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Tuesday, November 24, 2020

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01:00 PM AEDT - 02:30 PM AEDT



About the Webinar

The webinar introduces STaR Shots as enablers for leap ahead technologies, which can be developed to help shape the future of Defence warfare. The webinar brings together agile thinkers and preparedness to shape, deter and respond. The session includes a panel discussion with ADSUN representatives and Prime Industry, on their experiences working with Defence.

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Dr Jen Wood
La Trobe University

Dr Jennifer Wood, Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Microbiology, La Trobe University

Dr Wood is the co-laboratory head of the Applied and Environmental Microbiology (AEM) Group at La Trobe University in Melbourne Australia. Dr Wood’s work focuses on developing holistic approaches to utilizing microbial communities for applied outcomes and encompasses diverse research areas including: ecology, heavy metal bioremediation, microbial corrosion, and agriculture.

Dr Wood completed her doctoral research at La Trobe University in 2017. Her research, which investigated soil microbiomes associated with heavy metal bioremediation, was awarded DSI top-up funding and received the ‘Nancy Millis award for theses of exceptional merit’.

Following her role leading the research on an NGT sponsored CERA Pilot project investigating microbial induced corrosion in RAN Collins Class Submarines, Dr Wood commenced her first post-doctoral role on a RAN supported project investigating the microbial ecology underpinning corrosion processes at Swinburne University of Technology with Assoc Prof Scott Wade. As part of this research team she was awarded the 2019 Swinburne Vice Chancellor award for industry engagement. In 2020 she returned to La Trobe and is currently leading the environmental research stream within the AEM laboratory. Dr Wood is a National Geographic Explorer, having been awarded an Explorer Grant in 2019. In 2020 her research was shortlisted for the Nature Research Awards for Inspiring and Innovating Science.

Oleg Vornik


Oleg is an experienced senior executive with experience spanning Royal Bank of Canada, Brookfield, Deutsche Bank and ABN AMRO. Prior to becoming the CEO of DroneShield, Oleg was its Chief Financial Officer. After co-leading the Company in the role of the Chief Financial Officer for over a year and steering the business through its IPO on the Australian Securities Exchange, Oleg was appointed as the CEO and Managing Director of DroneShield in January 2017. Oleg holds a BSc (Mathematics) and BCom (Hons) from University of Canterbury, New Zealand and has completed a business program with Columbia University in New York.

DroneShield (ASX:DRO) is an Australian publicly listed company with its head office in Sydney and teams in the US and UK, specialising in Electronic Warfare, RF sensing, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, Sensor Fusion, rapid prototyping and MIL-SPEC manufacturing. Our capabilities are used to protect military, Government, law enforcement, critical infrastructure, commercial and VIPs throughout the world.  Through our team of Australian based engineers we offer customers bespoke solutions and off-the-shelf products designed to suit a variety of terrestrial, maritime or airborne platforms. DroneShield is proudly exporting Australian capability to customers throughout the world and supporting Australia’s defence, national security and other organisations protect people, critical infrastructure and vital assets.

Dr Ash Rahimi
University of Queensland

Dr. Ash Rahimi is a lecturer at the School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering, University of Queensland. His research focuses on automatic processing of language with applications in social media analysis and health informatics. He regularly publishes his research results in top language processing conferences. Before joining The University of Queensland in January 2020, Ash was a research fellow at The University of Melbourne where he achieved his PhD in Computer Science.

Horden Wiltshire
Executive Director, Former submarine Commanding Officer and software company CEO.

Joining the Royal Australian Navy as a junior engineering officer, Horden transferred to the executive branch to pursue a career in submarines, serving in Oberon class submarines before joining the commissioning crew of HMAS COLLINS. The highlight of his career in the RAN was command of HMAS SHEEAN.

His subsequent corporate career resulted in more than a decade as CEO of a number of technology companies in the mobile internet domain and enterprise Software as a Service sectors delivering leading edge technology to customers around the world. Horden brings his complementary commercial and domain expertise to help guide Acacia through its next stage of growth.

Prof. Tanya Monro
Chief Defence Scientist

Professor Tanya Monro commenced as Chief Defence Scientist in March 2019.

Professor Monro was previously Deputy Vice Chancellor Research and Innovation and an ARC Georgina Sweet Laureate Fellow at the University of South Australia.

Professor Monro was the inaugural Director of the Institute for Photonics and Advanced Sensing (IPAS) from 2008 to 2014 and was also the inaugural Director for the ARC Centre of Excellence for Nanoscale Bio Photonics (CNBP) at the University of Adelaide. Her research is in the field of photonics, with a focus on sensing, lasers and new classes of optical fibres.

Professor Monro obtained her PhD in physics in 1998 from The University of Sydney, for which she was awarded the Bragg Gold Medal for the best Physics PhD in Australia. In 2000, she received a Royal Society University Research Fellowship at the Optoelectronics Research Centre at the University of Southampton in the UK, and is also an inaugural Bragg Fellow of the Royal Institution of Australia (RiAus).

Prof Monro is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science (AAS), the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE), the Optical Society of America (OSA) and the Australian Institute of Physics (AIP). She is member of the Board of the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO).

Her awards include: the Prime Minister's Malcolm McIntosh Prize for Physical Scientist of the Year (2008), South Australian Scientist of the Year (2010), South Australia's Australian of the Year (2011), and the Eureka Prize for Excellence in Interdisciplinary Scientific Research (2015) and she is the 2019 SA winner of the Australian Award for Excellence in Women's Leadership.

Dr David Kershaw 
Chief Science Engagement and Impact Division

Dr David Kershaw started in Defence as a Cadet Engineer with Navy Material in 1987 and transferred to the then DSTO in 1989 following completion of a B.Sc.(Hons) in Physics and a B.E. in Electrical and Computer Systems Engineering. From 1989 through to 1999 he worked in the area of torpedoes, torpedo defence and undersea warfare, covering circuit analysis through signal processing to operations research. During this time he also completed a PhD in Tracking Systems.

Dr Kershaw was appointed as Head of the Torpedoes & Torpedo Defence Group in 1999 before also assuming responsibility for Undersea Warfare Operations Analysis in 2002. During 2003 and 2004 he was the Navy Scientific Adviser before returning to DSTO Edinburgh as the Air Warfare Destroyer S&T Adviser in 2005 and 2006. From September 2006 through January 2007 he was acting Research Leader in Surface Ship Operations with a focus on Combat Systems.

In 2007 Dr Kershaw was appointed as Head of the Torpedo Systems Group within the Undersea Sensors and Weapon Systems Branch in Maritime Operations Division. In this role he had responsibility for all DSTO support to torpedoes and torpedo defence for the RAN. He then became Head of the Submarine Combat Systems Group in May 2010 before assuming the role of Research Leader Submarine Systems and SEA 1000 (Future Submarine) S&T Adviser in July 2011. He then moved to the position of Research Leader Undersea Command and Control within Maritime Division in July 2014.

Dr Kershaw was appointed as Chief Maritime Division with Defence Science and Technology in May 2016. In January 2020 Dr Kershaw moved to his current corporate role of Chief Science Engagement and Impact Division.

Dr Richard Davis
Chief Technology Officer National Security

Prior to becoming Acting Chief Technology Officer Innovation, Dr Davis held a number of senior roles within DST, including Chief Technology Officer National Security, acting Chief of Joint Operations and Analysis Division and Research Leader of Strategic Capability Analysis. As Research Leader, Dr Davis was responsible for the provision of strategic advice to shape Defence and national security policy, strategy and capability, through horizon scanning and technology foresight; strategic context, risks and mitigation approaches, and future whole-of-force design.

His previous roles include Director General, Science Strategy & Policy; and Assistant Secretary, National Security Science and Technology (NSST) Branch within the Office of National Security in the Department of the Prime Minister & Cabinet.

Richard’s career started as a Defence consultant in the UK where he worked for a number of years before moving to what was then the Defence Science and Technology Organisation (now DST Group) in 1991. He has spent much of his working life in the areas of command and control systems; and whole-of-force capabilities, such as future concepts of operation and military experimentation, networked warfare, systems of systems and modelling and simulation.

Dr Davis has a BSc and MSc in Psychology and a PhD in Human Computer Interaction.

Rueben Rajasingam
LatConnect 60 

Co-Founder & Business Development and Commercialisation of LatConnect 60. LatConnect 60 is engaged in developing a fleet of earth observation smart satellites with onboard capability to process raw imagery into derived data and insights; and providing that data with greater flexibility, fidelity and cost effectively. Rueben is a process engineer with a PhD in Chemical Engineering and has spent over 15 years in the mining industry, working across Australia, South America and South East Asia, primarily focussing on the development and implementation of cutting edge technologies to improve process efficiency and productivity. At BHP Billiton his role was to support and deliver tangible benefits to BHP’s copper operations in Chile and Australia. At CSIRO, he began as a research engineer building and leading strong multi-disciplinary teams to help solve operational problems faced in mining operations and to develop new IP that aligned closely with commercial expectations. He then transitioned to a business development role, working closely with the CSIRO ON Program to accelerate the commercialisation process of key technologies within the Mining portfolio.