In September 2017, CDMPS hosted a number of prominent guests from the University of Melbourne to showcase the Centre’s major research, training and engagement activities over the past 3 years, as well as our strategic plans for the future.
We gladly welcomed the Provost, Professor Margaret Sheil AO; Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research Collaboration & Partnerships) Professor Mark Hargreaves; the Dean of Engineering and Chair of the CDMPS Executive Committee, Professor Iven Mareels; the Head of the School of Electrical, Mechanical and Infrastructure Engineering, Professor Doreen Thomas; and selected industry representatives.
The showcase included a presentation overviewing our current activities from Director, Professor Abbas Rajabifard, as well as presentations by each Associate Professor Lisa Gibbs and Professor Majid Sarvi; Academic leads of the Community Resilience and Public Health Research Unit and the Infrastructure Resilience Research Unit, respectively. This was concluded with a presentation from the Centre Manager, Professor Greg Foliente on the new strategic direction of the Centre in the coming years.
Attendees also heard testimonials from representatives of two of the Centre’s close industry partners; Mr. Andrew Ford; CEO of Volunteer Fire Brigades Victoria, and Mr. David Magill; Director of Government Relations and Public Policy at General Motors Holden.
After the presentations, visitors were invited to walk around the Centre and meet with our research staff and students to discuss their current projects and activities. They also were given the opportunity to test the Centre’s Holo Lens glasses, used in virtual reality research, as well as view two of the working Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) employed by the Unmanned Aerial Systems research unit’s team. Research Unit Academic Lead, A/Prof. Dongryeol Ryu, was available to discuss the UAVs and how they are used.