Towards Identifying The Somerton Man

Please join Engineers Australia for a presentation on the path towards identifying the Somerton Man.
Towards Identifying The Somerton Man

The Somerton Man was found dead on Somerton Beach, South Australia in 1948. The mystery is that over 70 years later no one has been able to identify the man. This talk will begin by quickly reviewing the mystery and then will describe how the numerous skills of an electrical engineer (eg. imaging, cryptography, use of conditional probability, bioinformatics, and software engineering) can be utilitised to bring us closer to a solution, and also providing us with tools that can be of assistance with the problem of human identification in general.


Speaker: Professor Derek Abbott

Darek Abbott

Derek Abbott received the B.Sc. (Hons.) degree in physics Loughborough University, U.K., in and the Ph.D. degree in electrical and electronic engineering from The University of Adelaide, Adelaide. He is currently a Professor with the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the University of Adelaide.

His research interests include multidisciplinary complex systems, networks, energy policy, stochastics, biophotonics, and forensic engineering.  He is a Fellow of Engineers Australia and IEEE.

Prof. Abbott has received a number of awards, including the Tall Poppy Award for Science (2004), the Premier's SA Great Award in Science and Technology for outstanding contributions to South Australia (2004), an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship (2012), the David Dewhurst Medal for biomedical engineering (2015), the Barry Inglis Medal for measurement science (2018) and the M A Sargent medal for eminence in engineering (2019).

19 / 03 / 2019 - 05:30 pm to 07:30 pm
Registration Closes
19 / 03 / 2019 05:00 pm
Engineers Australia South Australia
Level 11
108 King William Street
South Australia
  • EA Member Rate: $0.00 ($0.00 excl. GST)
  • IEEE, IET, Telsoc Member: $0.00 ($0.00 excl. GST)
  • Society Member Rate: $30.00 ($27.27 excl. GST)
  • Non-Member Rate: $30.00 ($27.27 excl. GST)
Key Speaker(s)
Professor Derek Abbott
Engineers Australia South Australia, IET, IEEE and TelSoc
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