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Artificial Intelligence (AI)

As we lead the way in the fourth industrial revolution, Australian artificial intelligence (AI) is shaping the frontiers of technology.

Our AI Action Plan and Australia’s Artificial Intelligence Roadmap are driving our ambition to modernise industries like manufacturing and farming, improve the diagnosis and treatment of diseases, and enhance our defence capabilities. Under the AI Action Plan, we’ve invested A$124 million to build AI capability and support business.

Our national science agency CSIRO’s work in AI is 89% more cited than the global average.

Source: Normalised Citation Impact, Incites (Web of Science Articles & Reviews, 2014–2018)

We’re investing in targeted AI initiatives, including a focus on research collaboration and commercialisation to support the adoption of AI tailored to Australian needs across the economy.

  • Creating a National Artificial Intelligence Centre that will drive business adoption of AI technologies by coordinating Australia's AI expertise and capabilities.
  • Supporting Australian businesses to partner with government to pilot projects for AI‑based solutions to national challenges.
  • Establishing the Next Generation AI Graduates Program to attract and train home-grown, job-ready AI specialists.
  • Catalysing the AI opportunity in our regions by co-funding grants of up to A$1 million to develop AI solutions that address local or regional problems.
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Australia ranks 1st in our region for government readiness to take advantage of AI

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Australia has 3 universities in the top 100 academic institutions in AI

Source: Nature Index

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Case studies

  • The Australian Institute for Machine Learning at the University of Adelaide is the site of the Centre For Augmented Reasoning, a new national hub to develop high-calibre machine learning expertise and accelerate AI commercialisation in Australia.
  • CSIRO and the University of New South Wales designed PhishZip, an algorithm that uses file compression to systematically assess and exclude harmful phishing websites.
  • CSIRO is using virtual reality and high-performance computing to generate simulations of healthy cells overtaken by viral particles. Researchers have created accurate virtual replicas of Covid-19 to identify the regions of its proteins that could be good targets for vaccines.
  • Spark is a cutting-edge bushfire simulation developed by CSIRO in partnership with the Australasian Fire and emergency Services Authorities Council. It analyses and integrates weather data from meteorological forecasts with environmental data to allow emergency services to better predict and visualise bushfire spread and save lives.
  • HIVERY is a pioneer in hyper-local retailing, using AI, operations research and human-centred design to help generate a return on physical space investments. A spinout of CSIRO, HIVERY now has offices in Australia, Japan and the US, and counts Coca-Cola Company, Walmart and Red Bull as clients.
  • Earth and marine observation (EMO) technologies are a growing area of critical digital technology in Australia. In 2019, the value of earth and marine observing technology to Australia was conservatively calculated to be worth A$20.2 billion, growing to A$66.5 billion by 2030. Our research agencies, CSIRO and Geoscience Australia, continue to develop and implement world-leading EMO solutions domestically and internationally.
  • CSIRO partnered with DCS Spatial Services to bring data to life via the NSW Spatial Digital Twin, which will enable planners, infrastructure owners, developers, policymakers and residents to help better plan, design and manage our cities.
  • Bionic Vision Technologies, CSIRO and the University of Melbourne developed a retinal implant, software library and vision processing software to restore functional vision for the blind. The Bionic Eye is on track to complete clinical trials in early 2024.
  • Global consultancy firm Cognizant is establishing a new global delivery centre in Australia, creating 1,600 new jobs and bringing expertise in software, AI, machine learning, cloud computing and data analytics.

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