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Mary-Anne Williams is a Distinguished Professor and Director of Disruptive Innovation at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) and listed on Robohub's top 25 women in robotics. She has a PhD in Computer Science and a Masters in Law. Mary-Anne is a Fellow at the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE), and is a leading authority on AI and Social Robotics with transdisciplinary strengths in Robotics, Autonomous Decision Making, Machine Learning, Ethics, IP Law, Privacy Law, Strategic Management, Distruptive Innovation and Entrepreneurship. She is Founder and Director of the Magic Lab at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) and Fellow at Stanford University.
Mary-Anne chaired the Australian Research Council's Excellence in Research for Australia Committee that undertook a national evaluation of research in Mathematics, Information and Computing Sciences in 2012. She is a non-executive director of the US-based Scientific Foundation KR Inc, was Conference Chair of the International Conference on Social Robotics in 2014, and serves on the Editorial Board for AAAI/MIT Press, the Information Systems Journal, Artificial Intelligence Journal, International Journal of Social Robotics and the ACM Eugene L. Lawler Award Committee for Humanitarian Contributions within Computer Science and Informatics.
Mary-Anne has a passion for innovation in science, technology, engineering and law. She established and continues to lead Australia's leading Social Robotics research group, which includes Steve Wozniak, Peter Gardenfors and Henri Prade. The research objective of this group is to bring science fiction to reality through the design of intelligent autonomous technologies that can learn and adapt as they interact and work with people.
Awards and Recognition
- #16 on 365 Women in STEM 2017
- Distinguished Professor, University of Technology Sydney 2017
- PhD Supervisor Award, Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology, 2016
- Meet 6 impressive Aussie women scientists, International Day of Women and Girls in Science. Compiled by SBS, 2016
- PhD Supervisor Award, Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology, 2015
- Fellow, Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE), 2015
- Fellow, Australian Computer Society (ACS), 2014
- Top 25 Women in Robotics 2013: "The women on this list are all field leaders with a
- huge impact on robotics, regardless of their gender"
- Pauli Fellowship, Wolfgang Pauli Institute, Center of Excellence in Mathematics, Physics and Informatics/Computer Science, Austrian Ministry of Science and Research, Vienna, 2008
- IBM Faculty Award a highly prestigious award; only Australian recipient in 2007
- University of Edinburgh Law School LL.M Award 2006 - 2008
- Commonwealth Fellowship, Australian Academy of Science 1996
- Fellowship, British Council 1996
- Australasian Distinguished Doctoral Dissertation Award 1994 Computing Science Association now CORE
Some of the work I am doing
ACM Awards Committee
ACM Eugene L. Lawler Award Committee for Humanitarian Contributions within Computer Science and Informatics.
Non-Executive Director KR Inc
KR Inc is a US-based Scientific Foundation.
Served on more than 100 program committee and best paper judging panels including IJCAI, ECAI, AAAI, HRI, Social Robotics, JELIA.
ACS Fellows Committee
serving on the ACS Fellows Committee
Associate Dean Research UTS 2010 - 2013
Consultant, Australian Research Council, 2009 - 2010
Chairperson, Program Chair and Rep at Large for Knowledge and Innovation in the Strategic Management Society.
Chair, Mathematics, Information and Computing Sciences, ERA, Australian Research Council 2011-2013
College of Experts, Mathematics, Information and Computing Sciences, Australian Research Council, 2006 - 2009
At the University of Newcastle, 1990 - 2002 I was Head of Information Systems; Assistant Dean Teaching and Learning in the Faculty of Busienss and Law; Assistant Dean Research in the Faculty of Business and Law.
Visiting Professor, Artificial Intelligence Lab, Computer Science, Stanford University. 2009 - 2010
Visiting Professor, Copenhagen Business School, 2005 - 2006
Before taking up a position at the Univeristy of Newcastle I worked at Kent State University, the University of Sydney and MLC Insurance.
Explainable AI, Belief revision, knowledge representation, reasoning, decision making, machine learning and predictive data analytics
SOCIAL ROBOTICS and
Social robots are a disruptive innovation that will have a profound impact on society and will transform the global economy.
Human-robot interaction must be legal, safe and enjoyable.
INNOVATION AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP
Innovation requires insight and fearlessness.
- Company Directors Course, Australian Institute of Company Directors 2016-2017
- Stanford University Innovation Fellow Design Thinking Studio, 2017
- Stanford Executive Program, Stanford University 2014
- Master of Laws, LL.M., Innovation, Law and Technology, University of Edinburgh, 2008
- Senior Certified Professional, Finance and Treasury Association (FTA), 2006
- PhD University of Sydney 1994 - Best Dissertation Award
- Thesis Title: Transmutations of Knowledge Systems
- MSc (by Research) in Computer Science, 1991
- Thesis Title: Dynamics of Nonmonotonic Reasoning
- Grad Dip Computing Science985
- Thesis Title: Information Visualisation
- BSc 1983
Presentations in 2016 and 2017
Some recent and future talks and events
Design Thinking Workshops
Leadership in Innovation
CBA Design Thinking
Talk on Social Robotics to several Design Thinking Bootcamps at CBA to inspire creativity.
ROBOT HACKS AT UTS
Interviews and Commentary
Robots will fundamentally and profoundly change business and society.
Other media conversations.
soon to be listed here....