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TechTALK #21 - AI and Automation

At this event we'll talk about AI, robotics & automation; how tech will affect the future of work & help growth, resilience & sustainability

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Date and time:

Thu 19 May 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Virtual + In person


University of Auckland, Engineering Faculty, 20 Symonds Street, Auckland Central, Auckland

4th Floor - Room 405-470


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TechTALK #21 - AI and Automation

We are proud to announce the 21st TechTALK seminar as below:

TechTALK 2022 Theme: Reimagining our Future Together

Event Special Theme: AI and Automation - Future of Work for Growth, Resilience and Sustainability

Speakers: We have three amazing speakers and five great panel members with both industry and university backgrounds.

Event Hosts:

- Colart Miles

- Kyla Archer

- Masoud Shakiba

About The Event:

At this event, TechTALK is partnering with The Centre for Automation and Robotic Engineering Science (CARES), at the University of Auckland, to take the event to the next level, co-organising a Techweek event and focusing on AI, robotics, automation and how technology will affect the future of work and will help growth, resilience and sustainability.

COVID Restrictions:

Please do not attend the session if you feel unwell, are self-isolating or have recently tested positive for COVID-19. You can watch the Livestream of the event so that you don’t miss out.

Please read the "Events on campus during Orange - The University of Auckland" policy.

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Nicky Molloy

Business Innovation Advisor at Callaghan Innovation

Nicky is currently working within an Agritech Industry Transformation Plan project lead within the Commercialisation workstream.

This is a cross-government and cross-industry initiative that is exploring ways companies can commercialise technology, scale and grow globally faster.

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Minas Liarokapis

Director of the New Dexterity Research Group

Minas is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Auckland.

He is interested in equipping robots with dexterous manipulation capabilities and enabling humans to regain their lost dexterity or augment their performance, modeling, designing and controlling new robotics and bionics hardware.

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Lisa Wong

Senior Solution Architect at Crown Equipment

Lisa has been in the robotics automation industry for over a decade. 

She has a background is sensor fusion and navigation, and has worked with start ups and research institutions on collaborations in research and innovation. 

Her current focus is on strategies in robotics technology for fleet optimisations and management.

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Bruce MacDonald

Professor at The University of Auckland

Bruce currently focuses on research programmes to develop robots to help care for people, which is a multidisciplinary project undertaken jointly with Korean researchers and companies.

Another of his current research projects is orchard robotics, a joint project with NZ researchers and companies.

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Alan Hesketh

Founder at Business Value Consulting

Alan has proven experience in leading digital change as a CIO across multiple different industries, sectors and geographies.

Through over 30 years of leading IT and digital organisations, Alan has developed a deep understanding of relevant strategies and change management approaches.


Check-in and Networking Session

Opening by MC – Colart Miles

Welcome Speech by Professor Gerard Rowe

1st Speech by Nicky Molloy

2nd Speech by Minas Liarokapis

3rd Speech by Lisa Wong

Break and Networking Session

Panel Discussion by Bruce MacDonald, Nicky Molloy, Lisa Wong, and Alan Hesketh

Closing and Networking Session


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