Professor Mary-Anne Williams

Director, Disruptive Innovation / UTS: Magic Lab

Professor Mary-Anne Williams is Director of Disruptive Innovation at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) and listed on Robohub's top 25 women in robotics. She has a PhD in Computer Science and a Masters in Law. Mary-Anne is a Fellow at the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE), and is a leading authority on AI with transdisciplinary strengths in Social Robotics, Machine Learning, Ethics, IP Law and Privacy Law. She is Founder and Director of the Magic Lab at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) and Fellow at Stanford University. 

Mary-Anne chaired the Australian Research Council's Excellence in Research for Australia Committee that undertook a national evaluation of research in Mathematics, Information and Computing Sciences in 2012. She is a non-executive director of the US-based Scientific Foundation KR Inc, was Conference Chair of the International Conference on Social Robotics in 2014, and serves on the Editorial Board for AAAI/MIT Press, the Information Systems Journal, Artificial Intelligence Journal, International Journal of Social Robotics and the ACM Eugene L. Lawler Award Committee for Humanitarian Contributions within Computer Science and Informatics.

Mary-Anne has a passion for innovation in science, technology, engineering and law. She established and continues to lead Australia's leading Social Robotics research group, which includes Steve Wozniak, Peter Gardenfors and Henri Prade. The research objective of this group is to bring science fiction to reality through the design of intelligent autonomous technologies that can learn and adapt as they interact and work with people.