Is AI inclusive? The Great Debate, Presented by Monash Tech Talks

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10 Oct. 2019 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
State Library Victoria, Isabella Fraser Room (Direct entry via La Trobe Street, Gate 5) 328 Swanston Street Melbourne, VIC 3000


Is AI inclusive?

Through ground-breaking advances in facial recognition and machine learning, AI is transforming our everyday lives. It’s also helping to address critical social and health issues such as homelessness, infectious diseases and substance abuse.

But is AI better for everyone?

To some, it’s creating new opportunities for marginalised people and bringing diverse groups together in new ways. But for others, the machine learning, software and algorithms underpinning AI reinforce and enhance inequality - such as through gender and racial exclusion.

Why attend the Great Debate?

Hosted by pioneer Australian comedian Rob Quantock, this Tech Talk is your chance to hear different arguments on whether AI is truly inclusive.

At this debate, you’ll:

  • Listen to leading academics and industry experts who have been asked to present opposing perspectives
  • Learn about interesting research and practice examples used to support each team’s stance on inclusion issues in AI
  • Discover current challenges in making AI more inclusive

This event will also give you the chance to network with industry partners, Monash alumni and leading researchers in the field.

Is AI inclusive? The Great Debate

Date: Thursday, 10 October 2019
Time: 12.00pm registration for a 12.30pm start
2.00pm close
Venue:State Library Victoria
Isabella Fraser Room
(Direct entry via La Trobe Street, Gate 5)
328 Swanston Street, Melbourne VIC 3000

Rod Quantock

Rod Quantock has (MC/Host)
Pioneer of Australian comedy

Rod Quantock has more than forty-five years in stand-up, cabaret, theatre, television and radio. Rod is one of the reasons that Melbourne is the live comedy capital of Australia and has been recognised with the Sydney Myer Performing Arts Award and an Order of Australia Medal for his contributions. It is not hyperbole to say that he is an Australian legend. Rod is a Research Associate for the Research Unit in Public Cultures at the University of Melbourne, and an Associate at Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute at the University of Melbourne.

About the panelists:

Yolande Strengers

Yolande Strengers
Associate Professor, Emerging Technologies Research Lab, Monash University

Yolande Strengers is a digital sociologist and human-computer interaction scholar investigating the sustainability and gender effects of digital, emerging and smart technologies. At Monash University, she leads the energy futures theme in the Emerging Technologies Research Lab, 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.

Dr Niels Wouters

Dr Niels Wouters
Research Fellow, Centre for Social Natural User Interfaces and Science Gallery Melbourne, Melbourne University

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 Manisha Amin

Dr Manisha Amin
CEO, Centre for Inclusive Design

Dr Manisha Amin, the CEO of the Centre for Inclusive Design is a thought leader in the power of thinking from the edge. With over 20 yrs experience in strategic marketing, communication, transforming cultures and creativity, she brings together an impressive team of industry experts and global partners to focus on the areas ripe for disruption where we can make the greatest impact.

Manisha previously worked in the technology sector and with various government departments in environmental advocacy. She is passionate about social justice and business growth, and believes that when we combine the two we get gold. She has a PhD in Arts and Social Science, a Masters in Professional Writing, and a Bachelor of Business (Marketing), from the University of Technology, Sydney. Manisha is also on the Board of ADHD Australia and is a published novelist.

Dr Aldeida Aleti

Dr Aldeida Aleti
Senior Lecturer, Cyber Security Systems, Monash University

Aldeida Aleti is a senior lecturer at the Faculty of Information Technology, Monash University. She works in the area of Automated Software Engineering, which is about creating machines in particular AI machines, that can program and repair themselves. This would allow them to adapt to new scenarios and difficult environments.

Dr. Asher Flynn

Dr. Asher Flynn
Associate Professor, Criminology, Monash University

Dr Asher Flynn is an Associate Professor of Criminology, and Director of the Social and Political Sciences Graduate Research Program at Monash University. Asher’s research utilises a socio-legal framework to understand, critique and transform legal policy and practice, with a particular focus on gendered and technology-facilitated violence, including serious social and legal problems like image-based abuse and AI-facilitated abuse. Informed by national and international context, her research is particularly interested in how people access and negotiate justice in a world increasingly dominated by social media, artificial intelligence and digital technology.

Asher is currently Lead Chief Investigator on an Australian Criminology Research Council Grant, Preventing Image-Based Cybercrime in Australia: The Role of Bystanders, which is the first Australian study to gather empirical data about Australians' understandings of image-based abuse, image-based abuse laws and the role of bystanders in responding to this growing social and legal problem.

Matt Sinclair

Matt Sinclair
IoT and AI Lead Australia, Microsoft

Matt is the Internet of Things and Artificial Intelligence Lead for Microsoft Australia, where he is responsible for building and executing national strategies in these technology areas across product, sales and marketing. He also works closely with customers to create plans for successful technology adoption. One of his current focuses is on the ethical and secure implementation of AI and IoT in all industries.

Previously, he was the IoT Technology Specialist in Telstra’s Chief Technology Office. He led the development of vehicle collision technology leveraging the 4G network, explored new business models to improve the uptake of sustainable tech in agriculture, and built Australia’s first publicly-accessible IoT Lab for end-to-end design, testing and prototyping of IoT solutions.

About Monash Tech Talks

Disruption. Innovation. Next Generation.

Formerly the Dean’s Seminar Series, Monash IT is proud to host a selection of high-profile speakers and world-renowned experts to share their insights and ideas on emerging technology.

Designed to challenge everything you thought about tech, these unmissable events will show you how tech will impact your world – and shape the future.

Event Contact

Penny O'Sullivan