Key Note Speakers







Professor Michael Milford


Michael conducts interdisciplinary research at the boundary between robotics, neuroscience and computer vision and am a multi-award winning educational entrepreneur. His research models the neural mechanisms in the brain underlying tasks like navigation and perception to develop new technologies in challenging application domains such as all-weather, anytime positioning for autonomous vehicles. He currently hold the position of Professor at the Queensland University of Technology, as well as Australian Research Council Future Fellow, Microsoft Research Faculty Fellow and Chief Investigator at the Australian Centre for Robotic Vision.

His research has attracted more than 22 million dollars in research and industry funding, and his papers have won (4) or been finalists (7) for 11 best paper awards. His citation h-index is 27, with 2723 citations as of 08/2017. He has given more than 80 invited presentations covering robotics, autonomous vehicles, artificial intelligence and education across 13 countries at top international conferences, universities (including Harvard, MIT, Oxford, Cambridge) and corporations (including Google, Microsoft, Amazon, OpenAI, Toyota).

As an educational entrepreneur, he have written innovative textbooks for high school students for 17 years, with more than 6000 physical sales and website and YouTube views in excess of 1.5 million. He recently launched the company Math Thrills which combines mass market entertainment and STEM education. Math Thrills received pre-seed funding on Kickstarter ($2500), seed funding ($50,000, QUT Bluebox) and an AMP Tomorrow Fund award ($25,000), and honours including the 2015 Queensland Young Tall Poppy of the Year Award, a 2015 TedXQUT talk and 2017 World Science Festival event. He recently launched the STEM Storybook for young children in a successfully funded Kickstarter campaign ($7400).

He has dual citizenship between Australia and the United States, and have lived and worked in Boston, Edinburgh and London.






Joshua Nester, Education Director at SEEK

Josh is a conscious leader committed to helping people improve their lives by: 1) Helping make better career choices and 2). Improving access to education.

He has spent the last 14 years pursuing his passion with SEEK Limited, a US$5BN global leader in online Employment and Education spanning 20 countries.  In Asia, brands within the SEEK portfolio include Jobstreet (#1 in Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines and Singapore), Zhilian Zhaopin (#1 in China) and JobsDB (#1 in HK).

As SEEK’s Education Director, Josh’s focus is on developing services to help people across SEEK’s diverse geographic markets make more informed career and education decisions, and to make quality career-related education more accessible.

He advises governments, non-profits, companies and individuals on the future of work and education and is regularly invited to speak at international conferences on these topics.

Josh is a Board Member of Online Education Services (OES), a leading online university platform jointly owned by SEEK and Swinburne University.  He also is an Advisory Board Member to The Huddle, a joint initiative of the North Melbourne Football Club and Scanlon Foundation, assisting migrant youth in Melbourne through study support and mentoring.

Prior to SEEK, Josh worked as a Strategy Consultant with Accenture and National Australia Bank.  He holds a Bachelor of Commerce (International Business and Japanese) from University of Tasmania and is a graduate of the Kansai Gaidai Asian Studies Program in Osaka, Japan.