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The human as sensor: the future of wearable technology

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The human body has evolved to become the best possible sensor. The potential to harness the ‘human as a sensor’ is limitless. Our highly sensitive and adaptive sensing ability could warn us against the next pandemic, predict and manage our health, and increase our safety and productivity in the workplace. It is no wonder that one of the fastest-growing areas of innovation is the use of wearable technology to make sense of the information we measure from our bodies and use them to make decisions. However, if we continue to generate extensive data about ourselves that is not validated, we risk making decisions that can do more harm than good. In this webinar, we have assembled an esteemed panel of speakers to discuss the future of wearable sensors and their interpretation for improving physical health.

This panel is proudly presented by the MedTech platform, Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology.

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Meet the panelists

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Professor Graham Kerr, Exercise & Movement Science, School of Exercise and Nutrition Science, Queensland University of Technology

Graham Kerr is a Professor in the School of Exercise and Nutrition Science at the Queensland University of Technology. Prof Kerr currently leads the Movement Neuroscience Research Program at QUT. He is a program leader and Executive Management Committee member for the ARC-ITTC in Joint Biomechanics as well as co-leader for the DSTG Wearable Predictive Diagnostics and HISS extension programs. His research experience has ranged from fitness assessment and team selection of Olympic athletes to leading edge brain stimulation techniques for treatment of neurodegenerative disease. It has included research on improving posture, balance and gait in: children with joint hypermobility, athletes with leg injuries, people with venous leg ulcers, older people at risk of falling, people with tremor, people with Parkinson’s disease and older people at risk of dementia. His research program has included developing exercise interventions and non-invasive brain stimulation techniques for the treatment of neurodegenerative disease. This has included consideration of cognitive function, orthostatic tolerance, neuromuscular coherence, gait, and mobility as well as examination of cardiovascular and cardiorespiratory function. More recently he has applied his expertise to Defence related research including wearable technologies, diagnostics, performance biomarkers and human-machine-AI interactions. Prof Kerr has an h index of 43 and had been continuously funded by Australian National Category 1 competitive grants since 1995.

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Bill Dimopoulos, CEO & Co-Founder, Vlepis Pty Ltd

A confident and successful business professional with over thirty plus years of experience in the ICT industry covering business leadership, innovation, people development responsibilities delivering successful outcomes for customers, employers and business partners. Bill is a solutions-oriented thinker and strong strategist with proven experience working with Tier 1 solution & infrastructure providers, start-ups, SAAS based solutions, IOT and emerging technologies.

He has held multiple roles in successful tier 1 and growth-oriented companies through his career across multiple disciplines (Sales & Marketing Senior Management, Business Unit Management, Channels Sales & GTM) that have provided a solid foundation to engage in B2B & B2C market segments and across multiple verticals.

Bill is currently the CEO & Co-Founder of Vlepis Solutions. Vlepis is focused on delivering innovative digital care technologies best suited for Care in Home situations for a range of end user segments ranging from Aged Care in Home situations, elderly and vulnerable use case requirements globally. Based on cutting edge collaboration with Australian leading research institutions, Vlepis is engaging emerging interest from adjacent sectors for these remote digital sensing capabilities that can be leveraged in parallel to solve additional challenges in these contiguous markets.

In the early part of his career development, Bill also successfully attained a Master of Commerce from the University of NSW, Sydney and Bachelor of Business from the University of Technology, Sydney.

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Galen Gan, Infrastructure Coordinator, Pavilion Blackburn, Seventh-day Adventist Church (Victorian Conference) Ltd

Purchasing his first shares at 16 (in his school uniform) and buying his first house at 18, Galen has been an investor for most of his life.

Working professionally in Australia, United Kingdom and Singapore, 'retiring' at 36, he currently leads his family office which focuses on property development, angel investment and property consulting.

Seniors Living is an industry close to his heart, serving as project lead for Pavilions Blackburn Lake Retirement Village - the flagship seniors living project for the Seventh-day Adventist Church (Victoria, Australia). Originating the proposal and leading the development delivery from concept, though design, planning approval, financing, sales, construction, settlements and operational handover (end-to-end), Galen has a detailed understanding of the aging demographic, and approaches to cater for them. Pavilions was recently awarded Best Retirement Village Development and Best Luxury Retirement Village Development from the Property Council of Australia.

Formerly serving on the Board of Directors for AdventCare (non-for-profit aged care operator), he is frequently sought for his insights into the rapidly evolving Aging sector.

Galen also serves as Chairman of the Board for Gobbill Pty Ltd a FinTech scaleup which specialises in AI powered bill payments automation & fraud detection for SMEs.

He holds a B.Eng (Civil & Computing) and Masters in Diplomacy & Trade from Monash University.

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Professor Peter Lee, Director, ARC Training Centre for Medical Implant Technologies, The University of Melbourne (Chair)

Professor Peter Lee is the Director of the Australian Research Council (ARC) Training Centre for Medical Implant Technologies and Chair of the Technical Advisory Committee of the Centre for Advanced Defence Research and Enterprise (CADRE-OCE). He is also the Director of the Joint Research Training Centre for Medical Implant Technology, a partnership between the University of Melbourne and 3DMediTech. Additionally, he serves as the Chief Investigator in the ARC Training Centre for Personalised Therapeutic Technologies.

Prof. Lee's groundbreaking work includes the development of the titanium 3D-printed Melbourne Temporal Mandibular Joint prosthesis, commercialised by Maxoniq (formerly OMX Solutions Pty Ltd) in 2015, benefiting over 300 patients. His lab's interdisciplinary approach spans from design and clinical trials to commercialisation, addressing complex biomedical problems.

Heading Australia's largest industry-university-hospital partnership, the ARC Training Centre for Medical Implant Technologies, Prof. Lee focuses on training interdisciplinary engineers in biomechanics, materials, and manufacturing for orthopedic and maxillofacial implants.

He also serves as Associate Editor for various scientific journals, holding a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering and a PhD in Bioengineering from the University of Strathclyde, UK.

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