Frontier Technologies for Sustainable Development: Opportunities and Challenges

Theme: Health and Equality

Supported by International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP)

Frontier Technologies for Sustainable Development will provide an open forum for experts, thought leaders and researchers to explore how emerging and transformational computing technologies such as artificial intelligence, smart sensing, knowledge discovery and data analytics can support sustainable development in the area of health, wellbeing and equality.

The main objective is to identify significant challenges and opportunities, and directions for potential solutions.

This event targets a wide range of audiences including industries, government agencies, researchers, and students. This event has the technical sponsorship of the International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP) as it is under the “IFIP 60th Anniversary (Jubilee) Events” category, which is part of the #ifip60 series of celebration events around the world.

The event will feature presentations and contributions of leading experts from Western Sydney University, Flinders University, CSIRO, Amazon Web Services and Australian Computer Society.

Event Schedule

Opening Message

Professor Simeon Simoff, Western Sydney University
Anthony Wong, IFIP

Session 1: Frontier Technologies for Health and Wellbeing

Chair: Associate Professor Anupama Ginige, Western Sydney University

  • Talk 1: Artificial Intelligence and Digital Health: Challenges and Directions
    Professor Anthony Maeder, Flinders University
  • Talk 2: Platform for Sensitive Data Access and Use in Healthcare
    Dr. Jim Basilakis, Western Sydney University
  • Talk 3: The Future of Health is in Your Pocket
    Dr. Marlien Varnfield, CSIRO

Q&A and Discussion


Session 2: Frontier Technologies for Equality

Chair: Professor Alana Maurushat, Western Sydney University

  • Talk 4: Empowering Smallholder Farmers through Knowledge Driven Value Creation: Case study from Agrifood Domain
    Professor Athula Ginige, Western Sydney University
  • Talk 5: Inclusion, Diversity and Equity in Amazon Web Services
    Anna Green, Amazon Web Services, Singapore
  • Talk 6: Equity of access to Healthcare through Telehealth
    Dr Silvia Pfeiffer, Coviu Global Pty Ltd
Q&A and Discussion
Closing Remarks


Professor Anthony Maeder

Emeritus Professor, College of Nursing and Health Sciences, Flinders University

In 2016 Professor Anthony Maeder was appointed Professor in Digital Health Systems at Flinders University, where he established the Flinders Digital Health Research Centre. His previous appointment was at Western Sydney University 2008-2016 as Professor of Health Informatics, prior to which in 2004-2008 he was the inaugural Research Director of the CSIRO Australian eHealth Research Centre. He holds a PhD in Software Engineering from Monash University

Dr Jim Basilakis

Senior Lecturer in Health Informatics, Western Sydney University

Dr Jim Basilakis is a Senior Lecturer in Health Informatics at the School of Computer, Data and Mathematical Sciences at Western Sydney University since 2010.He has worked in the tertiary hospital system as a medical registrar and medical officer in emergency medicine for 15 years which extended into the primary healthcare sector through a medical director role for a telehealth company whose solutions encompassed the GP, community, and residential healthcare sectors.He has postgraduate qualifications in internal medicine, biomedical engineering and computer studies. His interests include Health Informatics, Clinical AI/Decision Support/Data Analytics, Cloud Computing, Telehealth, Cybersecurity and Applied Cryptography

Dr Marlien Varnfield

Senior Research Scientist and Team Leader, CSIRO

Dr Marlien Varnfield leads the Mobile Health Systems Team at CSIRO. Her research focuses on exploring innovative ways in management, and best health outcomes for the chronically ill, through large scale implementation of health-care interventions using digital technologies. The impact of her work includes tangible outcomes such as commercialisation of a cardiac rehabilitation platform, implementation of a digital solution for women with gestational diabetes as business as usual in a number of Hospital and Health Services, and the licencing of a ‘Smarter Safer Homes’ solution to keep older people living independently and safely in their own homes for longer.

Professor Athula Ginige

Professor of Information Technology, Western Sydney University

Professor Athula Ginige leads the Social Computing and Knowledge Ecosystems Research Program for the School of Computer, Data and Mathematical Sciences at Western Sydney University. The Program develops Social Computing solutions via mobile based systems to a range of applied problems including “Grand Challenges” in agriculture, healthcare, business, and education. Having previously undertaken extensive research in the areas of e-Business and e-Transformation, his current research areas include autonomous and participatory sensor networks, knowledge aggregation and event detection, large scale knowledge organisation based on ontologies and semantic web technologies, context modelling, designing mobile based systems for user empowerment as well as Blockchain and Social Computing. Producing over 250 Journal and Conference publications and receiving the 2016 ACS Digital Disrupter Gold Award, he is a highly sought-after keynote speaker.

Anna Green

Head, SMB Segment, Asia Pacific and Japan, Amazon Web Services

Anna leads Amazon Web Services’ SMB teams across Asia Pacific and Japan. Her career focus has been to lead international business through complex cultural and transformational change and has developed a deep understanding of the financial, regulatory and industry levers that facilitate success for business in that context. Prior to AWS, Anna has been the CEO of Australia New Zealand Bank in the Philippines and Laos. She has practiced corporate law in top tier firms in Sydney and London, served as a Board Director for several ANZ entities across ASEAN and most recently Director on the Bankers Association of the Philippines.

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Dr Silvia Pfeiffer

CEO, Coviu Global Pty Ltd

Silvia is the CEO of Coviu, a telehealth software company that has helped thousands of healthcare businesses offer video consultations during the COVID19 crisis.

Silvia has more than 20 years of experience with Web video technology in Google, Mozilla, NICTA, and CSIRO. She co-edited the standards that made video a prime citizen of the Web and underpin the likes of Netflix, YouTube, and Coviu. Silvia has a PhD in computer science, a masters in business management, has published two books on HTML5 video and most recently one for healthcare businesses to be successful with video consultations.



Aashmeet Kalra

Senior Solutions Architect, Strategic Accounts, Amazon Web Services

Aashmeet is a Senior Solutions Architect working in the Global and Strategic accounts team at AWS. She works closely with a wide range of global and strategic customers across the Amazon Web Services Business to drive success at scale. She has worked at Uber, MuleSoft, IBM, New Zealand Government, Datacom and Infosys, covering numerous technical roles including client-facing consulting, data scientist, solutions architecture, design, development and enablement of customers. She has worked in India, Australia, USA and New Zealand and is extremely passionate on the role technology plays in driving innovation and digital transformation and is heavily engaged in emerging technologies.


Dr Sankalp Khanna

Principal Research Scientist and Team Leader, CSIRO

Sankalp Khanna’s research is focussed on applying artificial intelligence and machine learning to inform and improve performance and sustainability of Australian health systems, and to build clinical and operational decision support tools to improve patient care. Solutions developed by Sankalp have helped reshape workflow and policy, and are used to deliver clinical decision support in GP clinics and hospitals globally. Sankalp is Adjunct Associate Professor at the Queensland University of Technology, Senior Adjunct Research Fellow at Griffith University, Secretary of the Pacific Rim International Conference on Artificial Intelligence Steering Committee, and founding Fellow of the Australasian Institute of Digital Health.


Dr Christian Redd

Research Scientist, CSIRO

Christian Redd is a Research Scientist at the Australian e-Health Research Centre, part of CSIRO. He is a biomedical engineer with an ongoing interest in the fields of novel physiological sensor design and validation, mobile health systems, and technology-assisted diagnostics. His current research focus is to develop and implement new methods for non-invasive continuous wearable health sensing, towards new and efficient ways for precision health management. His specialties are in the areas of extremity vascular health and diabetic foot management, prosthetic design, neurodevelopmental disorders, and child health.