VIDEO: A Conversation With … Dr Allan Rennie

Dr Allan Rennie from Lancaster University.

Dr Allan Rennie from Lancaster University.

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.

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Can data transform the manufacturing industry?

How can analytics benefit the manufacturing industry? Photo credit: ThinkStock

How can analytics benefit the manufacturing industry? Photo credit: ThinkStock

 By Abhijith Anand, Global Challenges PhD Scholar

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?

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Meet Abhijith Anand, Global Challenges PhD scholar

Global Challenges PhD scholar Abhijith Anand.

Global Challenges PhD scholar Abhijith Anand.

What area are you studying?

I am currently doing my PhD in the School of Information Systems and Technology in the Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences.

Doing the PhD in Information Systems has enabled me to develop interests in the areas of strategic management, information technology, economics, mathematics and psychology.

What does your research focus on?

My research focuses on studying how Business Analytics can create value in the organisations.

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Research in Israel: how employee turnover relates to divorce

By Global Challenges PhD Scholar Irit Alony

Global Challenges PhD Scholar Irit Alony analysing data.

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?

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