Professor Mary-Anne Williams is Director, DIsruptive Innovation at UTS, and Director of the Innovation and Enterprise Research Laboratory (The Magic Lab) since 2002. Mary-Anne has a Masters of Laws and a PhD in Computer Science with transdisciplinary strengths in AI, Cognitive Science, Business and Law. Mary-Anne is a Faculty Fellow at Stanford University and was a Guest Professor at the University of Science and Technology China for ten years from 2006 where she gave intensive courses on disruptive innovation. Mary-Anne served on the Australian Research Council College of Experts, and chaired the Excellence in Research for Australia Committee that undertook a national evaluation of Mathematics, Information and Computing Sciences in 2012.
Mary-Anne has a passion for innovation and entrepreneurship. She works with her research team in the Magic Lab to bring science fiction to reality; the research goal is to design autonomous technologies that can learn to delight and adapt in novel situations as they collaborate with people to achieve shared goals.