Wyatt Roy MP, Professor Salah Sukkarieh, and Australia’s once-in-a-lifetime innovation opportunity

The Hon Wyatt Roy MP, Assistant Minister for Innovation, and Salah Sukkarieh, Professor of Robotic and Intelligent Systems at the University of Sydney, gave insights into the future of innovation at The Warren Centre’s annual Innovation Lecture in Sydney on Tuesday 17 November.

Culture, capital and commercialisation of research will form the backbone of the government’s upcoming Innovation Statement, said Mr Roy. It will be “a big game-changer for our country” with a focus on key areas that need reform. “We are clearly not afraid of having a punt”, he added, citing the large stakes Australians wager on the Melbourne Cup. “So it’s now time to have a punt on innovation.”

Innovation Australia published a detailed article summarising Mr Roy’s speech and what it means for the future of Australian innovation. Read it here.

Professor Sukkarieh’s keynote lecture, “Robotics, Automation and Intelligent Operations”, was an fascinating in-depth exploration of robotics and autonomous systems. The lecture demonstrates the vast array of current applications of autonomous systems and how machine learning will radically change our future. An excellent Q&A session examined questions of the human-machine divide and reflected on the impact of automation in our lives.

As Mr Roy noted in a recent column for the Australian Financial Review, “When global entrepreneurs are thinking about where to live, the lifestyle that comes with surfing in the morning and coding in the afternoon needs to be milked for all it’s worth.” This is Australia’s key opportunity now.

View the edited highlights of the Innovation Lecture online:

Find out more about The Warren Centre’s Innovation Lecture Series

Image (L-R): Ashley Brinson, Executive Director, The Warren Centre; Hon Wyatt Roy MP, Assistant Minister for Innovation; Salah Sukkarieh, Professor of Robotic and Intelligent Systems at the University of Sydney; Alex Harrington, COO, The Warren Centre; Richard Kell, Chair, The Warren Centre.

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