The ethical dilemmas of AI - Are we sleepwalking into an AI future?

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13th Nov 2018 5:30pm-8:00pm
State Library Victoria, Isabella Fraser Room (Direct entry via La Trobe Street, Gate 5), 328 Swanston Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
IT research seminars


Hear from world-renowned AI experts Professor Toby Walsh, University of New South Wales, and Professor Sharon Oviatt, Monash University.

Join us for this not-to-be-missed moderated panel discussion by Kylie Ahern, Co-founder of COSMOS Magazine. Hear about pressing issues facing the development of AI including:

  • Australia’s investment in AI - does it stack-up internationally?
  • Who owns the development of commercialised AI technology?
  • How do we develop AI technologies to support human needs, activities and values?
When Tuesday 13 November
5.30 pm registration. 6.15 pm panel discussion.
7.30 pm networking drinks.
WhereState Library Victoria
Isabella Fraser Room (Direct entry via La Trobe Street, Gate 5)
328 Swanston Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
Investment This is a free event (registration is required)

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Industry panelists

Prof Toby Walsh

Professor Toby Walsh is a leading researcher in Artificial Intelligence. He was named by the Australian newspaper as a "rock star" of Australia's digital revolution. He is Scientia Professor of Artificial Intelligence at UNSW, leads the Algorithmic Decision Theory group at Data61, Australia's Centre of Excellence for ICT Research, and is Guest Professor at TU Berlin. He has been elected a fellow of the Australian Academy of Science and has won the prestigious Humboldt research award as well as the NSW Premier's Prize for Excellence in Engineering and ICT. He has previously held research positions in England, Scotland, France, Germany, Italy, Ireland and Sweden.

He regularly appears in the media talking about the impact of AI and robotics. He is passionate that limits are placed on AI to ensure the public good. In the last two years, he has appeared in TV and the radio on the ABC, BBC, Channel 7, Channel 9, Channel 10, CCTV, CNN, DW, NPR, RT, SBS, and VOA, as well as on numerous radio stations. He also writes frequently for print and online media. His work has appeared in the New Scientist, American Scientist, Le Scienze, Cosmos, the Conversation and "The Best Writing in Mathematics". His twitter account has been voted one of the top ten to follow to keep abreast of developments in AI. He often gives talks at public and trade events like CeBIT, the World Knowledge Forum, TEDx, and Writers Festivals in Melbourne, Sydney and elsewhere. He has played a leading role at the UN and elsewhere on the campaign to ban lethal autonomous weapons (aka killer robots).

Prof Sharon Oviatt

Professor Sharon Oviatt is Professor of Information Technology at Monash and Director of the Human-Centred AI group. She is an internationally recognised computer scientist, professor and researcher known for her work in the field of human-computer interaction, human-centred multimodal interface design and evaluation. Her area of research includes human-centred interfaces, multimodal-multisensor and mobile interfaces, ubiquitous computing, data analytics, research methodology and evaluation. Professor Oviatt is also the recipient of the inaugural ACM-ICMI Sustained Accomplishment Award, National Science Foundation Special Creativity Award, ACM-SIGCHI CHI Academy Award, and ACM Fellow Award. She was the founder of the ACM International Conference on Multimodal Interaction (ICMI), and of the series of Data-Driven Grand Challenge Workshops on Multimodal Learning Analytics. Professor Oviatt received her PhD at University of Toronto, and has since worked in a wide variety of professional roles in universities, corporations, and not-for-profits – including teaching at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of California at Santa Cruz, Oregon Health and Sciences University, Stanford University, and the University of Washington. When beginning her research on new media and multimodal interfaces, she also worked at the Stanford Research Institute (SRI) A.I. Center. She has been PI, Co-PI, and Task Leader on over $13 million in funded projects.

Guest facilitator

Kylie Ahern

Kylie Ahern is an award-winning publisher and entrepreneur. She co-founded Cosmos Magazine and built it to be the number one science magazine and website nationally. She helped establish the Nature Publishing Group team and their strategy for the Australian and New Zealand market and created a global education strategy for Scientific American. She has also worked with scores of STEM organisations in strategy, communication, media, content and marketing.

Cosmos Media was recognised through 54 awards and commendations for the high quality of its online series, websites, science outreach programs, publishing and journalism. Kylie created educational products to which 70% of Australia’s high schools and more than 130,000 students.

Kylie is highly active in both the science and media community having served on both the Publisher's Australia board and as Chair of Inspiring Australia NSW Committee. She currently serves on the Board of Science and Technology Australia and the Advisory Board for the Australian Centre for Robotic Vision.

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