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Top 100 : 2010
57 ENGINEERS AUSTRALIA | JUNE 2010 TOP 100 AUSTRALIA S MOST INFLUENTIAL ENGINEERS -- COVER STORY n, 70 Newcastle Newcastle is the Technical Director and co-founder of Ampcontrol, one of Australia s y owned suppliers of electrical and electronic products to the power, mining rkets. neers Australia s representative on the Prime Minister s Science, Engineering tion Council (PMSEIC) and the minister for innovation, industry, science rch s Future Manufacturing Industry Innovation Council (FMIIC). PMSEIC focuses on where Australia will be in science and engineering in o 50 years time. As a member, Cockbain attends full session meetings twice year to discuss major national issues in science, engineering and technology and their contribution to the economic health and social development of Australia. In his role with the FMIIC, Cockbain focuses on innovation- intensive, high technology, high value-add and high-skill manufacturing. "Our priorities for 2009/10 have been to maximise Australian manufacturing industry participation in sustainable energy, water and health, as well as contributing to the establishment of the federal government s Commercialisation Australia initiative," he said. Iain Collings, 40 Research Director, Wireless and Networking Technologies Laboratory, CSIRO ICT Centre, Sydney Electrical and electronics engineer, University of Melbourne Dr Iain Collings is a leader in wireless communications research with particular expertise in the design and analysis of future broadband wireless systems. He is one of only 14 O ce of the Chief Executive Science Leaders in CSIRO, recognising both his leadership and international reputation. He heads a group of over 80 CSIRO researchers who are developing new technologies for applications such as broadband wireless communications for rural and remote areas, personal safety monitoring systems for the mining industry, wireless sensor networks for large scale en- vironmental monitoring, and analog and digital receivers for the Australian Square Kilometre Array Path nder (ASKAP) radio telescope. "Our focus is on developing wireless technologies for solving problems in national priority areas," Collings said. Collings research has focused on the development and analysis of mobile cellular commu- nications beyond 3G systems, wireless local area networks, wireless sensor networks and future ad-hoc networks. His contributions led to the world s fastest, most spectrally e cient wireless local area link (600MB/s -- the rst of its kind in the world). Hugh Durrant-Whyte, 49 Research Director, Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Autonomous Systems, Australian Centre for Field Robotics (ACFR), University of Sydney Nuclear engineer, University of London, UK Professor Hugh Durrant-Whyte is recognised internationally as one of the most innovative researchers in robotics and is creating an Austra- lian robotics industry. His research is in the development of navigation, data fusion and perception systems for advanced autonomous robots. He pioneered methods in simultaneous localisation and mapping (SLAM) and decentralised data fusion (DFF). He has led the develop- ment of eld robotics systems; large-scale autonomous systems working in outdoor applications including mining, materials handling, agricul- ture, aerospace and marine industries. He has also played a lead role in the development of the Patrick au- tomated container terminals in Brisbane and is now working with Rio Tinto in a large program to automate surface mining. Durrant-Whyte leads the Australian Centre for Field Robotics (ACFR) at the University of Sydney, one of the largest robotics groups in the world. He has been awarded two ARC Federation Fellowships and has published over 350 research papers. Peter Coc ck kbai Te chnical Director, AAmpcontrol, N Electrical engineer, UUniversity of eter rCo ockbain i larggest privately and e ene ergy mar H He is Engin andd Innovat an nd resear eP ve to a ay