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Programs at a glance

  • Summit Plenary
  • Exposition
  • Summit Plenary
  • Security Technology Seminars
  • Exposition
  • RNSA Security Technology Conference
  • Exposition
  • Summit Plenary
  • Exposition
  • Summit Plenary
  • Security Technology Seminars
  • Exposition
  • RNSA Security Technology Conference
  • Exposition
  • Summit Dinner
  • RNSA Dinner

Full Program

  • Plenary Summit
  • Security Technology Seminars
    • Seminar A: Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) Security & Technology Seminar (20 September 2006)
    • Seminar B: National ICT Australia (NICTA) Security & Technology Seminar (20 September 2006)
  • RNSA Security Technology Conference

Day 1 - 19 September 2006

  Session 1: Welcome and Official Opening
  Summit moderator: Dr Ian Wing, President, Australian Institute of Professional Intelligence Officers
  Chair: Dr Anthony Bergin, Director of Research Programs, Australian Strategic Policy Institute
9:05 Welcome 
Professor John Baird, Rector, UNSW@ADFA 

Australian Government initiatives and policy directions after the London bombings of 2005
Mr Robert Cornall, Secretary, Attorney-General's Department

  Session 2: The fifth anniversary: US experience with homeland security
  Chair: Geoff Rhodes, General Manager, Australia and Asia Pacific, Tenix Datagate
9:35 US Report Card: Message from the future - The strategic directory of homeland security
Dr. Dave McIntyre, Director, Integrative Center for Homeland Security, Texas A&M University, USA
10:35 Break 
  Chair: Dr Anthony Bergin, Director of Research Programs, Australian Strategic Policy Institute
  Session 3: Directions for Australian counter-terrorism policy and practice
11:05 Where is the Government taking Australia on counter-terrorism?
  • Gerard Henderson, Executive Director, The Sydney Institute
  • Geoffrey Barker, Senior Foreign Affairs and Defence Columnist, The Australian Financial Review
  • Professor Ian McAllister, Professor of Political Science, Research School of Social Sciences, Australian National University
  • The Hon. Arch Bevis, MP, Shadow Minister for Homeland Security, Aviation and Transport Security
12:15 Lunch
  Chair: Dr Grant Wardlaw, National Manager - Intelligence, Australian Federal Police
  Session 4: Home grown terrorism emerges

After 7/7: Understanding and countering home grown terrorism in the UK
Deputy Assistant Commissioner Peter Clarke, Head, Anti-Terrorist Branch, Metropolitan Police, UK

  Session 5: Home grown terrorism in Australia?

The potential for home grown terrorism

3:35 Break

Chair: Martin Studdert, Executive Director, Protective Security Coordination Centre


Preventative tools for countering home grown terrorism

  • Dr Waqar Ahmad, Improving Crisis Management sub-group, Muslim Community Reference Group
  • Don Williams, International Association of. Bomb Technicians & Investigators
  • Geoff McDonald, Assistant Secretary, Security Law, Attorney-General’s Department
  • Chris Cass, Partner, Forensic, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu
5:20 Day 1 ends
6:30 Networking Drinks, Foyer, National Convention Centre

Summit Dinner, Ballroom, National Convention Centre
The US-Australian Alliance Under Bush and Howard
Greg Sheridan, Foreign Affairs Editor, The Australian

Day 2 - 20 September 2006

Summit moderator: Dr Ian Wing, President, Australian Institute of Professional Intelligence Officers

Session 6: National Resilience: British approaches to dealing with major disaster
  Chair: Jason L Brown, General Manager Country Security, ADI Limited

UK developments in homeland security
Dr Sandra Bell, Director, Homeland Security and Resilience Department, Royal United Services Institute, UK

Session 7: Experience and technology in responding to critical national security challenges
10:05 Dealing with crisis coordination - Cleaning up after Cyclone Larry
May Boisen, Business Manager, Telstra Country Wide Far North
Graeme Schmid, Major Incident Manager, Telstra

Using technology to assist government agencies in the identification and isolation of potential threats to homeland security
John Slitz, Vice President, IBM Entity Analytics

11:05 Break
  Chair: Rebecca Irwin, Assistant Secretary, Domestic Security Branch, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
Session 8: Terrorism - Prevention and preperation

Protection against suicide terrorists
Superintendent Nicholas O'Brien, Counter-Terrorism and Extremism Liaison Officer, British High Commission

Defence aid to the civil power
Murray Perks, Assistant Secretary, Strategic Policy, Department of Defence

Planning to protect mass gatherings
Mike Rothery, Assistant Secretary, Critical Infrastructure Protection, Attorney-General’s Department

12.45 Lunch
  Major General Peter Dunn (Ret.), former Emergency Services Commissioner, ACT
Session 9: Coping with catastrophic disasters

Review of Australia’s ability to respond to and recover from catastrophic disasters
Tony Pearce, Director-General, Emergency Management Australia & Chair, Catastrophic Disaster Emergency Management Capability Working Group

2:30 The medical response in a catastrophic disaster
Dr John Graham, Chairman, Department of Medicine, Sydney Hospital & Sydney Eye Hospital

The way forward in Australian counter-disaster response
David Templeman, former Director-General, Emergency Management Australia and Senior Volunteer Member, National Staff, St John Ambulance Australia

3:30 Break
  Chair: Jack Waterford, Editor at Large, Canberra Times
Session 10: Boosting public awareness

Communications and public involvement

5:10 Close
7:00 Networking dinner for Members of the RNSA at the National Press Club Information rnsa@homelandsecurity.org.au
Day 2 - 20 September 2006
  • Seminar A: Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) Security & Technology Seminar
  • Seminar B: National ICT Australia (NICTA) Security & Technology Seminar

Seminar A

Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) Security & Technology Seminar


Fernando Gesto, GNSS Seminar Convener, School of Aerospace, Civil and Mechanical Engineering, UNSW@ADFA


GNSS – Society’s Dependence on a Fragile Technology
Prof. Don Sinnott, Former Chairman, Australian GNSS Coordination Committee and Adjunct Professor of Radar Systems, University of Adelaide


GNSS Security and its Implications to Critical Infrastructure
Prof. Kurt Kubik, University of Queensland




European Navigation Policy and Galileo – Framework for Australian Based Applications
Lynne Hunter, Adviser, Delegation of the European Commission


Galileo Security Issues - A European Perspective
Dr Chris Wullems, Technical Director, Qascom, Italy


GPS as an Aid for Law Enforcement and Remote Emergency Response
Lindsay Ross, OmniTRACK, OmniSTAR (Australia) PTY LTD


GNSS Security and Hazardous Materials Tracking: A Case Study
Dr Chris Wullems, Technical Director, Qascom, Italy




Panel Discussion on the future of GNSS security and technology
Chair: Prof. Don Sinnott



7:00 for 7:30

Networking dinner for Members of the RNSA at the National Press Club
Information rnsa@homelandsecurity.org.au

Seminar B

Day 2 - 20 September 2006

National ICT Australia (NICTA) Security & Technology Seminar


Welcome - Smart Applications For Emergencies
Dr Renato Iannella, NICTA


Reliable Face Recognition for Intelligent CCTV
Ting Shan, NICTA & University of Queensland


Smart Cameras: Enabling Technology for Proactive Intelligent CCTV
Dr Abbas Bigdeli, NICTA




Emergency Management and Security Research in Australia / New Zealand - Survey and Comparison
Dr Andreas Meissner, NICTA


Resource Messaging For Emergencies
Dr Karen Robinson & Dr Renato Iannella, NICTA


Adaptive and resilient systems for emergency response
Dr Ricky Robinson, NICTA & A/Prof Jadwiga Indulska, University of Queensland




Wireless Mesh Networks for Public Safety and Disaster Recovery Communications
Dr Marius Portmann, University of Qld & Asad Amir Pirzada, NICTA


Combining Commercial Networks for Optimum Large Scale Emergency Communications: Challenges and Opportunities
Dr Selwyn Russell, NICTA & Queensland University of Technology





7:00 for 7:30

Networking dinner for Members of the RNSA at the National Press Club
Information rnsa@homelandsecurity.org.au


Day 3 - 21 September 2006


Security Technology Conference -
convened by the Research Network for a Secure Australia (RNSA)

9:00 Welcome
A/Prof Priyan Mendis, Convener, RNSA
9:10 Critical Infrastructure Protection Modelling and Analysis Program (CIPMA)
Michael Jerks, Attorney-General’s Department and Greg Scott, Geoscience Australia
9:45 Panel on the challenges and opportunities in establishing joint industry, research institution and government projects
•  Dr Richard Davis, National Security Science and Technology Unit, Dept of Prime Minister and Cabinet
•  Mike Rothery, Mike Rothery, Assistant Secretary, Critical Infrastructure Protection, Attorney-General’s Department
•  Jason Brown, ADI Limited
•  A/Prof Priyan Mendis, University of Melbourne
10:30 Break

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An update on full scale blast tests in Woomera 2006
John Ramsay, A/Prof Priyan Mendis and R.Lumantarna, APTES, The University of Melbourne

Transport network reliability and security implications
Prof Michael Bell, Imperial College, UK


Threat and fraud intelligence
John Slitz, Vice President, IBM Entity Analytics



A Multimodal Biometric System for User Authentication
Vamsi Krishna Madasu, Queensland University of Technology


Polymer reinforced CRC for improved performance under close-in detonations
B. Riisgaard, A. Gupta and T. Ngo, APTES, The University of Melbourne

Intelligent video (behaviour analysis) solutions for critical infrastructure
Michael Henson, QOLiT Pty Ltd

11:40   An engineering-level tool for predicting airblast loads behind blast perimeter barriers and their effectiveness
Dr Alex Remennikov, University of Wollongong
Development of the RNSA transport strategy for Australia: considerations for passengers and freight
Prof Mike Taylor, University of SA
Redundancy and Resilience: A Contingent Approach to Risk Management
Dr Kevin Foster, Connell Wagner
An Adaptive Rule-based Intrusion Detection Architecture
Kamran Shafi, Hussein Abbass, and Weiping Zhu, UNSW@ADFA

Blast Reliability Curves and Pressure-Impulse Curves: Complementary Information for Decision Makers
Michael Netherton
University of Newcastle

Paths to radicalisation and other research of the Australian Homeland Security Research Centre
Athol Yates, Luke Howie & Chad Whelan

HazWatch - Providing an up to date, common operating picture
Mark Carniello, Cooperative Research for Spatial Information

On Securing Wireless Access to Government Information Systems
Rupinder Gill, Queensland University of Technology


Dynamics of Inelastic Plates Subjected to Blast Loading
Dr Gregory Szuladzinski, Analytical Service Co


Technical aspects of ground security
Dean Vey, NR Pty Ltd

The success and failure factors for incident management systems
Rob Bailey, Online Risk Management

Computer Profiling to Assist Computer Forensic Investigations
Andrew Marrington, Queensland University of Technology

12:40 Lunch

Stream 5

Stream 6

Stream 7
Imagery Intelligence

Stream 8


Numerical Simulation of Blast Wave Interaction with Structure Columns
Yanchao Shi, Hong Hao & Zhong-Xian Li, University of Western Australia

Early Detection and Prevention of World Nuclear Threats Research and Development done in Australia
Prof Carl Munoz-Ferrada, Gammasonics Institute of Medical Research

Imagery Intelligence for emergency management, intelligence and critical infrastructure
John Douglas, Apogee Imaging International

Ensuring the Integrity of Australia’s e-Court Process
Dr Lauren May, Queensland University of Technology


Smart Fence - Perimeter Security for Critical Infrastructure Protection
Emanuel Stafilidis, Connell Wagner

A framework for estimating direct costs and human casualties of hazards
Leorey Marquez, & Raden Kusumo, CSIRO Mathematical and Information Sciences

Enabling collaboration and increasing user capability using IP-based systems
Dr Daniel Floreani, Global Defence Space and Security, Cisco Systems

The AVIAN Flu Tracker- Containing Pandemics through the Application of Location-Based Services
Dr Katina Michael,  Muhlbauer, Nicholls, Berry, Stroh University of Wollongong

2:20   Blast Resistant Windows and Doors
Rod Acland
Diebold Australia

How the concept of ethnicity can inform our understanding of the potential impact of security-related technology upon work practices and society
Paul Bennett & Lucy Resnyansky. DSTO

Capability Assessment for Communications and Information Systems in Critical Incident Environments
Slade P. Beard, University of NSW & KAZ Technology Services

The Requirement for Australia to have an Enhanced
National Video and Imagery Recognition Surveillance System
Ken Webb, Edith Cowan University


Ductal® - An Ultra-High Performance Material for Resistance to Blasts and Impacts
Brian Cavil
VSL Australia

A new manifesto for Smartcards as national information infrastructure
Stephen Wilson, Lockstep Consulting

Balanced Target Hardening:Protecting Australian Academic Institutions from Terrorism
Dr Alexey D. Muraviev, Curtin University

Crisis Mobile Communications Technology Developments
Jeromy Wells, Crisis Mobile

3:00 Break

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Detection of concealed threats using sub-THz imaging technologies
Andrew Hellicar, CSIRO

The Role of Government Relative to Security and Privacy Issues arising from the Introduction of New Technologies - an Australian-European Comparison
Prof Lynn Batten, Deakin University

How to communicate with the public in the time of a crisis
Dennis Benjamin, Informatel Group

Risk modelling of SCADA Communications
Robert Dawson, Queensland University of Technology


Datatrace DNA®: A Rapid, Secure, Field-Based System for Tracking & Authentication of Sensitive Materials
Dr Gerry Swiegers, VP Strategic Research, DatatraceDNA DataDot/CSIRO Joint Venture

Information Security and Civil Society Organisations
Mark Carey-Smith, Queensland University of Technology

Melbourne as a Terrorist Target and the Human Response
Luke Howie, Monash University

Defining and Measuring Resilience in Critical Infrastructure Protection Dr Paul Barnes, Queensland University of Technology


Remote Sensing - Emerging Technologies
Nick Weber, XTEK

Mitigating the threat of counterfeiting to international security through public awareness
Dr Eleni Petraki & Zhou Bo, University of Canberra

Understanding Human Attitudes to Location-Based Counter-Terrorism Measures
Holly Tootell, University of Wollongong

Security Risk Assessment
Lester Sutton, Honeywell Automation & Control Systems


On-chip separation of CWA degradation products for high sensitivity detection
Yonggang Zhu & Karolina Petkovic-Duran, CSIRO

Deployable Villages – Maximising Field Efficiency
Peter Murphy , OPEC Systems

Night time CCTV, Surveillance, Perimeter Protection
D. Ishchenko, J. Watson, E.Guyot, S. Lelièvre, N. Jdanoff
Applied Infrared Sensing

Inter-Agency Transactions of Risk Within a National Security Architecture
Dr Rick Nunes-Vaz, DSTO

4:50 A/Prof Priyan Mendis, Convener, RNSA, to award “Best Paper” and sum up the conference

Prof Joseph Lai, UNSW@ADFA
Prof Ed Dawson, Queensland University of Technology

5:05 Networking drinks, Foyer, National Convention Centre



2006 Summit Sponsors


Platinum Sponsor


Gold Sponsor



Gold Sponsor



Silver Sponsor

Crisis Mobile


Conference Dinner Sponsor

Point Trading

Satchel Sponsor


Official publication

Australian Defence Business Review



Australian Homeland Security Research Centre



Supporting organisation

Australian Homeland Security Research Centre

trade exhibits:


General Inquiries: Keanne Stephenson
Homeland Security Communications Group
Tel 02 9420 2020 or 0412 472 766
Email keanne.stephenson@homelandsecuritygroup.com..au
Program chairs Day 1 & 2
Derek Woolner, Visiting Fellow, Strategic and Defence Studies Centre,
Australian National University
Tel 0415 510 028, Email derek.woolner@anu.edu.au &
Dr Anthony Bergin, UNSW@ADFA RNSA member, Mobile: 0418 626 472
Email anthony.bergin@safeguardingaustraliasummit.org.au

Day 3: RNSA Security Technology Conference
A/Prof Priyan Mendis
RNSA Network Convenor
University of Melbourne
Tel: 03 8344 7244
Email: p.mendis@civenv.unimelb.edu.au

Industry coordinator Athol Yates, Executive Director, Australian Homeland Security Research Centre
Tel 02 6161 5143
Email athol.yates@safeguardingaustraliasummit.org.au