Talking Computers: How Voice Technology Is Changing the Human-Machine Interaction

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Thursday, June 28, 2018From 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm


Level 4/2 Kavanagh St,
Southbank VIC 3006


The Internet of Things (IoT), or connected devices, is a phenomenon that has instantaneously connected us to the world — more than ever before. With technological advancement in natural-language processing, is voice the new user interface for human-machine interactions?

Voice technologies such as Amazon’s Alexa and Google Home are readily available and becoming more accepted in the minds and homes of consumers. Voice-enabled devices have allowed us to do things like play music, control our smart homes, call Uber and keep up to date with the weather all through the power of our voice.

In partnership with FAB9, our panel, Talking Computers: How Voice Technology is Changing the Human Machine Interaction, we will explore:
- How can voice technologies enhance our lives and what are the market opportunities?
- Who are the early winners with these new technological developments?
- What are the future trends in voice-activated technology and its potentials and what can we expect?
- How are companies such as Snips and inGenious AI using conversational interfaces to create new or different products, and what are the implications beyond those of economics?


Yann Lechelle - COO, Snips.AI
As an entrepreneur and high tech innovator, Yann Lechelle has founded, grown or sold a number of startups. Today, he is COO at, specializing in on-device artificial intelligence and voice assistants with a unique privacy-by-design approach. Yann is also co-founding member of France Digitale and Hub France A.I., as well as Entrepreneur-in-Residence at INSEAD.

Mark Chatterton - Co-Founder, inGenious AI
Mark is experienced in using technology to successfully drive change through large organisations using agile, innovative approaches. After years in the corporate world observing large enterprises sacrifice positive interactions with their customers by reducing customer service costs, he decided there should be a better solution. Now, driving the use of conversational interfaces that leverage A.I. and Machine Learning, Mark is enabling organisations to interact with their customers with an enjoyable one-to-one experience that can be scaled cost-effectively.

Mark co-founded inGenious AI to create a customer experience based on conversational language, as it’s the most natural interface for humans to use and understand. inGenious AI chatbots enable simple, familiar interactions via voice or text that people enjoy connecting with, and will change the way great customer service is perceived.

Haytham Fayek - PHD Candidate, RMIT University
Haytham is an Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning Researcher. He is currently a Vice-Chancellor PhD Candidate at RMIT University. His current research interests are deep learning and neural networks. His prior research interests include speech recognition, computational intelligence, bio-inspired optimisation, fuzzy logic, intelligent control and robotics. He has authored and co-authored papers on these topics that appeared in refereed journals and presented at international conferences. Formerly, he received a BEng (Hons) and an MSc (Research) in Electrical and Electronics Engineering and spent a few years in the engineering consulting industry. He was recently a Research Intern at Facebook, US.

Lorraine Tighe - Consultant, Smart Cities
Lorraine Tighe has worked in IT transformation for over 20 years, across banking, shipping and logistics, and government sectors here and in Europe. She is passionate about connecting people, ideas and technology to drive positive inclusive change.

She moved into the smart city space in 2012 where she worked with City of Melbourne’s CIO to build Melbourne’s smart city foundations. Lorraine established CityLab, City of Melbourne’s Innovation Lab, and led a number of strategic initiatives to enhance Melbourne’s reputation as a smart city, including open data, city Wi-Fi, IoT trials and the IBM Smarter Cities Challenge, for which she won a MAV Technology award for excellence.

Lorraine sits on the Smart Cities Council Policy and Leadership Task Force, has judged many emerging tech and innovation events and regularly shares her experiences and insights as a keynote speaker and panelist.

Amanda Young - Associate Partner, IBM iX
Amanda is an Associate Partner at IBM iX, which is part of IBM’s Global Business Services.

She has spent the last three years in iX leading engagements across industry sectors including Telecommunications, Retail, Utilities and Government.

She is passionate about building diverse teams to create exceptional experiences with their clients, supporting with digital reinvention strategies or developing and implementing new ways of working.

Hans Chang - CEO and Co-Founder, FAB9
Hans is the CEO and Co-founder of FAB9, a membership-based makerspace in Melbourne, and is responsible for the management, business strategy and growth of the company. Hans is a former product manager at SanDisk and has helped launch mobile Flash memory chips used by millions of people. Hans is interested in the cyber-physical revolution and solving challenging problems using digital fabrication technologies, automation and artificial intelligence. Hans holds an EE Engineering degree from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, and an MBA from UCLA Anderson.

Event Agenda:
5:45 PM - Arrival
6:00 PM - Doors open, networking time
6:10 PM - Final checks
6.15 PM - Intro by Tim {Academy Xi}
6.20 PM - Presentation from Yann Lechelle
6.40 PM - Panel begins
7.20 PM - Q & A
7.30 PM - Panel discussion ends, networking
8.00 PM - Event ends

This event is powered by:
• ACMI X - is a brand new co-working space that assembles a vibrant mix of filmmakers, digital and visual artists, digital producers, web developers, screenwriters and designers.
• Academy Xi - offers expert-led courses and workshops are designed to help you learn, practice and embed new knowledge, preparing you to shape your career and change the world.
• FAB9 - provides tools, technology, and training for anyone interested in making.
• Snips - is a private-by-design, decentralized, open source voice assistant.

Snips is sponsoring the event with a free maker kit giveaway. The 1 x Snips maker kit giveaway will be given to only those who signed up to the Hardware Massive site.