Last week QUT Business School of Management Professor Rob Perrons delivered a webinar to the United Nations on artificial intelligence and natural resource management.
A member of the UN’s Expert Group on Resources and Management, Prof. Perrons was due to present this keynote live in Geneva at the United Nations following the receipt of his Fulbright Scholarship in 2019; however, the pandemic-imposed travel restrictions meant the presentation became a virtual webinar delivery.
In this webinar, Prof. Perrons looks back at the attempts at applying artificial intelligence (AI) within the resource sector and, by sifting through the instances where it added value and where it did not, sheds useful light on where the resource industry is headed in this important technology area.
Biography – Professor Rob Perrons
Prior to joining the Queensland University of Technology in Australia in 2011, Professor Robert Perrons worked in a wide variety of roles and locations for Shell International’s Exploration & Production division. He worked for several years as a production engineer in the company’s overseas operations (offshore and onshore). He then left Shell for three years to work as an Industrial Research Fellow at the University of Cambridge, but re-joined Shell again in 2004 to become the company’s Executive Coordinator of R&D. He has a B.Eng. in mechanical engineering from McMaster University in Canada, a Master’s degree in Technology & Policy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and a PhD in engineering from the University of Cambridge, where he was a Gates Cambridge Scholar. He is a member of the United Nations’ Resource and Energy Expert Group, and was recently awarded a Fulbright Scholarship. Rob is an active member of QUT’s Centre for Digital Economy and QUT’s Centre for Future Enterprise.