Outcomes vs output: Why engineers should ask ‘why’ more often

If you feel like you’re reinventing the wheel, maybe you need to take a step back, take a deep breath and make sure you’re solving the right problem. To ensure…
rail networks Infrastructure

Is there too much focus on high-speed rail at the expense of better urban networks?

“When thinking about building another rail line, or another road, or another piece of the electricity grid, you need to consider what it means for the networks. Individual pieces of…
leadership lessons from engineering Leadership

“Go out and solve somebody’s problem”: Leadership lessons from the world of engineering

Leadership isn't always easy, but if you understand the business and the people working within it, you're on the right path. Rob Sindel was not born a leader. The Chief…
the promises and perils of artificial intelligence (AI) Robotics

The promises and perils of AI that’s ‘smarter’ than us

Working with artificial intelligence (AI) has positives and negatives, but how we approach it will determine which side is felt more, says inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil. Ray Kurzweil is…

How can engineers help make innovation more than just a buzzword?

Where are the real opportunities to make a difference? What are the things that we can do that have never been done before? These are the questions engineers should be…
autonomous vehicle engineering Innovation

This shuttle is helping pave the way for autonomous vehicles

Autonomous vehicles are one of the biggest engineering challenges of the 21st century. What does it take to make them roadworthy? In Sydney, a project is under way to answer…
structural engineer Roma Agrawal tell the stories behind our structures InsfrastructureInspiration

One engineer’s mission to share how the world’s favourite structures came to be

In a profession short of superstars, British structural engineer Roma Agrawal is finding ways to explain her work to non-engineers. Tall buildings are celebrities. From the Great Pyramid of Giza,…

Agents of change: How engineers can make a difference in the world

Satisfaction, skills and the improvement of society all result when engineers – and the organisations that employ them – lend their talent to nations in need. Having just stepped off…

Creating an Industrial Internet of Things from space

Since she was a small child, Flavia Tata Nardini has been fascinated by space. Now, she is the co-founder and CEO of space startup Fleet, which is working to create…
scientist of the year Infrastructure

WA Scientist of the Year on cities, sustainability and how to get it right

Peter Newman, a professor of sustainability at Curtin University, was recently named Western Australia Scientist of the Year 2018. In the lead-up to his appearance at the Australian Engineering Conference,…
drones InnovationRobotics

We are in the middle of an explosion in drone capability, says expert

Expert Dr Catherine Ball says the way we currently use drones is only scratching the surface of what they can do for us. When luxury Italian fashion house Dolce &…
data arena Innovation

This futuristic room really helps bring your data to life

Engineers are used to looking at schematics and data sets, but what if there was a way to take those data points and visualise them in a completely immersive way?…
infrastructure design InfrastructureSustainability

Why engineers – not politicians – need to solve our infrastructure problems

Professor Peter Newman wants entrepreneurial engineers to solve our infrastructure problems rather than politicians. Australia’s ever-expanding cities are placing significant burden on vital infrastructure, such as transport, housing and energy…
AI and robotics Robotics

It’s time to change the way we think about AI and robotics

When we think about artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics, it's usually "us versus them", says Dr Catherine Ball. But according to her, that's not the case at all. The rise…

Here’s your chance to go below the deck of Australia’s largest warship

The Canberra-class Amphibious Assault Ship gives the Australian Defence Force one of the most capable and sophisticated air-land-sea deployment systems in the world. Measuring 230m long with 15 deck levels,…
Queensland infrastructure projects Infrastructure

Why transport infrastructure is key to Queensland’s future

South-East Queensland’s Cross River Rail is a key ingredient in the state’s future success. A centrepiece of the Queensland State Government’s 2018 Budget was an announcement, made in May this…
Melbourne North East Link Infrastructure

Melbourne’s unprecedented population growth prompts huge infrastructure investment

The biggest transport infrastructure investment in Victoria’s history, the North East Link is actually three major projects in one. A budget announcement from the Victorian state government in April 2018…
WestConnex Sydney transport infrastructure project Infrastructure

Australia’s largest transport infrastructure project is a bold initiative

To solve its traffic congestion problems, Sydney is digging deep. Few people will ever argue that an urban road is a thing of beauty, particularly when it is filled with…
Elanor Huntington on the future of engineering Inspiration

The future of engineering is uncertain – and full of possibilities

By the time current first-year engineering students graduate, the world will be a different place than when they started university. What skills will they need to solve problems and do…
business leadership Inspiration

Confessions from engineers who have made it in the business world

It is not hard to name engineers who have built their ideas into a prosperous business. What does it take to do this? From Henry Ford to Bill Gates to…
One Central Park Sydney green infrastructure project Sustainability

Anatomy of One Central Park’s award-winning green infrastructure

Since its completion, One Central Park has become a bit of a Sydney icon for a few reasons. One of the more obvious ones is that it's covered head to…
Dr Chris Jeffery is a medtech entrepreneur with several innovations under his belt. Inspiration

“Find problems worth solving”: One medtech engineer shares the secrets to his success

As CEO and co-founder of innovative medtech company Field Orthopaedics, Dr Chris Jeffery has worn a number of different hats. But his focus on pulling apart and solving problems is…

Autonomous vehicles are going to be a data gold mine

Autonomous vehicles are one of the big engineering challenges of the 21st century, and not just because of the tech itself. Programming autonomous vehicles is a challenge, but so is…
AI and infrastructure design Robotics

What happens to infrastructure design when AI has a say?

What happens to design and consultancy in a world in which computers are doing most of our thinking? At the upcoming Australian Engineering Conference, Tim Chapman will fill us in.…
sustainable cities Sustainability

If you want sustainable cities, you need to first consider resilience

Strengthening resilience today is a prerequisite for achieving sustainable cities in the future, says one industry expert. The term 'sustainability' is often used interchangeably with 'environmentally friendly'. However, for cities,…
autonomous robots Robotics

With autonomous robots on the rise, what do engineers need to know?

As collaborative robots give way to autonomous ones, the future is not as frightening as you might think, says Professor Elizabeth Croft, presenter at the Australian Engineering Conference 2018. When…
humanitarian engineering Inspiration

The people’s engineer: Why you need to keep end users on the mind

Engineers directly and indirectly impact the lives of people in the communities in which they work. Ahead of his session at the Australian Engineering Conference 2018, Gavin Blakey, Chair of…
driverless cars Innovation

The road ahead for driverless cars is a long and winding one

There are many problems to be solved before driverless cars are widespread – and a shortage of engineering talent is one of them. The claimed benefits for driverless cars cover…
artificial intelligence (AI) Robotics

It’s time to set the record straight about artificial intelligence

Artificial intelligence will be able to do many things – destroying the world won't be one of them, says Professor Toby Walsh. In the 2013 movie Her, a lonely man…
barangaroo Innovation

Barangaroo urban renewal project wins awards for sustainability and innovation

The Barangaroo South urban renewal project has nabbed a handful of awards from the Property Council of Australia. A focus on sustainability and innovation has paid off for Lendlease after…
space agency Innovation

Australian Space Agency has liftoff with $41 million budget boost

Experts say the government’s allocation of $41 million seed funding to establish an Australian Space Agency is a great starting point. But will it lead to sustainable support for local…

Meet Sophia, the humanoid robot that has the world talking

Sophia the humanoid robot is sure to turn heads when she makes an appearance in Sydney this September.   How much longer until we get machines with human-level capabilities? Discussions…

If a robot hurts or kills someone, is the robot responsible?

As robotics and AI become an increasingly potent force in society, previously abstract questions about how we should legislate them now need concrete answers.   As self-driving vehicles take to the…

AI for kids: New book hopes to get young readers interested in the future of tech

With robotics and AI changing our world at a rate of knots, kids need to get a handle on these concepts as soon as possible, according to Professor Michael Milford.…

In the age of digital warfare, is Australia’s cybersecurity ready?

The newest combat domain is cyberspace, and Australia needs to do more to protect its digital borders and assets from threats.   As an arena of war, cyberspace is new,…

Trust in engineering is more important than ever – here’s why

The future probably won’t be a dystopian nightmare, but it feels like the world is dangerously close to the edge. Engineers will be crucial to keeping us from tipping over,…