Exploring New Horizons at the Inaugural Annual CEPET Conference

Dr. Kirk N. Olsen

October, 2016

Macquarie University's Centre for Elite Performance, Expertise, and Training held its inaugural Annual Conference on October 10-11, 2016. Seventy-five delegates from academia and industry enjoyed four keynotes and seventeen paper presentations on topics of expertise in audition, vision, transport, and health. The conference was kicked off by Macquarie University's very own Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), Professor Sakkie Pretorius, who was followed by an entertaining and thought provoking dual keynote presentation by music psychologists Professor Bill Thompson and Professor Jane Davidson. Feedback from delegates was positive overall, and CEPET will now use the 2016 conference as a building block for bigger and better things in 2017, so watch this space!

Here is what delegates had to say about their experience at the Annual CEPET Conference:

  • “As a student of organisational psychology, I really appreciated the opportunity to network with industry experts and develop a greater understanding of current research.”
  • “Very interesting and a wide range of topics and speakers!”
  • “The two day format provided a good introduction, with the practical usage well demonstrated on the second day.”
  • “…the somewhat informal manner encouraged discussion and elicited many interesting points from the audience that might not have occurred under more formal conditions.”
  • “…it was a mini-conference of a very good level. I'm missing events of this level right at my doorstep - at Macquarie.”

Please visit the conference website for more information that includes the final conference program.

Grant Success with Charted Accountants AUS/NZ

How will virtual and augmented reality technologies disrupt or benefit the accounting profession?

Associate Professor Manolya Kavakli-Thorne A/Prof Manolya Kavakli-Thorne

August, 2016

There has been extensive media coverage of the possibilities of virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) headsets for gaming, and academic research undertaken by our team and others concerning topics such as applying VR to data visualisation and disaster planning. However there has been limited research into the implications of this technology for the business community and none that specifically focuses on accountants. Given this lack of previous research, A/Prof Kavakli-Thorne's project will provide a foundation for the understanding of the impact of VR and AR on the accounting profession. By canvassing a range of technical experts and accounting professionals and providing demonstrations of current technologies in Macquarie University's VR lab, A/Prof Kavakli-Thorne will identify how the accounting profession might be disrupted by and/or benefit from the use of this technology. The project will provide informed commentary on the extent to which major accounting functions (such as auditing, management accounting, and mergers and acquisitions) might utilise VR and/or AR headsets to improve quality and/or reduce costs.

Congratulations to Associate Professor Kavakli-Thorne on this wonderful achievement!

ARC Linkage Project Grant Success

Predicting the diagnostic performance of individuals and organisations

Professor Mark Wiggins, CEPET Deputy Director

May, 2016

Professor Mark Wiggins and his team were recently awarded an Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Project Grant entitled 'Predicting The Diagnostic Performance of Individuals and Organisations'. The project aims to address diagnostic error in advanced technology systems by providing a mechanism to assess and improve individual diagnosticians’ performance.

Organisations that rely on the diagnostic skills of their employees rarely assess these skills once the operators become qualified. Therefore, there is no basis for interventions that might prevent the diagnostic errors that affect thousands of people. This research tests a new method of assessing diagnostic skills based on how skilled operators respond to cues. For the first time, we will be able to test how the diagnostic skills of employees change over time and whether this change corresponds to measures of organisational performance. In collaboration with a number of electricity network service organisations, the project will test this new method of assessment and ultimately provide organisations with a tool to pre-empt diagnostic errors.

Industry partners include: Energex, Ausgrid, Essential Energy, Horizon Power, SA Power Networks, Tas Networks, United Energy, ICON, Power and Water Corporation

Congratulations to Professor Wiggins and his team on this wonderful achievement!

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