Leadership

Innovation, Enterprise and Technology

Strategic Innovation

I am founder and director of the Magic Lab in the Centre of Artificial Intelligence at UTS, Australia's leading group in social robotics, and we work with the leading social robotics groups internationally. 

Australia lags in university-industry partnerships and engagement. I have a strong track record in working with industry and startups on sharing knowledge, know-how and establishing collaborative projects. I also inspire and connect my team to exciting opportunities.

I established and lead the team that developed an exciting and innovative data analytics research program into CBA. We delivered exceptional customised research-based training to more than 5000 bank employees over 2 years. Building on this high level of engagement I developed the CBA-UTS Social Robotics Partnership with William Judge, head of Social Robotics at CBA.

My work has been adopted by numerous industry partners and researchers alike. IBM has been a strong supporter through an ARC Linkage Project and seven IBM PhD Fellowships for talented students. 

I led the effort to bring UTS into the US-based startup Willow Garage and the Personal Robot 2 Community with Stanford University, MIT, Cornell University, Carnegie Mellon University, University of Tokyo, Samsung, Bosch and several other leading universities.  

Recently I developed partnerships with the self-flying drone startup HEXO+ and Softbank Robotics.

I lead the UTS-Stanford Launchpad project (2016 - 2019) that culminated in the creation and co-design of UTS Launchpad.

Partnership with HEXO+
Partnership with HEXO+

International and National Innovation

  • United Nations
  • Expert Advisory Group, Economic Impact of Artificial Intelligence
  • Tech Against Terrorism
  • US National Robotics Week
  • China Science Week - Keynote Address and Robot Demonstrations
  • Australian Research Council
  • ARC College of Experts: 2006 - 2008
  • ARC Consultant: 2009
  • Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA): 2011 - 2013.
  • Influencing State and Federal Government Policy
  • Dept of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Leadership Program, Invited Speaker on AI Policy
  • ANZ School of Business Executive Program, Invited Speaker on AI Policy
  • Business Missions: USA
  • Advice and recommendations: Innovation, technology and entrepreneurship
  • Reports: Advanced AI technologies
  • Academy of Science: Robotics and AI Report, Invited Talk
  • Academy of Technology, Science and Engineering: Report writing; Invited talks; Membership Committee from 2018.
  • Sydney Science Week Festival

 International and National Research Community Leadership

  • Scientific Foundation KR Inc: President 2006 - 2008; Past President 2008- 2010; Non-exectutive Director since 2010. KR Inc is the peak body for knowledge representation and reasoning a critical area in AI research and computing.
  • ACM Awards Committee
    • Eugene L. Lawler Award For Humanitarian Contributions Within Computer Science And Informatics from 2014. ACM is the prestigious American Computing Machinery the peak body for computing.
  • Other Award Committees
  • Australasian AI National Awards Committee from 2015.
  • IJCAI Best Paper
  • KR Best Paper
  • International Conference on Social Robotics Best Paper
  • Ro-Man 
  • Advisory Boards
  • Australian Robotics Roadmap
  • Disruptive Innovation Week, Sydney
  • International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI)
  • Editorial Boards
  • Information Systems Journal from 2014
  • International Journal for Social Robotics from 2012
  • Artificial Intelligence Journal, 2007 - 2017.
  • Journal of Artificial Intelligence Research, 2006 -2009.
  • Major Scientific Conference Leadership: KR, IJCAI, ICSR, AAAI Symposiums, see community engagement  for more.
  • Program Committees: IJCAI, AAAI, ECAI, JELIA, HRI - for more see Program Committees for more.

Australian Research Council Projects: 10 x ARC Discovery Projects; 2 x ARC Linkage Projects

Other Major External GrantsEU 7th Framework; Australia China Partnership; Australia Japan Foundation; 

Early Career Researcher Opportunity and Development: 8 x Postdoctoral Fellows; 4 x Chancellor Fellows; 2 x Endeavour Leadership Fellowships; 7 x IBM PhD Fellowships

Coaching Student Teams and Individuals

  • Social Robotics team competing at RoboCup@Home; won the Best Human-Robot Interface Award and second place in the Social Robot league.
  • A wide variety of presentations for the public and the research community, e.g. UTS Shape Shifters
  • Robot Soccer I have led more than a dozen internationally competitive teams to International World Championships since 2002; 
  • 100,000 € Valeo Challenge: The UTS Unleashed! team were Finalist out of 1000 entries which included top universities around the world; 
  • Enabling Work Experience School Students: Topics include robotics, software engineering, design thinking, ideation, prototyping, technology and society.

University Leadership

  • CBA, Stocklands and ATN Social Robotics Partnership Steering Committee, 2016 - 2019

  • Partnership Leader, CBA Social Robotics Project, 2016 - 2019

  • EY Data Analytics Partnership Steering Committee 2016 - 2017

  • Director, Disruptive Innovation, UTS 2015 - 2017 a newly created university-wide role to help inspire and energize transdisciplinary teaching, research and industry engagement.

  • Program Director, CBA Data Analytics Exec Training 2014 - 2016 $1.3M external income

  • Project Lead, EY on Disruptive Innovation 2015 - 2017.

  • UTS Chancellor Research Awards Selection Committee 2013 and 2016

  • University Workload Policy Review Committee 2010 - 2016

  • Associate Dean, Research, Engineering and IT, UTS July 2010 - February 2014
  • Assistant Dean, Research, Business and Law, University of Newcastle, 2002,
  • Assistant Dean, Teaching and Learning, Business and Law, University of Newcastle, 2000 - 2002.
  • Head, Information Systems, Business and Law, University of Newcastle, 1998 - 2000.

Awards and Recognition

  • #16 on 365 Women in STEM 2017
  • Distinguished Professor, University of Technology Sydney 2017
  • PhD Supervisor Award, Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology, 2016
  • Meet 6 impressive Aussie women scientists, International Day of Women and Girls in Science. Compiled by SBS, 2016
  • PhD Supervisor Award, Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology, 2015
  • Fellow, Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE), 2015
  • Fellow, Australian Computer Society (ACS), 2014
  • Top 25 Women in Robotics 2013: "The women on this list are all field leaders with a
  • huge impact on robotics, regardless of their gender"
  • Pauli Fellowship, Wolfgang Pauli Institute, Center of Excellence in Mathematics, Physics and Informatics/Computer Science, Austrian Ministry of Science and Research, Vienna, 2008
  • IBM Faculty Award a highly prestigious award; only Australian recipient in 2007
  • University of Edinburgh Law School LL.M Award 2006 - 2008
  • Commonwealth Fellowship, Australian Academy of Science 1996
  • Fellowship, British Council 1996
  • Australasian Distinguished Doctoral Dissertation Award 1994 Computing Science Association now CORE

Media

2017

2016

2015

2014

Pre-2014

  • Social Robotics at UTS, ComputerWorld
  • Interview with RoboCub in Singapore
  • Magic Happens in UTS Lab
  • John McCarthy visits the Magic Lab
  • UTS Unleashed! wins Australian Open Robot Soccer Championships 
  • UTS goes to RoboCup
  • more to come ...