Keynote Presentation : Rise of the Machines Professor Hugh Durrant-Whyte

Keynote Presentation : Rise of the Machines

Digital disruption – data analytics, computing, automation and robotics – is transforming the world we live in, challenging and destroying conventional business models, but in the digital wake providing new opportunities for industries not yet dreamed of and opportunities for profound social and economic change. This conversation will paint an Australian picture of digital disruption, focusing on the rise of robotics in key industry supply chains such as cargo handling, mining and agriculture, to the increasing use of massive real-time data in these sectors, for modelling for prediction and for decision making. Together these are building a future of data-driven and autonomous operation for whole industries in Australia. The conversation will also talk about how this disruption is creating new businesses in robotics, data science and autonomous decision making – and what this will mean for the future of the economy and society in Australia and internationally.

 About Prof. Hugh Durrant-Whyte

Hugh Durrant-Whyte is a Professor, ARC Federation Fellow and Director of the Centre for Translational Data Science at the University of Sydney. From 2010-2014, he was CEO of National ICT Australia (NICTA), and from 1995-2010 Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Autonomous Systems and of the Australian Centre for Field Robotics (ACFR). He has published over 350 research papers and founded four successful start-up companies. He has won numerous awards and prizes for his work, including being named the 2010 NSW Scientist of the Year. He is an honorary fellow of the Institute of Engineers Australia (HonFIEAus), a fellow of the IEEE (FIEEE), of the Academy of Technological Sciences (FTSE), of the Australian Academy of Science (FAA), and of the Royal Society of London (FRS).

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