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Robotics Roadmap


A Robotics  Roadmap for Australia

Robotic technologies add value to industries that require automation in complex physical environments. The development of robotic technologies will lead to the creation of new companies, new jobs and will address a range of issues of national importance including an aging population, servicing remote communities and dealing with labour shortages.

A Robotics Roadmap for Australia is needed to demonstrate existing capability and future possibilities of these disruptive technologies. Little is known about the robotics industry in Australia today and yet they will support the use of robotics across a range of sectors including; manufacturing, services, healthcare, resources, the environment and defence.

The Australian Centre for Robotic Vision is developing Australia’s first robotics roadmap. The Centre has received in-depth advice on how to construct a nationally recognised roadmap from Prof. Henrik Christensen, the author of the European and US robotics roadmaps. The 2013 version of the US robotics roadmap gained the attention of congress and President Barack Obama and, eventually, led to concentrated investment in robotics research in the US. Our goals for Australia are similar and will tackle the question of defining Australia’s capability in the space as well as future research directions.

The roadmap will be launched in June 2018.

We invite you to contribute to the development of a roadmap looking at the impact of robotics on sectors of national significance to Australia; manufacturing, services, healthcare, resources and environment. Little is known about Australia’s robotics industry and as related technologies mature, it is critical to understand and plan for the impact, challenges and the benefits they pose to our nation.

Please submit a proposal for each sectoral workshops of interest to you. Workshop attendees will be selected based on submissions. However, you are welcome to submit a proposal even if you are unable to attend a workshop. Each workshop aims to:

  1. demonstrate existing capability and future possibilities of these disruptive technologies in each sector;
  2. identify a focused set of major research goals for robotics  for each sector; and
  3. develop a roadmap for achieving these goals in the coming decade considering: industry policy, research priorities, workforce development and training.

The workshops will include leaders in Australian academia, industry, and government and will be highly focused outcomes orientated. The brainstorming sessions will focus on the application of robotics to each sector, identifying (a) core competency areas for research and development; (b) new application areas that will maximise socio-economic impact; and (c) future workforce requirements.

We encourage you to submit a short proposal via email that includes: 1) name, affiliation, and contact information 2) 2-3 broad research ideas relevant to the objectives above. Submissions must be:

  • under 2 pages in plain text or .pdf format
  • labelled “SUBMISSION: Robotics Roadmap – in the subject line (e.g. SUBMISSION: Robotics Roadmap – Resources)
  • submitted to rv@qut.edu.au by the relevant submission due date

Based on the submissions, participants will be selected to attend the invitation-only workshops and will be
notified by the dates indicated above. Attendance is limited to 30 people.

Everyone that provides a submission will receive a copy of the final report and information on how they
might participate in the roadmapping effort.

For additional information please contact Dr Sue Keay, Chair Roadmap: sue.keay@qut.edu.au

Australian Centre for Robotic Vision
2 George Street Brisbane, 4001
+61 7 3138 7549