Independent Chair, University of Western Australia
Emeritus Professor Robyn Owens is the Independent Chair of the ACCESS-NRI Board.
Robyn is an Emeritus Professor in the Australian university sector and the former Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) of the University of Western Australia. She has over 30-years’ experience working as a teacher, researcher and university leader, focusing on strategy and national policy.
Robyn was trained in mathematics at the University of Western Australia (UWA), Oxford and the University of Paris. Her research was primarily in computer vision, where she contributed to both theoretical and applied aspects of feature recognition in images and image understanding. Her work has been acknowledged with several national and international awards, including the 2010 UK Rank Prize.
Robyn is an elected Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences & Engineering, and the Australian Computer Society. She is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and of the Vincent Fairfax Ethical Leadership Program. She currently sits on the Senate of Murdoch University.