Navigating Artificial Intelligence Forum – Canberra – June 6, 2019

Westpac Little Ripper CEO Ben Trollope will be presenting to the Navigating Artificial Intelligence Summit on 6 June in Canberra.

The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA), the peak member body for the ICT industry, has confirmed Dr Genevieve Bell, Sarah Moran, CEO and co-founder of Girl Geek Academy, and the CEO of Data 61 Adrian Turner as guest speakers at the 2019 AIIA Navigating Artificial Intelligence (AI) Summit.

The Summit, to be held at The Hotel Realm in Canberra on Thursday, 6 June 2019, is designed to stimulate collaboration between government, industry peers and educators, and determine how best to ‘get AI ready’.

Dr Genevieve Bell, Director of the 3A Institute (3Ai), Florence Violet McKenzie Chair, and a distinguished Professor at the Australian National University (ANU) as well as Vice President and Senior Fellow at Intel Corporation, will discuss how she is helping to build a new applied science to manage AI safely to scale.

Summit Master of Ceremonies Sarah Moran, CEO and co-founder of at Girl Geek Academy, is heading a movement to help inspire one million women into technology by 2025. Helping inspire a generational shift in the way political leaders, schools, young girls and professional women think about and practice STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), Girl Geek Academy has trained more than 1,000 teachers in #MissMakesCode, the world’s first hackathon for girls aged five to eight – this equates to a reach of more than 10,000 students in Australia now exposed to STEM education from the age of five.

Adrian Turner is CEO of CSIRO’s Data61, Australia’s largest data innovation network, and will discuss Artificial Intelligence and Australia’s Ethics Framework. He is a successful and influential Australian technology entrepreneur who has spent 18 years in Silicon Valley. He is also co-chair of the Australia Cyber Security Growth Centre (AustCyber), a member of the Board of Directors for the Australian eHealth Research Centre (AeHRC), a member of the World Economic Forum Global Future Council on Digital Economy and a member of the Genomics Health Futures Mission Steering Committee. Most recently he was Managing Director and Co-Founder of Borondi Group.

Professor Michael Blumenstein, UTS and Ben Trollope, CEO, The Ripper Group International, will discuss how Sharkspotter, the artificially intelligent shark detection system, uses AI and drone-based technology to protect marine species as well as human lives. Sharkspotter won the award for AI or Machine Learning Innovation of the Year, at the 2018 National AIIA iAwards.

Michael Blumenstein is currently the Associate Dean (Research Strategy and Management) in the Faculty of Engineering & IT at UTS where he recently concluded his role as Head of the School of Software. Previously, Professor Blumenstein worked at Griffith University in Queensland where he has accumulated over a decade of experience in leadership roles including portfolio Dean (Research) of the Sciences Group and Head of the School of ICT.

The Ripper Group International is home of Westpac Little Ripper Lifesaver, which operates unmanned aircraft in both humanitarian and search and rescue response, and is instrumental to the evolving commercial UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) industry boom. The Westpac Little Ripper Lifesaver team successfully conducted the world’s first drone ocean rescue in January 2018 in partnership with Surf Lifesaving.

Anita Sood, ISV & Next Generation Partners Lead with Microsoft Australia, will discuss how AI can change the quality of service delivery for people living with a disability. She has many years of international experience in driving customer/partner transformation, leading high performing teams & shaping markets.

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