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Senior Lecturer, School of Engineering, Australian National University

Dr Zena Assaad is a senior lecturer in the School of Engineering at the Australian National University and is also a Trusted Autonomous Systems fellow and an Australian Army Research Centre fellow. Her research explores the safety of human-machine teaming and the assurance and certification of autonomous systems and AI. Dr Assaad is the founder and chair of the Australian national community of practice for UAS and AAM research. She received the 2023 Asia Pacific Women in AI Award for Defence and Intelligence, the 2023 Women to Watch in Emerging Aviation Technologies Global Award from Women and Drones and was named one of the '"100 Brilliant women in AI Ethics" for 2023 as a result of her work around safety and assurance of AI. She was also Top 5 Science Resident with the ABC in 2023 and is the co-host of the Algorithmic Futures podcast.


  • –present
    Senior research fellow in aerospace engineering, Australian National University


  • 2019 
    RMIT, PhD Aerospace Engineering