Jodie Cochrane

Jodie Cochrane is undertaking a Ph.D. in Mechatronic Engineering, in which the main application is the development of a decision-support tool for predicting recovery in people having total knee replacement surgery. Underpinning the SuPeR Knee project, the tool will provide patients and doctors with predictions about how an individual person will recover from surgery, based on a range of patient-reported, physical performance and biopsychosocial information. It will assist with decision-making about the best choice of rehabilitation for each individual. Jodie’s research interests are focused on Bayesian estimation and machine learning of model parameters based on both qualitative and quantitative data.

Jodie achieved a combined Bachelor of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (Honours) / Bachelor of Mathematics with first-class honours, from The University of Newcastle in 2019. She is passionate about supporting young people to enter into careers in engineering, and reducing the gender disparity in science, tech, engineering and math. With the University of Newcastle, she has volunteered with the Robogals program, that provides free technology workshops for female school students, and is a university peer mentor. She is involved with Broader Learning, a company that specialises in encouraging the younger generation to get engaged with STEM.