Ned Cooper

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Hi! I'm a PhD candidate at the Australian National University and a Student Researcher at Google Research Australia. I'm interested in how people and communities who are marginalised by systems — legal systems, systems of government, and socio-technical systems — can regulate the operation of those systems. My PhD research explores participatory approaches to developing AI-enabled systems. I have a wonderful, interdisciplinary panel of advisors: Professor Alex Zafiroglu (Anthropology), Dr Elizabeth Williams (Physics) and Dr Ben Swift (Computer Science). Previously I worked in management consulting in Australia and the UK, and as a human rights lawyer in Australia and Guatemala.

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Ned Cooper. 2022. Would the Trees Dim the Lights? Adopting the Intentional Stance for More-Than-Human Participatory Design. In Participatory Design Conference 2022: Volume 2 (PDC 2022 Vol. 2) , August 19-September 1, 2022, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom. ACM, New York, NY, USA, 5 Pages.

Ned Cooper, Tiffanie Horne, Gillian R. Hayes, Courtney Heldreth, Michal Lahav, Jess Holbrook, and Lauren Wilcox. 2022. A Systematic Review and Thematic Analysis of Community-Collaborative Approaches to Computing Research. In CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI '22), April 29-May 5, 2022, New Orleans, LA, USA. ACM, New York, NY, USA, 18 pages.

Ned Cooper, Ellen Broad. 2022. Enabling Participation in the Review of Algorithms: Lessons from Law Reform. Social Responsibility of Algorithms Workshop (SRA '22) Abstract and presentation

Amir Asadi*, Ned Cooper*, Memunat Ibrahim*, Lorenn Ruster*. 2022. The Multi-Level Perspective of Mobility Management During a Pandemic: Analysing the Case of the Home Quarantine South Australia App. Social Responsibility of Algorithms Workshop (SRA '22) Abstract, Podcast

Ned Cooper*, Nischal Mainali*, Lorenn Ruster*, Teffera Teffera*. 2021. Creating Intelligent Taps: Introducing a Computer Vision Prototype ‘Tappy’ for Efficient and Responsible Household Water Use, Hydrology & Water Resources Symposium 2021, Engineers Australia. Tappy: A Tap with a Vision (Poster presentation)

Genevieve Bell, Alex Zafiroglu, Zena Assaad, Charlotte Bradley, Ned Cooper, Ellen O’Brien, Kathy Reid, Lorenn Ruster. 2021. Custodians and Midwives -- The Library of the Future: Research and Analysis on Artificial Intelligence and Emerging Technologies, Report prepared for The National Library of Australia

*Authors contributed equally