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Artificial Intelligence (AI) is one of the most important topics of today. Developments in AI will disrupt the economy and the world in ways not seen since the industrial revolution. As AI continues to permeate every aspect of our lives, we must ask ourselves:

  • How can we ensure AI is being used for good?
  • Who is accountable for the decisions made by AI?
  • What is the responsibility of government, corporations and the general public in shaping the rules of how AI will be created and used?

These are questions that need answering. The Artificial Intelligence Collaborative Network (AICN) will host an entertaining evening which will inform and educate people about the emerging debates in the field of the Ethics of Artificial Intelligence (AI). As the impact of AI increases on society it is important for people to be informed about the critical ethical decisions involved when creating applications using AI.

AICN will bring together world-class experts in AI, technology, law, policy, media and ethics for thought-provoking presentations and a moderated panel session in Adelaide, and live-streamed to the AI community across Australia,

Featuring renowned data expert Ellen Broad, leading AI researchers and award-winning science communicator Dr Andy Stapleton, this is an event not to be missed!


Professor Caroline McMillen

Chief Scientist for South Australia

Twitter: @sachiefsci

Professor Caroline McMillen commenced in the role as Chief Scientist for South Australia in October 2018 after serving as Vice-Chancellor of the University of Newcastle for 7 years from 2011.

She is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences, a Fellow of the Royal Society of New South Wales and a Bragg Member of the Royal Institution, Australia. She holds a BA (Honours) and Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Oxford, and completed her medical training graduating with an MB, BChir from the University of Cambridge. She has served in academic leadership positions at Monash University, the University of Adelaide and at the University of South Australia where she held the role of Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research and Innovation prior to her move to Newcastle.

Ellen Broad - Keynote Speaker

Ethical & Responsible AI

AI Ethics - Data Sharing - Policy | Author "Made By Humans: The AI Condition"

Twitter: @ellenbroad | Website: http://ellenbroad.com

Ellen returned to Australia from the UK in late 2016, where she was Head of Policy for the Open Data Institute (ODI), an international non-profit founded by Sir Tim Berners-Lee and Sir Nigel Shadbolt.

While in the UK Ellen was also ministerial adviser on data to senior UK cabinet minister Elisabeth Truss. She has held roles as Manager of Digital Policy and Projects for the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (Netherlands) and Executive Officer for the Australian Digital Alliance, and is currently Head of Technical Delivery, Consumer Data Standards for CSIRO's Data61.

She is a member of the Australian government's Data Advisory Council and author of Made by Humans: the AI Condition (Melbourne University Publishing, 2018) and has written about data for publications including The Guardian, New Scientist and Griffith Review.

A board game about data she created with Jeni Tennison, CEO of the Open Data Institute, is being played in 19 countries.

Dr Niels Wouters - Guest Speaker

Biometric Mirror: Exploring the Ethics of Emerging Technologies

Human-Computer Interaction | Social Computing | Art Science | Media Architecture

Twitter: @mediatecture | Website: https://nwt.rs/

Dr Niels Wouters is Head of Research and Emerging Practice for Science Gallery Melbourne, and Research Fellow in the Interaction Design Lab at the University of Melbourne. In his role, he promotes collisions between arts and science as a mechanism to expose the breadth of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).

His research practice in Human-Computer Interaction revolves around the democratization of technology and the road to empowerment, so as to achieve tangible benefits for society. Niels' work is regularly featured in national and international media, highlighting the impact of new technology on urban life.

Niels acquired a PhD in Architectural Engineering and holds degrees in Architectural Design, Computer Science and Human-Computer Interaction.

Dr Mor Vered - Guest Speaker

Human-Centred Explainable AI

Data Science & AI Lecturer | Explainable AI Researcher | AI for Social Good

Twitter: @MorVered1 | Research: https://research.monash.edu/en/persons/mor-vered

Mor Vered is a Lecturer in the new Laboratory for Dialogue Research at Monash University’s Faculty of Information Technology (FIT).

She has previously occupied the roll of Research Fellow and part time lecturer in the School of Computing and Information Systems in Melbourne University where she focused on Human Centered Explainable AI. She obtained her PhD from Bar Ilan University, her thesis winning the prestigious Israeli Association for Artificial Intelligence (IAAI) Outstanding Dissertation Award.

Mor’s PhD thesis was in the field of goal recognition, where she worked to incorporate lessons and inspirations from cognitive science in order to create more efficient agents that can cooperate seamlessly in a predominately human environment. Her research interests further include planning and cognitive modelling. She has significant teaching and supervising experience, is an active member of the AI community and her work has been published in several A* conferences.

Andy Stapleton - Panel Moderator

Award-Winning Science Communication | Director verbalize.science

Twitter: @andyjstapleton | LinkedIn

Andy is an award-winning science communicator and founder of verbalize.science – the scientist friendly way to amplify and extract value from research for universities and research institutes.

He was awarded the 2015 unsung hero of South Australian science communication and verbalize.science has won a number of awards including the 2018 Hybrid World pitching competition and Flinders University’s Venture Dorm eNVIEs.

Andy is also the host and producer of Publish, Perish or Podcast, he has written for many publications including Cosmos Magazine, ScienceAlert, Australia’s Science Channel and Australian Quarterly and his videos can be found at Australia’s Science Channel.

He has a background in renewable energy materials and nanotechnology and an interest in new technology and materials for energy.

Dr Terry Sweeney - Guest Panelist

Managing Director, IBM Watson Health

Twitter: @terrysweeneyAU | LinkedIn

Originally from the UK and now based in Australia and Japan, Terry is responsible for an international multi-million-dollar business, developing innovative solutions for new and emerging markets at the intersection of AI, big data and healthcare.

Recognised as a thought leader in healthcare innovation and technology, Terry’s industry insights are in regularly demand from governments, healthcare organisations, key stakeholders and public forums, and is an advisor to a number of global organisations, including the G20.

Terry has established and scaled two major start-ups; both being acquired by large global multinationals. He was a Founding Director of the social health technology start-up, Cúram Software. Based in Ireland, Cúram’s global presence and market leadership led to IBM acquiring the company in 2011. It remains part of the IBM Watson Health portfolio as a key platform for health and care management.

A former professional athlete, Terry holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Cambridge University, a first-class honours degree in Economics also from Cambridge University, and a Master of Science in Business Information Technology. Terry was honoured by HRH Queen Elizabeth II with a C.M.G. in recognition of his service overseas on behalf of the British Government.

Daniel Kiley - Guest Panelist

Legal Professional - Technology, Privacy | App Developer

Twitter: @danielkiley

Daniel Kiley is a Senior Associate in HWL Ebsworth Lawyers' commercial team, with a focus on intellectual property, technology and privacy.

Along with his legal qualifications, Daniel has a Bachelor of Mathematical and Computer Sciences, and has worked for an ASX-listed software consulting firm and released a number of iPhone apps through his own company.

Daniel has been named a national 'Rising Star' in intellectual property, technology, media and telecommunications law by Doyle's Guide, and previously won a South Australian Young Achiever Award for online achievement.

Yolanda Sam - MC & Co-Founder, AI Collaborative Network

Information Analyst | Data Professional

Twitter: @yolandasamy | LinkedIn

Fascinated by the advances in AI and the transformative effects on society, Yolanda co-founded the AI Collaborative Network in 2018 to foster the Australian AI ecosystem. The AICN supports AI practitioners and data scientists, bringing together businesses, universities, government and industry to collectively leverage the power of AI technology responsibly in Australia.

With a background in mechatronic engineering and finance, she has worked in mining, utilities, construction, government, and currently works in innovation and technology. In her spare time she can be found hiking and appreciating all the delicious produce Tasmania has to offer.

With thanks to our event co-hosts and sponsors around Australia....

National Science Week
Lot Fourteen
Women in Machine Learning & Data Science Sydney
Pawsey Supercomputing Centre Perth

...and sponsors of the Artificial Intelligence Collaborative Network

Australian Institute for Machine Learning (AIML) - University of Adelaide
UniSA - University of South Australia
Resilient Asia Pacific

Code of Conduct

#AICollaborative events create opportunities for you to meet, network and make friends with people who have an interest in AI and other emerging technology. We welcome people from all backgrounds and walks of life - not only technical and business people, but also those with a general interest in this growing field. All attendees should be aware of our Code of Conduct. - https://www.collaborativenetwork.ai/code-of-conduct

Diversity & Inclusion

As champions of diversity and inclusion in STEM, we've launched the Diversity Matters initiative for supporting underrepresented groups to participate in all AICN events and programs. Underrepresented groups can fill in the form to receive tickets this this event - https://goo.gl/forms/v86vaAtT5AfBSi2h2.

We also offer discounted student tickets.


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