Head of AiLab: Dr. John Flackett

  • PhD Artificial Intelligence
  • International Speaker
  • Educator
  • Advisor
  • Software Engineer
  • Twitter: @drpuffa

Artificial Intelligence is John's passion and has been an integral part of his career via teaching, research, business and education. An expert in his field, John achieved his a PhD in Artificial Intelligence (Machine Learning (ML) and Natural Language Processing (NLP)) in 2005. John is interested in numerous aspects of AI and cognitive science, in particular; representational adequacies, NLP, feature extraction, signal fusion and hybrid systems.

With 20+ years' experience in Artificial Intelligence, John's worked in a wide range of industries (including banking, engineering and education) and was previously a Senior Academic in the UK for 10 years, teaching masters and undergraduate Artificial Intelligence and undergraduate Computer Studies and Software Engineering.

After migrating to South Australia from the UK, John co-founded koolth; a smart web specialist company that empowers businesses with next generation online tools and delivers cutting-edge technology solutions and consultancy to a host of industries across the globe. AiLab is John’s second business venture with co-founder Emma Berry.

An international Artificial Intelligence speaker for many years, John regularly runs workshops and presents at events across the world (including UK, Europe, Australia, USA) speaking about AI, future jobs and emerging technology to industry, schools/education, community and government.

As a Software Engineer, John has also designed and developed bespoke software for use across many industries (including retail, oil & gas, education & IT). These software solutions are being used throughout Australia and around the world.

In his spare time, John enjoys assisting with technology/hackathon events and social good initiatives, as well mentoring individuals in the tech community. He is also fortunate to have picked up a couple of awards throughout his career, including multiple GovHack prizes and a British Computer Society (BCS) award.

Passionate about AI and his craft, John is dedicated to mentoring, collaborating and helping people across the globe to learn and navigate the field of ArtificiaI Intelligence and emerging technology.

Education & Academia

John has a PhD in Artificial Intelligence, PgC in Research and First Class Honours in Computer Studies. As well as teaching masters & undergraduate Artificial Intelligence and undergraduate Computer Studies and Software Engineering, John was a Cisco Java Instructor and Supervisor/Coordinator of students final year undergraduate and postgraduate projects. He also was the Supervisor for the annual, end of year Technology Degree Show.

Below is a brief summary of a few of John’s keynotes, talks and events. Visit John’s media pages for details on John’s interviews and contributions/publications.

If you would like to interview John for your publication or would like John to facilitate a workshop or speak at your next event, convention or conference, please drop us a line.