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Governance

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

    Chair
    AACS

    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.

  • Professor Kimberlee Weatherall

    Vice Chair
    AACS

    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.

  • Ms Aurelie Jacquet

    Member
    AACS

  • Mr James Wan

    Member
    AACS

    Experienced General Counsel and Company Secretary with a demonstrated history of working in healthcare and AI in Australia, Singapore and Hong Kong. Deep technical knowledge in machine learning, blockchain technology and software development. Solicitor, qualified patent attorney and trade mark attorney. Forward-looking, commercially minded trusted business partner who regularly takes the initiative to anticipate and solve problems, and manage risk at both a strategic and operational level.

  • Ms Katie Payten

    Member
    AACS

    Katie is a Senior Technology Executive with a career that spans over 25 years at IBM, Lend Lease and MLC. Currently the Director of Technology Assurance and Governance at ASIC, Katie is responsible for IT corporate governance, the successful delivery of technology projects, and continuous improvement to enhance strategic delivery and drive value. She reports regularly to the Risk and Audit Committees, with responsibility for audit traceability, identifying and mitigating operational and strategic risks, and ensuring adherence to operational controls and the compliance framework. Katie has delivered complex business transformation projects spanning banking and finance, HR, construction and government legislative outcomes, reporting to Board and Commission level. She has setup and managed large global operations teams (150+ people) and managed C-level stakeholder relationships. Katie is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD), a member of the Industry Advisory Board - University of Technology Sydney Engineering and IT Faculty, and a member of the Artificial Intelligence and Ethics Committee - Australian Computer Society. She holds a Masters of Commerce (Finance and Organisational Behaviour) from UNSW, and a Bachelor of Information Technology from UTS. Katie is active in promoting the advancement of women in ICT and mentoring future leaders and has an ongoing relationship with the UTS IT Co-Operative Scholarship Program. She sat on the IBM Diversity Council and has run charity initiatives to increase technology experiences in primary schools.

  • Dr Kelvin Ross

    Member
    FACS

    Dr Kelvin Ross has over 25 years of experience in software engineering and enterprise IT applications. Kelvin started his IT career in safety critical software engineering in defence, working on FA-18 airborne radar systems. After completing his PhD in safety critical systems engineering and several years in consulting in defence and transportation systems, he moved over to the commercial sector and founded KJR, specializing in software testing and assurance, which now has over 100 consultants in Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne and Brisbane. Kelvin is recognized as expert in testing and assurance of software applications across a broad range of industry domains, including e-health, public administration, finance, insurance, retail and telecommunications. Kelvin is now non-executive Chairman of KJR, and now engages in broader IT and advisory roles, including technology founder of IntelliHQ, a Healthcare AI innovation hub. He has broad interests in Machine Learning, which he sees as a dominant technology driver for the next several decades. He is an Associate Adjunct Professor at the Institute for Intelligent and Integrated Systems, Griffith University, organiser of Young Women Leaders in AI program, and has held several roles in national technical working groups (NATA and ACS).

  • Dr Khimji Vaghijani

    Member
    AACS

    • Author of “Spiritual Journey of an Entrepreneur” • Currently a mentor on A.I Australia, on the Australian Computer Society A.I Ethics Technical Working Committee. • Worked at NSW Govt. running the Innovate NSW in DoI, as well as the NSW DAC. Data and A.I , start-up and Innovation & commercialisation specialist. Consultant to Government, corporate, research, academia and start-up experience. Khimji was the CEO and co-founder of Solar-Gem. Khimji was awarded the Australian Innovator of the Year and Australian International Design award in 2010, the Powerhouse Museum Award 2010, and the Tech23 Innovative company award 2010. Solar-Gem achieved initial sales in 18 countries for its innovative solar lighting technology. • Director of Innovation Partnerships at Westpac – created major alliances with corporate partners for joint projects. • Director from 2003-2008 of Smart Internet Technology centre. • Founder of TiE-Sydney chapter (The Indus Entrepreneurs) • Award winning lecturer. Teaching includes Executive MBA, & MBA

  • Professor Maurice Pagnucco

    Member
    AACS

    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.

  • Ms Rosalyn Bell

    Member
    AACS

    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.

  • Professor Simeon Simoff

    Member
    MACS CP

    Professor Simeon Simoff is the Dean of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics at Western Sydney University. Prior to this, he was a Professor of Information Technology at UTS. He has held academic positions at the University of Sydney, University of Bolzano-Bozen and Ecole Polytechnique de l'Université de Nantes. He is known for his transdisciplinary research, which links data science, human-machine interaction, design computing and intelligent virtual reality. His current research and development interests are in visual analytics, insights and discoveries, cognitive algorithms, and believability in AI.

  • Professor Toby Walsh

    Member
    AACS

    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.

  • Ms Vi Nguyen

    Member
    AACS