Dr Fang Chen

Presentation | Why Deep Learning?


Distinguished Professor Fang Chen is an award-winning, internationally-recognised leader in artificial intelligence (AI) and data science. She is passionately innovative in her work, architecting and implementing data-driven solutions to problems met in industry and governments. Her experience in solving these complex real-life problems in large-scale networks span transport, water, energy, health, agriculture and many more sectors. She is also actively promoting ethical, human-centred AI.

Fang won the "Oscar" of Australian science – the Australian Museum Eureka Prize 2018 for Excellence in Data Science. She is the "Water Professional of the Year", awarded by the Australian Water Association in 2016. In 2021, she won the Australia and New Zealand "Women in AI" Award in Infrastructure and the NSW Premier's Prize of Science and Engineering.

Fang leads multidisciplinary teams of experts, together with whom she has won major scientific and industry awards on the national level. These include the Intelligent Transport Systems Australia National Award 2014, 2015 and 2018, the NSW iAwards 2017, the VIC iAwards 2019 and 2020, and the National Award and NSW "Research and Innovation Award" 2018 and 2022 from the Australian Water Association.

She has built up a career in creating innovations, developing digital transformation strategies, and executing them with leadership and passion. With vast experience in many segments of industry, governments, and academic environments, allows her to formulate strategies for innovation, development, products and business growth.

Distinguished Professor Chen also has extensive global experience with more than 100 different entities across North America, Europe and many parts of Asia, under extremely varied circumstances from early-stage R&D, to product development and deployment. She has done exceptional work to bridge customer requirements and innovative technological solutions, creating value in business with innovations.

Professor Chen has created much ground-breaking research evidenced by 300+ refereed publications in science and engineering, including several books. In addition, she has filed 30+ patents in Australia, US, Canada, Europe, Japan, Korea, Mexico and China.

Fang is a member of the inaugural NSW Government AI Advisory Committee. She also serves on the expert panel of the Singapore National Science Foundation, and on several boards, including ITS Australia. Currently, Fang is the Executive Director of Data Science at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) and the Executive Director of the UTS Data Science Institute.

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