Enhancing Equity in AI: Challenging Gendered Assumptions
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Associate Prof. Jenny Waycott | School of Computing and Information Systems at the University of Melbourne
Jenny Waycott is an Associate Professor in the School of Computing and Information Systems, The University of Melbourne, working in the interdisciplinary field of human-computer interaction. Much of her research aims to understand how new technologies can be designed and used to foster social wellbeing in later life. A/Prof Waycott leads a program of research that is examining how emerging technologies, such as virtual reality and social robots, are used by caregivers and older adults to provide social and emotional enrichment in later life, especially for people living in aged care. More broadly, A/Prof Waycott is interested in ethical issues associated with designing and evaluating new technologies, including AI, for use in sensitive settings such as aged care, where a respectful and empathetic approach is critical to ensure new technologies provide benefit without causing harm.
Dayle Stevens OAM | Executive, Data & AI at Telstra
Dayle has a 30-year career in technology, she loves solving big problems and enabling potential. Dayle is the Executive for Cloud, Data & Shared Technology at Telstra. Dayle has previously been the Chief Data Officer at AGL Energy, Divisional CIO and other roles at National Australia Bank, and as an IT consultant with PWC working all over the world helping businesses transform through the adoption of new technologies. Dayle is the Board Chair at Robogals Global, and an Ambassador at Girl Geek Academy, both being global organisations aimed at encouraging women to participate in STEM. Dayle’s work has been recognised with multiple industry and professional awards, including being named in the Australian Financial Review’s 100 Women of Influence, and this year being awarded an Order of Australia Medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for her services to information technology and to women.
Dr. Rahil Garnavi | Data & AI Lead at IBM
Dr. Rahil Garnavi, an esteemed AI expert and IBM Master Inventor at IBM Australia, specializes in transforming industries through innovative AI applications, particularly within healthcare. With an educational background in Software Engineering and Artificial Intelligence from the University of Melbourne, Rahil's 15-year R&D journey includes significant contributions across radiology, ophthalmology, and dermatology. Her work, bolstered by over 60 patents and 60 refereed publications, has garnered significant traction and media attention. Notably, she's been a finalist for the Women Leading Tech Award 2022, and the Women in AI in Healthcare Award 2021, and served as a judge for the Women in AI Awards APAC 2023. Passionate about responsible and ethical AI development and adoption, Rahil leverages her industry influence to mentor university students and advocate for women in STEM.
Dr. Sarita Rosenstock | Lecturer of Fairness in ML and AI Planning at the University of Melbourne
Dr. Sarita Rosenstock is a Lecturer in Fairness in Machine Learning in the School of Computing and Information Systems at the University of Melbourne. She has a PhD in Logic and Philosophy of Science and a Masters in Mathematical Behavioural Sciences from the University of California, Irvine. Sarita’s current research considers how our values, goals, and prejudices are reflected, amplified, and distorted by data-driven automation. Her work spans a range of disciplines including theoretical computer science, mathematical physics, and evolutionary game theory.
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