CONNECT 2015 – ‘Connecting’ one event at a time

Published on May 18, 2015

Connect 2015

The Hon. Adem Somyurek, Minister for Small Business, Innovation and Trade visits the NICTA stand.

In April the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre played host to CONNECT 2015, an expo about how technologies will CONNECT in the future to change the way we do business.  In its second year, the event saw a doubling in size with over 4,000 delegates enjoying access to an exhibition and eleven conferences over a two day period.

Visitors to the stand were able to see demos of NICTA’s work on intelligent transport systems including BusPlus, a public transport solution combining various transport platforms to provide quicker and cheaper transport options.  NICTA’s evacuation planning project which looks at mitigating the impact of natural disasters by identifying when and how to evacuate large cities, and National Map, an open framework of geospatial data services that supports commercial and community innovation.

NICTA researchers took part in the speaker line-up including Professor Toby Walsh, who spoke in the Next Big Thing summit about how artificial intelligence is shaping the future.  He discussed emerging trends from deep learning to intelligent agents and argued the much of the future is, in fact, already here.  Dr Leif Hanlen spoke in the Future Health summit on what’s next in mobile and social technologies in the areas of health and medicine.  And Dr Dali Kaafar looked at how data privacy opens doors for new business opportunities in the Connected Marketing seminar.