August 12th, 2019

Amplify your intelligence, build new networks and be inspired by the future of Data + Science + Tech at D61+ LIVE.

Our program hosts two days of talks, panel sessions and masterclasses covering a wide variety of topics and themes.

Day 1



Welcome to D61+ LIVE

10.00am – 10.20am

Welcome to Country & Smoking Ceremony

Ministerial address

10.20am – 10.30am

Speakers: The Hon Karen Andrews, Minister for Industry, Science and Technology & Federal Member for McPherson



Opening keynote

10.30am – 11.00am

Speakers: David Thodey, CSIRO

Every sector of the global economy has been re-defined by digital disruption. Massive flows of data have created new infrastructure, new businesses, new monopolies, new politics and new opportunities. CSIRO Chairman David Thodey sets the scene for D61+ LIVE. 


The age of data

11.00am – 11.30am

Speakers: Dr Sue Keay, CSIRO’s Data61

Technology has transformed every aspect of our lives, and the rise of artificial intelligence promises both significant potential and challenges.AI and Cyber-physical systems — the connection of digital devices to the physical environment — will reshape what it means to be human in the age of data.Fuelling all of this is data — created, shared, analysed and stored across a networked ecosystem that each and everyone one of us is a part of. Dr Sue Keay shares how we can unlock Australia’s $315 billion opportunity in digital opportunity, through better data capture, management, analysis and action.From cybernetics and social robots to cybersecurity and machine learning — how can data be used to improve society, the economy and our environment?



Digital innovation can deliver AU$315 billion in gross economic value to Australia over the next decade, making it a critical ingredient to the country’s — and indeed the world’s — ongoing economic success. But what are the imperatives for innovation? How does Australia stay relevant in a globally competitive market?



In conversation with Yaël Eisenstat

2.15pm – 3.00pm

Moderator: Paul McIntyre, AFR
Speakers: Yaël Eisenstat, Center for Humane Technology

Yaël Eisenstat is a thought leader and strategist working with governments, tech companies, and investors focused on the intersection of ethics, tech, security and policy. Do companies, governments, apps and social media platforms know too much about us? Can we trust digital platforms to act ethically?

Join Yaël in conversation with journalist Paul McIntyre, as she draws on observations from her time as a CIA officer and as Global Head of Elections Integrity Operations at Facebook to answer these questions.

This fireside chat is not to be missed, and will tackle the intersection of ethics, tech, security and society.



Digital deceit and data privacy scandals plagued 2018, with everyone trying to keep up with expeditiously evolving platforms and technologies. What does data mistrust look like now and how can we overcome it? Is regulation the answer and who should take responsibility for it? Can data collection ever really be tamperproof? Can technology be both the problem and the solution?



Curious minds create change

4.30pm – 5.30pm

Speakers: Dr Cathy Foley, CSIRO

Scientists and great leaders have one thing in common. They are all extremely curious. It’s the curiosity of leaders that drives a constant search for new and better solutions and the curiosity of scientists to look below the surface to ask why or how. It’s the combination of these two roles that has seen science and technology reach new heights. In this session, we look at how scientific discovery has changed and why leadership is critical for future science impact.


Networking function

5.30pm – 7.30pm

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Join us for an evening of canapés and drinks while you meet and mingle with top researchers in Australia. This is an opportunity to speak to industry leaders, world-leading researchers, as well as global and local technology commentators, about the trends that are shaping Australia’s future.

Expand your network and make new connections. Tickets are limited for this exclusive event.

Day 2


Welcome back

8.45am – 9.00am


Fast, smart and connected: what is it to be human, and Australian, in a digital world

9.00am – 10.00am

Speakers: Prof Genevieve Bell, 3A Institute

Today, Australia is in the midst of a tectonic shift in technologies and technical infrastructures; we are not alone in this shift, it is transpiring on a global scale. The appearance of early Artificial Intelligence (AI)-powered Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) is already having a significant impact on a range of market sectors – including, mining, manufacturing, and infrastructure. Historically, sustaining similar technologically economic transformations have required the establishment of new fields of practice to ensure safety, innovation and scale – engineering and computer science are the two most significant examples. If this holds true again, we are in critical need of another branch of engineering to tackle CPS. Currently, the Australian National University (ANU) is the only significant academic institution (globally) which has drafted and commenced teaching a curricula aimed squarely at CPS. In this talk, Genevieve Bell will reflect on the work of the 3A Institute at the ANU, and their two journey to building a new branch of engineering to manage AI safely to scale.



Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning systems are being rapidly adopted around the world. By 2030, AI is estimated to generate $13 trillion in economic activity across the world. How we develop and deploy AI technologies now will critically shape our future world. Hear from some of the region’s top AI experts about the questions we need to be asking ourselves as a society, and how we can capitalise on the trillion-dollar AI opportunity.



Capitalising on the robot revolution

11.45am – 12.45pm

Moderator: Tim Michael, Inside Robotics
Speakers: Tim Reed, Business Council of AustraliaDr Sue Keay, CSIRO’s Data61, Rob Scott, Presence of IT, Nicci Rossouw, CEO, Exaptec

The World Economic Forum estimates that AI will displace 75 million jobs but create 133 million new jobs by the year 2022. While this results in a net benefit, there will no doubt be winners and losers as workforces experience a monumental shift in the demand for skills. Join our panel of experts to explore the realities of the future of work and how companies and people should be preparing.



Right now the world is experiencing the Fourth Industrial Revolution, or the Data Economy. First came mechanisation and computerisation. Now it’s all about connecting physical assets into networks, extracting data from machines and applying big data analytics including artificial intelligence and machine learning to achieve greater efficiencies. CSIRO scientists will discuss how digital and data-driven technologies, in particular AI, are reshaping their industries for the better and provide some examples which highlight the change and the value that these new technologies are creating for society and the environment.

Closing address

4.15pm – 4.30pm

*Program subject to change.