Hi! Welcome to my microsite at The University of Technology, Sydney in Australia, where I am a Research Professor and Director of the Innovation and Enterprise Research Laboratory.

If you are interested in applying to enrol in a Research Degree e.g. PhD or Masters, please feel free to contact me. A range of scholarships are available. Research topics of interest in the Innovation and Enterprise Research Laboratory for 2013 and 2014 include, but are not limited to:

  • Social Robotics
  • Innovation & The Law
  • Strategy & Entrepreneurship
  • Decision Making & Risk Management
  • Knowledge Representation
  • Intelligent Privacy Management
  • Big Data Analytics

Breaking News ...

Invited Speaker, AAAI Spring Symposium, Stanford University.

Invited Speaker at GovInnovate 2013 Canberra.

Innovation Judge for the 2013 Australia & New Zealand Internet Awards

Panelist on The Big Data Business Challenges at Strategic Management Conference Atlanta 2013

Industry Track Co-Chair International Semantic Web Conference Sydney 2013

Keynote Speaker Victorian Information Technology Teachers Association 2013 Annual Conference, Provoking Learning with ICT, August Melbourne.

Panel presentation at UTS PhD Studies

Keynote Speaker on Global drivers, Megatrends, Big Data, and Measuring Innovation at the American Express Innovation Day November 2012.

Keynote Speaker on Big Data: The Next Frontier for Innovation, Competition, and Productivity with McKinsey at the Strategic Management Society Conference, Prague, September 2012.

The Importance of Robot Self Awareness New Scientist, August 22, 2012

How the Internet of Things could change Australian homes and businesses ComputerWorld, August 15, 2012

Robot Design Master Class at the Creative Innovation Labs July 19, 2012

IBM Pulse 2012 Cloud and Innovation Panel with Bowman Hall

Robotics Research on Robots Podcast June 29, 2012

Robots Invade Sydney Morning Herald, June 16, 2012

Robots, Humans and the Future on ABC Radio National's Future Tense May 13, 2012

An Awesome PR2 Robot now lives at UTS Computer World May 2, 2012

Talking about smarter technologies and the Internet of Things on ABC Radio National's Future Tense April 1, 2012

The Karachi Koalas, a new and exciting Robot Soccer Team in the Top 10 at 2012 Robot Soccer World Cup, up 6 ranks from 2011.

Check out the Magic Lab's Project JMC and send comments to the Design Team

UTS is the first University in Australia to obtain the world's most awesome robot, The PR2 Robot - The PR2 will help us take our research and innovation capabilities to new heights. The PR2 uses ROS open source software.

Organised an Industry Forum with Paul Freeman (Sydney Water), John Best (Thales) and Andrew Errant (Cisco) on Smart Futures: Connecting Physical and Virtual Worlds

Pi-Day at UTS with IBM and the video is now available

Quoted on Computer World

Australia needs to do more to accelerate progress towards a dynamic and responsive innovation culture. We lack a clear integrated vision and strategies for enriching our schools, universities and businesses with the necessary entrepreneurial spirit that will put us at the forefront of technology and able to play a leading role in setting the innovation agenda globally. We need policies that will ensure Australia is a leader in innovation, so Australians can choose their own future.

Come along to Stanford Law School's panel on Artifical Intelligence: A Legal Perspective for an engaging discussion with leading legal scholars about the increasing and significiant impact AI has on law and society.

Invited Speaker at UTS Engage Event on Vibrant Communities

Check out our cool video illustrating a robot avatar controlled with a motion capture suit.

Our humamoid robots dancing like Village People performing the U-T-S Dance.

Humanoid Robots dancing with professional human dancers.

Globalisation of Innovation Strategies: Novel Moves for a Global Game (Program Committee)

Smarter Living: The Conquest of Complexity Workshop at the Twenty-Fifth Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI-11) San Francisco (Chair)

What's it like to be a Robot? (Stanford Law School Blog)

Invited Panelist at Capital Markets Technologies

Innovation in Collaborative Ecosystems (Panel Chair and Organiser)

Congratulations to Wei Wang - a PhD Student in the Innovation and Enterprise Research Lab and Finalist in the recent Trailbrazer Competition with her innovative idea for addressing the 2010 Millenium Goals; MOBIVAX, a next generation agent-oriented Vaccination Management System deployed as a mobile service using cloud computing and geolocation in developing countries.

Dr Benjamin Johnston and I will be offering advice on innovative technologies at Australia 2010 Digital Life Expo & Conference, Melbourne. Please swing by and say hello to our robots. The robots will be chatting, dancing and playing the bongos!

Congratulations to Xun Wang the only Australian PhD Student to be awarded a 2010 IBM PhD Fellowship and Benjamn Johnston who won the 2010 Best General Artificial Intelligence Idea Prize. This prize is awarded to the paper presenting the most creative, innovative, interesting, and scientifically plausible idea about achieving artificial general intelligence.

Privacy and Personal Information Management Stanford University (Symposium Chair with Michael Genesereth and Roland Vogl)

We created a new NAO Robot Soccer Team at UTS in collaboration with the University of Science and Technology China which will compete at RoboCup 2010

Invited to join the International Advisory Board for the Rolf Schock Prize in Logic and Philosophy The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.

An easy piece on Perception, Representation, Information and Intelligence.

Making Representations: From Sensation to Perception invited speaker at Materials and Sensations, France

Invited Tutorial on Belief Revision and Decision Making at the Pan-Hellenic Logic Symposium, Greece.

Belief revision techniques are used to model changes in perception and understanding; a crucial capability in decision making.

Presentation at the IP Scholars Conference @ the Cardozo School of Law New York on Intellectual Property Rights and Collaborative Innovation.

Innovation is the basis of value creation in business today and IP law plays a crucial and influential role in driving innovation activities at both the strategic and operational levels of organisations. Innovation has evolved from an activity based on building competitive advantage within a single organisation to leverging off collaborative advantage in a rich ecosystem of partners, prosumers, competitors, and academia. I will discuss the key strengths and weaknesses of existing IP law in the context of collaborative innovation, and identify crucial areas of opportunity and tension between sharing knowledge, promulgating innovation and the management of intellectual rights in the quest to achieve effective collaborative advantage.

Autonomous Learning of Commonsense Simulations with Benjamin Johnston, International Symposium on Commonsense Reasoning.


We joined forces with the University of Science and Technology China to create a new Robot Soccer Team WrightEagle Unleashed! which recently competed at the Robot Soccer Championship in China. The team topped its round robin group (scoring 22 goals, conceding 0) and made it to the Finals. Check us out on Chinese TV.

Business 2020s @ the Australian Innovation Festival!

Women in Information and Communication, The Australian National University, International Women's Day, (Invited Speaker).

Some happenings in 2014 and beyond ...

General Chair 2014 International Conference on Social Robotics a new and exciting area of research with broad implications for society. The theme of the conference is "social intelligence".

Third IEEE/ASE International Conference on Cyber Security Stanford University, CA, USA, May 27 - May 31, 2014 (Program Committee)

Foundations of Information and Knowledge Systems (FoIKS) March 03-07, 2014 -- Bordeaux, France (Program Committee)

14th International Conference on Principles of Knowledge Representation and ReasoningWien, Austria. July 20-24, 2014 (Program Committee)

Knowledge Representation and Reasoning in Robotics Stanford University, 2014 (Program Committee)

Globalisation of Innovation Strategies: Novel Moves for a Global Game (Program Committee)

KR2012 International Conference on Principles of Knowledge Representation and Reasoning (Publicity Chair)

BICA2012 Biologically Inspired Cognitive Architectures (Program Committee)

AAMAS 2012 International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (Program Committee)

in the US and Stanford Robot Block Party












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and last updated on July 25, 2013
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