• The University of Western Australia (M050), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth

    Australia

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Biography

Professor Melinda Hodkiewicz BA Hons (Oxon), PhD, CEng, FTSE is engineering academic working to improve maintenance, asset management and safety practices in industry. Data and the management and use of data is key to her work. She is active in development of the field of Technical Language Processing (TLP). TLP covers the adaption of natural language processing, knowledge graphs, ontologies and large language models to unstructured technical engineering texts.

In 2018 she was a visiting fellow at the Alan Turing Institute, the national centre for data science in the UK with their Data-centric Engineering group and in 2019 with the US Government’s NIST Laboratory in Maryland.  In 2021 she joined the Standards Australia EL069 committee focussing on Australia's input into the ISO TC184 SC4 committee on Industrial Data. 

Melinda was the BHP Fellow for Engineering for Remote Operations 2015-2022. She was on the leadership team for the $8.8M Australian Government and industry co-funded Training Centre for Transforming Maintenance through Data Science. She leads the Maintenance Working Group for Industrial Ontology Foundry and is active in ISO 23726 standard Automation systems and integration -- Ontology based interoperability and development of the Industrial Data Ontology.

In 2016 Melinda was awarded the MESA Medal – The Lifetime Achievement Award for services to the asset management community in Australia and in 2019 was made a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering. In 2022 she was a finalist in the Australian/ NZ Women in AI awards for the manufacturing sector.

Melinda was a member of the Advisory Board of NOPSEMA (National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority) for 6 years until 2022 and the Board of MRIWA (WA Government's Mineral Research Institute) 2021/22. She sat on the Advisory committee for METS Ignited and acted as a reviewer for the Federal Government's MMI funding program. 

From 2012-2015 Melinda chaired Australia’s MB19 committee and led Australia’s involvement in the development of the ISO 55000/1/2 International Standards for Asset Management and the issuing of Australian AS/NZ edition.

Research interests

Application of technical language processing to maintenance and safety texts.

Industrial relevance

$2M BHP Fellow for Engineering for Remote Operations

Advisory Board Australia’s National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority (NOPSEMA)

Board of WA Government’s Minerals Research Institute (MRIWA)

Advisory committee for the Federal Government’s mining equipment, technology and services (METS) Ignited Growth Centre

Member of review team for Federal Government's Modern Manufacturing Initiative program (MMI)

Leadership team of Rio Tinto Asset Management Program 2010-2015

Standards Australia EL-069 and ISO TC 184 SC4 (WG26)

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

Education/Academic qualification

Metallurgy, BA(Hons), Metallurgy and Science of Materials, University of Oxford

19811985

Award Date: 19 Jan 2029

Engineering, PhD, The effect of partial-flow operation on the axial vibration of double-suction pumps, The University of Western Australia

… → 2014

Award Date: 20 Apr 2022

External positions

Committee Member, Standards Australia Technical Committee EL-069 'Automation Systems and Integration'

Mar 2022 → …

Board member, Minerals Research Institute of Western Australia

Feb 2022 → …

Visting Researcher, National Institute of Standards and Technology

Nov 2019Dec 2019

Visiting Fellow, Alan Turing Institute

Jan 2018Feb 2019

Board Member, National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority

Mar 2017 → …

Comittee Member, Member of the RIAC (Research and Innovation Council) committee

Jul 2016Dec 2021

Chair, Standards Australia MB19 Committee for ISO 55000 Standard

Jan 2010Jan 2014

Industry keywords

  • Diagnostics

Research expertise keywords

  • AI for Maintenance applications
  • Technical Language Processing
  • Prognostics and asset health
  • Asset data quality
  • Ontologies for Maintenance

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