Guest Speaker Seminar Series

Prominent researchers and speakers are invited to talk about various topics in relation to engineering research communication, including copyright issues, equation conventions, research matrixes, writing styles and publishing tips.

Seminar 1

Copyright Issues ‎in Engineering Research Writing

Date: Monday 7 October
Time: 2pm - 3:30pm

Location: Room 132 - Building 72‎

Every time you post online, write code or research your chosen field, you are using and creating ‎copyright material. But do you understand your rights and responsibilities under copyright? Learn how ‎to avoid copyright pitfalls with this session, where we will look at the differences between creative ‎commons, GPL and MIT licences, discuss open access options and answer any of your copyright ‎questions.

About the speaker

Megan Deacon has a bachelor of Arts and Law with honours. She has been the Copyright Adviser at Monash for over ten years. She applies a critical perspective to copyright in the digital age, while working with staff and students to develop their skills in making informed decisions about using copyright material and licensing the material they create. Her goal is to promote sensible copyright reform in the public interest.


Seminar 2

Writing for a High-impact Journal

Date: Thursday 10 October
Time: 3pm - 4:30pm
Location: Room 132 - Building 72‎

In this seminar, Dr. Yan Wong, the Head of the Monash Neurobionics Laboratory, would like to share with you his experience in writing for high-impact journals. He will focus on manuscript preparation, writing styles, and strategies to enhance certain aspects of a research paper, allowing you to present the significance and novelty of your work effectively. He will also advise on writing effective cover letters, and identifying the most-suitable journal for your work.

About the speaker

Dr Yan Wong is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Physiology and the Department of Electrical and Computer Systems Engineering. He is the head of the Monash Neurobionics Laboratory. Yan received his PhD for work towards the design and development of a vision prosthetic microchip and novel electrode organizations for current focusing from the University of New South Wales. For his postdoctoral work, he joined the Center for Neural Science at New York University studying the role of spike-LFP interactions in the Posterior Parietal Cortex on movement planning, as well as developing a Brain Machine Interface for high-dimensional upper limb control. After that he was part of the Electrical and Electronic Engineering department at the University of Melbourne and National Vision Research Institute working on the development of neural prostheses and the understanding of neural circuit dynamics.


Seminar 3

Understanding Research/er Metrics

Date: Monday 14 October
Time: 2pm - 4pm
Location: Room 132 - Building 72‎

In Understanding Research/er Metrics, participants will learn about traditional and alternative metrics, and will use tools to interrogate and analyse them. Areas relating to metrics, including research/er promotion, will also be considered. Participants will leave with an understanding of a variety of metrics (including article, author, and journal metrics) – how they’re calculated, the different purposes they serve, and how they can be used to build intelligence and promote achievements.

About the speaker

Romney is a Subject Librarian for Engineering and Science, and is responsible for liaising with the Faculty of Engineering's Departments of Civil, Electrical, and Materials Engineering. Based in the Hargrave-Andrew Library, Romney works with students and researchers across a number of areas, including developing research skills; building the Library's collections and facilitating access to information; research data management; understanding metrics, altmetrics, and research/er promotion; and more.


Seminar 4

Writing Mathematics/Equations

Date: Monday 28 October
Time: 2pm - 3:30pm
Location: Room 132 - Building 72‎

This hands-on session is aimed at research students who have limited experience and/or confidence writing equations and mathematics, but find themselves needing to do so for their publications. The session will focus on the basic rules and conventions of writing mathematical expressions, including choice of notation and ways of blending maths and prose. We will work through examples using Overleaf, an online LaTeX editor.

About the speaker

James Saunderson is a lecturer in the Electrical and Computer Systems Engineering department at Monash University. He received his PhD in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT in 2015. His research is related to mathematical optimisation and its applications.