A new research centre that focuses on next-generation artificial intelligence (AI) technology will develop the high-calibre expertise Australia needs to compete in the coming machine learning-enabled global economy.

The Centre for Augmented Reasoning – funded with $20 million from the Australian government – is based at the University of Adelaide.

The new centre is headquartered within the internationally-regarded Australian Institute for Machine Learning (AIML) at the University of Adelaide, which was jointly established with the Government of South Australia at Adelaide’s Lot Fourteen innovation precinct.

Augmented reasoning is a new and emerging field of AI, which combines an advanced ability to learn patterns using traditional machine learning with an ability to reason.

The 4-year investment by the Department of Education, Skills and Employment in people and research will train a new generation of experts in machine learning – which is the AI technology driving real economic impact today – and support the growth of new high-tech jobs at the University and Lot Fourteen.

A $3.5m innovation fund for AI commercialisation will provide seed funding to launch new start-ups, as well as support local collaboration opportunities, strategic development programs, and new business ventures.

The centre will lead the research and development of new augmented systems and improve machine learning technology across a range of applications, which might include:

  • machines that continually learn new things while interacting with the environment
  • machines that work with data analysts to optimise business processes
  • machines that can ask people questions in ways that are more natural and easier than filling in forms
  • robots that can understand and follow instructions from people
  • factories where people and machines work seamlessly together without the need for constant reprogramming of software.

Sourced from Lot Fourteen’s website: Lot Fourteen at the centre of next generation AI research