Living and Working with AI

About this webinar

Every day brings news on advances within artificial intelligence and its benefits and challenges. Our multidisciplinary panel will explore current thinking and implications for practice on the ways we do, and will, live and work with AI in our everyday lives, including sustainability initiatives, digital identities, creative practice, health, and education.

Meet the panelists

Professor Robina Xavier – QUT, FQA Chair

Robina Xavier is Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Academic) with overall responsibility for the quality and integrity of learning and teaching across the university. She has more than 25 years’ experience in the tertiary sector including serving as Executive Dean, QUT Business School. Prior to joining QUT, Robina worked as a consultant to both the private and public sectors, specialising in corporate and financial relations. She has served on international committees for the Association of Advanced Collegiate Schools of Business in the US and the European Foundation for Management Development including the EFMD Executive Academy. Robina is Vice President of the Queensland Academy of Arts and Sciences and serves on Universities Australia Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic) Executive.

Professor Kaisa Väänänen – Tampere University, Finland and QUT Visiting Fellow

Kaisa Väänänen is a full professor of Human-Technology Interaction in Tampere University, Finland. Kaisa has over 25 years of experience of interdisciplinary research both in industry and academia. She is currently focusing on Human-Centered AI and how AI-driven solutions can advance sustainability. She is especially passionate about understanding how user needs and experiences can be supported by novel technologies. In 2013-2018, Kaisa served full six years as a member of Academy of Finland’s research council for Natural Sciences and Engineering. Kaisa has been selected as an ACM Distinguished Member for her long-standing contribution to the field of computing. From September to December 2023, Kaisa is a visiting Research Fellow at QUT’s Digital Media Research Centre.

Professor Sarah Holland-Batt – QUT

Sarah Holland-Batt is an award-winning poet, editor, critic and academic, and the author of three books of poems—most recently The Jaguar (UQP, 2023) which won the 2023 Stella Prize—and a book of essays, Fishing for Lightning, a collection of her columns on contemporary Australian poetry written for The Australian.. Educated at New York University and the University of Queensland, she is the recipient of a Sidney Myer Creative Fellowship, the W.G. Walker Memorial Fulbright Scholarship, residencies at Yaddo and MacDowell colonies in the United States, and an Australia Council Literature Residency at the B.R. Whiting Studio in Rome, among other honours. Recently, she was the 2022 Judy Harris Writer in Residence at the University of Sydney’s Charles Perkins Centre, and she is currently Professor of Poetry at QUT.

Professor Janet Wiles – The University of Queensland

Janet Wiles is a Professor in Human Centred Computing at the University of Queensland. Her multidisciplinary team co-designs language technologies to support people living with dementia and their carers; new tools to enable Indigenous communities to develop their own speech recognition systems; and social robots for applications in health, education, and neuroscience. Her most recent research on Human-centred AI focuses on how older Australians perceive and manage their digital identities.


Webinar details
Passcode: 398912


Start Date: 13/10/2023 [add to calendar]
Organiser: Queensland Academy of the Arts and Sciences & QUT Centre for Data Science