JP Franzidis

Speaker Spotlight: Jean-Paul Franzidis

13 August 2018

Jean-Paul Franzidis will be giving his keynote presentation on ‘Back to basics or back to future?’. Read on to find out what emerging technology he is excited about.

1. What are you looking forward to at Millops this year?

Meeting old friends and colleagues and former students (sometimes the same people), finding out what’s new and exciting in their world, and sharing my experiences of the past decade, looking at mining from a different perspective.

2. What do you hope delegates will get out of your session?

They’ll have something to think about. I’m a bit reluctant to expand on my answer – I think it will give the game away!

3. What is the biggest challenge you have faced in the industry?

Retiring from it—I think it’s got into my blood! While working, it was always a challenge getting money to fund large collaborative research projects. However, my biggest challenge has not been in the mining industry – it has been in defending it to people who believe mining is an unethical business that has no place on the surface of the planet.

4. What advice would you give to a professional or graduate starting out in the industry?

They should get as broad an education as possible and never stop learning. I would recommend them to get as much experience in a variety of operations as possible, meet as many people from as many different backgrounds as possible, and try to see the world from their perspective.

5. What emerging technologies are you excited about?

The emerging technology I am most excited (and nervous) about is Artificial Intelligence—and the 4th Industrial Revolution in general. I think this will have an effect on our industry beyond anything that anyone can imagine. I will expand on this in my presentation.

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