Human-Centered Software Engineering - Panel Discussion and Networking Event
Enjoy stimulating conversations with experts and innovators in human-centred design from Australia's leading universities and research...
About this event
- Did you ever get frustrated when using an app or program on your computer?
- Did you ever wonder what the engineers and designers had in mind when they created their software?
- Do you sometimes feel as if your needs and preferences are not understood at all?
Join us on the 25th of August at the Bay City Labs and learn from an esteemed panel of leaders from research and industry what the future of Human-centered software engineering will look like.
Enjoy stimulating conversations and thought-provoking discussions over a drink and some nibbles.
- How can software become more inclusive for a growing user base with more diverging needs than ever before?
- How can we enhance empathy within development teams by increasing their diversity?
- How can artificial intelligence and machine learning help to individualize the user experience?
Presented by the Australian Computer Society (ACS) and [EVENT SPONSOR]
Your panelists are:
Prof John Grundy
"I am currently Australian Laureate Fellow and Professor of Software Engineering at Monash University. I hold the BSc(Hons), MSc and PhD degrees, all in Computer Science, from the University of Auckland. I am a Fellow of Automated Software Engineering, Fellow of Engineers Australia, Certified Professional Engineer, Engineering Executive, Senior Member of the ACM and Senior Member of the IEEE.
Previously I was the Senior Deputy Dean for the Faculty of IT at Monash University in 2018 and 2019. Prior to that I was Pro Vice-Chancellor ICT Innovation and Translation and Alfred Deakin Professor at Deakin University. Previously to that, I was Professor of Software Engineering and Dean of the School of Software and Electrical Engineering at Swinburne University of Technology. Before that I was Deputy Dean of the Faculty of ICT, Head of Computer Science and Software Engineering, and Director of the SUCCESS research centre. Before coming to Swinburne I was Head of Department for Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Auckland, New Zealand, and prior to that, Director of Software Engineering, University of Auckland.
I have been PVC, Dean, Deputy Dean, Head of School, Head of Department or Deputy Head of Department for seventeen of the past eighteen years. I have (mostly) enjoyed the challenges that come with these roles, particularly the opportunities to develop and mentor staff, provide leadership both within my discipline and to the Faculty and University more widely, and to provide effective management and administration. I have often been told I bring a collegial, effective, efficient and decisive approach to leadership that is well-respected and appreciated both by the people I have led and my bosses.
I am a Fellow of Automated Software Engineering, a Fellow of Engineers Australia, CPEng and EngExec, a Senior Member IEEE and Member ACM."
Prof Didar Zowghi
Professor Didar Zowghi is Senior Principal Research Scientist at CSIRO's Data61. She leads the "Diversity and Inclusion in AI" and "Software Engineering for Responsible AI" research. She is also Conjoint Professor at the School of Computer Science and Engineering, Faculty of Engineering at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) and Adjunct Professor of Software Engineering at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS). During her tenure of 21 years as a professor of software engineering at UTS, she held many leadership positions: Deputy Dean of Graduate Research School, Director of the university research centre for Human-Centred Technology Design, Director of Women in Engineering and Information Technology, Head of Department of Software Engineering, and Associate Dean of Research. Before joining academia, she worked in the software industry in the UK and Australia as a programmer, software engineer, analyst, consultant, and project manager.
Her research is focused on improving the software development processes and its products. In particular, her research addresses issues in the communication-rich, multidisciplinary activities of software development, referred to as Requirements Engineering (RE) or Business Analysis. She is an expert in the "Evidenced Based" and “Human-Centred Design” research paradigms. She has supervised many research students across three universities in Sydney and much of her research has been funded by the Australian Research Council (ARC) and other Australian government grants.
Professor Zowghi serves on the program committee of many national and international conferences including IEEE International Conference on Requirements Engineering (since 1998). She was its General Chair in 2010, Program Chair in 2015 and Steering Committee Chair (2016-2018) and received Lifetime Service Award in 2019 by IEEE for her leadership in the Requirements Engineering research community. She is Associate Editor of IEEE Software and Associate editor of Requirements Engineering Journal. In 2022, she received the prestigious IEEE TCSE Distinguished Educator award.
She has published over 200 research articles in prestigious conferences and journals and has co-authored papers with 90+ different researchers from 30+ countries.
Dr Marc Cheong
Dr Marc Cheong is a Senior Lecturer of Information Systems - Digital Ethics - at the Faculty of Engineering and IT, the University of Melbourne. He is also an Honorary Burnet Institute Senior Fellow and a Senior Fellow at the Melbourne Law School. He is the IEEE Society on Social Implications of Technology (SSIT) co-convenor for Victoria, Australia, and is one of the co-chairs of the IEEE ETHICS flagship conference series. At Melbourne, he is a core contributor to the Centre for AI and Digital Ethics (CAIDE), and a steering committee member in the Work Futures Hallmark Research Initiative, amongst others.
With a strong commitment in inter- and cross-disciplinary research, he is interested in combining data science techniques, information systems methodologies, and philosophical rigour in answering the 'big questions' in today's world, and to augment research in other disciplines. He is especially interested in the interdisciplinary analysis of contemporary social media from an existentialist lens by challenging the contemporary notion of authenticity on social media. Other interests include investigation of ethical issues concerning modern-day use of technology; as well as applying social media analysis techniques to inform data-driven public health research.
He has a strong background in data science and social media analysis, and he is one of the early pioneers in Twitter research, having completed his PhD on 'Inferring Social Behavior and Interaction on Twitter by Combining Metadata about Users & Messages'. His current research deals with the philosophy (ethics, epistemology, and phenomenology) behind contemporary social media usage and social networking trends.
He is active in science communication and is experienced in communicating academic research to a general audience. He frequently comments on topics related to digital ethics in the media, such as the New York Times (NYT) and The Age (Australia). His joint work with Mark Alfano and Adam Carter on "Technological Seduction and Self Radicalization" has been recognized by Philosopher's Annual as one of the Top 10 Best Papers in Philosophy worldwide in 2018. He also has a strong track record in teaching, having won several awards through his career as an academic.
Amina Crooks, PhD
Amina is a data driven customer experience, digital and commercial strategist with over 15 years’ experience leading complex and large-scale multi-year transformational programs E2E from vision to execution. She has a passion for solving business and customer problems with design, data and technology. Critical thinker and endlessly curious analytics and insights professional, she has a passion for solving business and customer problems by playing at the intersection of strategy, design, people, data and technology. As a people leader, Amina is passionate about developing and inspiring teams to lead change and make an impact.
A PhD in Epidemiology, Amina started her career as an academic and Research Scientist, working in Canada, Southeast Asia and Australia and was an international author, keynote speaker, university lecturer, postgrad supervisor and member of scientific committees. Since then, she has worked in public and private sectors, in health, logistics and telecommunication industries, leading large onshore and offshore teams, managing data and technology programs, and building data and AI insights to solve business problems.
Amina joined Deloitte in June 2021 to help clients become more customer-centric by applying customer strategy, design and data for operational decision making, product innovation and better customer and employee experiences.
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