Tuesday, 17 December 2019 11:36

ACS launches new Melbourne artificial intelligence hub Featured


The Australian Computer Society has launched a new Artificial Intelligence Hub from its Docklands, Melbourne premises.

The AI Hub will include 50 seats dedicated to artificial intelligence businesses operating onsite from Bay City Labs working with ACS to scale.

The space includes an eight panel multi-media wall to enable onsite tech scaleups to host stand-ups demonstrating their AI products and machine learning capabilities to customers, investors and other stakeholders.

Yohan Ramasundara, President of ACS said, “AI is not yet, and unlikely to be for some time, a push button technology. Our intent in creating this Artificial Intelligence Hub is to focus on building capacity and capability of Australians in the AI space”.

“We will achieve this by positioning the AI Hub as a centre of activity, creating programs that bring university students, industry, startups, corporates and government together to systematise serendipity.”

ACS CEO Andrew Johnson said “automation and digitisation is accelerating, and we need to ensure Australia positions itself to embrace this change in order that our citizens may attract higher paying jobs in Industry 4.0”.

Johnson also announced that recent ACS Gold Disruptor winner in the ICT Professional category Steve Nouri has joined ACS as Head of AI Community Development.

“My role will involve delivering national programs to develop AI talent such as technical workshops and masterclasses, facilitating visiting AI experts, and building the AI Community in Australia through online products and hosting and supporting regular AI meet-up groups,” Nouri said.

Prior to joining ACS, Nouri was leading teams of researchers and data scientists across multiple projects at CSIRO’s Data 61.

Nouri has more than 15 years of experience in different roles in the ICT industry, and also lectures in data science at UTS.

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Peter Dinham - retired in 2020. He is a veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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