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MathWorks to host its largest series of education events in Australia

MathWorks will be hosting its largest series of education events in Australia this July as part of its MATLAB and Simulink Academic Tour.

The events will focus on how MATLAB and Simulink are used as teaching tools in universities around Australia, to prepare students for the workforce, and to help bridge the gap between industry and education.

Engineers are one of the top occupations on Australia’s Critical Skills List, demonstrating the industry’s need to source talent from overseas due to the shortage of local skilled engineers.

To help address this issue in Australia, education institutions locally are increasingly employing technical tools as part of the curriculum. This ensures Australian students are equipped with a practical working knowledge of industry tools that are transferrable immediately on entering the workforce.

“It is essential that engineers entering the workforce are equipped with skills in industry standard tools to step-in and fill engineering roles immediately said Stéphane Marouani, Country Manager, MathWorks Australia.

"Australian universities are taking a leading role in addressing this by adopting tools such as MATLAB and Simulink, enabling students to have access to practical training as part of their education.”

MATLAB is used in all 40 of Australia’s universities as both a research and education tool and campus-wide licenses are available to more than 50 per cent of Australia’s technical students.  A total of 11 leading institutions across Australia have adopted site-wide licences.

MATLAB and Simulink Academic Tour

The MATLAB and Simulink Academic tour is a series of free, one-day events providing insight on how educators can enhance both teaching and research to bridge the gap between theory and practice.

The theme of the Academic Tour is: Accelerating your research with MATLAB and Simulink. In addition to the keynote presentation, MathWorks engineers will demonstrate how MATLAB and Simulink can be used in education to prepare the next generation of engineers.

The tour will visit Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Adelaide.

Visiting Australia as part of the tour and delivering the Global Education Keynote at each event is Loren Shure, Principal, MATLAB Developer.Visiting Australia as part of the tour and delivering the Global Education Keynote at each event is Loren Shure, Principal, MATLAB Developer (pictured alongside).  She will highlight MathWorks’ approach to teaching computational skills with MATLAB.

Guest presentations will be delivered by leading academic staff from the four host universities.

Event Dates and Locations
Tuesday, 3 July – Sydney, hosted by The University of New South Wales
Thursday, 5 July – Melbourne, hosted by The University of Melbourne
Tuesday, 10 July – Adelaide, hosted by The University of Adelaide
Thursday, 12 July – Queensland, hosted by The University of Queensland

The free event is suitable for lecturers, researchers, and postgraduate students. More information and registration.

Event Highlight – Keynote: Loren Shure
This keynote presentation will examine teaching computational skills with MATLAB.  The increasing availability of low-cost computation means that every student has an opportunity to learn data and algorithm exploration, analysis, and modelling techniques that were not accessible 20 years ago.

As today’s students prepare to enter the workforce, they will be expected to have computational skills. In this talk we present tools, techniques, and examples for incorporating computational modelling and data analysis into the curriculum.

Shure is a principal MATLAB developer and has worked at MathWorks for over 25 years. She has co-authored several MathWorks products in addition to adding core functionality to MATLAB. Shure currently works on the design of the MATLAB language.

She graduated from MIT with a B.Sc. in physics and has a Ph.D. in marine geophysics from the University of California, San Diego, Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Loren writes about MATLAB on her blog, The Art of MATLAB.

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