Angie Abdilla

Founder and Director - Old Ways, New

Professor Angie Abdilla is a palawa woman. She is the founder and Director of Old Ways, New. Over the past 10 years, her interdisciplinary practice has expanded to combine research, strategy, design, and product management of software engineering. Angie’s purpose has been to reignite the old ways of thinking, doing and being with technology. Her deep commitment and trust in the ‘old ways’, otherwise known as Indigenous Traditional Knowledge, also centres her principles, always questioning “who really benefits” within the design and development of frontier technologies. 

As a Professor at the Australian National University’s School of Cybernetics, she utilises a range of research agendas and approaches in the development of AI. From strategic design methodologies, cultural and creative practice, and alternate software engineering for culturally rich and safe automation, Angie is dedicated to the creation of technologies that embody the principles of connecting with, and care for, Country and kin.

In 2018, Angie co-founded the Indigenous Protocols and Artificial Intelligence working group (IP//AI). She is a member of the Scientific Council of the Association of AI Ethicists (AAIE), CSIRO’s Data61 Advisory Group, the National AI Centre Think Tank, and was a member of the Global Future Council on Artificial Intelligence for Humanity as part of the World Economic Forum in 2022.


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