Prof. Robyn Owens (University of Western Australia)

My unpredictable career

My career journey started with a love for mathematics, as much as anything with a love for mathematical thinking. But it wasn’t a traditional career path. In this talk I will outline how my training in pure mathematics led to working on engineering projects, working with biomedical scientists, discovering a passion for computer vision, and leading to an interest in systems level strategy. A training in abstract thinking still represents the most important skill in any undergraduate degree. However, mathematics must evolve to remain relevant for the problems of the 21st Century.