Current Members


Professor Melinda Hodkiewicz was appointed the BHP Fellow for Engineering for Remote Operations in 2015. The BHP Fellowship funds the UWA System Health Lab. Prior to joining academia Melinda worked as an engineer in industry and uses this experience and her industry links to drive collaboration and innovation aimed at improving asset maintenance. Melinda tags along when SHL teams participate in Hackathons as she aspires to improve her programming skills. In 2016 she was awarded the MESA Medal, a lifetime achievement award for services to Asset Management.

Dr. Ben Travaglione is a Research Scientist with the Defence Science and Technology Group and an Adjunct Senior Lecturer at UWA. He leads the BlueBox project in the SHL and is the go-to person for our questions on MEMS and coding for embedded systems. He is developing our capability to use open source collaboration tools and encouraging us to use Linux. He is a technical mentor to students and staff alike. He was an integral member of the Shield-X hackathon team. Ben’s background includes a postdoctoral research fellowship in Quantum Information Systems at the University of Cambridge.

Research Engineers

Aiden Taba is undertaking a Master’s in Electrical Engineering. He has been working at the SHL since his first year of university creating hardware/software for networked sensors. Outside of the SHL, Aiden is working as a Research Engineer at BRITELab/OncoRes, to develop a medical device used by surgeons to more effectively identify tumours. He has also completed internships in the medical device, telecommunications, renewables, neurotechnology and management consulting fields. He is particularly passionate about biomedical engineering and was selected to take part in the 2017 SPARK Co-Lab (Stanford University SPARK Affiliate)  Design Course as an Accelerating Australia Scholar.

James Digley is a 2nd year undergraduate in Mechanical Engineering and Finance, Fogarty Scholar and part of the BPhi program. James is passionate about space and has even spent time volunteering at NASA’s Johnson Space Centre as well as taking part in the Australian Universities Rocket competition. He is also the creator of the Perth Science YouTube series

Tom Smoker started a PhD in computer science in 2018 following completion of his Masters in Software Engineering. Tom is a key part of the SHL’s Siri for Maintenance project. He is an active participant in hackathons and was a member of the 2016 Unearthed Hackathon team. Tom retains strong links to the start-up community working part time for the cryptocurrency group Bamboo.

Caitlin Woods will complete her Masters in Software Engineering at the end of 2018. Caitlin has worked for BHP part time for over 2 years and in 2018 cofounded of the software consulting company Hoo. Her Hoo team is working on a new software package for the SHL to digitise our timecard management process. She is also key part of the SHL cognitive computing team working on a maintenance ontology in Protege.

Drew Georgiades is a Master’s student at UWA, studying mechanical engineering. He is the Project Manager for the Living Lab at UWA SHL. He is currently completing a thesis investigating underwater sound radiation through numerical methods. Drew pioneered and maintains the SHL’s equation of the day.

Aseem Maroo is a first year Master’s student at UWA, studying mechanical engineering. He has worked on improving the systems and processes of the lab, and more recently he has been working on the Living Labs project in collaboration with the SHL, Core and BHP. Aseem volunteers for the IMechE UWA Student Club and was a member of the 2017 SHL Unearthed Hackathon team. Aseem worked at Mining Area C for his internship in the Engineering team and has a keen interest in mechanical systems and design.

Toby Griffiths is in his first year of study in the Master of Professional Engineering (Mechanical). Toby works as part of the Living Lab team, aiming to de-risk mine site trials for innovators by using campus test equipment. Outside of the SHL, Toby has worked on Asset Health projects at Roy Hill and volunteers as part of the executive teams for Teach Learn Grow, a not-for-profit tutoring company, and the IMechE UWA chapter.

Carlin Lapuz is currently studying a Master’s of Professional Engineering (Mechanical Engineering) at the UWA. He has demonstrated excellence as a workshop facilitator/tutor for undergraduate dynamics and electronics. With his experience as a Research Engineer in robotics, sensor development, and vibration sensing technology, he is currently undertaking his thesis on accelerometer signal processing with SHL’s BlueBox. He also volunteered for Engineers Without Borders – School Outreach Team and had developed their renewable energy module.

Eddie Atkinson began working with the lab as a second year Bachelor of Philosophy (Hons) student studying Computer Science and Data Science. For his BPhil research placement Eddie investigated Piezo MEMS microphones and their potential to be used as water-proof and dirt-proof microphones for research projects and smartphones.  Previously the Safety Officer,  Eddie is now the Treasurer for UWA Makers.

Emily Low graduated with a Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Mathematics and Philosophy mid 2020. Her thesis on representation in different electoral systems sits across these fields. Emily has worked for the Industrial Ontology Foundation researching a definition for the word ‘test’ and developing education materials. She is involved in most SHL projects which require predicate logic.

Alex Rohl is commencing his BPhil honours in applied mathematics at UWA in 2020 after completing a double major in maths and data science. Alex’s research interest, supported by the Centre for Transforming Maintenance Through Data Science, is modeling time series textual data to estimate the remaining useful life (RUL) of assets from their maintenance work order data. Outside of research, Alex has been involved with the UWA Maths Union Committee throughout his undergraduate and works part-time at Plico Energy, responsible for reporting customer demographics, consumer behaviours and business KPIs.

Amit Patel is a Master’s student at UWA, in his final year of Mechanical Engineering. Amit is currently completing a research project on use of condition monitoring technique (vibration and MCSA analysis) to detect ragging in centrifugal pumps.

Ryan Leadbetter is undertaking a PhD in Maths and Statistics following the completion of his Batchelor of Mechanical Engineering from Curtin University. His PhD is part of the Centre for Transforming Maintenance Through Data Science which collaborates with the SHL. His theses is orientated around the use of machine learning techniques and statistical models as a means of failure prediction and remaining useful life estimation. He has worked in both research and industry; with exposure to data science and machine learning, biomechanics, pressure vessels and pipelines, and power generation.

Marcus Handley is working on the development of tools to visualise data and streamline review tasks. As a budding computer scientist with experience in competitive programming and algorithms, he is beginning a degree in computer science later this year.

Ryan Malone is a fourth year Bachelor of Philosophy student completing his honours year in Mathematics & Statistics with the ARC Centre of Transforming Maintenance through Data Science. As a second year student he completed a research project investigating the potential of wireless load cell application to scaffolding for improving safety. Outside of the SHL, he has worked in Deloitte’s technology consulting division and Woodside Oceanworks, investigating distributed acoustic sensing and its potential in marine science. He is a big fan of any chicken parmigiana.

Tyler Bikaun recently started his PhD in computer science at UWA as part of the Centre for Transforming Maintenance Through Data Science, and is a Mineral Research Institute of Western Australia PhD scholarship recipient. Tyler has a background in Mechanical Engineering with experience in engineering consulting, condition monitoring, and reliability engineering, in both the oil and gas and mining industry.

Gabriel González Cáceres is an Engineer with a history of working in the mining & metals industry. He is passionate about asset management, reliability engineering and technology. Gabriel recently started his PhD in Mechanical Engineer from Curtin University as one of the two MRIWA PhD scholarship recipients at the ARC Training Centre for Transforming Maintenance through Data Science.

Frinze Erin Lapuz is a penultimate undergraduate Software Engineering and Data Science student. He works as part of the Living Lab Team, collating information of equipment and procedures to create the Living Lab Website. Also, he volunteers for the Coders For Causes to help non-profit organisation and charity to get the digital solution they need.

Jaymin Moffatt is a Master’s student in Electrical Engineering at UWA. He is a facilitator for the unit Risk, Reliability and Safety and is currently working on the Living Lab Project completing EMC testing. Jaymin has recently completed his thesis doing research into detecting the cascading failures of assets using his knowledge of complex network analysis.

Quenten Thomas is a software and mechatronics engineer with more than a decade of industry experience designing and building hardware, firmware and software. He is one of the founders of WearHawk – a start-up that is developing technology to monitor conveyor belts in the mining industry to predict and thereby prevent costly failures. Through the MO4U arrangement with UWA he works alongside, and collaborates with, the System Health Lab team and the Living Lab project.

Sophie Giraudo is penultimate year Bachelor of Science student studying Data Science and Mathematics. She is currently working on a reliability analysis tool using frequentist and Bayesian statistical frameworks. Sophie is also involved in the UWA Data Science club as part of the social media sub-committee.


Bumsoo Park is a first-year student studying a Master of Professional Engineering (Mechanical Engineering) at UWA. Currently, Bumsoo is working as a trainee engineer at Tutt Bryant, a heavy lifting and specialised transport company. He also volunteers as an executive team for UWA IET on Campus and volunteered as an English teacher in rural Thailand. In SHL, he is currently working on a new generation of BlueBox, MEMS IOT sensing device.

James Royer is in his first year of study in the Master of Professional Engineering (Mechanical) at UWA. James works as part of the Living Lab team and will be conducting his thesis in 2021. Outside of the SHL and Living Lab, James has worked on alumina and gold projects for Monadelphous and volunteers for university clubs such as Co-Directing PROSH UWA in 2018 and as an ordinary member for IMechE UWA chapter.

Ricky Leman is currently studying a Master’s in Professional Engineering (Electrical and Electronic Engineering). He is currently completing a research project investigating beamforming capabilities of Piezoelectric Pulse Density Modulated MEMS microphones. Outside of the SHL, he has completed internships in the Financial Advisory and Oil and Gas industry.

Toby Digney is a UWA Winthrop Scholar studying his undergraduate in Electrical Engineering and Philosophy. He is passionate about embedded systems and provides electronic design & software support to the SHL specialising in low-power sensing and telemetry systems. Outside of the SHL, Toby is the President of the Electrical & Electronic Engineers of WA and he is also the Avionics Team Lead at UWA Aerospace where he develops custom flight computers and avionics systems for aerospace applications.

Sufyan Shafiek is a Master’s student, studying mechanical engineering. Previously a Fluid Dynamics Engineer at Dyson, he is now working with WearHawk and the SHL to develop dust mitigation solutions for imaging systems in the mining industry. Outside of the SHL, he is part of the Heavy Mobile Equipment Asset Management and Reliability team at FMG.

Haolin Wu is currently studying his honours in Computer Science. He previously has worked as a full stack engineer, and has tutored undergraduate computer science subjects. His current research project involves creating a multi-modal interface to interact with industrial maintenance procedures.

Laura Peh is undertaking an Honours in Computer Science and Software Engineering in 2020, and is part of the Bachelor of Philosophy program at UWA. Her research project involves analysing maintenance work orders as technical short text, learning the grammar structures that underlie them. She is fascinated by uncovering the complexities of language, and how NLP can be used to achieve that.

Charlie Schumacher is currently undertaking a Master of Professional Engineering with Mechanical specialisation. Charlie is completing his thesis in UV degradation of 3D printed materials under the supervision of Melinda Hodkiewicz and Tim Sercombe, as well as working for the System Health Lab on developing an extended monitoring system related to his thesis work. Charlie also works as part of the team at the Living Lab on accelerated life testing and has keen interest in everything from material science to space to computing.

Supporting Academics

Associate Professor Tim Sercombe combines his technical expertise as a materials engineer with being Dean and Head of School of Engineering at UWA. Tim has been working in additive manufacturing since 1996. We are fortunate to have him as a collaborator on the UV testing of SLS vs conventional manufactured materials project.

Dr. Tim French works in modal logic and has co-supervised all the cognitive computing projects in the SHL. He provides ontology, reasoning, machine learning and much other advice and has worked on many theoretical and industry use case challenges. Tim has been a regular mentor in Unearthed Hackathon events and helped establish the WA section of CoderDojo, a global network of free computer programming clubs.

Associate Professor Adrian Keating expertise is in optics and MEMS and he has vast practical electronic experience. Adrian was pivotal in setting up the SHL and has been the motivator and co-supervisor of a number of our projects. He was a finalist in the UWA IQ awards 2018 for his role in establishing the Makers Group on campus. In 2008 he received the Defence Science and Technology Organisations Eureka Prize for contributions to the development of a MEMS microspectometer.

Dr. Jo Sikorska manages to combine running a successful engineering export business ( with managing the SHL’s Prognostic Data Library project and being a mum. In July 2018 she joins us full-time as a Research Fellow bringing a wealth of experience in data management for asset health prognostics to the SHL.

Dr. Wei Liu from the UWA School of Computer Science and Software Engineering collaborates with us on cognitive computing projects out of the SHL. Along with Tim she has cosupervised all of the SHL NLP projects and worked on industry use cases. Her expertise spans multi-agent systems, semantic web and ontology applications, and e-commerce. Wei’s review paper ‘Ontology Learning from Text: A look back and into the future’ 17 has received 240+ citations to date.