Industry panel: How can AI & 5G work synergistically to empower Higher Education

Date: Wednesday 2 October 2019
Time: 11:00 – 13:00
Room: Conference Room 5


Curtin University and Optus Business have recently formed an Alliance to collaborate in research in the Artificial Intelligence field.  The focus of the collaboration will be in the impact of artificial intelligence on regional telecommunications, higher education and the urban environment.

The alliance has started to work to understand and address how AI and 5G can be applied in combination to provide the greatest impact to the users at Curtin’s Bentley campus, as a real world example.  One early outcome will be the building of a 5G network that will foster new use cases that augment other key 4th Industrial Revolution emerging technologies such as the Internet-of-Things and Virtual Reality. The insights are expected to foster new ecosystems for the development of new industrial applications.

The panel, moderated by Imogen Bartlett, consists of short presentations by the panellists followed by discussions and Q&A. The panellists consisting of industry leaders and leading researchers in the areas from Australia and Asia. It will thus stimulate great discussions and ideas through real-world experiences from both industry and academia.


 Imogen Bartlett has worked for many years in the ICT industry deploying large-scale solutions for customers around the Australia.  She is currently the Program Manager for an alliance between Optus and Curtin University in Artificial Intelligence research.  With a keen interest in the next generation of technology she is looking forward to what this partnership can showcase, teach and develop for the future.

Imogen stepped out of the ICT world for a number of years to manage a not-for-profit that ran structured mentoring programs to students in disadvantaged WA schools.  This initiative involved engaging corporate and skilled volunteering to help the students and the administration of many public schools in the Perth metro area.  This time in the not-for-profit sector has driven her to continue to seek opportunities to assist the next generation, specifically in the areas of STEM and championing diversity.

After completing her MBA, Imogen returned to the ICT sector and her current role and maintains her passion for developing great communities both inside and outside of work.  She is an active participant in volunteer mentoring, a member of the Women in Tech Western Australia (WiTWA) Event Sub-committee and is well known for her ability to help translate between different industries and sectors.


Dr. Yan Shi Xing (SMIEEE) is Director of Corporate Labs at NCS Group, a leading information and communications technology (ICT) and communications engineering services provider across the Asia-Pacific region. Dr. Yan leads the advanced research group in NCS and Singtel Cognitive and Artificial Intelligence Lab to advance state-of-the-art computing and develop intellectual property in emerging technologies to expand NCS/Singtel product range and capabilities.

Dr. Yan has nearly 20 years of experience in R&D and providing technical leadership in both technology MNC and Internet startup where he worked on Artificial Intelligence, Cloud Computing, and Big Data Analytics. Prior to joining NCS, Dr. Yan was the founding CTO and Executive Director of iGola, a travel technology company providing travelers around the world with travel intelligence. Previously, he was Research Director of HP Labs Singapore, the innovation engine for HP in the Asia-Pacific and Japan region. He also set up HP’s first R&D facility in Hong Kong and was Director and Principal Investigator of HP-ASTRI Information Technology Research Centre, Hong Kong.

Dr. Yan is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the School of Computer Science and Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Dr. Yan is a senior member of IEEE, a member of the United Nations ESCAP Sustainable Business Network (ESBN), and a member of the working group on provision, interoperability and use of cloud services for the Hong Kong Government.

Rocky Scopelliti is a world-renowned futurologist. His pioneering behavioral economics research on the confluence of demographic change associated with Millennials, and digital technology, have influenced the way we think about our social, cultural, economic and technological future. His new book ‘Youthquake 4.0 – A Whole Generation and the New Industrial Revolution’ was launched in September 2018 As an international key note speaker, his presentations have captivated audiences across Asia Pacific, the USA and Europe including Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Over 150 boards and leadership teams, including Fortune 100 corporations, each year seek his advice on strategy, emerging technologies and their future impact.

A distinguished author, his 15 thought leadership research publications have become internationally recognised for their influence including the World Economic Forum’s Disruptive Innovation in Financial Services Program.In an executive capacity, he is a member of the Optus Business Leadership team as the Director, Centre for Industry 4.0 where he leads the specialist team creating world class thought-leadership and innovation to guide enterprises on the Fourth Industrial Revolution. In a non-executive capacity, he is a director on the board of Community First Credit Union, on the technology advisory board for REST Super, member of the Australian Payments Council and on the advisory board of Wake by Reach. Educated in Australia and trained in the USA at Sydney and Stanford Universities respectively, he has a Graduate Diploma in Corporate Management and an MBA. He is also a graduate and member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Professor Brad Yu is a Chair Professor (Optus Chair in Artificial Intelligence) and Inaugural Director of Optus-Curtin Centre of Excellence in Artificial Intelligence – focusing on advancing AI in the new 5G era. He received a Bachelor of Engineering (Hon 1) degree in Computer Engineering from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, and a PhD degree in Engineering from the Australian National University. Upon graduation, he joined the faculty at the ANU on an ARC Australian Postdoctoral Fellowship and then Queen Elizabeth II Fellowship, and became leader of the Networked Systems Research Group. Among overseas positions held, Professor Yu directs the Artificial Intelligence and Robotics Center at the Westlake University, Hangzhou, China. His research has been supported by more than $10 million industry and overseas funding. He was a recipient of an AAS John Booker Medal, an Australian Government’s Endeavour Asia Award, multiple Australian Academy of Science and Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering visiting fellowships and grants; and a finalist of the Eureka Prize for Outstanding Science in Safeguarding Australia. Professor Yu is a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and a Fellow of the Engineers Australia.

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