The inaugural Australian and New Zealand Women in AI Awards was held on March 26 to honour women who have made invaluable contributions in the field of AI.
Held at MCA in Sydney, the awards are the brainchild of the global Women in AI movement, and facilitated and produced by C-level networking specialist Jewelrock.
Women in AI was founded in 2017 with the mission to close the gender gap in the field of artificial Intelligence.
Covering 11 categories, with a Grand Award for Australia-New Zealand WAI Innovator of the Year, the awards brought together the best and brightest women acrosss the Australian and New Zealand AI community.
The winners are:
- AI in Finance Award – Wen Chen, CSIRO Data61
- AI in Health Award – Dr Michelle Perugini, CEO and Co-Founder, Presagen
- AI in Defence Award – Squadron Leader Kate Yaxley, Royal Australian Air Force
- AI in Education Award – Dr Beena Ahmed, Senior Lecturer, School of Electrical Engineering & Telecommunications, UNSW
- AI in Infrastructure – Distinguished Professor Fang Chen, Executive Director, Data Science, UTS
- AI in Mining – Juliette Murphy Co-Founder and CEO, FloodMapp
- AI in Manufacturing – Jamila Gordon, CEO and Founder, Lumachain
- AI in Innovation – Yolande Strengers, Associate Professor of Digital Technology and Society, Monash University
- AI in Agribusiness – Fiona Turner, Co-Founder and CEO, Bitwise Agronomy
- AI in Law – Aurelie Jacquet, Chair, IT-043 Standards Committee on AI
- AI in Cyber Security – Dr Lina Yao, Scientia Associate Professor, UNSW
The Australia-New Zealand WAI Innovator of the Year went to AI in Manufacturing Winner Jamila Gordon, who predicted a bright future for women in AI. Dr Michelle Perugini and Fionan Turner were first and second runner up respectively.
Photo caption: (From left) Professor Joanna Batstone, Director Monash Data Futures Institute; Grand Award Second runner up, Fiona Turner; Grand Award First runner up Dr Michelle Perugini; Grand Award Winner Jamila Gordon; WAI Awards 2021 Advisory Group Awards Patron The Hon Julie Bishop.