Using Data to Drive Pregnancy Care and Health Policy: The Kilimanjaro ULTRA project (Morning Keynote Talk)


Simon Woodworth is a Lecturer in Business Information Systems, with research interests in enterprise systems, health informatics, mobile computing, and data analytics. He holds a B.Sc. in Computer Science (1988), an M.Sc. in Management Information Systems (2005), and a Ph.D. in Business Information Systems (2013). He is the Director of the Health Information Systems Research Centre.

Simon previously spent fifteen years working in the telecommunications sector from mobile network customer care in Southeast Asia to commissioning mobile telephone exchanges in locations such as Yemen, Nigeria, and Siberia.

In the last two years, Simon has worked on a number of health informatics research projects, in particular, the use of a tablet application to automate patient vital signs capture and calculation of an early warning score in the hospital. Current research work also includes the tracking of hypertension in pregnant women in the home with a view to developing an early warning of pre-eclampsia, the tracking of infant early development using a mobile app, and a large-scale project to provide mobile apps and decision support and learning tools to better manage large scale disasters in a European context.

Operationalizing Responsible AI (Lunch Keynote Talk)


Anand Rao is a Partner in PwC Advisory, with over 32 years of experience in industry and in research. He leads PwC’s Artificial Intelligence efforts globally and is the Lead for the AI and Emerging Technology Group within their Products & Technology business unit. He is responsible for a team of practitioners who work with C-level executives, advising them on a range of topics including global growth strategies, marketing, sales, distribution and digital strategies, behavioral economics and customer experience, risk management and statistical and computational analytics. His experience spans primarily financial services, insurance, telecommunications, and healthcare. Before his consulting careers, Anand was the Chief Research Scientist at the Australian Artificial Intelligence Institute, a boutique research and software house.

Anand has also co-edited four books on Intelligent Agents and has published over fifty papers in Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence in major journals, conferences, and workshops. Anand was awarded the Most Influential Paper Award for the Decade in 2007 by the Autonomous Agents and Multi-Agent Systems (AAMAS) organization. He is a frequent speaker at a number of industry and academic forums. Anand holds an M.Sc. (Tech) in Computer Science from the Birla Institute of Technology and Science in India and Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Sydney, where he was awarded the University Postgraduate Research Award. He was also awarded an MBA from Melbourne Business School with Distinction.