Free, Bookings Required


Sat 19 Mar
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm


ACMI, Swinburne Studio
ACMI, Federation Square, Flinders St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia


Wheelchair Access

Collage created for the Visions of the Road Ahead workshop, Thao Phan

Visions of the road ahead: Experimenting with the Future of Self-Driving Cars Past Event

Presented by Emerging Technologies Research Lab

Vision is central to the future of autonomous vehicles (AVs). To accurately see and sense the road and its environment is arguably the principal challenge for engineers, designers, and computer scientists tasked with bringing the dream of self-driving cars and other AVs to life. For companies like Google and Tesla, crafting corporate and promotional visions is key to the acceptance and adoption of new and emerging technologies. But who gets to envision our futures? And how can we have our say in who gets to come along for the ride?

Join the Emerging Technologies Research Lab in this hands-on creative workshop where participants will have the chance to engage and experiment with different visions of the future for AVs in Australia. From the corporate visions put forward by by Big Tech companies, to the speculative visions imagined in sci-fi and popular culture, participants will have the opportunity to interrogate and dissect the social, cultural, and political aspects of these proposed futures. As a participant, you’ll cut apart and piece together using collage methods your own visions for automated mobilities in Australia.

This event is part of a research project titled Future Automated Mobilities, supported by the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence on Automated Decision-Making & Society.


Thao Phan

Dr Thao Phan is a Research Fellow at the Emerging Technologies Research Lab and the ARC Centre of Excellence on Automated Decision-Making & Society. She is a feminist technoscience researcher who specialises in the study of gender and race in algorithmic culture

Emma Quilty

Emma Quilty is a Postdoctoral Fellow with the Monash University node of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Automated Decision-Making and Society, working within the Emerging Technologies Lab under the Direction of Professor Sarah Pink.

Jeni Lee

Jeni has fifteen years of experience collaborating with diverse community groups, organisations, activists, artists and academics to produce people-centred documentary films. Her work bridges documentary filmmaking and communication for social change, exploring how communication processes and products can perform multiple roles as research, observation, education, inspiring behaviour change, evaluation and advocating for structural change. She is particularly interested in promoting positive gender norms, diversity and climate justice through communication practice.

Sarah Pink

Sarah Pink (PhD., FASSA) is Professor and Director of the Emerging Technologies Research Lab at Monash University. She is an expert in automation and digital and emerging technologies, working across areas including future mobilities, health, homes and organisations. Sarah is known globally for her leadership in futures anthropology and design anthropology, her methodological innovation in visual, sensory digital and qualitative futures research, and her expertise in combining theoretical scholarship with intervention in interdisciplinary and stakeholder projects.