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Mary-Anne Williams
University of Technology, Sydney

Mary-Anne Williams is a Distinguished Professor and Director of the Magic Lab at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS). Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple Inc. Woz is a Distinguished Adjunct Professor in the Magic Lab and actively engages with researchers and students. Mary-Anne has a PhD in Computer Science (University of Sydney) and a Master in Laws (University of Edinburgh). She is a Fellow at Stanford University, and at the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE). Mary-Anne is a leading authority on Business and AI with transdisciplinary strengths in Strategic Management, Disruptive Innovation, Entrepreneurship, Autonomous Decision Making, Robotics, Ethics, IP Law, and Privacy Law. Her current research focus is on Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Healthcare. She serves on the Innovation Reference Group for the South Western Sydney Local District which includes 7 hospitals. In 2019 Mary-Anne won a Google Faculty Award in Machine Learning and the Australasian Distinguished Artificial Intelligence Contribution Award. She also led a team to win the 2019 RoboCup World Championship in Social Robotics where robots interact with people and face increasingly complex decision making challenges. Mary-Anne joined the Strategic Management Society in 1998 and was Chair of the Knowledge and Innovation at the Strategic Management Society 2011-2012. She is a non-executive director of the US-based Scientific Foundation KR Inc., Conference Chair for the 2021 Australasian Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence, and serves on the Editorial Board for AAAI/MIT Press, the Information Systems Journal and the International Journal of Social Robotics. Previously Mary-Anne was Review Editor Artificial Intelligence Journal and was invited to serve on the ACM Eugene L. Lawler Award Committee for Humanitarian Contributions within Computer Science and Informatics.