Making sense of transport
We are in the midst of a transformation in transport that is as fundamental as the invention of the car. The future is electric, connected, and autonomous, but also shared and active with the user at the centre.
In this address, Dr Dean Economou, recently appointed as Chief Transport Strategist at Telstra explains some of the key trends in transport, and what they might mean for society and business.
Dean joined Telstra as Chief Technology Officer, Products in 2016 and was recently appointed Chief Transport Strategist. His career has tracked the path of digital disruption in fields as diverse as telecommunications, media, health, urban design and transport. Before Telstra, Dean was Director Infrastructure, Transport and Logistics at NICTA (now CSIRO’s Data61) and also Technology Strategist. In these roles he took cutting edge research into industry, helped found start-ups, and provided input to state and federal innovation policy.
He earlier co-founded the Smart Services Cooperative Research Centre which pioneered the use of Machine Learning, 3D audio conferencing and sophisticated people matching algorithms. Before that was the Director of the CSIRO Laboratory that developed Wi-Fi, exploring the use of high bandwidth applications in media, health, government and finance.
While completing his PhD in Electrical Engineering he co-founded telecommunications vendor QPSX (now Ipernica) and later studied High Technology Product Marketing at UC Berkeley and design thinking at the Stanford d.School.