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National Security Science & Technology Forum
Special Annual Forum for Practitioners & RESEARCHERS

Thursday, 9 May 2019 0930 -1700, Qt canberra

In today's world, knowledge of how Science and Technology (S&T) can help safeguard our national security is vital. There are many synergies to be explored between researchers and practitioners. With a role of leading and coordinating a Whole of Government approach to National Security, the Research Network Secure Australia (RNSA) and the National Security Science and Technology Centre (NSSTC) within the DST Group are keen to shape current and future S&T endeavours in this important area.

 The National Security Science and Technology Forum will provide participants with a valuable overview of state-of-the art case studies, modelling tools and research projects in areas covering cyber-security, bio-security, biometrics, forensics, social influence, and protective structures and materials. Threats to national security may include terrorist attacks, malevolent and insider attacks, and military threats to personnel or infrastructure.

Leading practitioners, researchers from traditional and non-traditional scientific research organizations including academic and industry sectors are encouraged to attend.

Draft Program

  • Opening Keynote — Artificial Intelligence and ConflictProfessor Mark Briers, Programme Director for Defence and Security and Co-Chair of the Programme Committee, The Alan Turing Institute, U.K

  • Advanced Cyber Operations Analysis: A Missing Link in Australian EducationProfessor Greg Austin, UNSW Cyber, University of New South Wales, Canberra

  • Chemical and Biological Science and Technology Support to National SecurityDr Susan Shahin, Defence Scientist - Defence Science & Technology Group (DST)

  • Quantifying Uncertainty in Complex Computational Models — Dr Gentry White, Senior Lecturer and former Senior Research Fellow in the School of Mathematical Sciences at Queensland University of Technology

  • Defence Infrastructure in an Uncertain WorldProfessor Mark Stewart, The University of Newcastle

  • Facial Recognition for Niche Applications in National SecurityDr Rebecca Heyer, Defence Science & Technology Group (DST)

  • Ensuring Structurally Resilient and Safe Prefabricated Structures in Natural Disasters and Extreme Events Professor Tuan Ngo, Director, Advanced Protective Technologies for Engineering Structures (APTES) Group, The University of Melbourne

  • Understanding the uncertainty of risk in transport security systems — Shreemen Prabhakaran, Edith Cowan University

  • Performance Characterisation and Further Development with NFPBS Advanced Blast Simulator Professor Alex Remennikov, University of Wollongong and Professor Brian Uy, University of Sydney

  • Extending Geoscience Australia’s Blast Loss Capability to Meet Emergency Management Needs Dr Ken Dale, GeoScience Australia

  • Impact behaviour of lightweight ballistic composites with different matrix materials Dr Hongxu Wang, UNSW Canberra

  • A vision for mobile cryptographic technology in safeguarding data supply chainsStephen Wilson, Lockstep Technologies

Panel discussion — Professor Priyan Mendis & Professor Chi King Lee

Closing Remarks by Forum Chairs — Professor Mark Stewart and John Waschl


  • Fees are designed for the Forum to break even:
    $195 for full-time students / $295 for forum presenters / $395 for forum delegates

Program Chairs:

Professor Mark Stewart, The University of Newcastle
John Waschl, Scientific Adviser - National Security Science and Technology Centre (NSSTC)
Defence Science and Technology Group (DST)

Program Co-Chairs:

Professor Priyan Mendis, University of Melbourne
Professor Chi King Lee, UNSW Canberra
Dr Jonathan Tran, RMIT University

Forum 2019 Presenters