Yolande Strengers wins at the women in AI awards

Associate Professor Yolande Strengers has won the AI in Innovation category at the 2021 Women in AI Awards!

Women in AI (WAI) is a global network of female experts and professionals in the field of Artificial Intelligence working towards gender-inclusive AI that benefits a global society.

The WAI Awards Gala Dinner was held in Sydney at the Museum of Contemporary Art on 26 March 2021 where the winners and finalists were announced to honour and recognise Australian and New Zealand women in AI. Hosted by the multi-award-winning STEM journalist and Science and Technology Editor for NITV, Rae Johnston, the audience was made up of leaders and influencers from industry, academia and government, prominent and influential AI thought-leaders, AI enthusiasts, venture capitalists and AI startups.

Each of the 11 awards categories had judging criteria based on innovation, leadership and inspiring potential, global potential and impact, and the ability for the AI solution to do good for the community and citizens. The AI in Innovation category recognised a ground-breaking, new and emerging AI process or technology.

"As a digital sociologist, it's an honour to receive this award for innovation in AI. My research and interventions into the gendered problems with digital voice assistants calls for the social sciences and humanities to become embedded in AI, and that is exactly what this award has recognised."
Yolande Strengers

Yolande Strengers is a digital sociologist and human-computer interaction scholar investigating the sustainability and gender effects of digital, emerging and smart technologies. Yolande has been appointed through the Faculty of Information Technology where she is Associate Dean of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.

In the Emerging Technologies Research Lab, she leads the energy futures research program, which undertakes critical interdisciplinary and international research into the social, cultural and experiential dimensions of the design, use and futures of new and emerging technologies.

Yolande is co-author of The Smart Wife (MIT Press, 2020), with Dr Jenny Kennedy. She is also an author and editor of several other books including Smart energy technologies in everyday life (Palgrave MacMillan 2013), Social practices and dynamic non-humans (2018), and over 50 journal articles and conference papers. She holds a PhD from RMIT University (Social Science) a Masters in International Urban and Environmental Management (RMIT University) and a Bachelor of Arts (Deans Scholars Program, Monash University).