Sydney Program – 22 June 2021

Preliminary Agenda – Sydney (local time, AEST)
Location: Virtual

Time Session
9:30am – 9:35am Welcoming
Tomasz Bednarz
Team Leader: Visual Analytics, Modelling and Simulation CCC Lead, CSIRO’s Data61.
9:35am – 9:50am Opening Address
Gail Fulton
Director, CSIRO Services
The importance of collaboration for SMEsAbstract: The CSIRO SME Collaboration Nation initiative aims to double the number of SMEs that engage with publicly-funded R&D by 2025 by (i) amplifying existing facilitation programs and providing better connections between them; (ii) simplifying and removing barriers to collaboration; and (iii) helping businesses and researchers understand the value of collaboration for positive impact. This presentation will take a tour through CSIRO’s current collaboration offerings (e.g. through SME Connect), showcase some examples of SME impact through collaboration and introduce some of the recommendations from our research project with RMIT that asked 800 SMEs what the real and perceived barriers they found are to collaboration.
9:50am – 10:25am Keynote
Liming Zhu
Research Director, Software and Computational Systems
Drive SME adoption of transformative AI/Cyber technologies – Data61’s approachAbstract: AI/Cyber technologies and success stories/approaches with SME and certainly pose questions on how we can do better and at scale. 
10:25am – 10:50am Morning Break
10:50am – 11:30am Session Chair: Seyit Camtepe
AI and Cyber for Government, Defence and Manufacturing

David Liebowitz
Penten and UNSW Sydney
AI Enabled Cyber Deception

Abstract: Cyber Deception is increasingly valuable as a tool for breach detection, theft discovery and threat intelligence.  The key to scalable, automated deception is realistic mimicry of the digital world. This talk describes Penten’s approach to  deception using AI/ML to generate realistic content and behaviour. We’ll touch on some of our products, and reflect on our engagement with the research community. 

Hoa Khanh Dam
School of Computing and Information Technology, University of Wollongong
AI for agile project management

Abstract: The rise of Artificial intelligence (AI) has the potential to significantly transform the practice of project management. AI is potentially a game changer for project management in helping accelerate productivity and increase project success rates. This talk will present how AI technologies can assist project managers and teams through automating repetitive, high-volume tasks, enabling project analytics for estimation and risk prediction, providing actionable recommendations, and even making decisions.

11:30pm – 12:10pm Session Chair: Luc Betbeder-Matibet
AI and Cyber for Culture and Society

Lyria Bennett Moses
Director of the Allens Hub for Technology, Law and Innovation. Professor in the Faculty of Law and Justice at UNSW Sydney. Co-lead of the Law and Policy theme in the Cyber Security CRC.
Thinking about law and regulation in the context of AI and cyber

Abstract: With the Europeans looking to introduce ‘regulation’ for artificial intelligence, it is worth stepping back to understand the many different ways in which law influences both artificial intelligence and cyber security practices. This paper will provide an overview of the ways in which law currently operates to regulate in these areas as well as an overview of the different approaches to reform. 

Deborah Lawler-Dormer
Research Manager, Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences
AI and the Museum

AbstractThe Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences sits at the intersection of the arts, design, science and technology and plays a critical role in engaging communities with contemporary ideas and issues. Established in 1879, the Museum is custodian to over half a million objects of national and international significance and is considered one of the finest and most diverse collections in Australia. 

The Museum is undertaking the Powerhouse Program which includes the creation of the new Powerhouse Parramatta, the establishment of the new dedicated collection stores in Castle Hill, the Collection Relocation and Digitisation Project, the renewal of Powerhouse Ultimo and the development of a Creative Industries Precinct. The Powerhouse Program is one of the largest cultural infrastructure projects currently being undertaken in the country. The project will transform and renew one of Australia’s oldest and most important cultural institutions and carry forward its legacy to reflect the changing needs of the contemporary communities of NSW. 

As part of this project the Museum will be focussing on AI driven technologies and digital innovations to enable recommender systems for online collection access, create immersive interactive experiences and enrich our collections’ digital assets. There will also be an acquisition program and eventual exhibition that helps explain and tell the story of the development and utilisation of AI across Australian industries. Within this, the Museum will engage with cultural, social and ethical considerations regarding the use of AI across its many applications within the institution. This research is being realised in collaboration with tertiary and industry partnerships that enable the expansion of our practices and understandings of this field. 

12:10pm – 12:50pm Lunch Break
12:50pm – 1:30pm Session Chair: Tomasz Bednarz
AI and Cyber for Immersive and Hybrid Analytics

Pradeep Khanna
Founder & CEO: Global Mindset. Sydney VRARA
AI and Cybersecurity Perspectives on the Journey Towards a Metaverse

Abstract: This session looks at the global Metaverse trend,  examines four building blocks of metaverse, and describes some experience centers which are potential components of metaverse. It then looks at economic value in the metaverse, some of the major players in the metaverse ecosystem and AI and Cybersecurity perspectives in this journey. 

Leila Alem
Adjunct Professor at UTS
Industrial applications of emerging technologies a HCI perspective

Abstract: In this talk I will present a range of  enterprise  solutions using emerging technologies including AI AR/MR/VR and wearables. I will  provide a human computer interaction perspective with a emphasis on aspects of user experience in these hybrid environment where the virtual and the physical spaces are interwoven. I conclude my talk with a set of  design principles for the next wave of computing .

1:30pm – 2:10pm Session Chair: Luc Betbeder-Matibet
AI and Cyber for Digital Infrastructure and Digital Twins

Professor Travis Waller
Head of School, Civil and Environmental Engineering, UNSW
Mobility Infrastructure as a Platform

Damien Cutcliffe
Director of Business Development and Growth, Digital at WSP
Level 4 Digital Twinning – the Journey Towards a Fully Operational Digital Twin

Abstract: Digital Twins is a growing phenomenon across industry, for some developers, owners and operators this term means digital transformation of how assets are created and maintained – for others it means optimising complex operations and the testing/modelling of scenarios. The success of a digital twin strategy involves alignment of business processes and requirements, integration with a variety of existing systems, management of competing stakeholders, and often depends on a solid foundation of digital maturity in client organisations. This talk will describe some of our experiences on projects and some of the strategies that we have found successful, including the importance of partnering. 

2:10pm – 2:25pm Afternoon Break
2:25pm – 3:20pm Panel Session
Facilitator: Tamara Ogilvie
Topic: Building a strong AI presence for SMEs to make the best of what technology can offer… securely

Matt Noyce, MNC
Simon Fonteyn, Lease Info
Peter Godbolt, The Hut34 Project
Daniel Gronowski, Deloitte Australia | The Entrepreneurs Programme
Sarvnaz Karimi, CSIRO’s Data61
Serge Gaspers, UNSW CSE

3:20pm – 3:40pm Session Chair: Seyit Camtepe
AI and Cyber for Industry

Stefan Hajkowicz
Research Group Leader, Insights
Australia’s Emerging Artificial Intelligence and Digital Industry Clusters: A Preliminary Analysis

Abstract: Recent years have seen the rapid growth of Australia’s artificial intelligence and related digital technology industries. This presentation explores the use of location quotients to identify and characterise geographic clusters of digital industries in Australia. We examine and explore the growth of digital and artificial intelligence companies including SMEs and publicly listed companies. The analysis reveals several digital industry clusters in major capital cities where the concentration of digital (including artificial intelligence) workers is well above average. According to theories of economic geography these emerging geographic hotspots provide an opportunity for governments to catalyse further growth and development of Australia’s artificial intelligence and digital industries. 

3:40pm – 3:50pm Closing
Seyit Camtepe
Team Leader: Autonomous and Application Security, CSIRO’s Data61