AI receives $19m investment from CSIRO

Monday, 19 November, 2018

AI receives $19m investment from CSIRO

The CSIRO will invest $35 million towards research into artificial intelligence and space technology in Australia.

The investment will include cutting-edge data science to support the growth of AI technology, as well as the development of advanced imaging of Earth from satellites.

It is part of CSIRO’s Future Science Platforms (FSP) portfolio, aimed at dedicating research to new and emerging opportunities for Australia.

It aims to help reinvent old and create new industries, as well as grow the capability of a new generation of researchers through specially created student places in these ‘future’ fields.

Space technology and artificial intelligence join eight other areas of future science, including in the fields of health and energy.

By 2022, the CSIRO Future Science Platforms program will have invested $205 million since it was launched in 2016.

Artificial intelligence and machine learning will receive $19 million to target AI-driven solutions for areas including food security and quality, health and wellbeing, sustainable energy and resources, resilient and valuable environments, and Australian and regional security.

The primary research areas include platforms to improve prediction and understanding of complex data; platforms to enable trustworthy inferences and risk-based decisions; and data systems to enable ethical, robust and scalable AI.

CSIRO Chief Executive Dr Larry Marshall said the CSIRO Future Science Platforms have an important role to play in inventing and securing Australia’s path to prosperity.

“Our Future Science Platforms aim to turn Australia’s challenges into opportunities where new science can break through seemingly impossible roadblocks to give Australia an unfair advantage on the world stage,” he said.

“Innovation needs deep collaboration, so our FSPs bring together this nation’s world-class expertise across all fields of science, technology, engineering and maths to deliver real solutions to real-world problems.

“CSIRO is here to solve Australia’s greatest challenges through innovative science and technology — and to do that we have to invest in the big thinking and breakthrough research that will keep us ahead of the curve.”

Space technology will receive $16 million to identify and develop the science to leapfrog traditional technologies and find new areas for Australian industry to work in.

It will initially focus on advanced technologies for Earth observation and then address challenges such as space object tracking, resource utilisation in space and developing manufacturing and life support systems for missions to the Moon and Mars.

CSIRO is uniquely placed to progress the science and application of artificial intelligence and machine learning.

The FSP combines the full depth and breadth of CSIRO’s research across all major Australian industries with deep technology expertise to create cutting-edge solutions while ensuring the ethical challenges are understood and protected.

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