Awards and Recognition

Previous Positions

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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