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Forum to focus on rise of robotics in education and industry

Forum to focus on rise of robotics in education and industry

A robotics event being held in Bunbury on Friday October 22 will connect industry, education and the community for the purpose of stimulating the pipeline of talent needed to support the workplaces of the future.

The upcoming South West Advanced Manufacturing Robotics Education Forum will showcase advancements in technology to inform thinking about education models and pathways in industry 4.0 technologies.

The event has been organised by the South West Development Commission as part of its efforts to build local expertise while the State Government agency leads planning for a possible advanced manufacturing and technology hub in Greater Bunbury.

SWDC chief executive officer Mellisa Teede said a more diversified economy opened up opportunities for exciting careers in fields such as robotics and automation.

“The forum is a fantastic opportunity for education and industry to come together, get an idea of each other’s needs, and network with the view to potentially working together going forward,” Ms Teede said.

“In developing the South West Advanced Manufacturing and Technology Hub (SW AMTECH), we are laying the groundwork for the jobs of the future – and the skills for these jobs can be developed right here in our region.”

Guest speakers at the event will include Woodside Robotics head of robotics Mark Micire who will talk about robotics and production technology at Woodside, and Siemens executive general manager Andrew McCluskey who will place the spotlight on the industry 4.0 future workforce.

ECU deputy vice-chancellor (Regional Futures) and vice-president Cobie Rudd will highlight curriculum pathway opportunities. The Chamber of Minerals and Energy of Western Australia project coordinator – digital technologies Asta Morton will present on where curriculum meets industry.

Member for Bunbury Don Punch will provide a welcome, and there will be an opportunity to see a robot in action.

For more information about the South West Advanced Manufacturing Robotics Education Forum or to register to attend, click here.

Presenter Profile

Want to find out how Woodside uses robotics? Interested in the production technology utilised by the company? Come along to our robotics forum next week and hear from Woodside’s Head of Robotics Dr Mark Micire. Dr Micire guides Woodside’s technical direction in Perth and Karratha. In addition to his former work with NASA and DARPA, he was active in the search and rescue community as a certified firefighter and search specialist for more than 20 years. Dr Micire has worked for over two decades to bring robots and other technologies to assist humans in dangerous tasks and extreme environments.