Digital Technology Disruption: Opportunities and Challenges for Australia

Presented by the Victorian Division

Event details

Thursday 5 May 2022

Drinks and networking (in-person): 6:00-6:30pm
Presentation: 6:30-7:30pm
Optional dinner (in-person): 7:30-9:00pm


Graduate House University of Melbourne 220 Leicester Street Carlton 3053


Optional Dinner – $32.50
In-person and virtual broadcast – Free

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Digital Technology Distribution: Opportunities and Challenges for Australia
Presented by the ATSE Victorian Division


Thursday 5 May
6.30-7.30pm AEST

Graduate House Melbourne
220 Leicester St, Carlton VIC 3053

In-person event and virtual broadcast: Free
Optional dinner following the presentation: $32.50

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Australia is immersed in the fourth industrial revolution as digital technologies transform and disrupt multiple sectors essential to our national success. Sectors including manufacturing, health, education, transport, and service industries are being disrupted as digital technologies are changing fundamentally the ways we learn, interact and work. Industry 4.0 and the Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and other next-gen digital technologies are transforming many sectors and beginning to disrupt the workforce. This presentation by two Australian thought-leaders in Digital Technologies – Professor Iven Mareels FTSE and Professor Aleks Subic – will give an overview of the digital revolution for Australia. The opportunities and challenges for Australia now and in the future as the digital revolution sweeps through many Australian sectors is explored, analysed and discussed in this presentation. The impact of Digital Technologies to industry and the skills needed the support the transformation in Australia are explained.

This event and the webinar are open to Fellows, guests and the public.


Iven Mareels
Professor Iven Mareels FTSE

Research Director, IBM Australia

Since March 2021, Iven Mareels is the Director of the Centre for Applied Research, IBM Australia and an Honorary Professor at the University of Melbourne and Adjunct Professor at Federation University of Australia. In addition, he is Vice-President Financial Sustainability of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering, and a non-executive Director of Rubicon Water. Previously, he was Director of IBM Research in Australia (Feb 2018- Mar 2021), and the Dean of Engineering at the University of Melbourne (2007-2018).

Iven has co-authored well over 500 refereed publications, including 5 monographs. He is a co-inventor on an international suite of patents related to automation of large scale, open channel, irrigation systems and which are commercialised by Rubicon Water.

For his contributions to control engineering research and education, Iven has received a number of awards, including the Harold Chestnut Control Engineering Textbook Prize (2017); IEEE Control Systems Society Technology Award (2014); Asian Control Association Wook Hyun Kwon Education Award (2013) and Clunies Ross Medal for Smart Irrigation Systems (2008). He was made a Commander in the Order of the Crown of Belgium, and received the Centenary Medal of Australia for contributions to engineering education and research. He is a Fellow and Member of many academy’s, including ATSE.

Aleks Subic
Professor Aleks Subic

Deputy Vice Chancellor & Vice President, RMIT University

Professor Aleksandar Subic is the incoming Vice Chancellor & Chief Executive of Aston University in Birmingham, UK. In his current role of Deputy Vice Chancellor & Vice President at RMIT University he is responsible for leading the STEMM College and Digital Innovation portfolio in Australia and globally across aligned academic and research areas. Professor Subic is responsible for leading value creation through digital innovation at RMIT through integrated effort across academic and enterprise domains, and in collaboration with industry and other stakeholders. Prior to this appointment he was the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research & Enterprise) at Swinburne University of Technology from 2015 – 2020, responsible for research and development, graduate studies, collaboration and partnerships, innovation, and commercialisation. Concurrent with his academic appointments Professor Subic held notable appointments including the Prime Minister’s Industry 4.0 Taskforce on Australian Advanced Manufacturing Council Leaders Group (Australian Industry Group – AiG) and Co-Chair of the national Digital Transformation Expert Panel (AIS).