Researcher biography

Janet Wiles is a Professor in Human Centred Computing at the University of Queensland and leads the Future Technologies Thread of the ARC Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language (CoEDL).

Her multidisciplinary team co-designs language technologies to support people living with dementia and their carers; new tools to enable Indigenous communities to develop their own speech recognition systems; and social robots for applications in health, education, and neuroscience.

She received her PhD in computer science from the University of Sydney, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in psychology. She has 30 years’ experience in research and teaching in machine learning, artificial intelligence, bio-inspired computation, complex systems, visualisation, language technologies and social robotics, leading teams that span engineering, humanities, social sciences and neuroscience. She currently teaches a cross disciplinary course ”Voyages in Language Technologies” that introduces computing students to the diversity of the worlds Indigenous and non-Indigenous languages, and state-of-the-art tools for deep learning and other analysis techniques for working with language data.

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