powered by photonics. However, photonics is also crucial for precision sensing ranging from detecting single molecules that may help diagnose and treat diseases all the way to guiding self-driving cars, rockets, and satellites traveling at 11,000km/h.  My team is working on all of these applications and particularly exploring how really complex and high precision optical systems can be integrated onto a micro-chip size of your fingernail with the potential cost o...

Challenges of computing with words in decision making

September 1 @ 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm
Online lecture with Dr. Rosa Rodriguez: Challenges of computing with words in decision making The concept of computing usually implies calculation processes either by mathematical means of numbers and symbols or by a computer. Computing processes done by humans employ mostly words in computing and reasoning, arriving at results linguistically expressed from linguistic premises. Computing with words applies the same view to their computing processes aiming at obtaining linguistic outcomes from linguistic inputs. Because words have fuzzy denotations when they are used by human beings, the paradi...

IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES) Distinguished Lecturer Program

August 27 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Current Interruption in Atmospheric Air Speaker: Dr David Peelo Online Link: Hosts: IEEE PES VIC, NSW, QLD, SA, NZ North The principal function of air-break disconnectors in high voltage power systems is to provide electrical and visible isolation of a part of the system. The isolation can be related to normal day-to-day operation of the system such as to repair or carry out maintenance on transmission lines and station equipment. Because the disconnectors are operated under energized conditions, they are required to interrupt the currents associated with t...

NBN – “New Broadband Normal”

August 26 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
The world and broadband now evolve to a new normal.  A centennial pandemic suddenly intensifies our broadband dependency and mandates more ubiquitous and reliable communication everywhere, including Australia's NBN.   What does this mean for broadband evolution plans?  What must change?  What can change? Fiber to everyone's wristwatch was never an economically viable solution, but there are paths that address need and viably advance into the new altered future.  Existing facilities' combined intelligent leverage, and best use of advanced, powerful, and distributing computing can indeed p...

IEEE Victorian TEMS Webinar on IoT Distributed Ledgers

August 21 @ 8:00 am - 9:00 am
IEEE TEMS Victorian Chapter, in association with IEEE Technology & Management Society would like to invite you for its Webinar on “IoT Distributed Ledgers”, on Friday 21 August, 8AM AEST. Abstract: IoT solutions present technological challenges for Blockchain solutions. The fundamentals of Distributed Ledgers Blockchain  and Tangle IOTA (DAC) specific for IoT will be developed. Different distributed ledger technologies will be analyzed and compared with an emphasis on the solutions to challenges presented by IoT. Speaker: Gustavo Giannattasio, Electro Department of Antennas & Prop...

Unlock Xtreme 14.0 – Practice Coding Series

August 20 @ 4:15 pm - 6:15 pm
IEEE University of Melbourne Student Branch is organizing the coding program, Unlock Xtreme 14.0 - Practice Coding Series in collaboration with the Women in the Engineering Victoria Section and University of Melbourne Affinity Group, the IEEE Computer Society Chapter and Computational Intelligence Society Chapter at Victoria Section to enhance the coding skills of the participants towards the annual coding hackathon, IEEE Xtreme 14.0. The registered participants will go through a scheduled program of four events which includes workshops towards IEEE Xtreme 14.0 event:  Algorithm B...

Unlock Xtreme 14.0 – Practice Coding Series

August 13 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
IEEE University of Melbourne Student Branch is organizing the coding program, Unlock Xtreme 14.0 - Practice Coding Series in collaboration with the IEEE Computer Society Chapter, the Women in the Engineering University of Melbourne Affinity Group, and Computational Intelligence Society Chapter at Victoria Section to enhance the coding skills of the participants towards the annual coding hackathon, IEEE Xtreme 14.0. The registered participants will go through a scheduled program of four events which includes workshops and webinars towards IEEE Xtreme 14.0 event:  Introductory Webinar on IEEE ...

Gender Equity in STEM

August 12 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
IEEE Industry Application Society (IAS) VIC Chapter, IEEE Women in Engineering Student Affinity Group and IEEE Student Branch at the University of Melbourne joint event on "Gender Equity in STEM"   Speakers: Dr. Elaine Wong - Professor at Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering and Associate Dean, Diversity and Inclusion, The University of Melbourne Dr. Leigh Johnston - Associate Professor at Biomedical Engineering, The University of Melbourne Dr. Brooke Farrugia - Senior Lecturer at Biomedical Engineering, The University of Melbourne Dr. Fatemeh Fahiman - Lead Data Scientist at E...

Antarctic and Southern Ocean Forum 2020

August 10 - August 12
Forum Topic/Details The Forum will consist of a single stream with encouragement for discussion and questions. Sessions will be organized around the following five themes: 1.  Autonomous observing a.      ROV/AUV/ASV Technology b.      Communications gateways eg surface vehicles c.       Control system development d.      Deep autonomy / under-ice navigation – gliders, Argo floats e.      Atmospheric sampling from land and sea (autonomous balloons, Lidar, Cloud radar and atmospheric profilers), weather stations, moorings f.        Intelligence sensing / samp...

4Ds in Energy Systems: Democratisation, Decarbonisation, Decentralisation and Digitalisation

August 6 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
IEEE Power Energy Society (PES) VIC Chapter Industry Forum Event The rapid transformations of Australian energy sector, fueled by technological innovations and revolutionary changes in energy policies, have posed a number of key questions. Is energy accessible to diverse communities? How feasible is it to decarbonize the energy sector? How challenging it is to decentralize energy market operations? Where do the digital technologies fit in the above scenario? Join us for an interactive panel discussion with 4 expert speakers from Australian energy industries to get some insights! Registration:...

Empower Your Mind – Mental Health Awareness

August 6 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
IEEE WIE Victoria Section in collaboration with IEEE Student Branch in The University of Melbourne is providing a unique opportunity for an interactive mental health awareness event facilitated by Ms Niharika Hiremath, a Mental Health Commissioner with the National Mental Health Commission. Ms Niharika will discuss the following topics during this interactive discussion. Looking after your mental wellness, being in these uncertain times (women have been one of the most affected demographics. It is being said that they are vulnerable to mental health issues than others in the current climate) D...

AI Summer School in Singapore

August 3 - August 7
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