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IET Present Around The World Victorian Final

IET Victoria

Thursday, 21 November 2013 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

IET Present Around The World Victorian Final

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The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) invites you to the Victorian final of the international Present Around The World competition. Top students from Victorian universities will present on an engineering or technology related topic for 10 minutes followed by a 5 minute Q & A. The winner is awarded a cash prize and a chance to win the national final, held in May 2014.

Refreshments will be available at the event.

For more information about the IET PATW competition, visit our website at:

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Doors Open

18:00 – 18:20

Introduction to the event

18:20 – 20:20

Presentations by the finalists

20:20 – 20:45


20:45 – 21:00

Announcement of winners and presentation of prizes

Presentation Information

Finalist 1: Mark Fabbro (University of Melbourne)
Topic: Clock Synchronisation

 The importance of achieving clock synchronisation has motivated the development of several algorithms. It is a difficult problem to measure the performance of an algorithm under different conditions and to compare different algorithms directly. To meet this end, a simulation framework was developed to capture the key features of a WSN (namely time-varying sensor device connectivity and communication transmission delay) and four clock synchronisation algorithms were simulated under a variety of conditions in order to appraise their performance.

Finalist 2: Joshua Weberruss (Monash University)
Topic:  Virtual Localisation Algorithm for Geographic Routing

My research investigates the application of a virtual localisation algorithm for geographic routing, which is considered the most efficient routing method for WSNs (Wireless sensor networks). The algorithm allows a sensor node to localise itself in an n-dimensional virtual Euclidean space using connectivity information gleaned from its neighbours. The positions are calculated on-the-fly and do not require any positioning hardware such as GPS receivers.

Finalist 3: Graeme Best (Monash University)
Topic: Terrain Classifications using a Hexapod Robot

The effectiveness of a legged robot’s gait is highly dependent on the ground cover the robot traverses. It is therefore advantageous for a legged robot to adapt its behaviour to suit the environment. In this project a robot detects and classifies the type of ground cover being traversed. A novel approach is presented that uses only robot leg joint servo error measurements. A multi-class Support Vector Machine with a 660-dimensional feature space consisting of features in gait-phase and frequency domains is employed.  This allows a forward sequential feature selection method to reduce the dimensionality of the feature space to 40 features.

Finalist 4: Jonathan Eden (University of Melbourne)
Topic: RoboCup

Robocup is an annual international robotics competition in which teams of autonomous robots compete in a range of challenges including games of soccer. As a part of this competition it is necessary for the soccer playing robots to manoeuvre the ball through dribbling technique.  This is conventionally done utilising grasping mechanisms that hold the ball throughout motion. Such an approach is not human like or representative of natural soccer playing where short bursts of contact are used instead to manipulate the ball’s trajectory.  A continuous contact based robot soccer playing approach has therefore been developed to allow for more human like dribbling.


Nicholas Venables (2012 Winner of Victorian Final of PATW)

Nicholas has worked at the University of Melbourne for Bionic Vision Australia since 2010 after completing a Bachelor of Science. He is currently completing his Master of Electrical Engineering at the University of Melbourne. Aside from winning last years Victorian final of PATW, he was also the runner-up at the national final.

David Cunningham IENG MIET

David has 28 years of experience in the Rail Industry, and has IENG with MIET for more than 14 years. He started his career as an apprentice with British Rail in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering in 1985. Since 2013 he is the Rolling Stock Performance Manager for Metro Trains, and is responsible for reliability growth using engineering solutions and new technologies to eliminate component failures.

Arthur Baoustanos BE(Elec), MBA, MIEAust, MIET, AFAIM, MAICD

 Arthur is currently an Executive Director with INTRALOT Australia Pty Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of INTRALOT S.A. He joined INTRALOT in May 2005 and his duties and responsibilities involve the business development of gaming infrastructure solutions in the region of Oceania. He has accumulated 25 years of technical, operational and commercial experience in a wide range of industries, from Manufacturing to Financial Services, through senior management positions in a number of Engineering and Information Technology companies in Australia and Europe. Since March 2012 he is a Trade Committee Member of the Hellenic Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (HACCI) in Melbourne. He is also the Assistant Chairman of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) Victorian Network.


Discount Parking is available at Wilsons Collins Place Car Park located at 30 Flinders Lane and is part of the Collins Place Complex underneath the Sofitel Hotel. Entry is via Flinders Lane from Spring Street.
Please note it is the second car park on the right hand side. No discount is applicable if delegates park in the first car park which is Secure parking

  • Monday - Friday - $11 per day

To receive the discounted rate, delegates need to present their tickets to reception staff at the Monash Conference Centre for validation.

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When & Where

Seminar Room 1, Monash Conference Centre
30 Collins Street
Level 7
Melbourne, VIC 3000

Thursday, 21 November 2013 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

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IET Victoria

The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) is a world leading professional organisation sharing and advancing knowledge to promote science, engineering and technology across the world. A professional home for life for engineers and technicians, and a trusted source of essential engineering intelligence.

The IET has more than 150,000 members worldwide in 127 countries, and its volunteer members operate almost 100 Local Networks as well as 21 Technical and Professional Networks.

It was formed in March 2006 by a merger of the Institution of Electrical Engineers (IEE) and the Institution of Incorporated Engineers (IIE) .

The Institution of Engineering and Technology is registered as a Charity in England and Wales (no 211014) and Scotland (no SC038698) .

The Victoria Network is an active Australian Branch of Electrical, Computer, Communications, Mechatronics and Information Technology engineers, organising networking events, engineering seminars for the public and sponsorship of awards and student project exhibitions at Victorian universities.

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