How to make the AI black box transparent and data serve humankind

One-day conference to address new data economy issues including data for good, robotics, blockchain, AI and analytics team development

11 Sep 2018

Melbourne, Vic - 11 September 2018 – Key issues in the new data economy will addressed by leading global and local experts in Melbourne next month. From artificial intelligence (AI) transparency to robotics through to data for good policies, the one-day IAPA conference brings together expert insights on how better analytics delivers both better business and a better world.

“In a future reliant on data and analytics derived insights, analytics professionals and business stakeholders need to both understand new technologies and the implications for business, consumers and society,” said Annette Slunjski, General Manager of the Institute of Analytics Professionals of Australia (IAPA). “The IAPA Conference, Advancing Analytics, explores the interconnection of data and analytics for good, greater knowledge of new analytics possibilities and positive business benefits.”

The Conference on 18 October in Melbourne, includes sessions on:

  • Making the black box transparent: The ethical and operational impacts of AI and robotics
  • First-hand perspectives from the boardroom: How the c-suite really views the role of analytics
  • Living in an exponential world: Are IoT, robotics and blockchain essential elements for business in the future?
  • Turning analytics into your business success secret weapon
  • Real-world healthcare and digital transformation lessons
  • Data and analytics as the business game changer
  • The real-world ethics and impact of AI and analytics
  • Making a difference: Data Science for Social Good

International and local experts on the program include:

  • Dr Brian Ruttenberg, Principal Scientist, NextDroid
  • Rayid Ghani, Director, Center for Data Science and Public Policy, University of Chicago
  • Kate Carnell AO, Ombudsman, Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman
  • Michael Ilczynski, CEO, SEEK
  • Holly Kramer, Deputy Chair and Non-executive Director, Australia Post and Woolworths, 2XU, Western Sydney University
  • Jamie McPhee, CEO, ME Bank
  • Dr Alex Gyani, Principal Advisor, The Behavioural Insights Team
  • Bradley Scott, COO, FaceMe
  • David Bloch, GM Advanced Analytics, Fonterra
  • Antony Ugoni, Director, Global Analytics and Artificial Intelligence, SEEK and Chair of IAPA
  • Kathryn Gulifa, Head of Customer Analytics Innovation, National Australia Bank
  • Michelle Perugini, Co-Founder, Life Whisperer
  • Dr Clair Sullivan, Chief Digital Health Officer, Metro North Hospital and Health Service
  • Matt Kuperholz, Chief Data Scientist, PwC
  • Genevieve Elliott, General Manager – Data, Analytics and Customer Strategy, Vicinity Centres
  • Sandra Hogan, Group Head, Customer Analytics, Origin Energy

Further updates to the program will be reflected on the IAPA website.

The full program is available here.

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