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Regimental Drive

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Camperdown, NSW 2006

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2001: A Space Odyssey, Terminator, Ex-Machina and Westworld artificial intelligence has been fascinating and terrifying audiences since John McCarthy first coined the term in 1955.

An entire genre of films and television shows around this theme has imagined a world where machines can self-learn and either help or harm humanity.

But are these depictions steeped in the impossible or grounded in accessible technology that’s just around the corner?

Join the creative discussion as an eclectic panel of individuals, each with their own unique perspective on artificial intelligence, weighs-in on its portrayal on screen and how machine-learning is already being translated into real-world applications.

A networking opportunity will take place at the conclusion of the panel, featuring a robotics demonstration by the UBTECH Sydney Artificial Intelligence Centre.


Master of Ceremonies

Professor Hugh Durrant-Whyte (NSW Chief Scientist, CSIRO)

Professor Hugh Durrant-Whyte is a world leader in field robotics and autonomous robots and was named NSW Scientist of the Year in 2010. He is currently Chief Scientific Advisor for the UK Ministry of Defence but will return to Australia in September as NSW Chief Scientist and Engineer at CSIRO.

Hugh was previously Director of the Centre for Translational Data Science at the University of Sydney, formerly Chair of the NSW Government’s Innovation and Productivity Council, and formerly head of National ICT Australia, now CSIRO’s Data61.

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Associate Professor Kalina Yacef (University of Sydney)

Associate Professor Kalina Yacef is a researcher in Artificial Intelligence in the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies at the University of Sydney. Her research lies in the fields of Artificial Intelligence in Education, Educational Data Mining and Human Computer Interaction.

Kalina’s research aims to create smart, personalised computing systems to support learning and teaching, with a particular focus on creating ways to mine the rich stream of interaction data between learners and computer systems, and build interfaces to control this data and visualise results.

Meg Tonkin (University of Sydney alumna)

Meg Tonkin (B.Sc.Agr, 2000) is Human-Robot Interaction (HRI) PhD student researcher in the Social Robotics R&D program at CBA's Innovation Lab. This unique corporate-academic partnership is identifying the opportunities and limitations of human-robot interaction, and exploring commercial applications of social robotics across a number of industries in Australia.

Meg is also a part of the UTS team for RoboCup, a world-wide annual robotics competition that inspires research and educational activities in robotics and artificial intelligence. The team has won silver at both RoboCup Japan 2017 and RoboCup Canada 2018 competitions and is looking forward to competing in 2019 when the RoboCup competition will be held in Sydney, Australia.

Meg's goal is to create experiences with social robots that delight users and develop understanding of the social impact and complexities that the interaction between people, social robots and environments will bring to our everyday lives.

Dr Bruce Isaacs (University of Sydney)

Dr Bruce Isaacs is a senior lecturer in Film Studies in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Sydney. His research explores various developments in High Concept Hollywood and its evolution of new aesthetic practices, including digital and 3D cinema.

Bruce has written on a wide range of topics within this field including the history of film, focusing on Hollywood and the international ‘New Wave’ movements, film aesthetics and style, critical approaches to film production and film’s relationship to other popular culture art forms such as television.

UBTECH Sydney Artificial Intelligence Centre

The UBTECH Sydney Artificial Intelligence Centre brings together a multidisciplinary team of dedicated researchers to explore new horizons in artificial intelligence. Located within the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies at the University of Sydney, it is committed to advancing AI to endow machines with the capabilities of perceiving, learning, reasoning and behaviour.

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