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Professor Brian Lovell

Professor Lovell is the Project Leader of the Advanced Surveillance Group at UQ. He served as President of the International Association of Pattern Recognition 2008-2010, and is a Senior Member of the IEEE, Fellow of the IEAust, Fellow of the Asia-Pacific Artificial Intelligence Association, and voting member for Australia on the Governing Board of the International Association for Pattern Recognition since 1998.   His interest in Face Recognition was stimulated by Alex Pentland from the MIT Media Lab and he has been researching and publishing in this field ever since the year 2000. His biometric technologies have been deployed commercially and internationally and his software has won several major prizes and awards including the APICTA and IFSEC Trophies in 2011. In 2021, his next-generation technology won the UK Home Office Prize for Galahad, AI Enabled Facial Detection and Recognition Software.  Professor Lovell is an Honorary Professor at IIT Guwahati, India; Associate Editor of Pattern Recognition Journal. Associate Editor in Chief of the Machine Learning Research Journal, Member if the IAPR TC4 on Biometrics and Member of the Awards Committee and Education Committee of the IEEE Biometrics Council.

Professor John Swinson

John Swinson is a part-time professor at UQ Law School.  Until July 2021, John was also a partner at the international law firm King & Wood Mallesons.  John’s expertise covers a range of commercial law areas, including privacy, cybersecurity, AI, intellectual property and litigation.  John has advised Australian businesses on the legalities of using AI and facial recognition for commercial purposes, and has written a number of AI legal guides for business.  John is also an international arbitrator for the World Intellectual Property Organisation in Geneva in respect of domain name cybersquatting disputes. 

Dr Caitlin Curtis

Dr Curtis is interested in science and technology and its impacts on society. She comes from a robust science foundation in genomics with subsequent training and experience in policy and communication. More recently, her work has expanded to be more interdisciplinary, investigating the impact of science and emerging technology on society - with a particular focus on trust in artificial intelligence and emerging genomics technologies She has a deliberate focus on public and stakeholder engagement to foster the important debates required for the responsible introduction of technology.

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