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ASPI to bring out China defence & Artificial Intelligence specialist with Fulbright grant

The Australian Strategic Policy Institute’s (ASPI) International Cyber Policy Centre (ICPC) is pleased to announce it’s been awarded a 2018 Fulbright Specialist Grant. With this grant ICPC will bring out Elsa Kania, adjunct fellow in the Technology and National Security Program at the Center for a New American Security.

Elsa’s expertise lies in Chinese defence innovation and emerging technologies, particularly artificial intelligence. Her research interests include Chinese military modernisation, information warfare and defence science and technology. Her most recent publication “Battlefield Singularity: Artificial Intelligence, military revolution and China’s future military power” was accompanied by an essay in Foreign Affairs magazine.

Elsa is also an independent analyst, consultant and co-founder of the China Cyber and Intelligence Studies Institute (CCISI). A graduate of Harvard College, her thesis focused on the evolution of the PLA’s strategic thinking on information warfare. She speaks Mandarin and in 2014-15 was a Boren Scholar in Beijing.

ICPC senior analyst Danielle Cave said: “We are delighted to host Elsa Kania and her visit couldn’t be better timed. Last year, the Chinese Government committed to expand its AI industry to USD 150 billion by 2030. And as Elsa states in her recent report, the People’s Liberation Army ‘is pursuing advances in impactful and disruptive military applications of AI’. Such investments will have profound security, political, economic and social implications for the entire Asia-Pacific region. It’s imperative Australia invests in understanding how such emerging technologies will re-shape our economy and the potential impacts on regional security. Elsa is perfectly positioned to make a valuable and timely contribution as Australia, and our wider region, seek to navigate both the opportunities and challenges presented by the proliferation of AI technologies.”

Elsa will be in Australia from mid-March to mid-April. She will participate in ASPI events, roundtables and have meetings with government, business and civil society. Watch our event page and @ASPI_ICPC for more information. For event, meeting and media enquires please contact r[email protected] / 0400 424 323