Science Week with the ANU School of Cybernetics

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Written by: ANU School of Cybernetics
3 Aug 2022


13-21 August, 2022
13-21 August, 2022

The countdown to National Science Week 2022 is on!

The ANU School of Cybernetics and the National Library of Australia co-present two Science Week events in Canberra. The events explore how repurposing cybernetics for the 21st century might help us better understand our present in all its complexity, think differently, ask critical questions, make meaningful change and shape the future through and with technology.

If you are in Sydney our very own Prof. Katherine Daniell will be chairing the Women in Health Science panel discussion hosted by the Powerhouse museum.

Tickets are free but registration is essential as seats are limited.

The Library and AI with Prof. Alexandra Zafiroglu#


Theatre, National Library of Australia, Canberra | 16 August, 6 to 7 PM

The library – as an idea, a place, and a cybernetic system – has always been an investment in, and a vision about, the future. Recently the National Library of Australia and the ANU School of Cybernetics conducted a thought experiment: If library indexing has informed the structure of search on the internet, how might the library inform new ways of connecting these large caches of information to generate meaning?

Custodians and Midwives is the outcome of their reimagining of the library as a cybernetic system – one that has produced and been produced by relationships between technological, ecological, and cultural forces.

Join Professor Alexandra Zafiroglu from the ANU School of Cybernetics in conversation as she examines the processes, structures, networks, and relationships that make a library and imagines how we might build AI-enabled systems to help generate meaning out of vast datasets.

Speech Recognition Technology with PhD candidate Kathy Reid#


Theatre, National Library of Australia, Canberra | 18 August, 6 to 7 PM AEST

People’s ability to use their chosen language is critical for human dignity and the general wellbeing of society. Language facilitates meaningful interactions with one another, enabling expression, and the transmission of history and traditions. And language allows us to construct our future. But what if the technology we use to construct this future doesn’t acknowledge your language?

Join Kathy Reid for an examination of speech recognition technology through a cybernetic lens. A communication tool that translates spoken words into text using voice commands instead of typing, speech recognition technology is increasingly serving diverse users in complex settings.

Women in Health Science with Prof. Katherine Daniell#


Theatre, Level 2, Powerhouse Museum, Sydney | 17 August, 5 to 9:30 PM AEST

Join the Women in Health Science panel discussion to be moderated by our Prof. Katherine Daniell. The event is presented by Powerhouse in partnership with The Australian-French Association for Research and Innovation as part of Sydney Science Festival 2022.

You are on Aboriginal land.

The Australian National University acknowledges, celebrates and pays our respects to the Ngunnawal and Ngambri people of the Canberra region and to all First Nations Australians on whose traditional lands we meet and work, and whose cultures are among the oldest continuing cultures in human history.

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