Innovative women in AI (artificial intelligence) and data science from Australia and New Zealand were recognised at the first ever event in Sydney on Friday 26 March 2021.
Covering a huge range of categories from health and mining to finance and agribusiness, the awards recognises pioneers in their fields smashing stereotypes and disrupting their sectors.
“Technology means safer and more productive mining jobs. Attracting more women into our industry is essential to meet increasing demand for technical skills in areas like robotics and AI. The MCA is proud to sponsor the AI in Mining Award and celebrate the women leading our industry into the future,” says Chief Executive of the Minerals Council of Australia Tanis Constable, one of the industry supporters of the event.
“Artificial Intelligence has stepped confidently out of the research labs into everyday life, starting to alter the way we learn and work, entertain and dream,” says Professor Simeon Simoff, Dean at WSU’s School of Computer, Data and Mathematical Science.
“By identifying outstanding talent in AI Technology, Women in AI awards will certainly ensure that diverse voices have profound impact in shaping future AI systems.”
Congrats to the winner and ‘Innovator of the Year’ Jamila Gordon, CEO & founder of Lumachain, and runners up Dr Michelle Perugini, CEO & cofounder of Presagen and Fiona Turner, cofounder & CEO of Bitwise Agronomy.
Meet the Women in AI award finalists!
Dr Michelle Perugini, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, Presagen
Dr Rahil Garnavi, Senior Technical Staff Member, Master Inventor, IBM Research
Dr Fatemeh Vafaee, Senior Lecturer & Principle Investigator, AI in Biomedicine Laboratory, UNSW
Angela Rodrigues, PhD Candidate, Monash University School of Earth, Atmosphere and Environment
Juliette Murphy, Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder, FloodMapp
Holly Bridgwater, Principal Industry Engagement, Unearthed
Dr Sandra L J Johnson, Director | Child Development Paediatrics Clinical Associate Professor, University of Sydney
Dr Kobi Leins, Senior Research Fellow in Digital Ethics, Centre for AI and Digital Ethics
Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology, University of Melbourne
Aurelie Jacquet, Chair, IT-043 Standards Committee on AI
Dr Catherine Lopes, Founder & Director, Opsdo Analytics; Head of Data Strategy & Analytics, ME Bank
Sammi Bhatia, Co-Founder & COO, Medius Health
Dr Wen Chen (Monica), Research Scientist, CSIRO’s Data61
Anastasia Volkova, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, FluroSat
Fiona Turner, Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Bitwise Agronomy
Supriya Nair, Director, OutofBox Solutions
Dr Junae Kim, Cyber & AI Specialist, Defence Science and Technology Group
Dr Lina Yao, Scientia Associate Professor, School of Computer Science and Engineering, UNSW
Dr Sarah Erfani, Senior Lecturer, School of Computing and Information Systems, University of Melbourne
Dr Beena Ahmed, Co-Founder, Say66, Senior Lecturer, School of Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications, UNSW
Lane Litz, Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder, Chatterize
Dr Thushari Atapattu, Research Associate, School of Computer Science, The University of Adelaide
Dr Kerry Trentelman, AI & Agents Specialist | Defence Science and Technology Group | Department of Defence
Dr Niusha Shafi Abady, Founder, CognoBit, Associate Professor in Intelligent Systems
Squadron Leader Kate Yaxley, Royal Australian Air Force Sir Richard Williams Scholar
Distinguished Professor, Fang Chen, Executive Director, Data Science, University of Technology Sydney
Bonnie Shaw, Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer, Place Intelligence
Jiaming Li, Senior Research Scientist, CSIRO’s Data61
Jamila Gordon, Chief Executive Officer & Founder, Lumachain
Liesl Yearsley, Chief Executive Officer, a.kin
Holly Hutson, Machine Learning Engineer, Max Kelsen
Yolande Strengers, Associate Professor, Digital Technology and Society, Emerging Technologies Research Lab, Faculty of IT, Monash University
Dr Cécile Paris, Chief Research Scientist, CSIRO’s Data61
Michelle Aguilar, CTO and Co-Founder, VAPAR
The Women in AI Awards are also supported by the Minerals Council of Australia, Western Sydney University, Lockheed Martin, the University of Sydney, The Monash Data Futures Institute, Salesforce, Microsoft, ServiceNow, CommBank, Telstra, CSIRO, and AIML.
Author: Heather Catchpole
Heather co-founded Careers with STEM publisher Refraction Media. She loves storytelling, Asian food & dogs and has reported on science stories from live volcanoes and fossil digs