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Professor of AI at UNSW, Research Group Leader, UNSW Sydney

Toby Walsh is a Laureate Fellow and Scientia Professor of AI at the University of New South Wales and Data61, and adjunct professor at QUT. He was named by the Australian newspaper as one of the "rock stars" of Australia's digital revolution. Professor Walsh is a strong advocate for limits to ensure AI is used to improve our lives. He has been a leading voice in the discussion about autonomous weapons (aka "killer robots"), speaking at the UN in New York and Geneva on the topic. He is a Fellow of the Australia Academy of Science and recipient of the Humboldt Prize and NSW Premier's Prize for Excellence in Engineering and ICT. He appears regularly on TV and radio, and has authored two books on AI for a general audience, the most recent entitled "2062: The World that AI Made".


  • 2005–present
    Research Leader, NICTA and UNSW


  • 1990 
    Edinburgh University, PhD
  • 1987 
    Edinburgh University, MSc
  • 1986 
    Cambridge University, MA (Hons)

Research Areas

  • Artificial Intelligence And Image Processing (0801)


Fellow of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence. Fellow of the European Coordination Committee on Artificial Intelligence.Honourary Fellow of University of EdinburghExternal Professor of Uppsala University