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Dr. Leila Alem

Dr. Leila Alem

Adjunct Professor in Human Computer Interaction, University of Technology Sydney

Leila brings 25 + years of experience in partnering with industry to solve complex problems and deliver impact in a range of industries. Her expertise includes designing award winning digital products and new customer experiences leveraging emerging technologies such as AI, Wearables, AR/ VR and MR and using Design Thinking, Lean Start-up and Agile methodologies. Leila has over 10 years of experience in entrepreneurship, building new innovation programs and practices to drive client engagement. Her corporate entrepreneurship experience include government and consulting sector. She is the co-founder of ArcSense, a wearable tech start-up in health and wellbeing. In 2013, Leila won the NSW State innovation Award in R&D and was finalist of The Women Infotech outstanding Career Achievements Award in 2015. Over the past 4 years, she has been teaching at UTS  as well as  overseas, in subjects including: innovation, entrepreneurship, lean startup, design thinking, system thinking and technology disruptors.

Leila’s research draws on real industry challenges to explore novel ways of working, learning and collaborating using  AI, VR, AR and IOT.

Leila has 100+ publications and is the editor of books & international journals in the next frontiers of Human Computer Interaction.

Leila is currently an Adjunct Professor in Human Computer Interaction at UTS. She was previously Principal consultant at Thoughtworks, a global innovation consulting firm, for 2 years and Principal Research Scientist at CSIRO for 23 years. She holds a PhD in AI.