Dr Alex Zelinsky

Chief Defence Scientist and Head of the Defence Science and Technology Group (DST Group);  Systems Engineer and Roboticist

Exponential Conversation:

Energising our Intellectual Capacity…connecting the dots between research and industry (8.45am – 10.30am, Wednesday November 9th)

Plus participation in HOT SPOT program

Dr Alex Zelinsky is Australia’s Chief Defence Scientist. His scientific career includes working as a computer scientist, a systems engineer and a roboticist. His career spans innovation, science and technology, research and development, commercial start-ups and education. As Chief Defence Scientist since March 2012, he leads the Defence Science and Technology program within the Department of Defence.

Prior to joining Defence, Dr Zelinsky was Group Executive for Information Sciences at the CSIRO. Dr Zelinsky was Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of Seeing Machines, a high-technology company developing computer vision systems. The company is listed on the London Stock Exchange and was a start-up from the Australian National University in Canberra, Australia, where Dr Zelinsky was Professor of Systems Engineering.

Dr Zelinsky has received numerous awards and recognition of his work. He has been included in Engineers Australia’s list of the 100 most influential engineers since 2009. In 2015, Engineers Australia awarded Dr Zelinsky the prestigious M A Sargent Medal. In 2013, he was awarded the Pearcey Medal, the ICT industry’s premier prize for lifetime achievement. In 2003, 2004 and 2005, the World Economic Forum selected Dr Zelinsky as a Technology Pioneer. Dr Zelinsky is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering, the Institute of Engineers Australia and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.