Richard Larkins Oration 2019

We were honoured to have Monash alumnus, Dr Dion Weisler deliver the Richard Larkins Oration earlier this month.

Knowns and unknowns

Dr Weisler, President and CEO of HP Inc. (Hewlett-Packard) is the first Monash alumnus to deliver the oration, titled ‘Charles Dickens, Crooked Teeth and the Fourth Industrial Revolution’.

His speech explored how the fusion of technologies is blurring the lines between the physical, digital and biological spheres, which includes artificial intelligence (AI), robotics, the Internet of Things, 3D printing, biotechnology and quantum computing.

His speech was particularly pertinent for the University, as it aligns with our focus on how AI and data science can change the world for the better.

The 10th Richard Larkins Oration

The oration is named in recognition of Emeritus Professor Richard Larkins AC – for his contributions and achievements as an educator, researcher and community leader.

As vice-chancellor, Professor Larkins passionately advocated Monash University’s mission to improve the human condition by advancing knowledge and fostering creativity, as applied through the University’s work in communities around the world.

In keeping with this, the oration provides an opportunity for a distinguished member of the international community to speak about the great challenges of our time, and how we might address them.

About Dr Dion Weisler

Dr Dion Weisler holds a Bachelor of Applied Science – Computing from Monash, and was conferred with a Monash honorary degree of Doctor of Laws honoris causa in 2018. Dr Weisler is based in Palo Alto, California.