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Prof Didar Zowghi

Diversity and Inclusion in AI Team Leader, Software Engineering for Responsible AI, Leader of the National AI Centre's Think Tank on Diversity & Inclusion in AI

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Biography

Dr Didar Zowghi is a Professor of Software Engineering and as Senior Principal Research Scientist at CSIRO's Data61 she leads a research team in "Diversity and Inclusion in AI" and "Requirements Engineering for Responsible AI". She is also the Leader of the National AI Centre’s Think Tank on AI Diversity and Inclusion and Conjoint Professor at the University of New South Wales (UNSW). She joined Data61 in January 2022 after working in Academia for 20+ years and has previously held many leadership positions at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS): Deputy Dean of Graduate Research School, Director of the research centre for Human-Centred Technology Design, Director of Women in Engineering and Information Technology, Head of Department of Software Engineering, and Associate Dean Research. Before joining academia, she worked in the software industry in the UK and Australia as a programmer, software engineer, analyst, consultant, and project manager.
Her academic research was focused on improving software development processes and products. In particular, she has worked on addressing many issues in the communication-rich, multidisciplinary activities of software development, referred to as Requirements Engineering (RE). She is an expert in the "Evidenced Based" and “Human Centred Design” research paradigms as well as Socio-technical aspects of software development. She has supervised many research students to completion of PhD and MSc across universities in Sydney and internationally.
Prof Zowghi serves on the program committee of many national and international conferences including the IEEE International Conference on Requirements Engineering (since 1998). She was its General Chair in 2010, Program Chair in 2015 and Steering Committee Chair (2016-2018) and received Lifetime Service Award in 2019 by IEEE for her leadership in this research community. She is Associate Editor of IEEE Software and Springer's Requirements Engineering Journal. In 2022, she is the recipient of the 2022 IEEE Computer Society's TCSE Distinguished Educator award. She has published over 200 research articles in prestigious conferences and journals and has co-authored papers with 90+ different researchers from 30+ countries.

Other Interests

Professor Zowghi has a great passion for diversity and inclusion and is an advocate for gender and racial equality in the workplace. She is well known in academia for her mentoring many students and academic staff in their aspirations for career progression and decision-making in Australia and Internationally.