Keynote Speakers

Tuesday, Oct 1st 2024

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Professor Genevieve Bell
Vice-Chancellor and President ANU

Keynote Title and Abstract

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Australia's Overland Telegraph Line (OTL) from Darwin to Adelaide was a staggering engineering feat and crucial system of the late nineteenth-century. Interwoven with other human, technical, and ecological systems, the OTL transformed our experiences of time, distance, knowledge, and social relationships. In these ways, the various cultural experiences and impacts of the OTL are quite similar to our current understandings of and relationships with mobile technologies - in Australia and across the globe. In this talk Genevieve will explore these connections between historical large-scale systems like the OTL and modern technological advancements, including mobile technologies, and what critical learnings we can draw from them.

Speaker Bio

The Vice-Chancellor provides executive leadership to the University and takes overall responsibility for delivering the ANU Strategy. She chairs key management committees including the University Senior Management Group and the ANU Executive, and is also a member of the ANU governing body, the Council. The Vice-Chancellor is the University's primary representative to government and wider society, and to national and international organisations.

Genevieve Bell was appointed the 13th Vice-Chancellor of ANU in January 2024. Genevieve is the University's first female Vice-Chancellor.

Genevieve holds a PhD in cultural anthropology from Stanford University and is a renowned anthropologist, technologist, and futurist, having spent more than two decades in Silicon Valley helping guide Intel's product development and social science and design research capabilities. She is best known for her work at the intersection of cultural practice and technology development and for being an important voice in the global debates around artificial intelligence and human society.

In 2017, Genevieve returned to Australia and established the 3A Institute at ANU, in collaboration with CSIRO's Data61, with the mission of building a new branch of engineering to take AI-enabled cyber-physical systems safely, sustainably and responsibly scale. In 2021, she became the inaugural Director of the new ANU School of Cybernetics, which builds on the foundational work of the 3A Institute and seeks to establish cybernetics as an important tool for navigating major societal transformations, through capability building, policy development and safe, sustainable and responsible approaches to new systems.

In addition to her roles at the ANU and Intel, Genevieve was also a Non-Executive Director of the Commonwealth Bank of Australia Board (January 2019-October 2023) and is currently a Member of the Prime Minister's National Science and Technology Council, Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE), Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities (AAH), Florence Violet McKenzie Chair, SRI International Engelbart Distinguished Fellow, member of the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) AI Council and an Officer of the Order of Australia.



Wednesday, Oct 2nd 2024

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Professor Thad Starner
Georgia Tech

Keynote Title and Abstract

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Speaker Bio

Thad Starner is a wearable computing pioneer, having worn a computer with a head-up display in his daily life since 1993. Dr. Starner is a Professor of Computing at Georgia Tech and a Technical Lead on Google Glass. Besides Glass, Thad's projects include a wireless glove that teaches how to play piano melodies without active attention by the wearer; a glove that helps stroke patients recover tone, sensation, and dexterity in their hands; a game for deaf children using computer vision-based sign language recognition that helps them acquire language skills; underwater wearable computers for two-way communication experiments with wild dolphins; wearable computers for working dogs to facilitate communication with their handlers; brain computer interfaces that recover phrase-level sign language from the motor cortex; and systems for recognizing English speech without vocalization. Dr. Starner is a founder of the annual ACM International Symposium on Wearable Computers, now in its 22nd year. Thad has produced over 500 papers and presentations with over 300 co-authors and has over 80 issued United States utility patents. He was elected to the CHI Academy in 2017 and was a finalist for the Lemelson-MIT Prize for inventorship and the White House's Champions of Change for his work on Deaf education.



Thursday, Oct 3rd 2024

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Professor Dr. Paul Lukowicz
DFKI Kaiserslautern

Keynote Title and Abstract

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Speaker Bio

Prof. Dr. Paul Lukowicz is a Full Professor of AI at the RPTU in Kaiserslautern, Germany and at the same time is Scientific Director at DFKI Kaiserslautern, where he heads the Embedded Intelligence group. Previous positions include Full Professor of Embedded Systems at the University of Passau, Germany, and Full Professor in the Computer Engineering Dept. at the University for Health Sciences, Medical Informatics and Technology in Innsbruck, Austria. His research focuses on context-aware ubiquitous and wearable systems, quantum computing, and human-AI interaction, including sensing, machine learning, system architectures, large-scale to-edge systems, and applications. Currently Paul Lukowicz is running a wide range of German national and EU projects. He is the Coordinator of the HumanE AI-Net, a large networking project with more than 50 European partners, and acts as Editor for various scientific publications. He has served on more than 50 program committees (including TPC Chair) at high-quality international conferences of all the main conferences within his research area.