AI for health and social good

Presented by the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE)

Event details

Tuesday 7 May 2024

> 6:00pm pre-seminar drinks – Purchase at bar
> 6:30- 7:30pm Presentation – Free
> Post Event Dinner – $36pp (Optional)


Graduate House, The University of Melbourne, 220 Leicester Street Carlton


> Professor Joanna Batstone FTSE, Monash Date Futures Institute
> Professor Karin Verspoor, RMIT University


AI and data science are increasingly part of our everyday lives, but as we are seeing through social media and online misinformation campaigns, they can exaggerate society’s existing biases, prejudices and reinforce inequities.

So how can AI be used to positively impact the world?

The Victorian ATSE Division Monthly Seminar for May will explore the opportunities for AI and data science to enable more data-informed decision making, and discuss its impacts on clinical practice, health policy and wider social equality and equity outcomes.

Hear from Professor Joanna Batstone FTSE and Professor Karin Verspoor as they explore how AI and data science are being used to support insights into health policy, research and clinical practice and wider social equality and equity outcomes.

This seminar will be moderated by Professor Wendy Chapman FTSE, Director of the Centre for Digital Transformation of Health, University of Melbourne.

This event is open to all.


Professor Joanna Batstone FTSE

Director, Monash Data Futures Institue

Professor Joanna L. Batstone is the inaugural Director of the Monash Data Futures Institute and is responsible for bringing together data science and AI capabilities from across the University. Joanna’s role involves the creation of a digital ecosystem which fosters collaborative interdisciplinary research and promotes lasting industry engagements. An exceptional thought leader in the development and application of AI and data analytics, Joanna is passionate about the benefits of AI in driving lasting and transformative change for social good.

Joanna joined Monash from IBM, where she was Vice President, Innovation, IBM Corporate Strategy based in New York. Joanna held a variety of technical and business leadership roles in IBM’s Research and Development Laboratories, including work with IBM Watson Data & AI.

Professor Karin Verspoor

Executive Dean, School of Computing Technologies, RMIT

Professor Karin Verspoor is Executive Dean of the School of Computing Technologies at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia. She is a Fellow of the Australasian Institute of Digital Health, a 2021 “Brilliant Woman in Digital Health” and is also a co-founder and the Victoria node lead of the Australian Alliance for Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare, and a Director of BioGrid Australia. Karin is passionate about using artificial intelligence to enable biological discovery and clinical decision support from data. Her work has a specific emphasis on the use of natural language processing to transform unstructured data in biomedicine into actionable information.

Karin held previous posts as Director of Health Technologies and Deputy Head of the School of Computing and Information Systems at the University of Melbourne, as the Scientific Director of Health and Life Sciences at NICTA Victoria Research Laboratory, at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, and at Los Alamos National Laboratory. She also spent 5 years in tech start-ups during the US Tech bubble, where she helped design an early artificial intelligence system.