Program Agenda – 2021

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Day 1 – 30 November

9:00am – 9:10amWelcome
Professor Hind Benbya, Head of IS & Business Analytics, Deakin University
Professor Mike Ewing, Executive Dean, Faculty of Business and Law, Deakin University
9:10am – 9:20amOpening
Senator the Hon Jane Hume, Minister for Superannuation, Financial Services, & the Digital Economy
9:20am – 10:20amIndustry panel
AI-driven future & work skills

Stefan Harrer, PhD, Chief Innovation Officer, Digital Health CRC
How AI transforms the workforce and what to expect: the rise of new-collar jobs
Kristine Dery, Research Scientist, MIT Sloan School of Management, Centre for Information Systems Research (CISR)
Clyde Fernandez, Regional Vice President, Platform & Revenue Cloud, Salesforce

Moderator: Professor Hind Benbya, Head of IS & Business Analytics, Deakin University
10:20am – 10.45amNETWORKING BREAK
10:45am – 11:45 amSession 1
Future of AI and Intelligent Automation

Nicci Rossouw, CEO and founder, Exaptec
Robotics and AI - insights of where we are today and what we need to do going forward
Sami Makelainen, Head of Strategic Foresight, Telstra
Mindful Automation

Chair: Professor Rens Scheepers, DISBA, Deakin University
12:00pm – 1:00pmSession 2
AI in Health

Nicholas Therkelsen-Terry, Chief Executive Officer, MaxKelsen
After billions in investment why is there still little AI in Healthcare? A discussion of risk, regulations and deployment of AI in real world healthcare settings
Dr Leonard Hoon, PhD, Senior Research Fellow, A2I2,
Artificial Intelligence Human Factors
Applied AI in Health
Associate Professor Sandeep Reddy, Director, MBA (Healthcare Management), School of Medicine, Deakin University
Implementation of AI in Healthcare-The Translational Chasm

Chair: Associate Professor Lemai Nguyen, DISBA, Deakin University
1:30pm – 2:10pm Session 3
AI and empowerment

Simon Johnston, Artificial Intelligence Leader, AI Strategy & AI Economics Australia & New Zealand (ANZ) AWS
Democratization of AI through services & AI innovation
Ruby Wolff, COO, Aramex Australia & New Zealand
Be more Human, how AI empowers us to enhance CX

Chair: Dr Emilia Bellucci, Director of Teaching, DISBA, Deakin University
2:15pm – 2:45pm Session 4
Innovating with AI

Scott Thomson, Head of Innovation Customer Engineering at Google
AI for innovation
Dr Nicholas Nicoloudis, Senior Director, Innovation Technology & Strategy (APJ), SAP
TinyML on the Enterprise

Chair: Associate Professor Lubna Alam, DISBA, Deakin University
2:45pm – 3:00pm NETWORKING BREAK
3:00pm – 4:00pmSession 5
Responsible AI

Chris Howard, AI/ML Technical Leader, AWS Asia Pacific and Japan
Governing Artificial Intelligence Through Organic Intelligence
Professor M@ Kuperholz, Chief Data Scientist, PwC Australia
Responsible AI
Steve Nouri, AI and Data Science, ACS
Ethical and Responsible AI

Chair: Dr Craig Parker, DISBA, Deakin University
4:00pm – 4:50pmKeynote
Academic (International)

Professor Tom Davenport
President’s Distinguished Professor of Information Technology and Management at Babson College, the co-founder of the International Institute for Analytics, a Fellow of the MIT Initiative for the Digital Economy, and a Senior Advisor to Deloitte Analytics
AI and the Future of Work Now

Chair: Professor Hind Benbya, Head of DISBA, Deakin University
Professor Hind Benbya, Head of DISBA, Deakin University


Day 2 – 1 December

9:00am – 9:10amWelcome
Professor Hind Benbya, Head of IS & Business Analytics, Deakin University
Professor Amanda Pyman, Dean, Deakin Business School, Deakin University

The Hon. Jaala Pulford, Minister for Employment, Innovation, Medical Research, and the Digital Economy. Minister for Small Business and Resources
9:15am – 9:45amKeynote

Glen Rabie, CEO YellowFin
Are you future-fit for the rise of the Augmented Business User?

Chair: Associate Professor William Yeoh, DISBA, Deakin University
9:45am – 11:00amIndustry panel
AI-enabled digital twins

Julian Watts, Director, Engineering & Asset Management, KPMG Australia
Applied AI: Leveraging Digital Twins to predict workforce requirements?
John Blicq, Founder & Director, Innovation Matters
Ashok Mysore, Vice President & Regional Head – Delivery & Operations, Infosys Limited Australia & New Zealand
Dan Sutherland, Principal, Artificial Intelligence Strategic Growth Offering - Solution Centre Lead, Deloitte Consulting
The use of digital twins in transport networks (road, rail, and air)

Speaker & Moderator: Professor Hind Benbya, Head of, DISBA, Deakin University
11:00am – 11:30amNETWORKING BREAK
11:30am – 12:30pmSession 1
AI in Heavy Industry

Karthik Venkatasubramanian, Global VP, Data Strategy and Development, Oracle
Using AI and ML to accelerate capital project planning and delivery
Manoj Shivanna, Regional Leader (AUS & NZ)
Advanced Analytics and Artificial Intelligence (AI), GHD Digital
AI-assisted Asset Condition Assessments for asset-intensive industries
Jonathan Chang, CEO, Silverpond
Managing your physical assets and processes with AI

Chair: Associate Professor Bardo Fraunholz, DISBA, Deakin University
1:30pm – 2:30pmRoundtable
Scalable and mature AI for future

Professor Phil Bolton, Partner and AI Leader, Deloitte Australia
Dr Catherine Lopes, Director, OpsDo Analytics
Sveta Freidman, Director of Data Analytics & Science, Carsales
Oleg Kravets, Global Head of Data and Analytics, TTC
Daniel Hatfield, Data Virtualisation and Transformation Leader, Denodo

Moderator: Associate Professor Lubna Alam, DISBA, Deakin University
2:30pm – 3:00pmNETWORKING BREAK
3:00pm – 4:00pmAcademic session 1
AI - Machine Learning, Deep Learning and Automation

Associate Professor Truyen Tran, Applied AI Institute (A2I2), Deakin University
AI for Accelerating Drug Discovery
Quan Vu, Department of Information Systems and Business Analytics, Deakin University
Understanding service attributes of robot hotels: A sentiment analysis of customer online reviews
Dr Anwar Ulhaq, Deputy Leader of Machine Vision and Digital Health Research, School of Computing and Mathematics, Charles Sturt University
Artificial Creativity: A catalyst for Entertainment and Gaming Industry

Chair: Dr Toomas Tamm, DISBA, Deakin University
4:00pm – 5:15pmAcademic session 2
AI – Applications and Management

Professor Uri Gal, Professor of Business Information Systems, Director of Doctoral Studies, The University of Sydney Business School
Towards Theoretical Rigour in Ethical Analysis: The Case of Algorithmic Decision-Making Systems
Dr. Ida Asadi UQ, Business Information Systems, The University of Queensland, Research Affiliate, MIT Sloan Center for information Systems Research
Building an Artificial Intelligence Explanation Capability
Associate Professor Lemai Nguyen, Dr. Dilal Saundage, Dr. Leanne Ngo, Deakin Business Faculty of Business and Law, Deakin University
User Experience and Satisfaction with Artificial Intelligence: A student survey
Dr Kaberi Naznin, Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering, School of Software and Electrical Engineering, Swinburne University of Technology
Humanoid Educational Service Robots in Primary Classrooms: Design-based Strategies for Pre-implementation Planning

Chair: Van-Hau Trieu, DISBA, Deakin University
5:15pmClosing remarks & thanks
Associate Professor Lubna Alam, DISBA, Deakin University

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