Industrial control systems form the backbone of Resources and manufacturing businesses, but existing systems have limitations. The Australian industrial sector is going through one of the most intense periods of change we have ever seen. The ability for innovation – to evolve, adapt and improve operations – is indispensable.
Autonomous control systems adjust in real time to changes in their operational environments or inputs optimising towards multiple goals. Hear from Microsoft, MathWorks and Insight, who will be sharing their experience in enabling autonomous systems to achieve superior operational value.
This is a unique opportunity to hear from the field, lessons learnt on how to approach Deep Reinforcement Learning (DRL) and using advanced simulation software and cloud-scale compute to simulate in the real world, to bring it altogether from idea to operation.
Veli-Matti Vanamo - CTO APAC, Insight
Veli has over 20 years of industry experience. In his role, he sets the strategic technology direction for Insight APAC in terms of IP creation, capability and go-to-market development for emerging technologies and new offerings. His responsibilities include building and empowering an innovative culture, staying connected with Insight's global teams and collaborating across regions.
Kevin McCall - Principal Program Manager, Microsoft Bonsai
Kevin has over 25 years’ experience at Microsoft. He is a Principal Program Manager in Microsoft Research, managing the Microsoft Bonsai [Deep Reinforcement Learning platform] go-to-market group, focused on mainstreaming new applied AI technology within Microsoft sales worldwide. He has historically spent concentrated time in technical domains including integration, database technology and security.
Sean Lam - Senior Consultant, Insight
Sean is a Data Scientist, Lecturer and Consultant with over 8 years of experience in the IT industry and 7 years in academia. His experience ranges from Mining, Manufacturing, IT, Education and Government. At Insight, he is a Data Scientist and has helped a number of industrial organisations, particularly Mining and Resources sectors, implement data science initiatives across international borders, including bringing autonomous systems to production.
Paul Bunn - Principal Consultant, Insight
Paul is an accomplished software and data engineer, architect and leader who has over 16 years of experience in Financial Services, Retail and Mining. His current focus sees him advising Mining and other industrial clients through their implementation of advanced analytics solutions including simulations, artificial intelligence and Industrial IoT, helping them make the most of their data.
Ruth-Anne Marchant - Senior Application Engineer, MathWorks
Ruth-Anne is a Senior Application Engineer specialising in Simulink and Model-Based Design. Since joining MathWorks in 2015, her focus is on supporting customers with adoption of Model-Based Design with Simulink. Prior to joining MathWorks, she worked in the Canadian aerospace industry as a control systems engineer. She holds a BASc in computer engineering & an MASc in electrical & computer engineering.
Varsha Raju - Principal Program Manager, Microsoft Bonsai
Varsha is a chemical and process engineer with over 20 years of experience working with industrial companies in renewable energy, manufacturing, and mining sectors.