AI and Cyber for SME Growth Symposium 2021

May 11th, 2021

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How SMEs can harness the power of AI

The AI and Cyber for SME Growth Symposium 2021 was delivered in hybrid mode (in-person and online) between Sydney, Melbourne (only online) and Adelaide (and other parts of Australia collaboratively connected via a remote link) from 22 to 24 June 2021.

The Symposium invited a variety of SMEs, R&D organisations and academic institutions to present, brainstorm, workshop and connect through various topics in the AI and Cyber domains. This will enable Australian SMEs to better understand how those technologies and digital innovations could be used and can equip them to grow within a digitally enabled environment. We aimed to bring about greater awareness of SME engagement in the AI and cyber space to create a collaborative Australian network.

This three-day Symposium brought together the most critical stakeholders in this space to help SMEs understand how to manage risks in leveraging opportunities presented in the AI and cyber (cyber security and cyber physical systems) digital technologies spaces. Discussions will include the complexity, criticality and capability requirements of AI and Cyber, as new models of engagement lower technology adoption barriers, and new business and partnership models emerge around R&D driven organisations and universities. The Symposium facilitated communication and collaboration between research and the Australian SME ecosystem, and grow SMEs’ digital capabilities.

Preliminary Agenda

  • Location Sydney | 22 June 2021 | Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences
  • Location Melbourne | 23 June 2021 | Online only
  • Location Adelaide | 24 June 2021 | National Wine Centre Adelaide

Organising Committee

Tomasz Bednarz (CSIRO’s Data61, Simulation & Modelling CCC Leader)
Marthie Grobler (CSIRO’s Data61 Team Leader: Human Centric Security)
Roshan Dodanwela (CSIRO’s Engineering CCC Leader)
Andreas Duenser (CSIRO’s Data61 User Experience & Social Science CCC Leader)
Liming Zhu (CSIRO’s Research Director)
Lars Esser (CSIRO’s Manufacturing)
Andy Wilkins (CSIRO’s Mineral Resources)
Regine Richelle (CSIRO’s Data61)
Seyit Camtepe (CSIRO’s Data61)
Wei Kang (CSIRO’s Data61)
Piotr Szul (CSIRO’s Data61)
Mehwish Nasim (CSIRO’s Data61)
Nauman Khan (CSIRO’s Data61)
Samudra Herath (CSIRO’s Data61)

Scott Brown (UNSW)
Mashhuda Glencross (UQ)

The AI and Cyber for SME Growth Symposium is organised in collaboration with the SME Mission, CSIRO’s AI and Cyber Virtual Hub for SME Growth Project, CSIRO’s Simulation and Modelling Cross-Cutting Capability (CCC), Engineering CCC, Social Science and User Experience CCC, UNSW and UQ.