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Friday, 09 October 2020 07:29

Artificial Intelligence research at University of Adelaide gets $20 million boost

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Research into Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning at the University of Adeaide has received a $20 milion boost in funding from the Federal Government to underpin the establishment of a new national centre for AI research and development.

The university says the Centre for Augmented Reasoning is an investment by the Australian Government in people and research to “make computers better at interacting with humans, so that all technology might be easier and safer to use”, and will boost Australia’s position as “one of the world leaders in artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning.”

“The $20 million announced in this week’s Federal Budget is a very exciting development, representing seed investment in our new centre. This will be a solid foundation for industry and government to build on, to ensure Australia captures the full benefits from the artificial intelligence (AI) revolution,” said Professor Mike Brooks, Interim Vice-Chancellor, University of Adelaide.

“The new centre will be a major boost to the University of Adelaide’s capabilities, and will create new jobs in research, and opportunities for students. It will cement South Australia’s position as the nation’s lead state for AI research and innovation, and stimulate a new generation of high-tech businesses and jobs here in the state.

“I thank Senator Rex Patrick for his ongoing advocacy that has contributed to securing this funding, which is in the best interests of the state and the nation, and to the Federal Government for its willingness to invest in the future of this critical field of research.”

Professor Anton van den Hengel, Director of the Centre for Augmented Reasoning, University of Adelaide said: “The University of Adelaide is already helping Australian businesses to adapt and to integrate AI in their products and businesses, including in film animation, medical diagnostics, manufacturing, food quality assessment, plant breeding, and mining.

“Our new Centre for Augmented Reasoning will help Australia push its way to the front of global innovation, building on our advantage of being one of the first economies to emerge from COVID-19 lockdown.

“Our expertise and tools are uniquely home-grown, and designed to serve Australia’s economy, workplaces and society. The centre will help ensure Australia remains competitive with other nations who are investing heavily in AI and machine learning, including China, USA, South Korea, Singapore, the UK and Japan.

“The Centre for Augmented Reasoning will help to deliver the national AI Roadmap prepared by Data 61 and also supports a range of industry strategies in agriculture, mining, forestry, space and cyber security.

“This will be a national centre and I look forward to working with my colleagues around Australia in developing the next version of AI that makes technology easier for everyone to use.”

“The new centre is an important part of the Morrison Government’s $1 billion Budget investment in research. This will be critical for Australia’s COVID-19 economic recovery, generating jobs of the future and establishing Australia as a 21st century economy,” said Dan Tehan, Minister for Education.

“The Morrison Government has made this investment to ensure Australia captures the benefits of the artificial intelligence revolution. This new research centre will support Australian industry, create jobs and economic growth, and improve the quality of life of all Australians.”

The Premier of South Australia Steven Mashall said the new centre “will directly support the South Australian Government’s strategy to establish Lot Fourteen as an advanced technology innovation hub, and will help to underpin the 21st century economy in this state.”


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