News and events

Check this page regularly for CSA’s latest news and upcoming events. Here you will also find our archive of past news and events.

C4NET Research Grant Success

23rd June 2023

Federation University Researchers from the Centre for Smart Analytics (CSA), in conjunction with researchers from the Centre for New Energy Transition Research (CfNETR) have been awarded a research grant as a part of the Enhanced System Planning Victoria (ESP-V) project by the Centre for New Energy Technologies (C4NET) amounting to $340,000.

Enhanced System Planning (ESP) is a major research project led and managed by C4NET aimed at informed electricity planning beyond 2030. It brings together Victorian Universities and Distribution Network System Providers (DNSPs) in a unique collaboration opportunity. ESP is a major initiative to deliver innovation leads toward achieving Australia’s net-zero emission goal and FedUni projects will contribute to that.

This project will investigate future electricity demand and supply in Victoria under various what-if scenario analyses, taking into consideration of the future trend of EV uptake, transition to electricity from gas, and changes in demography and government policies. This will be led by Associate Professor Gour Karmakar with Prof Joarder Kamruzzaman, Dr Rakib Shah, and Prof Syed Islam joining the team.

Alongside two further projects funded in CfNETR, this project will deliver outcomes, insights, and innovative methods for managing energy needs in Victoria. The research will empower stakeholders to make informed decisions in their business operations and future planning, providing them with the necessary knowledge and tools.

Asset Management Workshop

6th April 2023

The Asset Management Council of Australia, the Engineers Australia Gippsland Committee and the Centre for Smart Analytics present the Asset Management Workshop on Thursday 6th April from 4-5pm. Presenting at this event is Professor Raghuvir Pai, President of the Asset Management Society of India and Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the Manipal Academy of Higher Education and Kevin Naidoo, Reliability Improvement Leader at BlueScope Steel.

Professor Raghuvir Pai - Maintenance and Asset Management of Industrial Assets: Emerging Trends in Tribological Practices

The tribological behaviour of rotating and sliding parts in industrial assets plays a decisive role in influencing the life of these parts. Understanding the tribological aspects and behaviour of machine components by maintenance professionals is important to improve performance and productiviity. A knowledge of  tribological principles helps in developing and applying  these tools and techniques necessary for effective maintenance.

A significant impact on maintenance and asset management has been made in recent years by 
machine learning, data analytics, artificial intelligence, Remote Performance Monitoring and Internet of Things. In this study, the tribological aspects related to maintenance, reliability and asset management are analysed. The outcomes of this study are beneficial to engineers and managers in order to recognise and realize the relationship between tribology, maintenance and reliability for better asset management.

Kevin Naidoo - Reliability in Cold Rolling Mills - Hydraulic Group Control

In this talk Kevin will discuss

*    importance of correctly setting pressure relief valves in hydraulic circuits, 
*    the failure modes associated with plant; and 
*    the costs associated with failures.

Kevin will use a real case from the Australian Steel Industry in the presentation. He is Maintenance Team Leader & Reliability Improvement Leader and has 25 years of heavy, medium, and light industry experience on fixed and rotating plant track record of cross collaborative teamwork between departments within organisation to ensure continuous improvement of plant and assets.

The Asset Management Workshop will be held at the Mount Helen campus in room Y243 as well as be streamed to the Churchill campus in room 2W263.

This is a free event but registration is essential. Register via Eventbrite.

Malware and Reverse Engineering Conference

20th-21st February 2023

The Internet Commerce Security Laboratory (ICSL) is hosting the upcoming Malware and Reverse Engineering (MRE2023) conference in Melbourne on 20-21st February 2023. The MRE2023 conference provides a bridge between industry, law enforcement and academia, with a strong focus on practical results from research and development projects in malware reversing. MRE2023 aims to cover:

  • Threat intelligence
  • Incident response
  • Binary program analysis and reverse engineering
  • Behavioural and attribution analysis of malware
  • Impacts into the financial sector and government agencies
  • Advanced monitoring schemes for Malware attacks

Since 2013 the MRE conference has brought together leading malware researchers, government speakers and prominent industry practitioners. MRE2023 attendees will gain new insights and discover current best practices of applied cybersecurity, meet cybersecurity industry employers, kick off research projects and build collaborations.

Details of this event including a comprehensive list of speakers can be found here and tickets are available via Eventbrite. Contact Dr Paul Black ( for further details.

CSA launch at Berwick Campus


The Centre for Smart Analytics (CSA) will be officially launched next week at Federation University’s Berwick Campus.

Federation University Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Duncan Bentley will launch CSA on Friday 18 February, with presentations by CSA Co-Directors Professor Joarder Kamruzzaman (Information Technology) and Professor Adil Baghirov (Applied Mathematics, Statistics and Optimisation).

An audience of stakeholders from government, industry and the community has been invited to attend the event.