Speakers

  • Syed Ahmed
    Head of Digital Products & Operations, Bupa ANZ

    From global multi-national corporate enterprises to early stage start-ups, fluid, fast-moving digital experiences to deep, mission-critical enterprise IT systems, Syed has experience in synthesizing business outcomes with the technologies that enable them.

    He is currently the Head of Digital Products and Operations at Bupa Australia and New Zealand, where he begs, cajoles and sometimes leads a number of cross-functional multi-disciplinary teams in delivering and managing the digital portfolio. Prior to joining Bupa, Syed worked across technology management, strategy and advisory roles across a range of organisations including ThoughtWorks, Servcorp, Perpetual and Avanade.
    Syed has a Bachelor of Commerce in Business Information Systems, a Master of Information Systems (Honours) with research in Artificial Intelligence, and an MBA from AGSM.

  • Sri Annaswamy
    Financial Services Advanced Analytics, Founder and Director, Swamy and Associates

    Sri is an Australian who was born and educated in India and is a leading strategy and operations specialist
    Educated at India's prominent world-beating institutions with an 1% acceptance rate (the IIT and the IIM), Sri is a seasoned financial institutional M&A, strategy and Advanced-analytics advisor with work experience in Chennai, Mumbai (Bombay), London, Sunnyvale (Silicon Valley/Bay Area) and Sydney.
    Sri started his career as an "old style" banker in the shipping-finance area of a large Indian financial institution (ICICI/SCICI) in Bombay and has subsequently worked with PriceWaterhouseCoopers (Coopers & Lybrand), the Commonwealth Bank of Australia and Elance before founding Swamy and Associates (www.swamyandassociates.com.au) to advise financial institutions and global service providers on Advanced-analytics and BPM strategies.

    Sri enjoys complex strategies involving all three major components - ITO, BPO and Advanced-analytics components. He was an early mover in respect of his research of the Advanced-analytics sector and its impact on the Australian financial services sector.

    In the immediate 5-year-period to 2016, he has directly advised 6 out of the top 15 financial institutions in Australia on their Advanced-analytics journeys across both banking and insurance sectors including 2 institutions at the Group CEO levels. Outside of work, Sri, an orthodox South-Indian Smartha-Brahmin ("Iyer") who hails from Kallidaikurichi, Tirunelveli (near Chennai), is also an advanced student of Yoga, Vedaanta
    (Vedic philosophy at the root of Yoga), Vedic practices including the systematic chanting of mantras, the Samskrita Bhasha (Sanskrit) and related Yogic-meditation practices and taught "Vedic Mantras and Chanting" in yoga centres in Sydney for several years

  • Tiberio Caetano
    Chief Scientist, Ambiata

    Tiberio is Co-Founder and Chief Scientist at Ambiata. He is also an Adjunct Professor at the Centre for Translational Data Science, University of Sydney. He is a machine learning researcher and has designed numerous algorithms for structured prediction, such as learning to rank, learning graph matching, and multi-label learning. At Ambiata, he focuses on combining machine learning with causal inference in order to improve the quality of personalisation engines, as well as deploying such engines in production for enterprise so as to drive improved customer experience and profitability.

  • Holly Cardew
    Founder, PixC

    Holly founded Pixc.com to help eCommerce stores optimise their product images to ultimately increase their online sales and allow the store owners to focus on running their business.

    Holly has a background in eCommerce, online marketing, outsourcing and graphic design. She has worked with businesses in Australia and internationally to build their online presence through online marketing.

    In 2016, Holly was listed as a Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia emerging entrepreneur to watch in the eCommerce and retail space.

  • Mark Chatterton
    Co-founder, Ingenious AI

    Mark is experienced in using technology to successfully drive change through large organisations using agile, innovative approaches. After years in the corporate world observing large enterprises sacrifice positive interactions with their customers by reducing customer service costs, he decided there should be a better solution.

    Now, driving the use of conversational interfaces that leverage A.I. and Machine Learning, Mark is enabling organisations to interact with their customers with an enjoyable one-to-one experience that can be scaled cost-effectively.

    Mark co-founded inGenious AI to create a customer experience based on conversational language, as it’s the most natural interface for humans to use and understand. inGenious AI chatbots enable simple, familiar interactions via voice or text that people enjoy connecting with, and will change the way great customer service is perceived.

  • Fang Chen
    Group Leader & Senior Principal Researcher Enterprise Analytics, Data61

    Dr. Fang Chen has an outstanding track record in innovation. In the past 20 years, she has created many world-class solutions using Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning across the globe. She leads many taskforces with the goal of utilising data analytics and computational platforms with scales and impacts both national and international.

    She has helped many industries towards excelling by better solutions to increase productivity, profitability and better customer satisfaction. She has achieved great success in many technical solutions and gained industry recognitions such as the ITS (Intelligent Transport System) Australia National Award 2014 and 2015. "Data Driven Pipe Failure Prediction" led to the creation of the most accurate prediction method in the world for urban water infrastructure pipe failure which involved datasets coming from more than 30 utilities.

    She is the 2016 “Water Professional of the Year” awarded by Australian Water Association (AWA) NSW on her exceptional leadership and achievements in helping water sector through innovative solutions. Dr. Chen has more than 250 refereed publications and filed over 30 patents across 8 countries. She is also a conjoint professor with the University of New South Wales and adjunct professor with the University of Sydney, who has supervised more than 30 PhD students to finish.

  • Steve Cuda
    GM – Customer Direct Programs & Rewards Marketing, Woolworths Food Group

    Steve Cuda is the General Manager, Customer Direct Programs and Loyalty Marketing. Steven has over 15 years experience in data analytics and data¬ driven customer direct marketing. Most recently he founded and ran a data-driven digital marketing agency that specialises in implementing and managing profitable 1:1 marketing automation programs for a number of blue¬chip clients, including NRMA, Blackmores and Jenny Craig.

    Prior to this, he ran NRMA’s membership program, growing it to being the largest mutual membership organisation in Australia.

  • Dr Eugene Dubossarsky
    Principal Trainer, Presciient

    Dr Eugene Dubossarsky is a leader in the analytics field in Australia, with 20 years’ commercial data science experience. He is the head of the Sydney Data Science group (2,000+ members), the Sydney Users of R Forum (1,500+ members), and Datapreneurs (400+ members). He is regularly invited to be a conference presenter, consultant and advisor, and appears in print and on television to discuss data science and analytics. Eugene also applies data science in an entrepreneurial setting, to financial trading and online startups, and is the creator of ggraptR, an interactive visualisation package in R.

  • Dr Blanca Gallego Luxan
    Senior Research Fellow , Macquarie University

    Dr Blanca Gallego Luxan is a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Health Informatics and leads the health analytics lab. This multidisciplinary research group is developing new empirical models for the analysis, assessment and prediction of healthcare delivery and for the integration of new sources of information into public health and clinical decision making.

    She has made significant and innovative contributions to the creation of models derived from complex empirical data for a wide range of applications, including climate dynamics, environmental economics, bio-surveillance, patient safety and clinical decision-support. As part of her research Dr Gallego was the first Australian researcher to link large amounts of clinical health records with population health datasets, in order to model the trajectories of hospitalised patients beyond discharge. She is also part of a group of international scientists pioneering the ‘green button’ concept, a proposed tool to make use of the electronic health records (EHR) systems to aid in decision-support at the point-of-care.

    Dr Gallego has developed publicly available software (UNSW BioSurveillance Tool) and commercial software (BottomLine3), and has a record of invention with the University of Sydney (Sydnovate Ref No: 9820).

    Dr Gallego has published in top international journals such as BMJ Quality and Safety, Journal of Clinical Epidemiology, Journal of Biomedical Informatics, Journal of the American Informatics Association, Pathology, BMC Bioinformatics, BMC Health Services Research, Climate Dynamics, Journal of Climate, Journal of Physical Oceanography and Journal of Computational Chemistry

  • Nicholas Giurietto
    Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director , Australian Digital Currency and Commerce Association

    Nick Giulietto is the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director at the Australian Digital Currency & Commerce Association. He is a B2B marketing and product professional enthused by the potential for Blockchain technology to transform business models in every industry sector - and in government service delivery.

    He has become a champion for the Blockchain industry and led the efforts of the Australian Digital Currency and Commerce Association to accelerate adoption of Blockchain technologies in Australia.

    He is proud to have been a founding member of the Global Blockchain Forum which is striving for global regulatory alignment to support a global transformation.

  • Georg Gottlob
    Professor in Informatics, Oxford University

    Georg Gottlob is a Professor of  Informatics at Oxford University and at TU Wien. His interests include AI, knowledge representation, logic and complexity, web data extraction, database theory, graph decomposition techniques.  Gottlob is an ACM Fellow, an ECCAI Fellow, a Fellow of the Royal Society,  and a member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, the German National Academy of Sciences, and the Academia Europaea.

    He chaired the Program Committees of IJCAI 2003 and ACM PODS 2000, was the Editor in Chief of the Journal Artificial Intelligence Communications, and is currently a member of the editorial boards of journals, such as JACM and the Journal of Computer and System Sciences. In 2001 he co-founded the Lixto Web data extraction company (www.lixto.com) as, a spin out of TU Wien. Lixto was acquired in 2013 by McKinsey & Co, and its technology is currently used in the context of  McKinsey's  Periscope solution .

    In 2010, Gottlob was awarded an ERC Advanced Investigator's Grant for the project "DIADEM: Domain-Centric Intelligent Automated Data Extraction Methodology" (see also http://diadem.cs.ox.ac.uk/). In this project, a new AI based technology  for fully automated data extraction from thousands of websites belonging to a given application domain was developed.

    Based on the DIADEM project, together with his Post-Docs, he founded Wrapidity Ltd (wrapidity.com), a spin out of Oxford University, which was recently acquired by the media intelligence company Meltwater (meltwater.com).

  • Rajesh Govindan
    Head of Finance Australia and New Zealand, AMP Capital

    Rajesh has been working in financial services for more than 15 years covering, strategy, operations, finance, analytics, transformation, sales and marketing. Rajesh has extensive experience across all areas of the financial services value chain have working in institutional banking, retail banking, wealth management and financial advice and funds management. Rajesh also has experience in management consulting working across a number of industries including Manufacturing, Government and Not for Profit.

    Rajesh is currently Head of Finance for Aust &NZ at AMP Capital where he oversees all financial management aspects of the business across the region. Rajesh is also responsible for generating and reviewing new growth and innovation opportunities especially around robo advice, digital platforms and algorithmic investing. Rajesh has extensive experience in financial advice having worked on advice transformation and regulatory change projects.

    Rajesh is also an Independent Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Finance, Risk and Audit Committee at 3 Bridges a not for profit organisation that provides aged care, community and social services in South East Sydney.

    Rajesh holds a Bachelor of Economics and Master of Commerce from Macquarie University. He also holds a Master of Business Administration from the Australian Graduate School at the University of New South Wales. Rajesh is a qualified CPA from CPA Australia.
     

  • Kathryn Gulifa
    Head of Customer Analytics Innovation , National Australia Bank

    Kathryn currently occupies the role of Head of Customer Analytics Innovation at National Australia Bank where she is responsible for establishing a brand new analytics innovation capability within the Marketing function.
    With an education in Finance/Econometrics, Kathryn spent more than a decade at ANZ bank managing analytics functions across a variety of different business units, and developing the Advanced Analytics capability of ANZ through delivery of the Customer Understanding & Insights Transformation programme.

    She is a vocal advocate for gender diversity in the Analytics industry and hold seats on the Advisory Boards of the Institute of Analytics Professionals of Australia (IAPA) and Deakin Information Systems and Business Analytics (DISBA), contributing to the evolution of the industry through initiatives like the IAPA annual analytics salary survey and industry accreditation framework.

  • Aden Hepburn
    Managing Director, VML

    Managing Director & ECD of the regions fastest growing and most-awarded digital creative, content & technology agency; VML Australia & NZ.

    He’s been the driving force behind ground-breaking campaigns for the likes of Microsoft, Hyundai, Kellogg and McDonald's, while delivering some of the most influential digital transformation projects for the Commonwealth Bank, AMEX, ASB Bank and SPARK in NZ, while leading game-changing product and service design innovations for businesses like Rip Curl & NSW Government.

    Aden launched VML into Australia in early 2012, now boasting almost 100 staff, and a number of the regions most coveted accounts, VML has become the #1 ranked digital agency in the country, and is ranked #7 globally on the prestigious WARC100 list.

    An industry leader in his own right, Aden is on the advisory boards of multiple start-ups, is the author of a leading global digital marketing & technology blog; Digital Buzz, sits on the digital committee of the Communications Council of Australia and judges at a host of both local and international advertising award shows.

  • Roger Kermode
    Chair - Data and Analytics Special Interest Group, AIIA

    Roger has worked at the intersection of business and technology for over 25 years in a broad variety of roles spanning multiple business functions (including corporate advisory, strategy, marketing, sales, product development, consulting and R&D) in a range of organisations (including startups, SMEs, research and enterprise businesses) across Australia, the USA and Asia that include Hewlett Packard Enterprise, iPrime, Smart Internet CRC, Motorola and Pushstart.

    Roger chairs the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) special interest group in Analytics and Data Management and splits his time between Incyzr where is co-founder and CEO and UTS where he is an Industry Professor in the Faculty of Engineering and IT.

  • Raphael Nolden
    Chief Executive Officer, Osnova

    Raphael Nolden is the Founder and CEO of Osnova which is creating an AI based private tutoring system for maths. This is like having a private tutor who is with you 24/7 but instead of a human we use an AI. We are currently trialling this within classrooms and looking at how we can get humans and AI to work together to improve learning for students and make things much better for teachers as well.

    Our system allows every student in a classroom to get individualised tuition which is optimised for their particular style and speed of learning. It will also provide a number of useful tools to teachers and long term it will give every student with an internet connection access to free, high quality education. In his past life he was a lecturer in mathematical modelling and developed new technology as a medical physicist.

  • Michael O'Keefe
    IoT & Advanced Analytics Lead, Microsoft Australia

    Michael is the Internet of Things and Advanced Analytics Lead for Microsoft Australia. He has worked in technology and business consulting for most of his career working with Australia & international clients on digital transformation activities and providing thought leadership as a technology strategist. He’s currently  working across the Microsoft business with a number of Australian customers using Cognitive, ML and AI services to build new digital products leveraging Microsoft cloud platforms.

  • Ugo Pagallo
    Professor, University of Turin Law School (Italy)

    A former lawyer and current professor of Jurisprudence at the Department of Law, University of Turin (Italy), he is author of eleven monographs, numerous essays in scholarly journals and book chapters, chief editor of the Digitalica series published by Giappichelli in Turin and co-editor of the AICOL series by Springer.

    Member of the European RPAS Steering Group (2011-2012), of the Group of Experts for the Onlife Initiative set up by the European Commission (2012-2013), of the Ethical Committee of the CAPER project, supported through the Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (2013-2014), and Expert for the evaluation of proposals in the Horizon 2020 robotics program (2015), he is Faculty Fellow at the Center for Transnational Legal Studies in London, U.K. (2017, 2013, 2008); Vice-President of the Italian Association of Legal Informatics, NEXA Fellow at the Center for Internet & Society at the Politecnico of Turin, and is now collaborating with the IEEE Global Initiative for Ethical Considerations in AI and Autonomous Systems; the European Medical Information Framework (EMIF); and the Joint International Doctoral (PhD) degree in Law, Science and Technology, part of the EU’s Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctorates (EMJDs).

    His main interests are Artificial Intelligence (AI) & law, network theory, robotics, and information technology law (specially data protection law and copyright). 

  • Willem Paling
    Director of Data, Technology & Optimisation, IAG

    Willem Paling is the Director of Data, Technology and Optimisation in Marketing, and Personalisation Engineering in Data at IAG. He has a background in technical data analysis, software development, academic research and visual communications design. In his current role, Willem manages the technical side of measurement, optimisation, testing, personalisation and targeting for IAG websites and for IAG's in-house digital and direct marketing operations. Looking forward, he is working to improve IAG's approach to measurement of media in digital, direct, and across all channels and develop a scientific approach to media attribution throughout marketing.

  • Colin Priest
    Director, Customer Success, APAC, DataRobot

    Colin is an Australian data scientist working for DataRobot, where he advises businesses on how to build business cases and successfully manage data science projects. Over his career, Colin has held a number of CEO and general management roles, where he has championed data science initiatives in financial services, healthcare, security, oil and gas, government and marketing. Colin is a firm believer in data-based decision making. He is passionate about the science of health care and does pro-bono work to support cancer research.

  • Oliver Rees
    General Manager-Torque
    Velocity Frequent Flyer
  • David Sanderson
    Founder and CEO, Nugit

    An Australian entrepreneur based in Singapore, Dave has over 13 years of digital experience. He led search and insight teams at Maxus Asia Pacific and Datalicious. His expertise in digital strategy based on data-driven insights has won him and his team industry awards such as IAB Australia 2011, Asia Digital Media Awards 2011, and Magnets 2012 and 2013.

    Passionate about realising the potential of data and technology to deliver better marketing, Dave feels it’s not enough to just build technology that automates data analytics reporting the way humans do it. The new generation of technology has to do a significantly better job and truly deliver a step change in insight quality.

    He believes the combination of artificial intelligence, data science, scalable engineering and visual design can create enough value for marketers to break old habits and realise the gains of analytics at scale – faster, more frequent analysis of marketing data.

  • Dana Schulenburg
    People Transformation Lead, Bupa ANZ

    Dana has spent the last 13 years in the US and Australia providing advisory services and project management for HR service delivery, process design, technology delivery, alignment of human resource strategy and organisation design. He grew up in management consulting, working for Mercer, The Hackett Group and Deloitte before jumping into the world of small start-ups, where he helped build a Human Capital Consulting Firm across Melbourne and Sydney.

    Now in his current role as the People Transformation Lead for Bupa Australia & New Zealand, Dana is focused on creating a simpler, smarter, and digital experience across the employee lifecycle.

  • Mark Sheppard
    Chief Commercial Officer , GE Digital Asia Pacific

    Mark is currently GE Digital’s General Manager and Chief Commercial Officer for Asia Pacific. He leads GE’s journey into the Industrial Internet across the region by leveraging PREDIX, an industrial cloud platform purpose-built for today’s demanding safety and security needs. Mark works closely to customers across multiple sectors –from Manufacturing to Oil&Gas, Mining, Healthcare, and Energy– helping them generate valuable insights that lead to advances in operational productivity, availability and reliability.

    Prior to his new role, Mark was the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for GE in Australia and New Zealand, as well as the CIO for GE Global Mining. Before joining GE, Mark lectured in Computer Science in the UK, after having completed his PhD studies in Artificial Intelligence. Mark specialized in the use of neural networks in the analysis of big industrial data and computational linguistics.

  • Samir Sinha
    Founder , Robonomics AI

    Samir is one of the industry leaders who established offshoring as the prime delivery methodology for transformation projects in Australia and New Zealand. As the MD for HCL Australia and previously as the head of SAP Practice at TCS.

    He is the Founder CEO of Robonomics AI, which is a technology startup evangelising an “AI-first” approach to solving your real-world problems like driving growth, cutting costs, reducing risk and enhancing customer experience. Samir is registered with the Australian Government’s Research Council as a researcher in AI, and has been advising leading global advisory and consulting firms on Automation.

    Samir has been a keynote speaker in multiple events within Australia and overseas and has been featured in the cover story of Frontline, India’s premier fortnightly magazine.

    Robonomics AI is an Australian-born multinational technology startup evangelising an “AI-first” approach to solving your real-world problems like driving growth, cutting costs, reducing risk and enhancing customer experience. Since being founded in July 2016 in Australia, we have built our own Intelligent Assistant (RAI), acquired several paying customers, expanded to Europe and India and have been registered as AI researcher with Australian Government’s Research Council.

  • Andy Sutton
    Head of Campaign Analytics, Woolworths Everyday Rewards, Woolworths Food Group

    Andy has spent the last 15 years working in data, analytics and customer insight in the UK.  The majority of this time has been spent working in financial services for a large UK retail bank and a large life insurance business - utilising data and analytics to optimise campaigns, drive customer strategy and develop new products.  A year ago he moved into retail (at the same time as moving to the other side of the world!) and now leads campaign optimisation for Woolworths rewards.  At the heart of this optimisation is machine learning technology which allows us to deliver true 121 personalisation of offers for our customers and dramatically improve our marketing ROI.

  • Ricky Sutton
    Founder, Oovvuu

    Ricky Sutton is the founder and CEO of Oovvuu, a Sydney-based international media partnership that is changing the way video is watched, distributed and monetised using artificial.

    Oovvuu's customers and partners include the BBC, Bloomberg, ITV Studios, Al Jazeera and 39 other broadcasters, as well as IBM and Amazon.

    Oovvuu's tech uses machine learning to constantly match more than 50 years of video with hundreds of thousands of news articles published worldwide daily and watched by more than a billion people.

  • Siamak Tafavogh
    Lead Data Scientist , Coca Cola Amatil

    Dr. Siamak Tafavogh has a PhD in Machine Learning from University of Technology, Sydney (UTS). Dr. Tafavogh has experience of working as a data scientist with a number of leading Australian companies such as Commonwealth Bank Of Australia (CBA), Coca Cola Amatil (CCA) and Cancer Institute of NSW. Currently he is working in CCA as a lead data scientist.

    Dr. Tafavogh is also UTS adjunct academic and has a number of data analytics courses with UTS. Dr. Tafavogh role in CCA is to provide advance analytic capability to the organization by designing, establishing and running a center of excellence in advance analytics, project management support on key strategic problems across the business and leading the development and implementation of data science strategy in CCA.

  • Bronwyn van der Merwe
    Managing Director , Fjord

    As the Managing Director of Fjord ANZ, Bronwyn works with clients to transform their businesses to take advantage of digital and become more customer-centric.

    Bronwyn is passionate about helping clients solve problems, designing and developing new products and services that improve both the employee experience and the customer experience.  Using service design methodologies and design thinking, Bronwyn works collaboratively with clients to reimagine their businesses.

  • Stuart Waite
    Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Timpani

    Stuart is a startup investor, mentor and digital transformation expert, He’s focused on the strategic direction and delivery of innovative products to a multitude of platforms cross Mobile, Web, TV and the Internet of Things. With 20 plus years working in digital media he has developed a finely tuned sense of how best to build teams and implement digital transformation in businesses that are struggling to adapt to the disruption around them.

    He’s at the forefront of digital innovation and product design whose strategies and concepts are delivering the next generation of user experiences, engagement, business models and content distribution.

  • Toby Walsh
    Scientia Professor of AI & Group Leader, UNSW Sydney & Data61

    Toby Walsh is an expert in artificial intelligence (AI). He was named by the Australian newspaper as a "rock star" of the digital revolution, and included in the inaugural Knowledge Nation 100, the list of the 100 most important digital innovators in Australia. Professor Walsh's research focuses on how computers can interact with humans to optimise decision-making for the common good. He is also a passionate advocate for limits to ensure AI is used to improve, not hurt, our lives. In 2015, Professor Walsh was behind an open letter calling for a ban on autonomous weapons or 'killer robots' that was signed by more than 20,000 AI researchers and high profile scientists, entrepreneurs and intellectuals, including Stephen Hawking, Noam Chomsky, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, and Tesla founder Elon Musk.

    He was subsequently invited by Human Rights Watch to talk at the United Nations in both New York and Geneva. Professor Walsh is a Fellow of the Australia Academy of Science, and winner of the Humboldt Award. His book, "It's Alive: Artificial Intelligence from the Logic Piano to Killer RobotsI" will be published in mid 2017 by Black Inc. His twitter account, @TobyWalsh was voted one of the top ten to keep abreast of developments in AI. His blog, thefutureofai.blogspot.com attracts tens of thousands of readers every month.

  • James Ward
    Managing Director , Insight Data

    James Ward is a leading thinker and practitioner in the art of applying Artificial Intelligence to the challenges of business strategy, with a particular focus on marketing and distribution in Financial Services.
    James has practiced his craft working as a consultant with McKinsey & Company and other leading consulting firms, as an industry insider working with some of Australia's largest Financial Services companies in Banking and Insurance, and as a fundamental academic researcher with the Key Centre for Advanced Computing Sciences.
    James holds a B.App.Sc in Computing Science and a M.Sc. in Artificial Intelligence from UTS and is a former BRW Fast 100 entrepreneur.  His current area of specialisation is Causal Inference.

  • Mary-Anne Williams
    Director, The Magic Lab, University of Technology Sydney

    Professor Mary-Anne Williams is Director of Disruptive Innovation at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS), Fellow at Stanford University, and listed on Robohub's top 25 women in robotics. Mary-Anne has a PhD in Computer Science and a Masters in Law. Mary-Anne is a Fellow at the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE), and is a leading authority on social robotics with transdisciplinary strengths in Computer Science, AI, Machine Learning, Robot Ethics, IP Law and Privacy Law. She is Founder and Director of the Magic Lab at the University of Technology Sydney Australia's leading Social Robotics research group. She has a passion for innovation, science, and engineering, and works with her research team to bring science fiction to reality.

    Mary-Anne leads the CBA-UTS Social Robotics Partnership and chaired the Australian Research Council's committee that undertook a national evaluation of research in Mathematics, Information and Computing Sciences. She is a non-executive director of the US-based Scientific Foundation KR Inc and serves on the ACM Eugene L. Lawler Award Committee for Humanitarian Contributions within Computer Science and Informatics.

  • Bernard Wilson
    GM Customer Data Analytics and Commercialisation Loyalty, Woolworths Food Group

    Bernard is the General Manager of Customer Data Analytics & Commercialisation at Woolworths, where he is focused on Woolworths’ unique customer data assets to drive competitive advantage, primarily via a superior member experience for Woolworths Rewards members. Prior to joining Woolworths was as Senior Executive in Strategy & Corporate Development at Lion Nathan - Australia & NZ's Largest FMCG Company – where he led the delivery of strategic initiatives as well as innovation projects.

    Prior to this Bernard held other senior positions including Vice President in Investment Banking at Credit Suisse, covering telecommunications, media and technology.

  • Richard Xu
    Director of Machine Learning and Data Analytics Lab , University of Technology Sydney

    As the Director of Industry Analytics and Visualisation, and the creator of UTS's DataLounge initiative, I am constantly navigating between the demands of developing world-renowned machine learning research and finding practical machine learning applications in real industry scenarios.

    This sees me managing a team of 20+ academics, Postdoc, PhD students and engineers; applying their minds and talents to an array of industry projects for many multinational and Australian businesses as well as several government departments.

    Through the successful delivery of UTS's DataLounge I am responsible for driving deeper industry engagement and partnerships in big data analytics and research on behalf of the university.

    As a part of this initiative, I am also managing the implementation of customised machine learning courses, developed by a team of esteemed academics and engineers, specifically aimed at solving the big data challenges that currently face Australian industry.