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New foundation partner boosts South Australia’s machine learning capabilities

The University of Adelaide’s new Australian Institute for Machine Learning has found its first Foundation Partner in technology and innovation company Lockheed Martin Australia.

According to a recent report, this strategic partnership will deliver world-leading machine learning research for national security, the space industry, business, and the broader community.

Machine learning is a form of artificial intelligence (AI) that enables computers and machines to learn how to do complex tasks without being programmed by humans.

This technology is driving what is known as the Fourth Industrial revolution.

The University’s new Australian Institute for Machine Learning (AIML) builds on decades of expertise in artificial intelligence and computer vision.

It will be based in the South Australian Government‘s new innovation precinct at Lot Fourteen, which is the site of the old Royal Adelaide Hospital.

As a Foundation Partner, the company will move a team of its researchers from their Science Technology Engineering Leadership and Research Laboratory (STELaRLab) in Melbourne to be co-located with the AIML researchers in Adelaide.

They will be supporting honours, doctoral and post-doctoral research and development (R&D) programs.

The team will be working with researchers and students from the University at AIML on leading-edge technology, advancing the capabilities needed to meet complex and dynamic challenges in the areas of national security.

Among the capabilities are next-generation machine reasoning for automated information processing and decision support, as well as advanced algorithm development for air, sea, land, cyber and space systems.

Adelaide researchers will be given access to the company’s global research and development network because of this partnership, which is initially for a period of three years.

The company strives to be the partner of choice as in industry leader in defence and technology. This partnership with the University in order to develop world-leading machine learning technologies for Australia is a most worthwhile investment for the future and sovereign defence capabilities.

This partnership is a perfect example of how the University can bring together outstanding research expertise, unique facilities, students, and an international reputation to attract global industry to Adelaide.

The University is excited to play a key role in the new Lot Fourteen site, in partnership with industry and government, in order to aid in driving innovation and underpinning the transformation of the South Australian economy.

From this will flow new ideas and the industries of the future, producing a thriving innovation ecosystem in the heart of the vibrant city.

The company invests in partnerships with the research and defence industry communities in Australia because of several reasons.

These are to develop discriminating technologies, provide export opportunities through global supply chains, and create innovation, Australian skilled jobs, and sustainable business growth.

AI is expected to transform the global economy within the next decade.

AIML aims to strengthen Adelaide’s position as a global destination for high-tech research and development, and ensure that South Australia is well prepared to reap the significant benefits this technology offers.

The partnership demonstrates a deep level of engagement between the University and industries that are critical to South Australia’s future.

This is particularly evident in national security, but will be felt more broadly, with technological advancements finding application in other industrial sectors.

Such innovation is expected to be catalysed by the Federal Government’s once-in-a-lifetime investment in defence and related industries in South Australia.

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