National Security Science and Innovation Conference 2010

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    23 September 2010

    10:05 Welcome
    Professor Priyan Mendis, Convener, RNSA
    10:30 National Security Science and Innovation strategy
    Dr Margot McCarthy, Deputy National Security Adviser, Department of the Prime Minister & Cabinet
    11:00 Break
    Resilience Stream
    11:30 Security and technology needs
    Craig Petrie, Australian Federal Police
    A Strategy for Strengthening Australia’s Disaster Resilience
    Ayesha Perry, Assistant Secretary, Emergency Management Policy Branch, Attorney-General’s Department
    11:55 Security and technology needs
    Mike Norris, National Counter-Terrorism Committee, Attorney-General’s Apartment 
    Researching Community Resilience:  Current Approaches, Challenges and Opportunities – Presentation
    Dr Rebecca Wickes, School of Social Science & Research Fellow (CEPS), Institute for Social Science Research, The University of Queensland
    12:20 WA Police security and technology needs – Presentation
    Murray Lampard Professor, Security Research Centre and Retired Deputy Police Commissioner (WA)
    Researching Community Resilience:  Current Approaches, Challenges and Opportunitie continued
    12:35 Break
    Multi-disciplinary stream Resilience Stream continued
    1:30 Rapid bomb damage assessment
    Professor Priyan Mendis, Convenor, RNSA
    A Strategy for Strengthening Australia’s Disaster ResilienceAyesha Perry, Assistant Secretary, Emergency Management Policy Branch, Attorney-General’s DepartmentResilience research presentations

    Quantifying natural hazard risks and the potential for catastrophic consequences
    John F. Schneider, PhD, Group Leader, Risk & Impact Analysis Group, Geospatial & Earth Monitoring Division, Geoscience Australia

    1:50 Numberical Simulation Of High Performance of Concrete Against Projectile Impact Loading –Presentation
    Yu Su, School of Civil, Environmental and Mining Engineering, The University of Adelaide
    Resilience and Transformation: Preparing for climate uncertainties and their consequences – Presentation
    Bob Douglas, Chair, Australia 21 and Former Foundation Director, National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health, Australian National University
    2:10 The Internet Commerce Security Laboratory: A Model for Research Collaboration in industry, Law Enforcement and Academia
    Dr Paul Watters, Director, Internet Commerce Security Laboratory, University of Ballarat
    A framework for disaster resilient communities – Presentation
    Professor Paul Arbon AM, Dean, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Faculty of Health Sciences, Flinders University and President, Elect World Association for Disaster and Emergency Medicine
    2:30 Individuality of feature point based biometric templates –Presentation
    Professor Kathy Horadam, Mathematics, SMGS, RMIT City Campus
    Building social resilience and resilient social-ecological systems: what can the security community learn from environmental and social development research – Presentation
    Professor Helen Ross, School of Integrative Systemsand Michael Cuthill, The University of Queensland 
    3:00 Break
    3:30 Securing Australia’s critical information using the 27001 Framework
    Dr Suresh Hungenahally, Manager Information Technology Strategy and Architecture, Department of Innovation, Industry and Regional Development, Victoria
    Assessing dependence on water for agriculture and social resilience –Presentation
    Nyree Stenekes, Scientist, ABARE–BRS
    3:50 Digital Forensic Investigations – Using a Relational Methodology in the Race Against Time –Presentation
    Professor Lynn Batten, Director, IT Security Research, Deakin University and Dr Lei Pan, Lecturer and Member, IT security research group, Deakin University
    Cultural resilience -what can we learn about strengthening communities from this approach? – Presentation
    Associate Professor Michele Grossman Faculty of Arts, Education and Human Development, Victoria University, Melbourne
    4:10 Application of microsimulation to real world problems – Presentation
    Dr Anthony Green, School of Risk and Safety Sciences, UNSW
    Building Resilience – a shared responsibility – Presentation
    Rita Parker, Principal Consultant, ISSR
    4:30 Advanced Surveillance Systems for Border Control and Critical Infrastructure Protection –Presentation
    Professor Brian Lovell, Project Leader, Advanced Surveillance Group, NICTA
    Resilience discussion
    4:50 Summary
    5:00 Close of day 2

    Professor Priyan Mendis
    Professor Priyan Mendis is the Convenor of the ARC Research Network for a Secure Australia. He is also the Head of the Advanced Protective Technology for Engineering Structures Group (APTES, aptes) at the University of Melbourne. He has written more than 150 papers on protection of infrastructure. Priyan worked as a Consulting Engineer with Connell Wagner Ltd. before joining the University in 1991.

    The Hon. Brendan O’Connor
    Brendan O’Connor was first elected to the House of Representatives in 2001 as the Member for Burke. At the 2004 federal election, Brendan was first elected to the newly created electoral division of Gorton . He was re-elected at the 2007 election.  Brendan has served as Deputy Chair of the Public Works Committee and the Employment and Workplace Participation Committee. From January 2006 he chaired Labor’s Industrial Relations Taskforce enquiring into the Howard Government’s controversial Work Choices legislation. On 10 December 2006, Brendan was appointed Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Industrial Relations. Following the election of the Rudd Labor Government, Brendan was appointed as Minister for Employment Participation. On June 6 2009, Brendan was appointed as Minister for Home Affairs, a position he currently holds. Prior to entering Parliament, Brendan was a Union official from 1986 to 2001, most recently Assistant National Secretary of the Australian Services Union from 1993 to 2001. Brendan holds a BA and a LLB from Monash University, and a Diploma, Harvard Trade Union Program, Harvard University

    Bob Douglas
    Bob Douglas retired from his post as the Foundation Director of the National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health at the ANU 2001. His forty year medical career spanned work as a specialist physician in Papua New Guinea, being Dean of the Medial School at the University of Adelaide and Chair of a Geneva based World Health Advisory Group.  He was honoured for contributions to medicine by the award of Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in 2000.

    Following his retirement in 2001, Bob, with  colleagues from various walks of Australian life, established a new body, Australia 21 the Board of which he currently chairs. ( Australia 21 is building networks of thinkers and researchers on some of the large challenges which face Australia and the world in the 21st Century.   Arising from that experience, in 2006 he published a small book entitled “SEE-Change Centres, Grey Power and Hope”  Bob currently  also Chairs SEE-Change Inc ( ) which is promoting the development of SEE-Change Groups in the ACT which help to  empower local communities to take action on climate change and their ecological footprint

    Bob was a finalist for the ACT Australian of the Year for 2007 and in October 2008 shared the ACT Conservation Council ’s Supreme Green Hero award.

    Dr Paul Watters
    Associate Professor Paul A. Watters is Research Director of the Internet Commerce Security Laboratory (ICSL) at the University of Ballarat. The ICSL undertakes world-class research into securing internet commerce systems, processes and practices, and receives generous funding from the State Government of Victoria, the Australian Federal Police, Westpac and IBM. Prior to taking up his role with the ICSL, A/Prof Watters was Head of Data Services at the Medical Research Council in the UK, securing the data records of the 5,362 participants in the oldest longitudinal study in the world (the National Survey of Health and Development). He has also worked as an Associate Professor at Macquarie University, as a researcher at the CSIRO. A/Prof Watters is a Chartered Information Technology Professional, and received his PhD in Computing from Macquarie University, and an MPhil in Neuroscience from the University of Cambridge.

    Dr. Suresh Hungenahally
    Dr. Hungenahally is an experienced CIO and technology strategist demonstrating exceptional leadership skills. Specializing in information security in Government and private sectors he delivers business value by managing the risks in information assets. He is customer service oriented, a pragmatic thinker and problem solver with experience in  information and technology management.

    He has worked for a wide range of customer base including Victorian Government, Department of Human Services (DHS), Department of Innovation Industry and Regional Development (DIIRD), Tarong Energy, Queensland Electricity Commission, Concept Energy Solutions, Toll Holdings, Brisbane City Council, Queensland Government, Griffith University, Monash University, Queensland Schools, Telstra Corporation, KPMG consulting, National Australia Bank, Capgemini, Australian Defence, Australian Tax office.

    As the CISO of Department of Innovation Industry and Regional Development Victoria he specializes in information security and management. He is Australia’s leading thinker and security strategist focusing on securing Australia’s information assets.

    Professor Lynn Batten
    Professor Lynn Batten is Director of IT security research at Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia. She has worked in digital forensics for the last five years and has published a number of articles with  co-author of this presentation, Dr. Lei Pan. Professor Batten is a Fellow of the Australian Computer Society, a Senior Member of the IEEE and an award winner of the ISC^2.

    Dr Lei Pan
    Dr. Lei Pan is a lecturer and a member of the IT security research group at Deakin University, where he started his research career in digital forensics and computer security. His research focuses on digital forensic investigations and forensic tool testing. His contact email

    Conference aims and topics

    The National Security Science and Innovation Conference, previously known as the RNSA Security Technology Conference, will showcase leading technological and social science projects in security, risk, intelligence, emergency management and related areas. This conference aims to bring together the national security community with industry and researchers to develop mutual understanding on needs, research and outcomes, as well as building substantive contacts across areas. The conference will include presentations from government agencies on their research interests and priorities and be an opportunity for researchers to discuss their work directly with representatives from a number of interested agencies.

    Suitable presentations

    • Case studies
    • Technology updates
    • Research activities
    About the Research Network for a Secure Australia

    This event is organised by the Research Network for a Secure Australia (RNSA). RNSA is a multi-disciplinary collaboration established to strengthen Australia’s research capacity for protecting critical infrastructure (CIP) from natural or human caused disasters including terrorist acts. The RNSA facilitates a knowledge-sharing network for research organisations, government and the private sector to develop research tools and methods to mitigate emerging safety and security issues relating to critical infrastructure. World-leaders with extensive national and international linkages in relevant scientific, engineering and technological research will lead this collaboration. The RNSA also organises various activities to foster research collaboration and nurture young investigators.

    About the National Security Science and Technology Branch, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

    The National Security Science and Technology Branch within the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet provides a national focus for science and innovation aimed at enhancing Australia’s national security.  The Branch carries out this role through leading the implementation of the National Security Science and Innovation Strategy and managing a portfolio of domestic and international research programs.  This includes the Research for National Security program and collaborative arrangements with the United States Departments of Defence and Homeland Security.  Further information on the Branch is available at

    About the National Security Science and Innovation Strategy

    The enhancement of the National Security Science and Innovation Conference is one of the initiatives set out in the Australian Government’s National Security Science and Innovation Strategy.  The Strategy, which was publicly released in November 2009, aims to enhance the application of science and innovation to national security.  It establishes a unified set of national security objectives for science and innovation and an annual process for the national security community to communicate their science and innovation priorities to researchers, entrepreneurs and funding programs.  The Strategy will facilitate better collaboration, more relevant research and development, and the enhancement of required research capabilities.  The Strategy is available for download at