Artificial Intelligence & Robotics (Meetup #6)

  • AiLab
  • The Science Exchange, Adelaide, South Australia
  • 12 September 2019 4:00 pm

AiLab Event Media Article

Please see the following media article by the City of Adelaide about AiLab's event 'Artificial Intelligence and Robotics':


Integrating Artificial Intelligence (AI) and other emerging technology into robotics provides exciting new opportunities and applications.

By sensing and adapting to surroundings (using AI methods), robots can navigate through complex environments and even learn new tasks. This event explores recent advancements in the integration of AI and Robotics to demonstrate the growing capabilities of both technologies.

"Artificial Intelligence and Robotics" is a special Adelaide AI event that will take place on Thursday 12th September 2019 from 4pm until 8.15pm and provides an opportunity to hear from world-class experts in the field of emerging technology and robotics.

AiLab (Artificial Intelligence Laboratory) are proud to present this event and to also partner with the Australian Institute for Machine Learning: University of Adelaide as co-main sponsors. This event is also sponsored and supported by the City of Adelaide and the Adelaide Artificial Intelligence meetup. Huge thanks to everyone for making this event possible.

Event Details

Opening & Technology Showcase (Thinking Space & Future Space Gallery: 4pm – 5pm)

Registrations Open: 3.45pm

On your arrival you will have the chance to network and engage with presenters, other attendees and sponsors, as well as interact with some of South Australia’s AI, emerging technology and robotics innovations in the Technology Showcase. This will take place in the Thinking Space and Future Space Galleries, where drinks and nibbles will be provided.

Keynotes (Auditorium: 5pm – 8.15pm)

Event Closes: 8.15pm

We're honoured to have a fantastic line-up of speakers that include Ali Anderson (Event MC) from AIML: University of Adelaide, Dr. Sue Keay from Data61 | CSIRO in Queensland and Nicci Rossouw from Exaptec in Victoria. Both Sue and Nicci were featured in 'Inside Robotics' as two of the six women currently "rocking" the world of robotics in Australia. The keynotes will take place in the Auditorium.

Speaker Line-up

  • DR. SUE KEAY (Keynote & Q&A): Research Director – Cyber Physical Systems DATA61 | CSIRO (Queensland)
  • NICCI ROSSOUW (Keynote & Q&A): CEO and Founder of Exaptec (Victoria)
  • ALI ANDERSON (Event MC & Speaker): Outreach Programs Manager | Australian Institute for Machine Learning at the University of Adelaide

EVENT HOST: Dr. John Flackett: Co-founder AiLab (Artificial Intelligence Laboratory) and koolth

Social Media Twitter: @_AiLab

Social Media Hashtags: #AIRobotics  #AdelaideAI  #AiLab

Venue & Registration

This event will be held at The Science Exchange, 55 Exchange Place, Adelaide, South Australia 5000. Limited spaces available, so bookings essential. Registrations will open at 3:45pm with the event concluding at 8:15pm. You will be required to register your name upon arrival, so please bring your ticket and report to the reception desk by the entrance. To book your ticket, please visit Eventbrite.

Event Speakers

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Sue Keay

Research Director – Cyber Physical Systems DATA61 | CSIRO (Queensland)

Twitter: @suekeay | LinkedIn: Dr. Sue Keay | Website: CSIRO

Sue set up the world's first robotic vision research centre, and now leads CSIRO's Data61 Cyber-Physical Systems program. Last year, she developed Australia's first Robotics Roadmap highlighting how advances in robotics, computer vision, sensing (and AI) will impact on every sector of the Australian economy.

With a PhD in Geoscience and an MBA, Sue combines science with business. She has interests in entrepreneurship and disruptive technologies, and started QUT's social robotics program. Sue serves on the Board of the CRC for Optimising Resource Extraction and the Expert Advisory Panel of Queensland.AI. She is a judge for the James Dyson Awards and the Australian Museum Eureka Prizes, and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Sue has been recognised as one of RoboHub's 2018 "Women in Robotics you need to know about", as one of Queensland's most influential people (Courier Mail's Power 100), as a Superstar of STEM (Science and Technology Australia), and is responsible for bringing the Grace Hopper Celebration to Australia.

Keynote Speaker: Nicci Rossouw

CEO and Founder of Exaptec (Victoria)

Twitter: @Exaptec | LinkedIn: Nicci Rossouw | Website: Exaptec

Nicci Rossouw is the CEO of Exaptec, a start-up company she founded in 2015 to provide service robotics solutions to the Australian market. She is passionate about applying innovative technology such as artificial intelligence and automation to improve work-life balance and wellness overall by removing repetitive and boring work. She has provided numerous robotic telepresence solutions to educational facilities and businesses to augment communication and movement for disabled and incapacitated people.

Nicci believes that well designed application of robotics will lead to the emergence of new business models that will change the way people work and play for the better. Noted as one of six women who “rock” robotics in Australia, and a regular speaker at events, Nicci is a passionate educator of how robots can augment your life for the better.

Exaptec was one of Westpac’s 2018 top 200 Businesses of Tomorrow winners, winner of episode two of “that startup show” season two 2018 and also one of four companies representing Australia at the International Cultural Fair in Shenzhen earlier this year.

Event MC & Speaker: Ali Anderson

Outreach Programs Manager at Australian Institute for Machine Learning (AIML) | University of Adelaide

Twitter: @MsAliAnderson | LinkedIn: Ali Anderson | Website: AIML: University of Adelaide

Ali is the Manager of Outreach Programs for the Australian Institute for Machine Learning, with a keen interest in promoting the importance and relevance of humans in an increasingly technological and digital world. Ali is responsible for developing, implementing and supporting student and industry programs to provide a greater understanding of machine learning and artificial intelligence, in addition to the ethical and transparency issues around their development and usage.

With post-graduate qualifications in project and business management, and extensive operational experience in traditionally male dominated industries such as manufacturing, automotive and aviation, Ali has a strong focus on the empowerment of women and their uptake of non-traditional roles. She is the creator and Director of the Strong Girls In Future Technologies (SWIFT) Program, which is a series of workshops for girls aged 9 to 13, their caregivers and educators. This provides girls and their key influencers with an understanding of their critical importance to the future technological workforce, as well as the leadership skills that will serve them over a life-time.

Event Host/Organiser: Dr. John Flackett

Co-founder/Head of AiLab and Co-Founder/Director of koolth

Twitter: @drjohnflackett | @_AiLab | LinkedIn: Dr. John Flackett | Website: AiLab

Dr. John Flackett is a noted Artificial Intelligence international speaker. A leader in his field and passionate about AI, John presents key insights on AI and emerging technology’s future impact on society and the workforce at events and workshops around the globe. With over 25 years of AI experience, a PhD in Artificial Intelligence and contributions as an advisor in government, academia, industry and community, John is regularly called upon to share his perspectives via talks, media interviews, publications and roundtables. View John’s full profile on AiLab.

Main Sponsor Details

AiLab (Artificial Intelligence Laboratory)

Twitter: @_AiLab | Website: AiLab

Please visit our 'About' page to find out more about AiLab


Twitter: @TheAIML | Website: AIML: University of Adelaide

In early 2018, the AIML was officially established. The AIML's world-class research strengths lie in machine learning and the methods that support this; artificial intelligence, computer vision and deep learning.

Secondary Sponsor Details

City of Adelaide

Twitter: @CityofAdelaide | Website: City of Adelaide

The City of Adelaide is the local government authority for Adelaide - one of the world’s most liveable cities. Their aim is to create a vibrant city through the rollout of new projects, programs and infrastructure with a vision of making Adelaide a welcoming and dynamic city full of rich and diverse experiences through the four themes: Smart, Green, Liveable and Creative.

Event Supporter Details

Adelaide Artificial Intelligence (AAI) meetup

Twitter: @_AiLab | Website: AAI meetup

Adelaide Artificial Intelligence is a series of free events for anyone who has an interest in AI and wants to learn more about the exciting field. The growing Adelaide AI community includes industry leaders, academia, developers, startups and government, so whether you’re a professional, a developer, an enthusiast, or just plain interested, please come along and spread the word!

For more details on event please visit: Event on Eventbrite