Knowledge and understanding driving positive change

Finding the sweet spots to drive change

“Understand well as I may, my comprehension can only be an infinitesimal fraction of all I want to understand.” - Ada Lovelace

A sustainable, prosperous and rewarding future is delivered if we first rigorously understanding the nature of things. Now is an extraordinarily exciting time to be on the future facing side of research and innovation. What will our future agricultural systems look like? What nascent technologies and ideas today will be taken forward to completely transform how we create and live together, 20 years from now and beyond?

This Innovation & Research ANU TechLauncher webcast will showcase novel artefacts being developed to meet challenges in:

  • Assistive Technologies,
  • Healthcare Planning and Monitoring, and
  • Natural Systems Modeling and Management

Join us to learn how organisations like CSIRO, ANU, and our industry and government ecosystem partners are creating value and wealth for society.


Professor Michael Cardew Hall
Pro Vice Chancellor
Innovation & Advancement, ANU

Professor Michael Cardew-Hall is Pro Vice-Chancellor (Innovation & Advancement) at ANU.

He is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and Institution of Engineers Australia.

In 2008, Priscilla co-founded Innovation ACT, an award-winning entrepreneurial program in the ACT, and was actively involved in its running for three years.

He has held technical and management positions with GEC and Rolls-Royce Aero Engines in the UK prior to joining the ANU in 1993.  He has been an active researcher in the area of CAD, Computer Aided Manufacture, application of machine learning and knowledge based systems to manufacturing and optimization of manufacturing processes, in particular sheet metal forming.  Much of this work has been carried out in collaboration with industry partners, particularly in the automotive sector. 

He has ongoing interest in technology transfer, commercialization and industrial policy and has been involved in a number of spin off start up companies.

Professor Cardew-Hall has held the position of Head Department of Engineering, Deputy Dean, and Acting Dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science at the Australian National University.


Dr Elaine Stead
ANU Connect Ventures

Elaine is a life science technology commercialization professional, with an extensive background in the identification, management and growth of early stage technology commercialization.

Elaine’s career has spanned the life science technology commercialization continuum, including venture capital, public, private and start-up company senior management and University commercialization.

Elaine is currently VP of Corporate Development for ASX and NASDAQ listed company Sunshine Heart, and prior to this was Investment Manager with Australian life sciences venture capital fund, CM Capital for 4 years. Prior to joining CM Capital, Elaine was Deputy Director of Adelaide Research & Innovation Pty Ltd, the commercial arm of the University of Adelaide.

Concurrently, she spent almost 3 years as CEO of medical device company, Reproductive Health Sciences Pty Ltd and raised angel and venture capital to support its development. 

Elaine has a PhD (Biochemistry) from the University of Adelaide.


Dr Sylvie Perreau
Research Leader, Contested Communications
Defense Science & Technology (DST)

Dr Sylvie Perreau obtained a Bachelor in Electrical and Electronics Engineering and a Masters in Image and Signal Processing from the University of Cergy (France) in 1993.

She then graduated with a PhD in Telecommucations and Signal Processing from Telecom Paris (France) in 1997.

That year, Sylvie moved to the United States where she worked as a Research Assistant at the University of Connecticut.

In 1998, she joined the University of South Australia where she worked for 13 years as a Senior Research Lecturer.

During that time, she undertook research in Wireless Networks and Telecommunications, supervised 15 PhD students and published over 80 papers.

In 2011, she joined DST Group in CEWD as an S&T6.

She became Director of the Science Program Intelligence in 2016,  Scientific Adviser Intelligence in 2017, Group Leader Wireless Protocols in 2017 and in 2019, she became Research Leader Contested Communications.

Sylvie has two teenage sons and in her spare time, enjoys playing music and painting


Date & time

11am–12.30pm 28 Oct 2020


Event series


Manik Mahajan

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