Each year TelSoc hosts the Henry Sutton Oration in Melbourne to commemorate the distinguished Victorian scientist, engineer and inventor from Ballarat, Henry Sutton - who is scarcely known, but had a string of accomplishments and innovations in many areas.
This year, we are pleased to have a distinguished academic and serial innovator in his own right who has agreed to give the 2016 oration:
Professor Alex Grant, CEO of Myriota, founder of Cohda Wireless and previously Professor of Information Theory at the University of SA
“Satellites, Cars and the Internet of Things: The challenges and rewards of crossing the boundary between academia and industry”
Please join TelSoc and Alex for lunch and drinks at the Telstra Theatrette in Melbourne.
Professor Alex Grant is CEO of Myriota, a company he co-founded in 2015 to deliver internet of things connectivity to remote areas via satellite. Previously, Dr Grant was a Professor, and Director of the Institute for Telecommunications Research at the University of South Australia. In 2004, Dr Grant co-founded Cohda Wireless, the world’s leading developer of Safe Vehicle and Connected Vehicle design solutions and services for automotive machine-to-machine communications.
Dr Grant is the recipient of the 2013 Pearcey Entrepreneur Award from the Pearcey Foundation, the 2008 IREE Neville Thiele Award from Engineers Australia, and the 2004 Young Tall Poppy Science Award from the Australian Institute of Policy and Science. Myriota’s core technology was awarded Technology of the Year by the Wireless Innovation Forum in 2014. Dr Grant has published a book and over 150 highly cited technical papers.
He has previously served as an Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Information Theory and the IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications. Dr Grant is a member of the Australian Research Council College of Experts.