Internet of Industrial Materials Conference 2017

Graphene as a platform for data enabled infrastructure


August 17
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.

Industry 4.0 and IoT

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.

Supply Chain Reliability

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.

Innovators & Influencers Wanted

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.

The Speakers

Discussions from Leading Experts


CEO Imagine Intelligent Materials


Associate Professor Deakin


CEO AFG Venture Bank


Head of R&D Imagine Intelligent Materials


CEO Geofabrics Australiasia




Executive Director The Graphene Council


CEO Haydale

Conference Schedule

The Convergence Of Materials Science, Advanced Manufacturing, And The Internet Of Things.

7/10/17 8:30 am - 7/10/17 8:45 am

Registration Opens

8/15/17 9:00 am - 8/15/17 9:15 am

Official Welcome & Launch of Graphene Supply Chain CRC-P

Deputy Vice Chancellor Aleksandar Subic
DVC for Research Swinburne

7/27/17 9:15 am - 7/27/17 9:30 am

Keynote Address

Jens Goennemann
CEO – Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre

8/15/17 9:30 am - 8/15/17 10:25 am

Session 1 – Internet of Smart Materials

Moderator - Ross Pilling
Chair - Advanced Manufacturing Advisory Council

7/13/17 9:35 am - 7/13/17 9:50 am

IOT – The $11T Question

Amir Vahid Dastjerdi
Manager - Cyber and Forensics Team - PwC

7/10/17 9:50 am - 7/10/17 10:05 am

Industry 4.0 Factory Of The Future

Professor Bronwyn Fox
Director, Manufacturing Futures Research Institute - Swinburne

7/12/17 10:05 am - 7/12/17 10:20 am

Funding in IOT Ecosystems

Lindley Edwards
AFG Venture Group

8/15/17 10:25 am - 8/15/17 10:40 am

Break – Morning Tea

8/15/17 10:40 am - 8/15/17 11:30 am

Session 2 – The Future – Enabled by Graphene

Terrance Barkan - Video Presentation
Executive Director – The Graphene Council

7/10/17 10:45 am - 7/10/17 11:00 am

Graphene Composites – the Benefits

Ray Gibbs
CEO - Haydale Ltd.

7/13/17 11:00 am - 7/13/17 11:15 am

Graphene for Energy Storage

Simon Savage
CEO - Ionic Industries

7/20/17 11:15 am - 7/20/17 11:30 am

The Future: Connected, Self Reporting Materials

Chris Gilbey
CEO - Imagine IM

8/15/17 11:35 am - 8/15/17 12:30 pm

Session 3 – Case Study – Smart Geotextiles, Protecting the Environment

Moderator - Lisa Pitre
Department of Economic Development Victoria

7/10/17 11:45 am - 7/10/17 12:00 pm

Delivering Smart Materials to The Market

Brendan Swifte
CEO – Geofabrics (Australasia)

8/8/17 12:00 pm - 8/8/17 12:15 pm

Installing Smart Materials Into Civil Engineering Projects

Dimiter Nedialkov
Applications Engineer

8/8/17 12:15 pm - 8/8/17 12:30 pm

Product Development toward Leak Monitoring

Dr Phil Aitchison
Head of R&D and Product Development Imagine IM

8/15/17 12:30 pm - 8/15/17 2:00 pm

Networking Lunch

8/15/17 1:00 pm - 8/15/17 2:00 pm

Designing for Realities of Now – WORKSHOP -The role of design in innovation

Associate Professor Christine Thong
Academic Director, Design Factory Melbourne, Swinburne

8/15/17 2:00 pm - 8/15/17 3:00 pm

Session 4 – R2-D2-IP Research 2 Development 2 IP

Moderator - Warwick Grigor
Executive Chairman: Far East Capital

8/15/17 2:05 am - 8/15/17 2:20 am

Laser Printing of Graphene for Functional Optoelectronics

Professor Baohua Jia
Research Leader, Nanophotonic Solar Technology, Swinburne

8/15/17 2:20 pm - 8/15/17 2:35 pm

Inter-netting Graphene for Smart Applications

Professor Dan Li
University of Melbourne

8/15/17 2:35 am - 8/15/17 2:50 am

Why Conductive Fibres are Important

Associate Professor Joselito Razal
Institute of Frontier Materials - Deakin University

8/15/17 2:50 pm - 8/15/17 3:05 pm

Manufacturing New Materials at Scale

Dr Shaun Smith
CSIRO - Research Group Leader - Fibre Innovation and Composites

8/15/17 3:05 pm - 8/15/17 3:20 pm

Why Protecting IP is Critical to Realising the Value of Innovation

Dr Ramon Tozer
Davies Collison Cave Australia

8/15/17 3:20 pm - 8/15/17 3:40 pm

Break – Afternoon Tea

8/15/17 3:40 pm - 8/15/17 4:30 pm

Session 5 – Rebooting Global Supply Chains -PANEL SESSION

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

8/15/17 4:35 pm - 8/15/17 6:00 pm

Networking Drinks and Canapés

Beyond Manufacturing

“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… 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 Prespectives

Graphene Hype or Graphene Gold?

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.

Graphene’s Too Expensive

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.

Co-create Supply Chain Solutions

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

Australian Leadership Now

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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Sponsors & Partners

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Proudly presented by Imagine Intelligent Materials and Swinburne University of Technology 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.

Brought to you by our sponsors:

  • Geofabrics
  • Ionic Industries
  • Austeng
  • Cooperative Research Centres (CRC) Programme
  • Australian Government -Department of Industry and Science
  • AZO Network
  • Swinburne Institute of technology
  • Haydale
  • Imagine Intelligent Materials
  • The Graphene Council
  • Export Council of Australia

Location and Venue

state-of-the-art facilities

Swinburne’s new Factory of the Future provides industry and organisations with state-of-the-art facilities to explore conceptual ideas for manufacturing next generation products.


Swinburne University of Technology – Factory of the Future

John Street Hawthorn, Melbourne, VIC 3122 Australia

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Nearby Accomodation

Glenferrie Hotel

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, Australia

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Quest Hawthorn

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.

t: +61 3 8803 7700

616 Glenferrie Road, Hawthorn 3122, VIC

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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, Australia

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Additional details

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.