Successful Student Conference

DMTC has held another successful Student Conference, with scholarship recipients gathering in Melbourne on 2 November.

Our annual student conference is conducted in partnership with the Research Training Centre for Naval Design and Manufacturing (RTCNDM) and the Defence Science Institute. The focus of the conference is to give PhD and Masters candidates the opportunity to professionally present on the progress and conclusions of their research work to their peers and to continue to develop their presentation and communication skills. This year’s conference topics were wide-ranging, with everything from inspection robotics to immunology to additive manufacturing of cutting tools, and more.

More information about the 2017 Conference including presentation abstracts is available here.


Some of the presenters from this year’s Conference (l-r) Panneer Ponnusamy (Swinburne), Rowan Pivetta (Flinders) and Emily Kibble (UWA Murdoch).

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Research expertise acknowledged

DMTC welcomes the recent promotions of Matt Dargusch at the University of Queensland, Stephen van Duin at the University of Wollongong and Suresh Palanisamy at Swinburne University of Technology.

  • DMTC’s Chief Technology Officer, Matt Dargusch, has been promoted to Professor of the School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering, within the Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology faculty at The University of Queensland;
  • DMTC’s Maritime Program Leader, Stephen van Duin, has been promoted to Associate Professor within the Engineering & Information Sciences faculty at the University of Wollongong; and
  • DMTC’s Air Program Leader, Suresh Palanisamy, has been promoted to Associate Professor within the Science, Engineering & Technology faculty at Swinburne University of Technology and was recently appointed Director of the Transport Innovation Centre.

Matt, Stephen and Suresh have served in technical leadership roles within the DMTC since its establishment in 2008. Their promotions reflect the credibility that the DMTC enjoys in the Australian research community.

CEO of DMTC, Dr Mark Hodge, said “We are delighted for Matt, Stephen and Suresh. We want DMTC to be seen as an ‘organisation of choice’ for Australia’s best researchers, and these promotions clearly support this objective”.

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2016 Student Conference

Held on 9 November in Melbourne, DMTC’s annual Student Conference was conducted in collaboration with the Research Training Centre for Naval Design and Manufacturing (RTCNDM) and the Defence Science Institute (DSI).

A total of 19 students provided 300 word abstracts of their research work and a 15 minute presentation.

Students represented a wide range of universities including Swinburne University, RMIT, University of Queensland, University of Wollongong, Flinders University, University of Tasmania (Australian Maritime College), Monash University and the University of Melbourne.

The audience consisted of 40 people from across DMTC’s research, industry and defence community. Topics ranged from materials and manufacturing, motion planning and mapping – robotics, shock and CFD modelling, sustainment and through-life assessment models to simultaneous localisation and mapping (SLAM) algorithms.

The conference proved to be a great opportunity for students who had attended workshops on clear science writing and dynamic presentation skills to put their new skills to practice.  Just as importantly, the conference and conference dinner gave students the opportunity to network with each other and with their academic supervisors. An encouraging outcome was the number of students already discussing the links between their individual research topics and future potential collaboration opportunities.

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