In the latest video from Global Challenges A Conversation With … series, Professor Geoffrey Spinks chats to Dr Allan Rennie.
The Conversation was held in September, when Dr Rennie, a engineering from Lancaster University in the United Kingdom, visited the University of Wollongong.
Dr Rennie, an expert in product development, is an external researcher on the Global Challenges project, Re-Energising the Illawarra Through Additive Manufacturing, which explores how the Illawarra can become an emerging hub for new technology. The project is inspired by similar initiatives in Ohio in the United States, and Lancaster in north-west England.
Consciously or unconsciously, manufacturing industries have been collecting data from the many machines and equipment that are used in everyday routines.
The complexity and the granularity of the data vary from simple transactional logs to temperatures, location, and diagnostic information on the machines and organisational processes. Every time machines interact with other machines or any agents of change, data is born.
Advancements in information systems and technology have enabled manufacturers to aggregate the data from multiple machines and store in the data warehouses. However, the question is: can we derive value from the data that is artlessly sitting in data warehouses?
Global Challenges PhD Scholar Irit Alony analysing data.
The Global Challenges PhD scholarship came in just in time for me to make a quick trip to Israel, to collect data for a comparative aspect in my research.
Some of my participants were just about to go on a sabbatical in various countries, such as the United States and Asia, and this was the perfect opportunity to catch them, just as my data analysis phase is about to be completed.
My research is about predicting employee turnover. It examines if the early signs of upcoming turnover are similar to the early sings of … divorce. Based on data collected in Australia, the answer so far is: they kinda are. But how transferrable is this conclusion across cultures?