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National Science Week – “Life in the age of autonomous vehicles”

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Curtin University has the pleasure of inviting you on a journey in innovation as part of its National Science Week 2017 celebrations.

Event details

This special National Science Week lecture will address the many and varied ways in which vehicle automation will change our daily activities and the environments in which we live.

Date
Thursday 17 August 2017
Time
5.00 pm to 7.00 pm
Venue
Tim Winton Lecture Theatre, Building 213 Room 104, Curtin University, Bentley
Cost
Free

In our lifetimes we can expect to see autonomous vehicles on our streets. This will change all facets of our lives, ranging from the reduced risk of being in a crash to decreased environmental emissions and greater social inclusion for the elderly and disabled. Our cities will be reshaped as space no longer needs to be dedicated to parking and can be used to benefit humans instead.

This special National Science Week lecture will address the many and varied ways in which vehicle automation will change our daily activities and the environments in which we live. The major barriers and motivators relating to the adoption of driverless cars will be outlined, along with proposed methods of optimising the benefits for society.

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Speakers

Professor Simone Pettigrew

Distinguished Research Professor, School of Psychology

Simone Pettigrew is a Research Professor in Curtin’s School of Psychology and Speech Pathology. Her work focuses on encouraging people to undertake actions that enhance their health. She is a strong advocate of vehicle autonomy because of the huge potential health benefits of this new technology. Simone’s work on autonomous vehicles is funded by the Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre.

Mr Patrick Walker

Executive General Manager, RAC of WA

Patrick Walker is Executive General Manager, Advocacy and Members at the RAC. Previously, he served as Director General of the Department of Indigenous Affairs between 2008 and 2011. Patrick was a Commissioner at the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) and Commissioner for Consumer Protection and Prices Commissioner in Western Australia for 10 years.

Mr Tom Goerke

Director Innovation Centres Australia, Cisco Innovation Centre

As director of Cisco’s Australia-based Innovation Centre, Tom Goerke manages all activities at one of Cisco’s nine global facilities for accelerating opportunities, deepening relationships, and fostering innovation in the areas of digital transformation and Internet of Things (IoT), and rapid prototyping.