AGIA Winter Warmer & Tech Talk

Artificial Intelligence – what does it mean for you? Guest speaker Rob Freeth

Big data and digital disruption are much talked about these days. There is already widespread use of data analytics in social media, marketing, and retail. And now we have the next wave of technological disruption – Artificial Intelligence. Sometimes it is challenging to see beyond the hype. Yet we are seeing a whole new raft of technologies and applications for AI, and not the least is information searching. What will this next wave of technology development mean for jobs, and how will it affect those who work in information sciences? This Tech Talk will highlight the need to adapt how we think about AI, and how to keep relevant in a time of rapid technological change.

7.30am (WST) Wednesday 12 July 2017
Discussion to begin at 8am prompt
Light breakfast provided

BHP Billiton Building
Level 2, Room 02.12
Brookfield Place
125 St George’s Terrace, Perth
Dial-in/online option available for those unable to attend in person

RSVP via TryBooking by Monday 10 July is essential
for building entry and dial-in participation


Rob Freeth has over 40 years’ experience in computing and information systems, with particular expertise in the application of information systems to non-commercial aspects of business: engineering, and land and geographic (spatial) information. He is particularly focussed on the business aspects that drive and define information systems in these areas, supported by a broad understanding of the current technology and future trends.
Rob spent ten years as an Information Manager for WMC Resources, a large Australian and international mining company. During this time he managed the information and technology services for WMC’s Exploration Division globally, which included information systems, data and information management, as well as information technology. More recently he was responsible for establishing enterprise geographic systems for the Perth Airport, and the Port Headland Port Authority (now Pilbara Ports).
Rob is a co-founder of the WA Mega Data Cluster, which aims to build WA’s capability in Data Science and STEM and has over 600 members. He is currently a member of the Research Investment Committee for CRCSI (CRC for Spatial Information); a member of the Advisory Committee for Minerals Research Institute of WA (MRIWA); on the selection committee for WA’s Golden Gecko awards.
Rob is a Fellow of the Australian Computer Society, recognising his contribution in the field of spatial information