The Governor investigates fibre optics utilised by Curtin University researchers.

The Governor investigates fibre optics utilised by Curtin University researchers.

21 Jun, 2022

Visiting Data Fusion, meeting with the Solicitor General and hosting a reception for the Minerva Network

Data Fusion

The Governor was invited to attend a demonstration of Data Fusion projects at Curtin University.

The use of fibre optics in sensing objects and movement from a distance is explained to the Governor.The use of fibre optics in sensing objects and movement from a distance is explained to the Governor.

Demonstrations began with a review of Geophysics Fibre Optic sensing applications with Professor Brett Harris. Whilst the fibre optic sensor site was developed in support of geophysics and CO2 sequestration, its sensitivity and ability to detect minute movement in the earth’s crust lead to investigations into defence purposes on land and underwater.

Researchers showcase drone search technology. Researchers showcase drone search technology.

The second demonstration showcased AI Drone capabilities in recovering meteor fragments, as developed by Associate Professor Ellie Sansom, Desert Fireball Network and Seamus Anderson. What once would take weeks of recovery efforts and 50 plus people walking kilometres of bushland now takes only days.

The Governor reviews AI filtering technology.The Governor reviews AI filtering technology.

The final presentation focused on work at the John de Laeter Centre. Associate Professor William Rickard has been working on the fabrication of an Australian Portable Quantum Optical Clock to synchronise and support timing in GPS-denied environments.

WA is uniquely positioned to deliver ground breaking research applicable to mining, security, defence and emergency services.WA is uniquely positioned to deliver ground breaking research applicable to mining, security, defence and emergency services.

Combined, the projects are part of a proposal to create a Secure Sensor-Fusion Centre in WA that will support the agile development and testing of these types of technologies, and the integration with Fugro’s SpAARC centre, and secure digital enclaves, to support civil-military operations.

Solicitor General

The Governor greets the Solicitor General.

The Governor invited the Solicitor General Mr Joshua Thomson SC to lunch at Government House.

Federal Election Writs

The Governor receives the Writs.The Governor receives the Writs.

Today the Governor received the writs for the Federal Election. The final step in the election process, advising the Governor of those in Senate seats and confirming the positions.

The Goyders

The Governor and Ms Annus welcome the Goyders.The Governor and Ms Annus welcome the Goyders.

The Governor received Mr Richard and Ms Janine Goyder to Government House today.

Minerva Network

The Governor addresses the attendees.The Governor addresses the attendees.

Government House hosted a networking event for the Minerva Network, a pro-bono mentoring program for elite female athletes. The Governor was delighted to state a few words before handing over the reins of the event to WA Chapter Leader and WA Cricket Association CEO, Ms Christina Matthews.

WA Chapter Leader and WA Cricket Association CEO, Ms Christina Matthews speaks about Minerva's goals.WA Chapter Leader and WA Cricket Association CEO, Ms Christina Matthews speaks about Minerva’s goals.

In his address, the Governor emphasised the important part the Network plays in connecting young women with female professionals to guide, mentor and assist development both on and off the sporting field.

“One thing we also know about being an elite athlete, is that inevitably it will come to an end, much sooner than many of you would probably hope or like. The familiar will become unfamiliar, routines will need to be reset, and future plans re-thought. And that is why the Minerva Network is so crucial. It is a powerful channel through which our elite sportswomen can harness the skills and attributes that make them great athletes – and turn those into even greater opportunities – whether you are still competing, or after you retire.”

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