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The Riding the Digital Wave Summit: Program

The Refectory, The University of Sydney (see Map and Directions)
Thursday 24 February 2022; 9:00am – 1:00pm AEDT (followed by lunch)

MCs:

  • Sandra Peter – Director of Sydney Business Insights, University of Sydney Business School
  • Kai Riemer – Professor of Information Technology and Organisation in the Discipline, Business Information Systems, University of Sydney Business School

9:00am

Welcome

9:05am

Opening

  • Victor Dominello – Minister for Customer Service, and Minister for Digital, NSW Government

9:15am

Setting the Scene

Australia’s role in the birth and development of Computer Science

9:20am

The new cybernetics: systems thinking for the 21st century

In this talk, Distinguished Professor Genevieve Bell weaves together stories from post-war America through to an engineering project 40,000 years in the making to better understand the technologies that we collectively create and help recenter these technologies around people.

Through this, Bell unravels the purpose of both cybernetics and the Australian National University (ANU) during this post-war period through the minds of their creators and explores the importance of a cybernetics approach to both understanding, directing, and creating past, present, and future technologies as they emerge. These ideas come together to lay the foundations on which the mission for the inaugural ANU School of Cybernetics is built on.

10:00am

Unleashing Productivity

The dawn of the digital age has seen a transformation of supply chains; new ways of working; and new business models. Panellists will discuss the influence of Automation 4.0 and Automation 5.0.

  • Roger Allen AM – Co-founder, Director and Chairman, Allen & Buckeridge
  • Fang Chen – Distinguished Professor; Executive Director UTS Data Science & UTS Data Science Institute, University of Technology Sydney (UTS)
  • Heba Khamis – Co-founder & CEO, Contactile (Moderator)
  • Prof. Flora Salim – Professor, Data Science, RMIT University; Incoming Professor and CISCO Chair of Digital Transport, Centre for Critical Digital Infrastructure, UNSW Sydney
  • Dr. Jon Whittle – Director, CSIRO’s Data61

10:45am

Morning Tea

11:00am

Our Future Resilience

The need for Critical Digital Infrastructure to protect our organisations and our country.

11:45am

Taking a Leap!

What directions should future Computer Science education take in building back a better Australia?

12:30pm

When Data met the Algorithm

How has and will the delivery of Government Services be impacted by the digital revolution?

1:00pm

Close and Lunch

* This program is subject to change

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