Curtin University alliance to focus research on artificial intelligence impact

Curtin University, in Western Australia, will be working with Optus Business as they form a research group that will focus on the impact of artificial intelligence (AI) on regional telecommunications, higher education and the urban environment.

According to the report made by the University, an artificial intelligence research group will be formed from the five-year alliance. The group will be embedded in the School of Electrical Engineering, Computing and Mathematical Sciences at the University, having strong links to the Curtin Institute for Computation.

The excellent research, teaching and learning capabilities of the University will be synergised with the market-leading technology and infrastructure capabilities of the telco company and will be fully leveraged by the alliance of both.

The research group will involve the appointment of an Optus Chair in Artificial Intelligence and three Optus Research Fellows focusing on applying artificial intelligence technologies in areas such as regional telecommunications, improving higher education student outcomes and the urban environment.

It will also involve funding for PhD scholarships and student projects.

The announcement was formally made by the University’s Vice-Chancellor Professor Deborah Terry and the telco company’s Business Managing Director Mr John Paitaridis.

Professor Terry was eager to enter into an exciting, future-looking partnership with the company, adding that their five-year alliance is built on a shared vision and strong track record of industry engagement and innovation.

Moreover, the partnership will also assist the University in training the highly skilled and industry-ready students of the future.

She added that the development of artificial intelligence is among the most exciting and emerging areas of research and as a leading science and technology research university, Curtin is the perfect partner for the project.

Mr Paitaridis shared that digital transformation remained a top priority for most Australian enterprises and governments. Fully realising the application of technology, like artificial intelligence, is critical in how the partnership is helping organisations address digital disruption.

Further, he explained, that great innovation comes from collaboration, which is why they are so pleased to be joining with the University in order to create a Centre of Excellence in Artificial Intelligence by bringing together the experience and expertise of industry and academia.

More importantly, Mr Paitaridis concluded, this partnership will help build real-world solutions while growing the skills of the future workforce.

In a recent report released on artificial intelligence, it highlighted how AI can be used to improve medical imaging for patients with brain ailments. Automated algorithms will be developed that will aid in both the diagnosis and monitoring of brain diseases using magnetic resonance images and CT scans.

An earlier announcement, also on artificial intelligence, detailed how AI was able to demonstrate a link between personality and eye movements. The algorithm software has reliably recognised four of the Big Five personality traits while tracking eye movements of 42 participants as they went on their daily tasks.

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