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Event | Avalon Air Show

DST will once again have a presence at Avalon. 

Find us in Hall 3, opposite the Defence stand.  

If you have an interest in the science and technology behind Defence's aerospace capability, then don't miss this opportunity to speak to DST experts in the key areas of:

  • Decision superiority 
  • Ensured operational availability 
  • Force experimentation and preparation  
  • Force projection
  • Joint and combined operations
  • Survivability

DST Symposium

Date: Wednesday 27 February

Time: 0900 to 1200

Venue: Theatre 1 of the Avalon Conference Centre

Title Presenter Duration
Opening and welcome Acting CDS Todd Mansell 5 mins
Next Generation Technologies Fund – delivering emerging game changing technologies 2019 and beyond Jan Drobik 5 mins
Enhancing Human Performance – HPRnet 2019 Nick Beagley 10 mins
Medical Countermeasures – National Capability Audit update Felicia Pradera 10 mins
Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance 2019  Mark Krieg 10 mins
Engaging with DST  Robert Peile 10 mins
Q & A with speakers  Jan Drobik 10 mins
Overview of Aerospace research themes and introduction to iSustainment Peter Frith  15 mins
Digital pipeline | Data analytics David Holmes 20 mins
Q & A   5 mins
Sensors  Nik Rajic 20 mins
Q & A   5 mins
Structures and Materials Test Centre engagement model Phil Jackson/Ben Main 20 mins
Q & A   5 mins
Close Jan Drobik 5 mins


Innovation Pitchfest

Date: Tuesday 26 and Wednesday 27 February

Time: 1400-1600

Venue: Theatrette Hall 1

Seven DST technologies and areas of research are being presented as part of the Avalon Innovation Pitchfest.

Additive Manufacturing - Building for the Future Dr Tim Harrison

The ADF of the future needs to be agile, dependable and ready for anything, and it’s our job to deliver innovative, game-changing capabilities to support them. We are developing a capability to provide real-time verification that parts made using additive manufacturing are fit for their intended purpose. The ultimate goal is to make parts when and where they are needed, in the battlefield, on the back of a ship, wherever, to immediately return a broken vehicle back into service.

Improved Training Using Eye Tracking Dr  Vicki Jia 

Tracking the activity of a person's eyes, or more specifically the focus of their eye, can provide insights into their level of attention, focus, drowsiness, consciousness or other mental state.  DST is researching how eye movement analysis can be used to improve training outcomes in Defence.

Distributed Response Optics PlatformS (DROPS) Dr Rebecca McCallum

DROPS is a sensitive, modular, sub-15 gram, low cost, wireless and self-powered vapour sensing platform. Designed with flexibility in mind, the device may be employed in a multiplicity of applications including as ultra-low burden chemical vapour sensing payload on a micro-UAV or as an asymmetrically distributed and remotely read grid of detection nodes. The modular detection head allows the sensor to be tailored to the particular detection needs of the client and its low cost may allow it to be considered as a consumable item.

Visualisation of damaged silver plating for aircraft applications Mr Darren Gerrard 

Electroplated components on aircraft perform many purposes, but when damaged can lead to aircraft failure. Removing components to allow inspections is expensive and time consuming. Presenting a visual inspection technique that can be used on aircraft to maintain safety and save resources.

On and Off board environmental monitoring Mr Chris Loader 

We decide when to perform structural maintenance on our aircraft based on the amount and type of flying they do. We perform corrosion maintenance based on the number of days since last time. Presenting a framework for monitoring the environment aircraft experience to inform maintenance decisions.

AI for Efficient Resource Management under Uncertainty Mr Cameron Pike 

Defence often encounters situations where they need to plan manpower supply, transition and sustainment, particularly in the context of new acquisition projects. The parameters of these projects are initially highly uncertain in nature. A tool that utilises artificial intelligence in the form of machine learning, data analytics and optimisation techniques can be used to break down these uncertainties and determine the best action to take.

Seeing in a Virtual Display Dr Renee Karas 

With advances in Helmet Mounted Display technology, it is important to consider the characteristics of the human visual system to ensure that visual information is processed effectively. Research in human visual performance can inform designers of virtual displays on the characteristics that will maximise the usability of the display and ensure optimum performance by the user.

Event information

Date and time

Tue 26 Feb 2019 (All day) to Sun 3 Mar 2019 (All day)


Avalon Airport
Lara, VIC 3212

Find us in Hall 3: 3G29