Event Status
Registration Closes
Wed 15 May 2019 - 5:00 pm
Event Date
Wed 15 May 2019 - 5:30 pm to
Wed 15 May 2019 - 8:00 pm

Add to: Google Calendar | Outlook/iCal | Other

Key Speaker(s)
Jasmina Zito; Amanda Siqueira; Dr Trevor Walker; Rafid Morshedi; Dr Omar Al-Khayat
University of Sydney Lecture Theatre 157 Carslaw Building City Road Camperdown Australia
Registration: EA Members and Students: $0.00 ($0.00 excl. GST) Non-Member: $10.00 ($9.09 excl. GST) Member: $0.00 ($0.00 excl. GST) Non-Member: $0.00 ($0.00 excl. GST) EA Members and Students: $0.00 ($0.00 excl. GST) Non Member Rate: $10.00 ($9.09 excl. GST)
Maximum CPD Hours
Young Engineers Australia (YEA)
Event Contact
Contact:Engineers Australia Member Services Phone: 1300 653 113 Email:
Demystifying AI and Automation Register

Automate or Perish?

An open panel session debunking myths of automation and artificial intelligence to give attendees a diverse and unbiased perspective into these technical areas. The panel takes on the success of last year's "digital engineering series" event to give students and young professionals an opportunity to delve into these complex topics in a more interactive and engaging environment.

The talk will be hosted by a diverse panel of engineers working in 'non-traditional' industries, exploring both the 'physical' and 'virtual' applications of AI and Automation. Hear from speakers who have applied machine learning, data analytics, robotics and cyber security, their career journey and how they came to work in a field that is ever so changing.”


5:30-6:00: Registrations

6:00-7:00: Panel Discussion

7:00-7:30: Questions & Networking

Jasmina Zito
Senior Analyst, Cyber Intelligence Centre, Deloitte
Jasmina has a bachelor of science in games development and network security. Prior to her current role as a senior threat intelligence analyst, she has worked as a games developer, digital freelance artist, Web designer and owned and operated her own Japanese fashion and cosmetics start up that she founded when she was 16.
Jasmina currently works in one of Deloitte’s many cyber intelligence centres around the globe. She now focuses on fusing threat intelligence with vulnerability data to detect active threats and help prioritise software patching activities for her clients. Her team is currently using automation and machine learning to collect intelligence about threat actor activities and active exploit campaigns and provide real-time external threat monitoring. Jasmina uses her experience in programming and user interface design to build interactive monitoring dashboards.

Amanda Siqueira
Co-Founder and CEO, VAPAR
Amanda Siqueira and Michelle Aguilar started VAPAR 12 months ago with the mission to automate manual tasks in Infrastructure management. Since then, they have bootstrapped, built and fund-raised their journey selling emerging technology software products to local government and water utilities.
Amanda has a degree in Civil Engineering and has worked for Councils, Water Utilities and Engineering Consultancies in Australia and New Zealand and is Co-Founder and CEO at VAPAR

Dr. Trevor Walker
General Manager, ICD Asia Pacific, a Broadspectrum company 
Dr. Trevor Walker is responsible for leading Broadspectrum’s in-house engineering consulting business ICD Asia Pacific, focusing on the efficient delivery of multidisciplinary engineering design projects and consulting services to add measurable improvements to client’s operations. He is a chartered engineer and business manager with over 10 years’ experience in the Oil and Gas and chemical industries, having successfully delivered process optimisation, expansion and safety projects. Since the start of his career, Trevor has explored the intersection of engineering and computer science to help develop and implement innovative and transformative solutions involving virtual and augmented reality, machine learning and predictive simulation.
Trevor holds a doctorate in Chemical Engineering and Bachelor degrees in Chemical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of Sydney.

Rafid Morshedi
Data Analytics & Automation Engineer, WSP
Rafid Morshedi is a Data Analytics and Automation Engineer with WSP working in the Transport Group. He specialises in helping clients transform data into insights that can be used to make better decisions.
He has a broad range of experiences gained from working in both the private and public sectors, ranging from building statistical deterioration models for rail bridges, to conducting tunnel inspections, to building machine learning applications to examine 3rd party development risks to future rail projects.
Rafid works for WSP. WSP is one of the world’s leading engineering professional services consulting firms. WSP is dedicated to local communities and propelled by international brainpower. They are technical experts and strategic advisors including engineers, technicians, scientists, planners, surveyors, environmental specialists, as well as other design, program and construction management professionals. WSP design lasting Property & Buildings, Transportation & Infrastructure, Resources (including Mining and Industry), Water, Power and Environmental solutions, as well as provide project delivery and strategic consulting services. With approximately 42,000 talented people in 550 offices across 40 countries, WSP engineer projects that will help societies grow for lifetimes to come.
He holds a degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Sydney, graduating with Class 1 honours and the University Medal.


Dr Omar Al-Khayat
Head of Products, pfp Robotics, A member of the Laing O’Rourke Group of Companies
Dr Omar Al-Khayat leads product design, development and delivery for pfp Robotics, an R&D team focussing on the deployment of robotic systems to augment the capabilities of the labour workforce in the heavy industries. With a broad research and development background spanning process systems, materials engineering and robotic system; his expertise is combining an empathetic understanding of an end user’s problem with technical know-how to effect a human-centered solution.
Omar holds a Doctorate in Chemical Engineering from the University of Sydney and Bachelor degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Commerce from the University of Auckland. He has also completed a Udacity Nanodegree in Robotics Software Engineering.