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How is Artificial Intelligence (AI) reshaping Central Queensland?

Hear from local businesses, professionals, and students when they share their experiences, learnings, and future plans for AI. Join the Capricorn ICT Network – Australian Computer Society to hear and contribute to the casual discussions. This is our last face-to-face event to close off 2023, so stick around over a couple of drinks after the event to take this opportunity to network with the locals.

Event Start: Wed 22 Nov 05:30 PM AEST
Event Finish: Wed 22 Nov 07:30 PM AEST


Registration End Date: Wed 22 Nov 02:30 PM

<span style="font-size: 11pt;"><span style="font-family: Calibri,sans-serif;">Hear from local businesses, professionals, and students when they share their experiences, learnings, and future plans for AI.  Join the Capricorn ICT Network – Australian Computer Society to hear and contribute to the casual discussions.  This is our last face-to-face event to close off 2023, so stick around over a couple of drinks after the event to take this opportunity to network with the locals.</span></span><br><br><br>**If you are not an ACS member, please contact <u><strong></strong></u> to register - with your name, email address, phone number, organisation, and any dietary requirements.

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Roy Pidgeon

Roy Pidgeon

Chair, ACS Rockhampton Chapter, and CDO, Central Queensland University

Roy is a driver of change and innovation in the higher education digital technology sector with more than 25 years’ experience in delivering real business and digital solutions in the areas of learning, teaching and research. Providing project oversight and leadership for CQU's ICT, Library and eResearch initiatives and services; Roy consistently advocates and leads high-performing teams to deliver innovative, effective and beneficial solutions. Most recently leading CQU's successful digital transformation project ITX under the CQU Renew program to transform the student user experience utilising industry leading success, data and AI platforms. Roy is also a major contributor to the education and ICT sectors as a board member of QCIF, CAUDIT Treasurer, QUDIT Chair and Chair ACS Rockhampton.

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Stuart Varrall

Stuart Varrall

Senior Manager, Cognizant Servian

Stuart began his career in the console games industry and later applied his expertise to develop mobile games and applications for clients worldwide. After immigrating to Australia, he continued his career at Cognizant Servian, one of the country's leading consultancies. During his six-year tenure, Stuart worked on a diverse range of projects encompassing Computer Vision, Machine Learning, and Natural Language Processing (NLP). One of his pivotal roles was as the Lead Architect at Google, where he spearheaded a Contact Centre AI project for a major telecommunications company.

On a local level, Stuart has collaborated with CQUniversity, supporting various initiatives, including the development of the popular well-being app '10,000 Steps' and the utilisation of predictive modelling techniques with student data. His most recent project involved applying Machine Learning and behaviour analysis to enhance people's daily activity levels.

More recently, Stuart has ventured into independent consulting with a primary focus on exploring the potential of spatial computing, particularly Apple's Vision Pro.

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Pavle Jeric

Pavle Jeric

Deputy Director, Online Systems | Information and Technology Directorate, CQUniversity

Pavle started his career in the Aviation and Telecommunications industry but has been in Higher Education for the last 20 years. He worked at UTS and Macquarie driving IT innovation in commercialising research and higher education business development including launching Australia’s first eMental Health Clinic. During his time in NSW, he also worked on several award-winning learning products helping to bring an online flavour of an MBA program to life and to create an online version of the HSC Science curriculum.

Since 2018, he has been the Deputy Director for Online Systems at CQUniversity. He leads a team that maintains and enhances the university’s Digital Learning Environment enabling CQUniversity to cater to its wide national and international footprint. During his time at CQUniversity he led several sector leading initiatives including development of learning analytics products, implementation of embedded real-time feedback tools and a scalable integration of MSTeams for education with an LMS to name a few.

Pavle has always had a keen interest in all things “data”. AI was on the horizon in all the strategic roadmaps he worked on developing at CQUniversity so when AI exploded onto the scene in early 2023 it was only natural to run proof of concept project and set the scene for the role AI will have in the years to come.

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Building 37, Bruce Highway,Rockhampton,QLD,Australia

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  • CQUniversity Advanced Technology and Innovation Centre (ATIC)
    Building 37, Bruce Highway
    Rockhampton QLD 4701
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  • Event Start:
    Wed 22 Nov 05:30 PM AEST

    Event Finish:
    Wed 22 Nov 07:30 PM AEST
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