Innovation Central Perth May News

An Innovation Central Perth Update


New Starter Profile – Hilda Ng

We are excited to have a new Project Coordinator, Hilda Ng, start with us this month! Hilda will work across ICP and the Curtin Commercialisation team to connect ICP’s resources to the start-up community as well as connecting ICP members to the innovative ideas that come from the Commercialisation programs.

Meet Hilda

Hello! I am Hilda Ng.

I recently joined ICP as a Project Coordinator. Prior to this, I worked in the education sector both overseas and in Australia.

Before joining the education sector, I worked as a software engineer for a healthcare software company in Malaysia. Both my mom and sister are teachers, perhaps this is the reason why I decided to change my career to be an academic for a couple of years. I love working in the University campus environment and always found working in higher education very rewarding. I have worked in Curtin on various projects throughout my roles as a Business Analyst, eLearning Specialist, and Simulation Technician.

During my free time, I love cooking and trying different recipes!


ICP Intern Spotlight

Yatin Patel is one of ICP’s talented interns who worked on a project over the summer for TADWA (Technology for Ageing & Disability) helping to commercialise a powerful new voice controller which improves the lives of older Australians and those with disabilities.

Yatin is from the School of Civil and Mechanical Engineering and is completing a degree in Mechatronic Engineering.

In line with his skillset, Yatin worked on the prototyping phase of the TADWA project, investigating the feasibility of taking the speech recognition offline.

Yatin successfully designed and implemented an emergency offline voice controlled stopping system using a newly developed speech recognition library. Yatin’s work will serve as the testing ground for new technology, laying the foundations for future research and development in this area for TADWA.

We are so pleased that Yatin has landed a new position as a Graduate Electrical and Instrumentations Engineer at Momentum Engineering.

It has been a pleasure having Yatin as part of our Talent Pool and we wish him all the best in his new role!



WiTWA Techtrails Future Jobs & Skills

Women in Technology WA (WiTWA) are hosting a workshop series to discuss the vital topic of the future of STEM jobs and skills and how to address the gaps in student career guidance for young women. ICP is proudly supporting WiTWA as a Venue Partner for these educational workshops.

This month’s workshop brought together industry and academia to collaborate, identify, and understand what priorities exist for the future of STEM careers. Workshop participants were encouraged to consider STEM skills gaps, industry priorities and how we can share a unified, positive STEM message, ultimately encouraging young women to consider a STEM career, and to understand the importance of STEM skills in all areas of life.

ICP is proud to support WiTWA as the champion for diversity and equity for women in technology within WA. We wait can’t for the next workshop and are eager to see the outcomes brought to light from these important sessions.



WASMA Research Showcase

The Resources, Innovation and Collaboration (RIC) Series is a series of panel events with guest speakers from across the resources sector discussing current topics and issues.

The June RIC event will have presentations from the Curtin Corrosion CentreInstitute for Energy TransitionGold Technology Group, with insights from Innovation Central Perth & WA School of Mines: Minerals, Energy and Chemical Engineering on how easy it is for industry to engage with WASM:MECE.

The aim is to connect WASM Alumni back to the research projects and capability within Curtin, with a focus on WASM, unearthing Curtin’s research, with a view to build greater connections with WA’s resources industry challenges.


WADSIH Data Science for Business Conference & Exhibition

Don’t miss the upcoming Data Science for Business Conference & Exhibition 2022, giving you access to the knowledge, expertise and providers you need to support the growth and success of your business with data science.

3 Streams Running Over Two Days
1: CONFERENCE – Expert presentations to support the innovation and growth of your business
2: EXHIBITION: Showcasing the latest trends and technologies to solve your business challenges
3: WORKSHOPS: Upskilling workshops to support both your business innovation and your professional development

During this event you will learn how to:
•              Innovate your business with AI & machine learning
•              Discover new trends & technologies to gain a competitive advantage
•              Bring your data to life through visual storytelling
•              Maximise your analytics and real time insights; and
•              Network and connect with the WA business community

View the full agenda here

Special Member Offer
We’re thrilled to be able to offer our members 30% off tickets with the code ICP30.


Engineering, Manufacturing & Technology Expo

Presented by EMICoL & Innovation Central Perth 

WHEN: 29 June 2022, 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
WHERE: Engineering Pavilion – Curtin University
We are inviting industry, academics and students to visit our
Engineering, Manufacturing and Technology Expo held at Curtin University.Come along to experience the following:

Industry Leaders

25+ local exhibitors who will showcase their expertise, designs and displays to enhance efficiencies in safety, quality, human resources, and manufacturing techniques.


This is a great opportunity for industry professionals to network and engage local organisations and explore emerging trends within the industry. There will be live displays covering a vast range of engineering and manufacturing principles.

Student Opportunities 

This is also a fantastic chance for students and graduates to network with potential employers and gain exposure to various job vacancies, internship programs and work experience opportunities.



Digital Transformation in Mining

Thank you to our fantastic speakers, panellists and attendees who joined us in Kalgoorlie on Friday for our event exploring Digital Transformation in Mining.

Facilitated by Sabina Shugg AM, Curtin’s Kalgoorlie campus Director, the event brought together Curtin University academia and Kalgoorlie’s local mining industry. Our brilliant panellists, Shane BarkerCailli Knievel and Shane Downsborough, expertly unpacked some of the challenges faced by leading mining operators and METS companies in the Goldfields.

Some of the key themes included:

  1. The security & accessibility of data within organisations
  2. The ability to convert data to knowledge
  3. Lack of awareness of the existing support services and innovation centres

Some key topics of interests included:

  1. Increasing the uptake new technology, tools, and platforms
  2. Ensuring our graduates are learning the fundamentals as well as undertaking practical projects

A big thanks to our speakers, Andrew BellRob Solomon and Digby Emmett for exploring the benefits of cross-discipline collaboration and showcasing how industry can leverage ICP, WA School of Mines: Minerals, Energy and Chemical Engineering and METS Ignited Australia Ltd to support digital transformation in the Goldfields.


Unlocking the Value of Data Science

Data Science Week 2022 (DSW2022) brought together the data science community to network and explore the impact of the field.

Our event investigated how data science can help streamline business processes. Facilitated by our Director, Andrew Bell, the session showcased our close connection to the Curtin Institute for Computation (CIC) and deep dived into some past data science-driven projects.

We heard from the CIC’s Lead Data Scientist, Daniel Marrable, who showcased the diverse expertise of the many specialists within his team. Dan also illustrated how the CIC supports ICP with the following:

  • Scoping data science projects
  • Technical proposal writing
  • Mentoring students & interns
  • Providing data science expertise across a range of domains
  • Solving industry problems with data science

Also, a big thank you to our student associates, Jeevanpreet SinghEric Kian Lik Lau and Joseph Tabadero for presenting your intern projects and demonstrating how #datascience can optimise and automate day-to-day processes.



2022 Curtinnovation Awards 

Do you have a great idea for a new technology, product, or service? Time to make your idea a reality.

The 2022 Curtinnovation Awards are still open to students, staff, researchers, and industry collaborators with exceptional ideas and innovations that deserve recognition.

ICP is keen to work with our members to showcase our innovative projects so we encourage interested members to reach out to ICP Project Coordinator, Nick Schols if you’d like to consider a joint application!

The total prize pool is valued at up to $100,000, plus the opportunity to present your idea to Perth’s research, business and investor community, AND scholarships to participate in Curtin’s Ignition or Accelerate programs.


Cisco MentorMe Program 

Are you a female student looking to pursue a career in technology?

If so, then consider applying for Cisco‘s MentorMe Program! The program aims to inspire, motivate and educate women on the unique roles available in tech. Program participants will be paired with a Cisco mentor who will provide guidance and mentorship on the various career pathways in IT.

Perks of the program include:

  • Shadow an industry expert
  • Grow your professional network
  • Build your personal brand
  • Identify your career trajectory

If you’re wanting to build your confidence as you take the next step in your career, then apply now!

*Applications close 27 July 2022.


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