Innovation Nation: Australia’s Technology Driven Future – the Robotics Industry

Event details

Tuesday 14 June 2022

12:00 – 1:00pm AEST


> Andrew Bate, Swarm Farm Robotics
> Dr Farid Kendoul, Emesent
> Associate Professor Catherine Ball, ANU
> Dr Robyn Stokes, Bionics Queensland


> Dr Sue Keay FTSE, Robotics Australia Group

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This event is part of our Innovation Nation webinar series
Presented by the Industry & Innovation Forum

Robotics will impact every sector of the Australian economy and has the potential to achieve enormous social and environmental good. Creating robotic technologies will lead to the jobs of the future through creating new possibilities.

The application of these technologies will help protect our environment, provide equity in service access for rural and remote communities, reduce the cost of healthcare, supply safer and more fulfilling jobs, and maintain our living standards. But only if we invest in keeping the talent and technologies we are developing in robotics, here in Australia.

This webinar aims to introduce people to Australia’s diverse robotics industry, and to the robots and robotics-related technologies in different sectors. Our panelists represent a cross-section of Australian robotics and will explore how we can build the industry and link in with Australia’s research base.

This webinar will be moderated by Dr Sue Keay FTSE. The webinar will run for approximately 60 minutes with each speaker providing a presentation to our online audience followed by a Q&A session with the speakers.

This event is free and open to all.


Andrew Bate, CEO, SwarmFarm Robotics
Andrew Bate

CEO, SwarmFarm Robotics

Andrew Bate is the Founding Director, MD & CEO at SwarmFarm Robotics. Andrew has spent a life time in agriculture; he has trained as an agronomist, and farms near Emerald, Central Queensland Australia. Andrew is passionate about ensuring the future generations of farmers have a vibrant, economic, and sustainable future in the cropping industry.

Dr Farid Kendoul, CTO & Co-Founder, Emesent
Dr Farid Kendoul

CTO & Co-Founder, Emesent

Farid has a PhD in System Technologies from the University of Technology of Compiegne (UTC), France. He has over 15 years experience in R&D, integration and field testing of dependable autonomy technologies for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS).

Associate Professor Dr Catherine Ball
Associate Professor Catherine Ball

Co-Founder, World of Drones and Robotics Congress & Associate Professor, ANU

Dr Catherine Ball is a scientific futurist, speaker, advisor, author, founder, executive producer, executive director, and company director working across global projects where emerging technologies meet humanitarian, education and environmental needs.

A sought-after voice across the start-up, futurist and tech world, Catherine works globally across a wide range of projects from creating documentaries and world leading conferences and events, to advising on the use of novel approaches (e.g. drones) across environmental and humanitarian projects. Catherine is a proponent of community engagement with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics), and likes to demystify emerging tech.

Catherine continues to support Australia as being the world leader in the advancement of ethically driven technological applications. Industry 5.0 is emerging; with society and community at the heart of how we operate and curate emerging trends and capabilities.

Dr Robyn Stokes

CEO, Bionics Queensland

Dr Robyn Stokes became Bionics Queensland’s inaugural CEO in early 2020 after successfully leading her own consultancy for more than a decade. Robyn’s interest in health and bio-medical advances came to the foreground in shaping Brisbane and Queensland’s plans to leverage Australia’s G20 Leaders’ Summit and the Brisbane Global Café (a meeting place for global innovation leaders). At Bionics Queensland, Robyn has spearheaded Australia’s first-ever Bionics Challenge and plans for a Human Bionics LivingLab ™ Community that spans bionic mobility, neurotech and neurobionics, bionic senses and bionic implants and organs..


Dr Sue Keay FTSE, Chair of Robotics Australia Group
Dr Sue Keay FTSE

Chair of Robotics Australia Group

Founder and Chair of Robotics Australia Group representing the robotics industry in Australia, Sue is a fellow of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE) and an adjunct Professor at QUT. She was inaugural CEO of Queensland AI Hub, successfully setting up the hub and its capability programs, following her role leading cyber-physical systems research for CSIRO’s Data61. Previously she set-up the world’s first robotic vision research centre (the Australian Centre for Robotic Vision). She led the development of Australia’s first robotics roadmap, the Robotics Australia Network and the Queensland Robotics Cluster. A Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Sue chairs the Board of the Australia AI Collective, serve on the Board of Women in Robotics, and represent Australia in the International Alliance of Robotics Associations. She serves on a range of advisory boards in the robotics, AI and emerging technology space.