Awards and Recognition

  • 2022 AAAI Fellow - AAAI is the peak global body for Artificial Intelligence (AI)
  • 2022 Outstanding Faculty Advisor Enactus Australia
  • 2021 - 2022 Google Faculty Award Machine Learning
  • 2020 Robot Design Competition, Software Innovation (Team Leader)
  • 2019 Australiasian Distinguished Artificial Intelligence Research Contribution Award
  • 2019 - 2020 Google Faculty Award Machine Learning
  • 2019 - 2022 RoboCup Social Robotics @Home World Champion (Team Leader) 
  • 2017 #16 on 365 International Women in STEM 
  • 2017 Distinguished Professor, University of Technology Sydney
  • 2016 PhD Supervisor Award, University of Technology Sydney
  • 2016 Meet 6 impressive Aussie women scientists, International Day of Women and Girls in Science. Compiled by SBS, 2016
  • 2015 PhD Supervisor Award, University of Technology Sydney
  • 2015 Fellow, Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE)
  • 2014 Fellow, Australian Computer Society (ACS)
  • 2013 Top 25 Women in Robotics: "The women on this list are all field leaders with a
  • huge impact on robotics, regardless of their gender"
  • 2008 Pauli Fellowship, Wolfgang Pauli Institute, Center of Excellence in Mathematics, Physics and Informatics/Computer Science, Austrian Ministry of Science and Research, Vienna
  • 2007 IBM Faculty Award a highly prestigious award; only Australian recipient in 2007
  • 2006 - 2008 University of Edinburgh Law School LL.M Award
  • 1996 Commonwealth Fellowship, Australian Academy of Science 
  • 1996 British Council Fellowship
  • 1995 Australasian Distinguished Doctoral Dissertation Award Computing Science Association now CORE

Current Positions

Some of the work I am doing

Michael J Crouch Chair

University of New South Wales

Previous Positions


The Magic Lab

Australia's leading Social Robotics Lab in the Centre of Artificial Intelligence at UTS.

Director, Disruptive Innovation

in the Office of the Provost and Senior Deputy Vice Chancellor

Associate Dean Research UTS 2010 - 2014

Visiting Professor, Copenhagen Business School, 2005 - 2006

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.


Mathematics, Information and Computing Sciences, ERA, Australian Research Council 2011-2013


Australian Research Council, 

2009 - 2010

Chairperson, Program Chair and Rep at Large for Knowledge and Innovation in the Strategic Management Society.

Visiting Professor, Artificial Intelligence Lab, Computer Science, Stanford University. 2009 - 2010 and 2018

Review Editor

Editorial Board Artificial Intelligence Journal

The leading journal in AI

2007 - 2016.

College of Experts, Mathematics, Information and Computing Sciences, Australian Research Council, 2006 - 2009

Before taking up a position at the University 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 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 requires insight, fearlessness, grit and resilience.


  • Harvard Cybersecurity Program, Harvard University 2017.
  • Oxford FinTech Program, University of Oxford, 2017
  • Company Directors Course, Australian Institute of Company Directors from 2016.
  • Stanford University Innovation Fellow Design Thinking Studio, Stanford University, 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), from 2006
  • PhD in Artificial Intelligence, University of Sydney 
  • 1995 - Best Dissertation Award from the Computer Science Association, now CORE.
  • Thesis Title: Transmutations of Knowledge Systems
  • Master of Science (by Research) 1991
  • Thesis Title: Dynamics of Nonmonotonic Reasoning
  • Grad Dip Computing Science 1985
  • Thesis Title: Information Visualisation
  • BSc in Mathematics and Chemistry 1983

Interviews and Commentary

Robots will fundamentally and profoundly change business and society.

Other media conversations.

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