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Robots, big data, doping and the joy of food in the spotlight at Bond University Research Week

The impact of robotics and evolving technologies on industry, the pitfalls of big data, doping in sport, law without lawyers and the joy of food will be among the broad range of topics explored during Bond University's sixth annual Research Week this month (October).

The university will throw open its doors from 16 to 20 October to showcase the innovative research underway across its Business, Law, Health Sciences and Medicine, and Society and Design faculties, in a series of free and thought-provoking lectures, debates and events.

Bond University Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Tim Brailsford, said Research Week was an opportunity to shine a light on the calibre and impact of research undertaken at the university.

"Research is the cornerstone to making new advancements and discoveries, and uncovering innovative approaches to the way we think, act and do business,” he said.

“There are many exciting projects with the potential to have a major, positive impact on society and our community underway here at Bond University, and Research Week is the perfect opportunity to learn more about them.

"The free presentations and activities throughout the week provide a platform for current and future students, along with other interested community members, to connect with industry professionals through lectures, symposiums, workshops and networking opportunities.

"It is also the perfect platform to showcase the power of higher education."

Bond University Pro Vice-Chancellor of Research, Professor Keitha Dunstan, said this year’s Research Week would cover topics that sparked the imagination, innovation and inspiration.

"The week will commence with Assistant Professor Dr Sven Brodmerkel joining a panel of industry and academic representatives in a discussion on how artificially intelligent machines could disrupt creative industries - a timely topic considering the significant and rapid advancements being made in this space," she said.

"On Wednesday morning, our Bond University Women's Network will hold a breakfast seminar showcasing researchers at various stages of their career, and the impact of their work on the community.

"Big Data is a major feature in this year's calendar of events with a presentation from Professor Steven Stern on the possibilities, processes and pitfalls of modern big data, and how it can be applied to sports science and medicine, on Wednesday night.

"Immediately after, Dr Michael O'Neill will delve into his latest research in portfolio optimisation and allocation using big data techniques, and how his methods apply to asset allocators, mutual funds and financial companies."

The Centre for Professional Legal Education (CPLE) will host a full day symposium on Thursday, 19 October, exploring the possibility of a world without lawyers.

"The symposium will include a keynote address, panel discussion and debate, and an interactive workshop that investigates the impact of disruptive technologies on the legal profession and the positive and negative implications of legal services without human lawyers," said Professor Dunstan.

Bond University Research Week Events

Monday, 16 October

  • 11am to 12pm: Doping Issues in Sport: Explore possible future doping practices in sport and the molecular based anti-doping research being undertaken at Bond by Associate Professor, Dr Lotti Tajouri.
  • 6pm to 8pm: Artificial Intelligence, persuasive algorithms and automated creativity: Computers are learning to drive cars, they beat us at Jeopardy and serve as virtual assistants.  But are algorithms also going to write chart breakers, create movies and develop engaging advertising campaigns? To what extend can creativity be automated - and what would that mean for our notion of creativity?  Bond University's Dr Sven Brodmerkel leads a panel discussion.
  • 7pm to 9pm: Developing Young Athletes: Chaired by Professor Peter Reaburn, the event will engage a panel of industry experts (sports scientists, coaches, parents and athletes) involved in athlete development to discuss the major factors needed for developing young sport professionals.

Tuesday, 17 October (at The Kitchens, Robina Shopping Centre)

  • 12pm to 2.30pm: Improving the Quality of Life for our Elderly through the Joy of Food: Research update on nutrition as we age, paired with a cooking demonstration in ‘The Kitchens’ at Robina Shopping Centre. The latest research on The Lantern Project and how to improve nutrition in a cost-efficient manner will be presented by Gold Coast dietitian, Cherie Hugo, and Professor Liz Isenring, with aged care chef extraordinaire, Tibor, from Tibor's Kitchen demonstrating how to make pureed meals appetising and nourishing.

Wednesday, 18 October

  • 7am to 9am: Bond University Women's Network: Women in Research Breakfast: The seminar will showcase researchers at different stages of their career, highlighting the impact their research has on the community.
  • 6pm to 7pm: Business Links Big Data: Possibilities, Processes and Pitfalls: Professor Steven Stern will take us on a tour of modern 'big data' ideas and issues, discussing his research on sampling theory and design, as well as applications of his work in sports science and medicine.
  • 7pm to 8pm: Business Links Portfolio Allocation in the 'Big Data' Era: Double Regularisations: Dr Michael O'Neill will present an overview of his latest research in portfolio optimisation and allocation using big data techniques.

Thursday, 19 October

  • 10am to 4pm: Centre for Professional Legal Education (CPLE) Symposium: Law without Lawyers? It has been predicted that emergent technologies such as artificial intelligence, 'lawbots', smart contracts, automated dispute resolution services and the like will soon replace human lawyers in the delivery of some, most or even all legal services.  How persuasive is this claim, and if it does have merit, what are the implications of 'law without lawyers' for the rule of law, for justice, for the community, and for law students and lawyers themselves?  The CPLE will investigate these questions in a one-day symposium titled 'Law without Lawyers'.

Friday, 20 October

  • 9am to 4.30pm: HSM Medical Program Research Conference: Will showcase the research projects undertaken by the Medical Program's final year cohort of 90 students, as well an address by prestigious keynote speaker Professor Ajae Rane and a panel discussion.

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