Professor Bell is the Director of the 3A Institute, Florence Violet McKenzie Chair and a Distinguished Professor at the Australian National University (ANU) as well as a Vice President and Senior Fellow at Intel Corporation.
Professor Bell is a cultural anthropologist, technologist and futurist, best known for her work at the intersection of cultural practice and technology development.
Professor Bell joined the ANU’s College of Engineering and Computer Science in February 2017, after having spent 18 years in Silicon Valley helping guide Intel’s product development by developing the company’s social science and design research capabilities.
Professor Bell now heads the newly established Autonomy, Agency and Assurance (3A) Institute, launched in September 2017 by the ANU in collaboration with CSIRO’s Data61, in building a new applied science relating to the management of AI, data and technology and their impact on humanity.
Professor Bell is the inaugural appointee to the Florence Violet McKenzie Chair at the ANU, named in honour of Australia’s first female electrical engineer, which promotes the inclusive use of technology in society. Professor Bell also presented the highly acclaimed ABC Boyer Lectures for 2017, in which she investigated what it means to be human, and Australian, in a digital world.
Professor Bell completed her PhD in cultural anthropology at Stanford University in 1998.