Graphene as a platform for data enabled infrastructure
Starting at 8am till 5pm
John Street Hawthorn, Melbourne, VIC 3122 Australia
Swinburne University of Technology – Factory of the Future
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The conference offers Australian entrepreneurs, investors, managers and executives with an opportunity to learn about the commercial opportunities that graphene delivers in realising the Internet of Things (IoT). Australian companies and researchers are among leaders in the world at developing scalable manufacturing of graphene and applications using this super material. At the forefront are conductive sensing fabrics and fibres that can make mining safer, roads and cars smarter, supply chains more efficient, and maintenance less costly. This conference aims to deliver actionable insights for role of graphene in global supply chains, and to help identify the pull markets, the opportunities, and the skills needed for manufacturing over the next decade.
According to a McKinsey study, The Internet of Things will contribute up to $US11 trillion in economic value globally by 2025. Factory and work site applications alone will represent approximately $4 Trillion. Sensing communicating materials will reduce risk, improve productivity and lead to greater levels of automation and customisation. Graphene enables a “singularity” of manufacturing, materials and interfaces to be achieved now.
The Graphene Supply Chain CRC-P will be formally launched at the conference. This world first initiative, funded by the Australian Federal Government, is located at Swinburne University with Australian graphene applications company, Imagine Intelligent Materials, as lead industry partner. The project will lead to greater understanding of how to engineer graphene for replicability of functionality and with quality assurance in end products.
Network with an elite group of policymakers, entrepreneurs, strategic influencers from infrastructure, resources and chemicals industries, as well as the scientists and engineers who are inventing and delivering this future. We are at the beginning of being graphene being industrialised. Australia has the opportunity to be a leading player in developing the Internet of Industrial Materials.
Discussions from Leading Experts
Bronwyn Fox, Director Swinburne Manufacturing Futures Research Institute
Professor Bronwyn Fox is Director of Swinburne’s Manufacturing Futures Research Institute, which is strategically positioned at the intersection of design, business, engineering and science. Professor Fox is a recognised industry leader with over two decades’ experience in composites and advanced manufacturing.
Professor Fox is translating this industrial research expertise into the development of a new Industry 4.0 manufacturing capability, focusing on the challenging automation processes associated with the construction and curing of composite structures. She has delivered major research projects in collaboration with industry both nationally and internationally.
Professor Fox comes to Swinburne from Deakin University, where she was a co-founder of the Carbon Nexus facility – a $100 million research precinct development in Geelong focused on advanced materials and manufacturing. Professor Fox was the inaugural Research Director at Deakin’s Carbon Nexus facility, working with international teams to develop new approaches for carbon fibre production.
CEO Imagine Intelligent Materials
Associate Professor Deakin
CEO AFG Venture Bank
Head of R&D Imagine Intelligent Materials
CEO Geofabrics Australiasia
The Convergence Of Materials Science, Advanced Manufacturing, And The Internet Of Things.
Deputy Vice Chancellor Aleksandar Subic
DVC for Research Swinburne
CEO – Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre
Moderator - Ross Pilling
Chair - Advanced Manufacturing Advisory Council
Amir Vahid Dastjerdi
Manager - Cyber and Forensics Team - PwC
Professor Bronwyn Fox
Director, Manufacturing Futures Research Institute - Swinburne
AFG Venture Group
Terrance Barkan - Video Presentation
Executive Director – The Graphene Council
CEO - Haydale Ltd.
CEO - Ionic Industries
CEO - Imagine IM
Moderator - Lisa Pitre
Department of Economic Development Victoria
CEO – Geofabrics (Australasia)
Dr Phil Aitchison
Head of R&D and Product Development Imagine IM
Associate Professor Christine Thong
Academic Director, Design Factory Melbourne, Swinburne
Moderator - Warwick Grigor
Executive Chairman: Far East Capital
Professor Baohua Jia
Research Leader, Nanophotonic Solar Technology, Swinburne
Professor Dan Li
University of Melbourne
Associate Professor Joselito Razal
Institute of Frontier Materials - Deakin University
Dr Shaun Smith
CSIRO - Research Group Leader - Fibre Innovation and Composites
Dr Ramon Tozer
Davies Collison Cave Australia
Moderator - Ross Pilling; Panelists: Richard Simpson - Managing Director Furnace Engineering; Scott McKenzie CEO SensaData; Trevor Rudderham CEO Haydale Technologies Inc; Ron Hoffman CEO BioNexus
Industry, Finance & Research Representatives
“With attributes that seemed unimaginable a few years ago, new materials are coming to market. On the whole, they are lighter, stronger, recyclable and adaptive. When graphene become price competitive…..it could significantly disrupt the manufacturing and infrastructure industries. ”Klaus Schwab
Founder and Executive Chairman, World Economic Forum
“If policy makers and businesses get it right, linking the physical and digital worlds could generate up to $11.1 trillion a year in economic value by 2025.”James Manyika, Jonathan Woetzel, and Richard Dobbs
Directors of the McKinsey Global Institute
“Business leaders are asking how IoT can help their companies increase customer satisfaction, improve quality, support new business models (such as data-driven services), and reduce costs … use cases include the ability to use sensors to predict when machinery will need to be repaired, self-optimizing production, automated inventory management, remote patient monitoring, smart meters, track and trace, connected cards, distributed generation and storage, fleet management and demand response. ”
Boston Consulting Group
Graphene has been touted as the 21st century wonder material able to make plastics stronger and lighter, electronics cheaper, batteries more efficient, even creating more rapid diagnostics for health. However the hype has left many saying that graphene can do everything “except escape from the lab”. Now leading industrial companies are starting to look seriously at how to integrate graphene into their supply chains.
The cost of graphene is coming down. As graphene supply grows globally, commoditization has started to take place. At the same time people are starting to realise that graphene is not a “product”in and of itself, with its value realized when it adds value to a product Hundreds of firms online offer “graphene” for sale and worldwide production is now in the thousands of tonnes.. But buyer beware, not all graphene is created equal – the real question to ask is what graphene is right for, your application.
Standards are under discussion and there is clear a need for industry standards. However the way that graphene’s performance can change when it encounters other materials is something that needs to take place throughout the industrial supply chain. Quality assurance is critical throughout the manufacturing process This conference will provide an entry point to understanding how characterization tools and techniques will unlock the value of graphene for advanced manufacturing, and how understanding this will enable participants to avoid the pitfalls and pick the winners, from graphite mines through to industrial applications
Abundant resources. Global industry integration. World-class research. Entrepreneurial spirit. Australia has the opportunity to leverage its capabilities and strengths to drive innovation in the digitally connected world. Collective competitiveness buoyed by strategic foresight from industry and infrastructure will benefit our businesses and citizens alike. The global competition is fierce – relevance is a choice.
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This conference is proudly presented by Imagine Intelligent Materials and Swinburne University of Technology. The industry-research partnership was made possible by the Australian Government Department of Industry, Innovation and Science Cooperative Research Centre Project grants scheme. The CRC-P support short-term industry-led collaborations to develop important new technologies, products and services, to solve industry problems and deliver tangible outcomes.
Swinburne University of Technology – Factory of the Future
John Street Hawthorn, Melbourne, VIC 3122 AustraliaBook Online
Travel to campus: Two minutes to Hawthorn campus. The Glenferrie Hotel, is just 500m from Glenferrie railway station, which is only three stops from the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Rod Laver Arena and AAMI Park.
324 Burwood Road, Hawthorn, VIC 3122, AustraliaBook Online
Description: 4.5-star and green-star accreditation, fully serviced studio apartment. Travel to campus: Two minutes to Hawthorn campus. 11 minutes by train from Flinders Street Station.
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Amora Hotel Riverwalk Melbourne
Ideally positioned on the banks of the Yarra River in Richmond, we’re minutes from the vibrant Melbourne CBD and all it has to offer.
649 Bridge Road | Richmond, VIC, 3121, AustraliaBook Online
Located on the ground floor of Swinburne’s $100 million Advanced Manufacturing and Design Centre (AMDC), this ground-breaking facility is made up of a cluster of specialist studios with highly adaptive capacity. Equipped with advanced visualisation and design tools, designers will have the resources to develop prototypes rapidly, create innovative products and research potential manufacturing methods.