About Australia AI Collective

The Australia AI Collective is a not-for-profit that launched in 2020 with founding partners, AiLab (Artificial Intelligence Laboratory) in South Australia and Queensland AI Hub.

AAIC Directors

Dr. Sue Keay

Director AAIC / CEO, Queensland AI Hub

Dr. Sue Keay

Sue is the CEO of Queensland AI Hub, after being Research Director for Cyber-Physical Systems at CSIRO's Data61. An experienced R&D leader, she has a PhD in Earth Sciences from the Australian National University and an MBA with UQ Business School. With a focus on disruptive technologies, Sue set-up the world's first robotic vision research centre and led the development of Australia's first Robotics roadmap, outlining how robotics and automation will impact on every sector of the Australian economy. She loves the challenge of building communities across distributed sites.

She is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and chairs the Board of Robotics Australia Group and serves on the Board of the CRC for Optimising Resource Extraction and Women in Robotics International, and is responsible for bringing the Grace Hopper Celebration to Australia

Dr. Sue Keay

Dr. John Flackett

Director AAIC / Co-founder & Head, AiLab

Dr. John Flackett

John has been working in AI for over 25 years and is a noted Artificial Intelligence international speaker – presenting key insights on AI and emerging technologies future impact on society and the workforce at workshops and events around the world. With a PhD in Artificial Intelligence and contributions as an educator and advisor in government, academia, industry and community, John is also frequently called upon to share his perspectives via talks, media interviews and roundtables. Passionate about creating environments where people can learn about AI, John's love for education came from 10 years as senior university academic teaching AI and Software Engineering in the UK. John has also worked with a range of industries developing commercial grade software for use in major corporations around the world. He has received various awards and featured in the UK's Million Plus campaign that launched at the Palace of Westminster.

John is the director and co-founder of two businesses: koolth and AiLab (Artificial Intelligence Laboratory): a global company providing AI education and research. He is also the AI Specialist in Residence and AI Ambassador for Auckland University of Technology and as part of AiLab’s expansion into New Zealand, John is setting up a new AiLab at the university. Additionally, John is co-founder of the largest AI networking community in South Australia. Specialising in fundamental algorithm research to create more advanced learning machines, John is interested in numerous aspects of AI and cognitive science, in particular, representational adequacies, Natural Language Processing, feature extraction, signal fusion & hybrid systems for applied AI.

Dr. John Flackett

Emma Berry

Director AAIC / Co-founder & Managing Director, AiLab

Emma Berry

Emma has been working in design, technology and education for her entire career and is the Co-founder and Director of three companies. Before migrating to Australia and founding her first business a year later, Emma led and managed teams in design, digital communications, and computing at a UK University. Emma is an advocate of utilising technology to deliver automated solutions and as Director of the smart web company kooth, Emma manages the design of next-generation online solutions that empower businesses. As Managing Director of AiLab (Artificial Intelligence Laboratory), Emma oversees AiLab's education programs, events and user experiences and is responsible for the strategic direction of the company. Driven by a desire to make AI and other emerging technologies relatable and accessible to all, Emma is dedicated to bringing AI education to the widest possible audience across the globe.

Passionate about advancing women in technology (especially AI), Emma gives her time to develop community initiatives and events that encourage diversity – including being the co-founder and organiser of the Adelaide AI meetup series in South Australia. Emma is also a board advisor and provides mentoring for individuals and businesses in the technology community.

Emma Berry

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The Women in AI Australia and New Zealand Awards are back for 2022. The Australia AI Collective are proud that two of the Australia AI Collective's Founding Directors are also involved in the Awards, with Dr. Sue Keay on the Advisory Group and Dr. John…

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  • Emma Berry
  • Dr. John Flackett

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