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JULY 2019

Hello co-conspirators

We are celebrating the fact that we and our students have made it through Semester 1 of the pilot masters! Our students have created some fascinating work and are now getting ready to jump into Semester 2. We are excited to announce new 3Ai team members, and we're also getting prepared to open our 2020 application round for our Masters program.


The Hon Karen Andrews, Minister for Industry, Science and Technology, shows off our postcard  'Get your Masters in making robots feel guilty' at the ANU 3Ai booth at Innovfest in Singapore, 27 June 2019.

2020 Master of Applied Cybernetics | Applications opening later this month

As you know, in 2019 the 3A Institute has been piloting a post-graduate program to pioneer the intellectual framework and educational model to guide intelligent cyber physical systems safely to scale.

In 2020, we continue our mission to build the new applied science (still unnamed!) and are looking for a new cohort of students to come on this journey with us.

We intend to run a competitive selection process, similar to last year's round.

Access to the application portal will be available here and we will announce the launch shortly - watch this space!


We are very excited to welcome two new members to the 3A Institute's faculty: Professor of Cybernetics Alexandra Zafiroglu and Senior Fellow Andrew Meares.

Prof Alexandra Zafiroglu, a cultural anthropologist by training, joins the 3A institute after a 15-year career in the technology industry at Intel Corporation in the United States. Prof Zafiroglu’s key research interests lie in cyber-physical systems and the deployment of artificial intelligence across industries. She aims to explore the relationship between humans and machine sensing and, in particular, the role that social scientists play in exercising ethics, accountability, and data rights in the deployment of commercial cyber-physical systems.
Andrew Meares is a multi-award winning photographer and senior Australian media and political communicator. He joins the 3A Institute as a Senior Fellow. Meares brings technical expertise in creating visual content and media strategy, as well as a deep understanding of how images relate to their broader social context. Meares' research and education interests will investigate the role of images in establishing trust or distrust in an increasingly fast and connected world.

We hope you are as keen as we are to get them working at the Institute!


Hopper Down Under

Come to Hopper Down Under and celebrate technical impact and accomplishments of women and gender diverse people at all career and academic levels. Distinguished Professor Bell will be the keynote speaker at this event.

Registrations now open

When: July 29 - July 31
Where: Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre
Public Launch of the HMI Project at ANU: Should the Future of Intelligent Machines be Humane or Humanising?

Celebrate the launch of one of ANU's Grand Challenges: Humanising Machine Intelligence with guest speaker Professor Shannon Vallor.

When: Fri 09 August, 6.00pm AEDT
Where: Manning Clark Hall, ANU

Registration required


Innovation: Lessons from six remarkable lives

Distinguished Professor Bell, a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering, spoke at the Academy’s Innovation and Awards Excellence event in Sydney in June 2019. In this talk, Professor Bell paints a picture of innovation and how it changes lives through the stories of six people.

Listen to the podcast here

Why we need a cybernetic future

"The world is not prepared for the scale of new technology in our future unless we bring diverse voices from a vast range of disciplines to the table."

Read Distinguished Professor Genevieve Bell's argument for why we need a cybernetic future here.



Thank you to all of those who came along to the Ada Show. What a fantastic night!

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