Jill Bennett

Jill is Scientia Professor and Australian Research Council Laureate Fellow at the University of New South Wales.

She is Founding Director of The Big Anxiety festival, the Big Anxiety Research Centre and the ARC-funded Felt Experience & Empathy Lab (fEEL Lab) at UNSW.

Jill’s immersive media and public engagement projects explore the role of creative technology and trauma-informed design in supporting mental and emotional health with a particular focus on lived experiences of trauma. Her Laureate project has advanced the area of Experience Visualisation using virtual, augmented and mixed reality platforms to develop tools for mental health and suicide prevention. Her most recent book is The Big Anxiety: Taking Care of Mental Health in Time of Crisis (Bloomsbury, 2022).

Jill will be demonstrating Viv – an AI character co-created with women living with dementia.


Join us on 16 and 17 November for our 54th Annual Academy Symposium — Between humans & machines: exploring the pasts and futures of automation — as we explore the possibilities and hazards of automation, and the complexities of human-machine relations.

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