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Australia’s first Robotics Roadmap launched

  • Australia’s first Robotics Roadmap launched at Parliament House today
  • The roadmap will guide and support the development of critical robotic and vision technologies required to support Australian industry in the future

June 18: Australia’s very first Robotics Roadmap has been unveiled today at Parliament House in Canberra.

Leaders in academia, industry and government across key sectors including resources, built and natural environment, manufacturing, services, agriculture, defence and healthcare have all helped shape the Roadmap through submissions and workshops held in late 2017.

The world-leading Australian Centre for Robotic Vision pioneered the concept, collated submissions and co-ordinated the vital national roadshow across 5 Australian capital cities ahead of producing the report.

“We are very pleased to officially launch Australia’s first Robotics Roadmap today in Canberra,” says the Centre’s Chief Operating Officer, Dr Sue Keay.

“Australia’s Robotics Roadmap is a critical step towards a national strategy to invest in robotic technology to create and support a vibrant economy, community and nation,” the Centre’s Chief Operating Officer, Dr Keay said.

The roadmap aims to create the grounds for the necessary co-operation to allow robots to help unlock human potential, modernise the economy and build national health, well-being and sustainability.

“Australia’s continued high standard of living depends on us improving productivity 2.5% every year. With our ageing population this won’t come from labour productivity alone but will rely on automation. Automation is predicted to deliver Australia a $2.2 trillion dividend over the next 15 years if we encourage businesses to accelerate their uptake of new technologies such as robotics.”

“With support and collaboration between industries, government, researchers and developers in coming years we will see robotic technology developed that can help maintain our living standards, protect the environment, provide services to remote communities, reduce healthcare costs and create more efficient and safer workplaces.”

“With Australia currently ranked as 18th in the world for global automation by the International Federation of Robotics[1] , it’s time we start understanding robots as everyday problem solvers rather than scientific fantasy. As a community we need to understand and harness the potential of robotics technology to improve our lives.”

“Australia has a talented pool of robotics leaders and researchers who are working on some incredibly exciting projects. We have an opportunity to take a collaborative, multi-sector approach to education, funding and legislation to benefit industries and lead the way in the development of robotic technology that can solve real global challenges,” adds Dr Keay.

Australia’s Chief Scientist Dr Alan Finkel AO emphasised the importance of the roadmap in unlocking Australia’s robotics potential for industry.

“When I was a child, robots were the realm of science fiction alone. Even through the decades that followed, simple automation and machines failed to fill the grand promises made by my favourite books.

“But in the last few years, that’s all changed – robots and artificial intelligence are appearing in every industry sector, with huge practical impact on the way we live, work, and plan for the future. This roadmap shows just how quickly this field is moving, and the rewards available to a robot-ready Australia.”

Australia’s first robotics roadmap was pioneered by The Australian Centre for Robotic Vision. Those involved in making the Roadmap happen include:

Dr Sue Keay, Australian Centre for Robotic Vision, QUT

With special thanks to:

Roadmap Co-Chairs:

Nathan Kirchner (Laing O’Rourke), Phil Crothers (Boeing), Martin Szarski (Boeing), Sarath Kodagoda (UTS), Jason Scholz (DST Group), Matt Dunbabin (QUT), Saeid Nahavandi (Deakin), Paul Lucey (Project 412), Thierry Peynot (QUT), Ian Reid (University of Adelaide), Ric Gros (METS Ignited), Frank Schrever (Machine Safety by Design), Greg Garrihy (ICAA), Michael Lucas (Engineers Australia), Elliot Duff (Data 61/CSIRO), Alberto Elfes (CSIRO Data61), Tirtha Bandy (CSIRO Data61), Rob Mahony (ANU), Stefan Williams (USyd), Jonathan Roberts (QUT), Denny Oetomo (UMelb), Karol Miller (UWA), Surya Singh (UQ), Paul Lever (Mining3), Mary-Anne Williams (UTS).

Project Team:

Tabetha Bozin (QUT) and Sandra Holmes (QUT)

Roadmap Editorial Board:

Peter Corke (QUT), Elizabeth Croft (Monash) and Marek Kowalkiewicz (QUT)

Roadmap Advisors:

David Fagan (QUT), Ron Arkin (Georgia Tech), Md Shahiduzzaman (QUT), Matthew Rimmer (QUT)

Policy Advisors:

Robert O’Connor (EPPE Consulting) and Dion Pretorius (Science and Technology Australia)

Engagement Advisors:

Juan Suarez Manuel (UQ), Matt Myers (UQ), Matt Cowman (UQ) as part of a UQ Business School MBA Consulting Practicum

MEDIA CONTACT: LJ Loch, STEM Matters 0488038555 or lj@stemmatters.com.au

About The Australian Centre for Robotic Vision 

The Australian Centre for Robotic Vision is an ARC Centre of Excellence,  funded for $25.6 million over 7 years to form the largest collaborative group of its kind generating internationally impactful science and new technologies that will transform important Australian industries and provide solutions to some of the hard challenges facing Australia and the globe.

Formed in 2014, The Australian Centre for Robotic Vision is the world’s first research centre specialising in robotic vision. They are a group of researchers on a mission to develop new robotic vision technologies to expand the capabilities of robots. Their work will give robots the ability to see and understand for the sustainable well-being of people and the environments we live in.

The Australian Centre for Robotic Vision has assembled an interdisciplinary research team from four leading Australian research universities: QUT, The University of Adelaide (UoA), The Australian National University (ANU), and Monash University as well as CSIRO’s Data61 and overseas universities and research organisations including INRIA Rennes Bretagne, Georgia Institute of Technology, Imperial College London, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich, University of Toronto, and the University of Oxford.

[1] https://ifr.org/ifr-press-releases/news/world-robotics-report-2017

Posted June 18, 2018

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