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Sue Keay

  • Advisory Board (Chair)
  • Chair, Robotics Australia Group

Recognised as one of Queensland’s most influential leaders (The Courier-Mail’s Power 100) and counted among Science & Technology Australia’s first ‘Superstars of STEM’, she’s determined to accelerate awareness and implementation of Robotics and AI as powerful tools designed to augment human potential. Socially, economically, and ecologically.

Sue founded Robotics Australia Group, the peak body for robotics in Australia, to facilitate the growth of a sustainable and internationally competitive national robotics industry . Among a line-up of achievements, she oversaw the set-up of the world’s first robotic vision research centre, alongside development of Australia’s first Robotics roadmap, outlining how robotics and automation positively impacts every sector of the national economy.

In a personal ‘win’ as a champion for diversity, Sue attracted’s Grace Hopper Celebration to Australia, with the realisation of Hopper Down Under in 2019. An event planned to take place regularly as part of the world’s largest gathering of women technologists (drawing attendees from 81 countries).Sue completed a PhD in Earth Sciences at The Australian National University and holds an MBA from The University of Queensland Business School. She’s a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors; serves on the Boards of Robotics Australia Group and the Australia AI Collective, and Women in Robotics.

Elected as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering, Sue was recognised by SME on their global list of 20 women making their mark in robotics and automation in 2021, as an outstanding contributor to the drone and robotics industry (2020), and named on the global 2018 list of ‘Women In Robotics You Need To Know About’.

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