04 World Engineers Symposium 2020 | Future Ready 2


Watch the three following presentations on Climate Smart Engineering which were delivered at the World Engineers Symposium on 19 November 2020. Watch for free on EA OnDemand.  

Re-imagining the Built Environment in a Post-Pandemic Era

Matt explores that while the recent acceleration of change forced by a global pandemic shines a light on the fragility of the construction sector, it has also presented a glimpse of a better future that we all must embrace

Matt Gough

Innovation Director | MACE

2Become1 – Lessons in Leading through Company Integration and Change

In December 2017, Jacobs announced the completed acquisition of CH2M. An integration is complex, but broadly comprises two key components: the Physical element (such as projects, facilities, IT, systems, tools, processes) and the People element (culture, engagement, knowledge & skills). This presentation reflects on the impact of focusing on engaging with our people during the transition in the Jacobs Middle East region, a predominantly CH2M legacy business, in a period commencing18 months after the deal was closed. Using a leadership approach focused on acknowledging and valuing the diversity of cultures and harnessing these to develop a new blended identity. Coaching to create more leaders who fully represent the new identity. Fostering an inclusive environment where communication was used in order to influence a transition to a collaborative way of thinking after an acquisition and achieving a successful long-lasting change emerging as a new company ready for the future.

Helen Forster FIEAust CPEng EngExec

Regional Director of Projects – Middle East | Jacobs

Concept Drift Detection, Understanding and Adaptation

Concept drift is known as unforeseeable change in underlying streaming data distribution over time. The phenomenon of concept drift has been recognized as the root cause of decreased effectiveness in many decision-related applications. Adaptive learning under concept drift is a relatively new research field and is one of the most pressing and fundamental research topics in the current big data environment. Building an adaptive system is a highly promising solution for coping with persistent environmental change and avoiding system performance degradation. This talk will present a set of methods and algorithms that can effectively and accurately detect concept drift, understand and react to it, with knowledge adaptation, in a timely way.

Jie Lu

Director | Australian Artificial Intelligence Institute