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The Australian Computer Society is governed by a national Management Committee.  This committee is assisted by a National Congress, eight State and Territory Branch Executive Committees, and three expert advisory boards - the Member Advisory Board, the Profession Advisory Board, and the Technical Advisory Board.

All three Boards provide strategy advice within their areas of expertise to Management Committee via their Vice Presidents.

One of the key strengths of the ACS is the collective knowledge and skills of its members, and the expert advisory boards are the framework for optimising this expertise.

The ACS Management Committee controls and manages the Society, within the bounds set by the Associations Incorporations Act (ACT) and the Society’s Objects, Rules and National Regulations.

The Management Committee consists of the National Office Bearers (President, three Vice Presidents, Immediate Past President, National Treasurer) as well as the Chief Executive Officer and four National Congressional Representatives.               

Artificial intelligence Ethics Committee


  • Mr Peter Leonard


    Peter Leonard is a data and technology business lawyer and principal of Data Synergies. Peter was a founding partner of Gilbert + Tobin. He has worked as a legal and commercials adviser to global and Asia Pac data, communications and technology businesses for over thirty years. Following his retirement as a G+T partner in 2017 he continues to assist G+T as a consultant. Peter chairs the Australian IoT (Internet of Things) Alliance’s Data Access, Use and Privacy work stream, the Law Society of New South Wales Privacy and Communications Committee and the Australian Computer Society’s Artificial Intelligence and Ethics Technical Committee. He serves on a number of advisory boards, including the NSW Data Analytics Centre, and a number of boards of directors. He is a former global chair of the International Bar Association's Technology Committee, former global vice-chair of the IBA's Communications Committee, and former director of iappANZ.

  • Mr Chris Vein

    Chris Vein has been described by FedInsider as "innovating innovation itself," Chris advises public, private, and non-profit organizations on how to use innovation and technology to achieve sustainable change and growth. Whether working with Prime Ministers or start-up entrepreneurs, Chris’s focus is on helping organizations and their leaders inspire a common vision for change, build a team that cares deeply about their work, and create new business models, products, or services. Intensely curious and never afraid to take risk, Chris helps organizations and the people they serve to change the world.

  • Professor Hussein Abbass


    Hussein Abbass is a Professor in the School of Engineering and Information Technology, University of New South Wales at the Australian Defence Force Academy (UNSW@ADFA) in Canberra, Australia. He is a fellow of the Australian Computer Society (FACS), a fellow of the Operational Research Society (FORS,UK); a fellow of the Institute Management and Leaders of Australia (FIML), and the Vice-president for Technical Activities (2016-2019) for the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society. He is an associate Editor of the IEEE Trans. On Evolutionary Computation, IEEE Trans. on Cybernetics, IEEE Trans. on Cognitive and Developmental Systems, IEEE Trans. on Computational Social Systems, and four other journals. His current research contributes to trusted autonomy with an aim to design next generation trusted artificial intelligence systems that seamlessly integrate humans and autonomous systems. His work fuses artificial intelligence, big data, cognitive science, operations research, and robotics.

  • Professor Kimberlee Weatherall

    Professor Kimberlee Weatherall is a Professor of Law at the University of Sydney Law School. Her research spans intellectual property law, the relationship between law and emerging technologies, and international trade law. Her research program has a strong interdisciplinary focus, having included projects with economists, cognitive psychologists, and, currently, social scientists and data science. She has been a member of assorted government advisory committees including the Advisory Council on Intellectual Property, and is a past winner of Linux Australia’s Rusty Wrench award for contributions to the open source community for her work on law reforms consequent on the US-Australia Free Trade Agreement.

  • Professor Maurice Pagnucco

    Professor Maurice Pagnucco is Deputy Dean (Education), Engineering and the Head of the School of Computer Science and Engineering at UNSW. Maurice graduated with a BSc (Hons I) and PhD from the University of Sydney. He has held academic positions at the University of Sydney, Macquarie University, the University of Toronto and the University of New South Wales. His research interests lie in Knowledge Representation and Reasoning, Cognitive Robotics, Belief Change and Reasoning About Actions.

  • Dr Richard Lucas


    Richard Lucas, PhD, has over 40 years experience working and teaching in the ICT field. As an ICT professional he has been: a project team leader, senior systems analyst, systems engineer, programmer, and instructor. This has been in the fields of Agriculture, Defence, Electoral Systems, Engineering, Health, Health Insurance, and Taxation. He has worked in the public and private sectors as both an employee and an independent consultant. For more than 25 years he taught ethics and social responsibility to ICT students at the professional, vocational, and university levels in Europe and Australia. He has conducted research into the ethics of ICT, had this research published in international journals, and presented at international conferences. He is the Principal of The Ethics Consultancy ( which offers a wide variety of ethics related programs. He has recently retired from academia (2017). He is a Fellow of the ACS. He was an Adjunct Senior Research Fellow, in the Emerging Technology program at the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics (CAPPE) of Charles Sturt University. CAPPE ceased operation as an entity 31 December 2016. He was an Associate of UC-RISE and the University of Canberra. He is a member of; AAPAE (Australian Association for Professional and Applied Ethics), PEA (Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia), Friends of the SEP, and The Ethics Centre

  • Ms Rosalyn Bell

    Rosalyn Bell is an Assistant Commissioner with the Australian Government Productivity Commission. She has produced work on the economic and social implications of digital disruption and what governments need to do about it. Most recently she has led a major inquiry for the Australian Government that recommends sweeping changes to the frameworks under which data held by Australian governments and the private sector is made available and used.

  • Dr Shlomo Berkovsky

    Dr. Shlomo Berkovsky is a Principal Researcher and Team Leader at the Analytics program of Data61, CSIRO. His interests include online behaviour of users and their interaction with information, systems, and other users. His work involves aspects of data science, human-computer interaction, and behavioural sciences. His specific research areas include user modelling, Web personalisation, recommender systems, and persuasive technologies.

  • Professor Toby Walsh

    Professor Toby Walsh is a leading researcher in artificial intelligence (AI). He was recently named by the Australian in the inaugural Knowledge Nation 100, the one hundred ‘rock stars’ of Australia's digital revolution. He is the Scientia Professor of Artificial Intelligence at the University of New South Wales and leads a research group at Data61, Australia's Centre of Excellence for ICT Research. He is currently a Guest Professor at TU Berlin. He has been elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science and of the Association for the Advancement of AI for his contributions to AI research. He has won the Humboldt research award and the NSW Premier's Prize for Excellence in ICT and Engineering. He has previously held research positions in England, Scotland, France, Germany, Italy, Ireland, and Sweden.

  • Professor Simeon Simoff