Technical Skills Seminar Series

This seminar series focuses on a number of technical skills which engineering graduate research students may need for their research.

Introduction to Latex A

Date: Thursday 9 April
Time: 12 - 1.30pm
Location: Online/Zoom

This hands-on session is aimed at getting research students started using LaTeX. At the end of the session, students should understand the basic philosophy of LaTeX and the structure of a LaTeX document, and be able to typeset text and basic equations. In the session, we will use Overleaf, an online LaTeX editor.


Introduction to Latex B

Date: Thursday 21 May
Time: 12 - 1:30pm
Location: Online/Zoom

This session will cover a selection of more advanced topics related to typesetting with LaTeX, and will assume basic knowledge from Introduction to LaTeX A. Possible topics may include bibliographies, presentation slides, macros, etc.


Search Strategies for Engineering Research

Date: Monday 18 May
Time: 2 - 4pm
Location: Online/Zoom

When undertaking a research project, using Google Scholar isn't enough to ensure that you're staying up-to-date with developments in your research area. There are other databases you'll need to access. During Search Strategies for Engineering Research, you'll be introduced to specialised databases, and learn how to search their content strategically and effectively through hands-on experience. Participants will leave with an understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of various databases, and an appreciation of how to develop an effective search strategy to find and access a range of topic-specific research material.


God is in the Detail – Error Analysis and the Determination of Significance

Date: Tuesday 3 November
Time: 2 - 3:30pm
Location: Online/Zoom

On July 4, 2012, in a joint seminar at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) and the 36th International Conference on High Energy Physics in Melbourne, Australia, preliminary results were announced indicating that a new particle, the Higg’s boson, in the mass region around 125 GeV had been observed at a ‘5 sigma’ significance level. Acknowledging that all measurements, including those performed at the Large Hadron Collider, are subject to some amount of uncertainty, this seminar will examine error analysis, statistical significance, and hypothesis testing. As an introductory seminar, this will provide you with fundamental skills to appropriately analyze and interpret experimental data, and to perform statistical analysis, error propagation analysis, and significance testing to characterize the uncertainty in experimental data.