AI and machine learning boosted in SA


Wednesday, 13 December, 2017


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The first Institute for Machine Learning will be implemented at the former Royal Adelaide Hospital site.

The institute will build on world-leading research in machine learning and artificial intelligence, helping to deliver what is known as the Fourth Industrial Revolution — the transformation of the global economy through artificial intelligence.

The University of Adelaide has signed a long-term lease which will see the old Women’s Health Centre used for the site.

The facility will become home to more than 200 creative thinkers, researchers and start-ups attracting the world’s best and brightest to come to work and study in South Australia.

“The University of Adelaide is already a world leader with the Australian Centre for Visual Technologies, and the transition to this new institute will build further on the work being done as well as Adelaide’s reputation as an incubator of innovation,” said Science and Information Economy Minister Kyam Maher.

“This institute will directly support South Australian businesses and the government to develop new products and services based on AI, such as driverless cars.”

Globally, it is estimated that artificial intelligence will add 40% to the world’s GDP by 2030.

The institute will build on the university’s world-leading Australian Centre for Visual Technologies, known globally for its work in:

  • pedestrian detection for driverless car technology;
  • transforming 2D images to 3D, used in augmented reality;
  • semantic segmentation, used in driverless car technology;
  • tracking re-identification, used in video surveillance;
  • overhead image classification, used in defence and agriculture;
  • faces in the wild, used in defence.

The state government will invest $7.1 million towards establishing the institute with $1.5 million prioritised for defence capability research projects.

The institute will dedicate a minimum of 18,000 research hours over the five-year agreement for projects which help the government to improve productivity, efficiency and service delivery for South Australians.

The institute will begin operating immediately and will transition on to the former Royal Adelaide Hospital site from 2018.

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