2024 Conference

14th June 2024, University Club of Western Australia

'AI for Humanity'

The UWA Data Institute 2024 Conference: AI for Humanity explored the transformative potential of artificial intelligence in shaping a more inclusive and sustainable future for all.


Morning Program 8:45 am - 12:30 pm

8:45 am


Professor Michael Small

Director UWA Data Institute, CSIRO-UWA Chair of Complex Systems

Our Master of Ceremonies

Kylah Morrison


Welcome To Country

James Webb



Opening Address

Hon Minister Stephen Dawson MLC

9:15AM – 10:15AM KEYNOTE

Dr Karl Kruszelnicki, AM

10:15am - Morning Tea


GenAI for Enhanced Human Activity

Gareth Dando

Partner & Associate Director, Boston Consulting Group

The Application of Real Time Intelligence to Solve Crime Faster

Arlene Mavratsou

Assistant Commissioner WAPOL State Intelligence and Command Portfolio

From Data and Models to impact in Global Health

Professor Melissa Penny

Fiona Stanley Chair in Child Health Research, UWA Medical School, Intervention and Infectious Disease Modelling Research Team, Telethon Kids Institute

11.45am – Panel: Industry Adoption of AI

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Dr Tracey Wilkinson 

Panel Chair

Director Stakeholder Engagement, WA Life Sciences Innovation Hub.

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Wilhelmina Duyvestyn

Wilhelmina Duyvestyn
Industry Program Manager National AI Centre

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Alex Jenkins

Director, WADSIH

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Natasha Blycha

CEO Stirling & Rose

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Dr Xinan Zhang

Portfolio Lead Industry Engagement, UWA School of Engineering

12:30pm - Lunch Break

Afternoon Program - 1:30pm - 5pm

1:30 pm

Postgraduate Researcher Pitch

Chair: Dr Philipp Bayer

Principal, Research Computational Biology, Minderoo Foundation – UWA Research

Research with Impact – A showcase of inspiring student research from across UWA.

2:00pm – Panel: Social Impact of AI

Dr Parwinder Kaur

A/Professor Parwinder Kaur

Panel Chair

Superstar of STEM, Director DNA Zoo, Founder and Chair WA Genome Atlas

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Gavin Gillett

Solutions Architect NOVA Systems

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Professor Nicola Armstrong

Professor, Statistics & Data Science, 
Director of Graduate Research EECMS, Curtin University

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Stuart Walsh

Director ICT, Department of Fire and Emergency Services

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Drew Alexander

Coders for Causes

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A/Professor Julia Powles

Director UWA Technology & Policy Lab


Navigating the Future: Pioneering Data and AI Strategies in Australasia for a Generative Tomorrow

Elizabeth Antoine

Regional Analytics Leader, Data and AI, Microsoft

The Unexpected Impact of AI on the Requirement for Resources

Dr Dave Lawie

Chief Geoscientist, Chief Technologist – Mining, IMDEX

Accelerating AI: The  Role of Innovation Infrastructure

Tamryn Barker

National Project Lead, Australian Automation and Robotics Precinct, CORE Innovation Hub

3:45pm Close

4-5pm Refreshments & Networking