Speakers

Dr Jordan Nguyen

University of Technology Sidney

Dr. Jordan Nguyen is a young man on a mission to change the world. He is an acclaimed thought leader on the intersection between technology and humanity.

At a moment of the most extraordinary breakthroughs in our understanding of the human brain, Jordan has a magical combination of technical brilliance with the unique ability to inspire people. A truly inspirational communicator, Jordan presents on technology and the power of the mind at prestigious events internationally including Think Inc., Wired for Wonder, and the Engineering for Medicine and Biology Conference – the world’s largest annual biomedical conference.

Upon completing his PhD in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Technology Sydney, Jordan was accepted into the prestigious UTS Chancellor’s List. Now his mission is to improve the lives of as many people as possible. As founder of Psykinetic he designs life-changing technologies focusing on intelligent, futuristic and inclusive technology. Drawing on his experience of almost breaking his own neck, Jordan developed a mind-controlled smart wheelchair for people with high-level physical disability. A hot topic of discussion in the media, Jordan’s amazing work has been featured in a range of TV, radio, magazine and newspaper interviews, including ABC’s Catalyst and Channel TEN’s The Project.

Jordan is a NSW State Finalist for Australian of the Year 2017. As a speaker Jordan has the ability to translate highly technical concepts and future trends into clear and concise content, relevant to any organisation looking to proactively embrace and adapt to technological change.

His recent documentary, 'Becoming Superhuman' has been nominated for a Eureka Prize for Science Journalism, adding to the list of numerous awards it has achieved so far.

Sir Graham Henry

Rugby Union Coach and former head coach of the All Blacks

Sir Graham Henry is a rugby union coach and former head coach of the All Blacks. He is the 2011 Rugby World Cup – winning coach and finished his All Blacks career as one of the most successful rugby coaches of all time: he coached the All Blacks to 88 wins in 103 Tests for a winning percentage of 85.4 percent.

As well as winning the Rugby World Cup 2011, the All Blacks under his guidance held the Bledisloe Cup every year from 2003, won the Investec Tri Nations five times and achieved three Grand Slams against the Northern Hemisphere Home Unions.

Henry is known for building an extremely professional and enjoyable culture and environment at the All Blacks and combined with outstanding results made a significant contribution to the legacy of the All Blacks. He continues to work as a high performance consultant and coach mentor for leading coaches and sports in New Zealand and globally.

Henry was made a Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2012 for services to rugby. He was the IRB International Coach of the Year in 2005, 2006, 2008, 2010 and 2011.

 

Shona Halson

Australian Institute of Sport

Shona Halson is a Senior Physiologist at the Australian Institute of Sport, where her role involves service provision, education and scientific research. She has a PhD in Exercise Physiology and has been involved in conducting research into the areas of recovery, fatigue, sleep and travel. She is an Associate Editor of the International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance.

Shona was selected as the Director of the Australian Olympic Committee Recovery Centre for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, the 2012 London Olympic Games and the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. She has published numerous peer-reviewed articles and has authored several book chapters on sleep, fatigue and recovery.

Prof Christian Cook

University of Canberra 

Christian Cook began his career in paediatrics. After a period working in sports endocrinology in North America he became fascinated with the nature of stress and spent several years out of sport chasing bears and sharks to try and understand how animals dealt with stress, and how this informed humankind.

He moved back into sport at the beginning of 1990 and since then has worked in Americas Cup yachting, All Black Rugby, Northern Hemisphere international rugby, rugby sevens and in international cricket.

He continues work for S18 rugby teams. He has worked with Olympic sports across the 2000, 2004, 2008 and 2012 summer and 2006, 2010 and 2014 Winter Games. He currently works with both AIS and QAS and British Bobsleigh and Skeleton.

As well as understanding performance under pressure and the nature of stress, learning and execution, Christian is interested in performance in general and has done extensive work in strength and conditioning and competition readiness. He also has an interest in general leadership under stress and undertakes work in surgery and emergency medical situations, as well as clinical research on the role of stress is disease and ageing.

Christian is a Professor at University of Canberra (UCRISE), Professor in Physiology at Bangor University and a Fellow at the Hamlyn Robotic Surgery Centre, Imperial College

Stuart Morgan

 La Trobe University

Stuart Morgan is Associate Professor of Sports Analytics at La Trobe University and has a PhD in sensory neuroscience. He has over 16 years’ experience in high performance sport at the Victorian Institute of Sport and the Australian Institute of Sport, and has worked with international teams including the Australian Women’s Hockey team at the Beijing Olympics.

He currently leads the new Master of Sports Analytics program at La Trobe University. His work focuses on gaining competition insight from ball and player tracking data using deep learning, computer vision and other machine learning techniques. Dr Morgan was co-author of the paper “The Thin Edge of the Wedge”: Accurately Predicting Shot Outcomes in Tennis using Style and Context Priors” that won best paper award at the recent MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference in Boston.

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