Speaker 1: Dana Kulić

Professor Dana Kulić received the combined B.A. Sc. and M. Eng. Degree in electro-mechanical engineering, and a Ph. D. degree in mechanical engineering from the University of British Columbia, Canada, in 1998 and 2005 respectively. From 2006 to 2009, Dr. Kulić was a JSPS Post-doctoral Fellow at the University of Tokyo, Japan. In 2009, Dr. Kulić established the Adaptive System Laboratory at the University of Waterloo, Canada, conducting research in human robot interaction, human motion analysis for rehabilitation and humanoid robotics. Since 2019, Dr. Kulić has been a professor at Monash University, Australia. Her research interests include robot learning, humanoid robots, human-robot interaction and mechatronics.

Speaker 2: Clare O’Neil

Clare O’Neil is the MP for Hotham. After she finished school, Clare studied Law at Monash Uni in Clayton. While she was at university, Clare was elected to the City of Greater Dandenong Council and a year later she became mayor of the City of Greater Dandenong, making her the youngest female mayor of a local government area in Australian history. She has a special interest in economics, Indigenous Australia and the welfare of children. Since July 2019, Clare has been the Shadow Minister for Innovation, Technology and the Future of Work.

Speaker 3: Emily Lok

Emily Lok began her first year at Melbourne University in 2017 to complete a Bachelor of Science, majoring in Mechanical Systems. Next year, Emily will begin a degree in Masters of Engineering (Mechanical). Emily was a national finalist for the 2019 Warman Design & Build Competition, in which she was heavily involved in manufacturing components for her team’s robot. Passionate about Diversity in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), especially engineering, Emily joined Robogals in 2017. She became the Training Manager at Robogals Melbourne in 2018, keen to inspire other university students in the Robogals mission and our values to ‘inspire tomorrow’s engineers today’. Today, Emily Lok is the President of Robogals Melbourne.

Speaker 4: Luke Kerr

Luke Kerr is the director of Real Time Learning. Real Time Learning is a social enterprise that empowers education providers to personalize learning by setting up real time opportunities between schools, industry and the community. Having taught for 19 years in mainstream education prior to starting RTL, Luke Kerr has seen first hand the need for a new paradigm in Education. Luke is about providing students with opportunities that help them realize their potential. He loves the “make a difference” phrase and lives by this. The model is experiential – a learn by doing model.

Speaker 5: Gemma (Year 9 Student)

Gemma is a Year 9 student with a keen interest in STEM since the age of five. She has attended STEM programs both locally and internationally including programs held at The University of Southern California The University of California Berkeley with NASA AMES and The California Institute of Technology. Locally she has attended programs hosted by Club Engineer and Real Time Learning, with whom she is now a student mentor. Gemma has also competed in many robotic competitions and is now cementing herself in F.I.R.S.T.® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology). She currently competes in three levels of F.I.R.S.T, F.I.R.S.T. Lego League, F.I.R.S.T. Tech Challenge and F.I.R.S.T. Robotics Competition. With her team, Gemma managed to win the Champions Award at both state and national levels, allowing her to compete against the best in the world on an international stage.