Next generation AI centre opens at Lot Fourteen

The University of Adelaide has launched a new artificial intelligence research centre at Lot Fourteen, aiming to develop the expertise Australia needs to compete in the future machine learning-enabled global economy.

Headquartered at the Australian Institute for Machine Learning (AIML), the Centre for Augmented Reasoning focuses on an emerging field of AI that combines machine learning pattern recognition with an ability to reason.

The centre will lead the research and development of new augmented systems, aiming to improve technology in applications including:

  • machines that continually learn while interacting with the environment
  • machines that work with data analysts to optimise business processes
  • machines that can ask questions in ways that are easier than filling out forms
  • robots that understand and follow instructions for people
  • factories where people and machines work seamlessly together without the need for constant reprogramming.

Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of Adelaide, Professor Peter Høj said the centre is a vital new hub within the university.

“Building on the university’s existing strengths at AIML, the centre will support high-performance machine learning research, provide valuable scholarship opportunities, support AI commercialisation initiatives, and become a leading voice in Australia’s AI landscape,” said Professor Høj.

Director of the centre and expert in parameter estimation and machine learning, Professor Anton van den Hengel, explained artificial intelligence is being used to improve the productivity in every industry sector.

“If Australia wants to participate in a future AI-enabled global economy, we need to be applying AI to improve our productivity. That’s the way we maintain Australian jobs,” said Professor van der Hengel.

“By using AI to improve their efficiency, productivity and quality, Australian businesses will remain competitive in an increasingly automated global economy.”

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