Harrison Lecture for Innovation and Barry Jones Medal presentation 2018

16 November 2018
4.30-6.30 pm
Deakin University, Geelong Waterfront Campus

Find out how artificial intelligence is enhancing healthcare at the 2018 Harrison Lecture for Innovation, and join us for the awarding of the Barry Jones Medal.

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There’s a lot of talk about the possibility of artificial intelligence (AI) replacing human intelligence, but there’s another side we don’t hear so much about: the ability for AI to act as a companion to humans and as a technology that enhances human abilities, rather than replacing them. Nowhere is this more true than in healthcare.

At this year’s Harrison Lecture for Innovation, Professor Kon Mouzakis, co-Director of Deakin University’s Applied Artificial Intelligence Institute (A2I2), will discuss the issues surrounding the use of AI in healthcare, its benefits and the potential to enhance and improve the care we provide for people who are aged, injured or have a disability.

The presentation of the Barry Jones Medal, by Barry Jones himself, honours an individual for their efforts in promoting Geelong as a place of world-leading research and innovation.

About Professor Kon Mouzakis

Co-Director of Deakin’s A²I², Professor Kon Mouzakis is a Decision Support and Software Development expert with over 30 years of experience. Prior to his appointment as Director of the Deakin Software and Technology Innovation Lab (DSTIL) in 2016, Professor Mouzakis was the Director of the Swinburne Software Innovation Lab (formerly known as the Information Technology Innovation Group) for over 20 years.

Professor Mouzakis has developed software solutions and concept demonstrators for a wide range of organisations. In collaboration with the Alfred Hospital’s Trauma Centre, he developed the Trauma Reception and Resuscitation Decision Support tool, a world-first development that reduced the number of errors made by clinicians in the first 30 minutes of a patient arriving at the Alfred’s Trauma Centre.

About The Hon Barry Jones AC

Born in Geelong during the Great Depression, Barry Jones is Australia's longest serving science minister (1983-1990) and best known intellectual. The irrepressible Dr Jones is also a writer, lawyer, broadcaster, social activist and an Australian Living Treasure.

His most recent book, “Looking into the abyss: Trump, Australia & beyond: understanding the age of Trump” (2018) is a collection of Dr Jones’ articles, essays and speeches reflecting on key local, national and international political and social issues including science, evidence v. opinion, euthanasia/​medically assisted dying, our failure to grasp the Republic issue, redefining politics in an age of toxicity and moral vacuum, the existential threat to democracy and what we must do to preserve it, 'fake news', and the Age of Trump.

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Date and time

Friday 16 November 2018


Deakin University, Geelong Waterfront Campus
Level 2 Gallery, John Hay Building (Building D)
(enter via The Cube, Gheringhap Street)
Geelong VIC 3220