Human collaboration is fundamental to sustaining and progressing essential economic, scientific and cultural activity. The precipitous governmental and social response to COVID19 enforces physical distancing, and effective climate action relies on making significant shifts towards sustainable commuting. Large parts of the "knowledge" workforce have adapted by scaling and expanding use of existing remote collaborative technologies so that these are ubiquitous, fundamental, and sometimes sole channels of communication. For science, this amplifies and emphasises existing problems in running remote-inclusive, semi-distributed meetings and conferences.

Specific and urgent reflection and research is required to optimise distributed meetings and conferences to maximise generated value and minimise harms. Dual concerns of future meetings include "how do we make best use of existing and emerging collaborative technologies" and "what culture and practices are there and could there be that would help"? How do we maximise contributions and creativity, while minimising negative interactions or outcomes?

This CSIRO-hosted Future of Meetings Symposium will address these concerns in a holistic, cross-disciplinary way by considering them alongside key related themes of technology, sustainability, accessibility and inclusivity, among others. We recognise that the future of meetings has very strong ties with the future of how we work, educate, collaborate and interact. We have a unique chance at this time to reflect on where we've been, where we're going, and ultimately, where we want to go. So we have themed the days of the conference accordingly: Today, Tomorrow, Future. We are treating this symposium as an experiment in how we can build effective virtual conferences while incorporating lessons learned from other experience in this realm as much as we can.

We are very excited to welcome speakers from a number of fields and disciplines, sharing their expertise and experience across our various themes. Join us for this journey of exploration into the potential that lies ahead for the future of meetings!

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Event date: 15Sep 2020

Tuesday 15 - Thursday 17 Sep 2020

Virtual conference

Further details on the event will be provided via email after registration

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Confirmed speakers include:


Professor Ron Ekers

Ron Ekers
CSIRO

Professor Ronald Ekers is a CSIRO Fellow and an adjunct Professor at Curtin University in Perth. After a research career in radio astronomy in the UK, the Netherlands and the USA he returned to Australia in 1988 to become the first director of the ATNF, which operates CSIRO’s four radio observatories. From 2003 to 2006 Ekers was the president of the International Astronomical Union, the world body representing professional astronomers. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society, the Australian Academy of Science, the Royal Dutch Academy of Science and the US National Academy of Science.

Dr Cathy Foley

Cathy Foley
CSIRO

Dr Cathy Foley is Chief Scientist of CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency and innovation catalyst. Dr Foley has made significant contributions to the understanding of superconducting materials and to the development of devices using superconductors. She has a passion for advancing scientific research, and has held various advisory roles. Dr Foley is a strong advocate for women in STEM and is committed to tackling gender equality. As a leader in CSIRO, she is working to enhance collaboration across the sector and turn more world-class research into benefits for the nation.

Dr Hao Li

Hao Li
Pinscreen

Dr Hao Li is CEO and Co-Founder of Pinscreen, a startup that builds cutting edge AI-driven virtual avatar technologies. Before that, he was an Associate Professor at the University of Southern California, as well as director at the USC Institute for Creative Technologies. He also worked at Weta Digital, Industrial Light & Magic, and was a postdoc at Columbia and Princeton Universities. He was named top 35 innovator under 35 by MIT Technology Review in 2013. He won the ONR Young Investigator Award in 2018 and was named to the DARPA ISAT Study Group in 2019. Hao obtained his PhD at ETH Zurich.

Professor Blair MacIntyre

Blair Macintyre
Georgia Tech

Professor Blair MacIntyre is a Professor of Interactive Computing at Georgia Tech. He has been doing AR research since 1991, founded the Augmented Environments Lab at Georgia Tech in 1999, and has been working on bringing AR to the web since 2008. His research is currently focused on using distributed, social mixed reality to support online conferences, meetings, and teaching. He has worked on AR systems in military, industrial, enterprise, educational, and gaming domains, and consults on technical, design, and legal issues in AR.

Professor Martha Merrow

Martha Merrow
LMU Munich

Professor Martha Merrow is an American chronobiologist. She was educated and trained at Middlebury College, Tufts and Dartmouth Medical Schools and LMU Munich. She became a professor at the University of Groningen in the Rosalind Franklin Program. She became chair in Medical Psychology at LMU Munich in 2012. Her research concerns the circadian clock, from new clock models to synchronisation. In 2019, Merrow initiated a novel, virtual conferencing format aimed at reducing carbon emissions (https://www.careconferences.org).

Dom Price

Dom Price
Atlassian

Dominic Price has a career that has reached far and wide through Europe, US and Asia. He is proud to work at Atlassian, home of the most intelligent t-shirt wearers in business. As resident Work Futurist, Dom is the in-house “Team Doctor” helping Atlassian scale by being ruthlessly efficient and effective. Dom helped pioneer the Atlassian Team Playbook and has a deep passion for understanding the future of work and the changes we need to make today. He has also been GM Program Management for a global gaming company and a Director of Deloitte. After 17 years on these shores, he calls Australia home.

Dr Jill Rathborne

Jill Rathborne
Inclusive Organisation Group

Dr Jill Rathborne is the Director of Research for The Inclusive Organisation. She has 20 years’ experience as a scientist at world-leading institutions and exceptional expertise in quantitative and qualitative research and analysis.

The Inclusive Organisation is on a mission to create a world where everyone is included. Jill helps organisations implement a business-as-usual approach to inclusion and to identify inclusion improvements through evidence-based research to prove the ROI benefit. She is leading a global social research project to discover the full breadth of lived experiences of individuals.

Prof Yvonne Rogers

Yvonne Rogers
University College London

Professor Yvonne Rogers is a Professor of Interaction Design, the director of UCLIC and a deputy head of the Computer Science department at University College London. Her research interests are in the areas of interaction design, human-computer interaction and ubiquitous computing. A central theme of her work is concerned with designing interactive technologies that augment humans. A current focus of her research is on human-data interaction and human-centered AI. Central to her work is a critical stance towards how visions, theories and frameworks shape the fields of HCI, cognitive science and Ubicomp.

Professor Yuanyuan (YY) Zhou

Yuanyuan (YY) Zhou
University of California, San Diego & Whova

Professor YY Zhou is a Qualcomm Chair Professor at University of California, San Diego. She obtained her Ph.D from Princeton. She is an ACM Fellow and IEEE Fellow. She has chaired and served in the committees of 70+ top computer system conferences. She has so far graduated 19 Ph.D students, six of whom are now tenured/tenure-track professor at top universities in US. In parallel to her academic career, she also co-founded three companies. Her recent startup, Whova, has gained substantial customer traction worldwide and has helped more than 15,000 conferences/events in 93 countries.

Renji Bijoy

Renji Bijoy
Immersed

Renji Bijoy is the Founder & CEO of Immersed, a startup partnered with Facebook to build VR Offices. Immersed has tens of thousands of users who work in VR 40+ hrs every week, powered by Facebook's VR headset. Immersed went through Techstars (top 10 of 10,000 startups who competed worldwide). He has a Master's from Georgia Tech in Computer Vision & Machine Learning (#3 Computer Science graduate school in the US). He was also formerly a lead software architect @ GreatBigStory.com (growth-hacked to 3M subscribers in 2 months).

Marita Cheng

Marita Cheng
Aubot

Marita Cheng is the founder and CEO of Aubot, which makes a telepresence robot, Teleport, for kids with cancer in hospital to attend school, people with a disability to attend work and to monitor and socialise with elderly people. As well as telepresence robots, Aubot does research and development in robotic arms, virtual reality and autonomous mapping and navigation. Marita is often invited to speak about her work in robotics - specific robots she has built and the creative process her team uses to dream up and build new robots and AI - and how those industries will impact the future of work.

Dr Iain McCowan

Iain McCowan
Notiv

Dr Iain McCowan is a 20-year veteran of machine learning and speech technologies. Iain is the co-founder and CTO of Notiv. Previously, Iain founded Dev-Audio which developed an innovative speech-enabled microphone array product and was acquired by Biamp Systems in 2014. Before this, Iain worked as a Principal Research Scientist at CSIRO (Data61) and the IDIAP Research Institute exploring real-world applications of cutting edge natural language processing and machine learning techniques. Iain holds a Ph.D., B Eng, and B. IT from the Queensland University of Technology.

Chris Raethke

Chris Raethke
Notiv

Chris Raethke is the CEO and co-founder of Notiv. In 2018, Chris and Iain launched Notiv, an AI-based product thinking company that enables smart collaboration around meetings. Notiv started out of frustration from not having an ability to capture, store and recall information in the same way we access a word document. Chris believes that technology should allow humans to focus more and give us time back in our day. His projects do this by looking at our most important, but most inefficient daily experiences and making them better.

Andrew Arch

Andrew Arch
Intopia

Dr Andrew Arch is a Principal Consultant with Intopia and has been working in the field of digital accessibility for over 20 years. During this time, he established the digital access team at Vision Australia, worked on ageing and disability at the W3C in Europe and as the senior accessibility and inclusion expert in the Australian Government, including at the Digital Transformation Agency. Andrew is also a long-term participant in the Education Outreach Working Group of the W3C Web Accessibility Initiative.

Arturo Arrarte

Arturo Arrarte
Slack

Arturo Arrarte is Head of Enterprise for the Asia Pacific region at Slack. Having contributed to driving growth at Salesforce, KPMG and IBM, Arturo has the first-hand experience of guiding companies through periods of rapid growth and scale. With academic degrees in computer science and mechatronics engineering, with a specialisation in AI, as well as a master's in business, Arturo's unique background makes him a perfect fit for Slack.

Vakhtang Assatrian

Vakhtang Assatrian
Microsoft

Vakhtang Assatrian is Director in Teams Strategic Customer Engineering at Microsoft and serves as a Regional Technology Officer for Teams Enterprise Customers in Asia. His primary focus areas include product and business strategies, customer advocacy, partner development, and field enablement. A well-known unified communications subject matter expert, Vakhtang is the executive interface for the field and Teams customers. His business certifications include certifications from INSEAD Business School and EMERITUS MIT. Currently, Vakhtang is studying Communications Law at Melbourne Law School.

Dr Leo Burtscher

Leo Burtscher
Leiden Observatory
Leiden University, The Netherlands

Dr Burtscher obtained his Ph.D. in astronomy in 2011 at the Max-Planck-Institute for Astronomy in Heidelberg, Germany, working on mid-infrared interferometry of Active Galactic Nuclei. He continued to work on AGNs and interferometric instruments during his postdoc at the Max-Planck-Institute for extraterrestrial physics in Garching. Since 2017 he is a staff astronomer at Leiden Observatory and calibration scientist for ELT/METIS. Leo is also passionate about science education & outreach, e.g. as a member of astronomers for planet Earth. He was one of the organisers of the EAS 2020 virtual meeting.

Adem Cifcioglu

Adem Cifcioglu
Intopia

Adem Cifcioglu has over 12 years of hands-on, professional experience working in digital, including web development, training, and consulting. Adem has worked with accessibility in organisations ranging from small not for profits to large corporates. For 8 years Adem lead and was responsible for the development and execution of NAB's digital accessibility agenda. In 2016, Adem joined forces with fellow accessibility specialist, and good friend Sarah Pulis to start digital accessibility consultancy Intopia, with the aim of making the digital world more inclusive and accessible.

Mark Drasutis

Mark Drasutis
Slack Guest

Mark Drasutis is a global leader in Product, Digital and Innovation. Mark has held Chief Digital Officer, Chief Product Officer and Head of Innovation roles at both traditional and high growth companies across multiple continents. His contribution includes designing and delivering high performing teams, driving organisational change, digital transformation and customer-centric corporate innovation in companies such as Yahoo!, News Corp, IAG, and AOL.

Alan Duffy

Alan Duffy
Swinburne University of Technology

Professor Alan Duffy creates model universes on supercomputers to understand how galaxies like our Milky Way form within vast clouds of dark matter. He is trying to find this dark matter as a part of the national Dark Matter Centre of Excellence and the SABRE experiment, the world's first dark matter detector in the Southern Hemisphere, to be deployed at the Stawell Underground Physics Laboratory. Alan is the Project Lead of SpaceTech Applications at Swinburne's Data Science Research Institute, finding novel uses for astrophysical knowledge in aiding business and society on Earth.

Dr Xavier Ho

Xavier Ho
Monash University

Dr Xavier Ho is a hybrid design and software practitioner-researcher appointed at Monash Art, Design and Architecture. Prior to joining the Monash family, he led the Graph Visualisation Engineering team at CSIRO designing visualisations for machine learning on networked data. He also served as an individual contributor for UX design and scientific visualisation. His interest in the future of meetings intersects with human perception and attention, production quality, and the effects of audio and atmosphere.

Dr Rebecca Ingle

Rebecca Ingle
University College London

Dr Rebecca Ingle is a Lecturer at University College London whose research involves the use of optical and X-ray spectroscopies to investigate light-induced chemical dynamics. She has been a co-organiser of the Virtual Winterschool for Computational Chemistry (https://winterschool.cc/) since 2016, an annual, fully online conference that brings together the international computational chemistry community to share research and learn new techniques.

Sarah Jenkins

Sarah Jenkins

A highly experienced evaluation specialist who, since 2006, has completed over 110 professional evaluation commissions of events, activities and projects of all scales, ranging from one-off events to complex multi-national and multidisciplinary partnerships. Clients include professional bodies, leading universities and funders of research and engagement. Expertise covering all audiences, from under-5s to government policy makers, plus professional groups, e.g. educators and researchers. Also an associate lecturer for MSc Science Communication course at University of West of England Bristol.

Dr Carina Kemp

Carina Kemp
AARNet

Dr Kemp is the Director of eResearch for AARNet responsible for making the Network work the best it can for Research in Australia. This includes working with the Australian and International research community to find and implement tools that sit above the network to make technology and data research ready. Her career has focused on the application of innovative technologies. Her enduring interests include Open Data, data analytics, machine learning, HPC, communication of science, bridging the gap between research and ICT, mentoring and promoting diversity in STEM fields.

Chris Krishna-Pillay

Chris Krishna-Pillay
CSIRO

Chris Krishna-Pillay has worked at CSIRO for more than 25 years in education, community outreach and staff engagement. Chris has extensive experience in science communication and performance. His writing and performing credits include, Pre-Coital, Somnium, Dante's Laboratory and rock band Ologism. He also directed Faraday's Candle. Chris has appeared on television, most recently on Outrageous Acts of Science. He is also a regular panellist on radio program Einstein A Go Go and was science consultant for children's television series Wicked Science.

Dr Benjy Marks

Benjy Marks
The University of Sydney

Dr Marks is a lecturer in Geomechanics at The University of Sydney. He is also one of the academics running the Immersive Learning Laboratory, which is used across the University to teach in an immersive virtual reality environment. Dr Marks develops VR environments for use in teaching for engineering applications.

Dr Emily Moylan

Emily Moylan
The University of Sydney

Dr Emily Moylan is a Lecturer in Civil Engineering at the University of Sydney with research expertise in innovative uses of travel data, journey time reliability modelling, traffic flow theory and disrupted transport networks. She has worked with emerging transport data sets across Australia and North America, and her research has been applied to practice through the Transit Cooperative Research Program and commissioned reports for Transport for NSW. She holds a PhD in Astronomy and Astrophysics from ANU and Masters of City Planning and Science (Transportation Engineering) from UC Berkeley.

Divya M. Persaud

Divya M. Persaud
University College London

Divya M. Persaud is a planetary scientist, writer, and composer. Divya's research has spanned mission development and operations; the surfaces and interiors of Mercury, Mars, and the icy moons of Saturn; and meteorites and the asteroids they come from. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. at UCL's Mullard Space Science Laboratory, where she is applying 3D imaging to understand the landing site of the Curiosity rover. Passionate about bridging the spheres and models of science and engagement, she aims to work at the nexus of planetary geology, instrument development, and public engagement.

Chris Pycroft

Chris Pycroft
Intopia

Chris Pycroft is a Digital Accessibility Consultant with Intopia, and has been working in the accessibility field for nearly 10 years. Previously, Chris has been the Head of Accessibility for Australia and New Zealand at Uber, and a Technology and Innovations Collective Advisor for the Young and Well Co-operative Research Centre, combining efforts in accessibility, mental health and suicide prevention.

Prof Aaron Quigley

Aaron Quigley
University of NSW

Professor Aaron Quigley is the Head of School in the School of Computer Science and Engineering at UNSW. He is also the general co-chair for the ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems in Yokohama Japan in 2021. Previously, Professor Aaron Quigley was the Chair of Human Computer Interaction in the School of Computer Science at the University of St Andrews, director of the Scottish Informatics and Computer Science Alliance, board member for ScotlandIS and the DataLab. Whilst in Scotland he was co-founder of SACHI, the St Andrews Computer Human Interaction research group.

Megan Rebuli

Megan Rebuli
CSIRO

Megan is a Research Dietitian with CSIRO Health and Biosecurity, based at the South Australian Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) in Adelaide. Megan works across a broad range of projects including clinical trials, CSIRO recipe books, and public health programs, with her work focusing on exploring the relationship between nutrition and health. Megan is passionate about good food, good science, and helping people by bringing it all together.

Dr Nicky Ringland

Nicky Ringland
Google

Dr Nicky Ringland is a technologist, entrepreneur, educator and champion for computer science and technology outreach. She completed her PhD in Computer Science at the University of Sydney, and is a co-founder of Grok Learning, a startup with a mission to teach students to solve problems with code, and currently works as a Product Manager at Google, Australia. Named one of Australia's “Superstars of STEM” and 2018 AFR Women of Influence, Nicky is passionate about language, tech, and teaching the next generation the skills they need to become the creators of tomorrow.

Misha Schubert

Misha Schubert
Science & Technology Australia

Misha Schubert is CEO of Science & Technology Australia – the peak body for science and technology. Misha is a visiting fellow at the Australian National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science at ANU and a Vice-President of the National Press Club of Australia. Misha has worked for major media including The Australian, The Age, the Sunday Age, and the ABC. She also held roles in the movement for constitutional recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and at Universities Australia.

Prof Bruce H. Thomas

Bruce H. Thomas
IVE: Australian Research Centre for Interactive and Virtual Environments at the University of South Australia

Professor Thomas is the current the Director of IVE: Australian Research Centre for Interactive and Virtual Environments at the University of South Australia. He is currently a CSIRO Adjunct Science Fellow, Senior Member of the ACM, Senior Member of the IEEE, and Visiting Professor (Global) Keio University. His current research interests include: wearable computers, user interfaces, augmented reality, virtual reality, visualisation, CSCW, tabletop display interfaces, and the use of cognitive psychology in virtual environments research.

Adam Thompson

Adam Thompson
MusoMagic

Adam Thompson is best known for his success with Australian rock band Chocolate Starfish. In 2000 Adam created MusoMagic, a platform that breathes life into mission statements and values by facilitating large scale team song creation. During the pandemic, Adam has reinvented his processes online, which focusses on providing businesses and individual coaching to deliver a consistent, professional presence for leaders in the virtual domain.

Viveka Weiley

Viveka Weiley
CSIRO's Data61

Viveka Weiley leads the Design Thinking practice at CSIRO’s Data61. He has 25 years in design, tech & creativity research, focusing on the role of place in geographically distributed collaborative creativity. Viveka co-founded SIGGRAPH Asia, led award winning R&D teams at the ABC and CHOICE, and brought the first 1cm resolution virtual earth to the Web. He served as a founding member of the Consumer Data Right Advisory Committee and has been appointed to the UTS School of Computer Science Advisory Board.