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Robotics

Robotics injects an estimated A$18 billion into the Australian economy each year.

Australia has an enthusiastic and diverse robotics community. CSIRO’s Robotics and Autonomous Systems Group is a world leader in advanced research and development of applied robotics and autonomous systems. A drone that can fly 600 metres underground and a legged robot that stands 2.25 metres tall are among the group’s innovations. The Group was also one of 11 teams selected worldwide to participate in the three-year DARPA Subterranean Challenge. Funded by the US's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the challenge explored new approaches to rapidly map, navigate and search underground environments. Team CSIRO’s Data61 beat teams from NASA JPL, MIT, California Institute of Technology, and Carnegie Mellon University to claim second place.

The Robotics Australia Network connects members with government, industry, researcher, investors and more, in its quest to build a robust and world-class ecosystem for robotics.

The Australian Robotics and Automation Association Inc. is a professional society that has been hosting the annual Australasian Conference on Robotics and Automation since 1999.

The ARM (Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing) Hub is an agile technology centre in robotics, AI and design-led manufacturing that accelerates industry’s digital transformation.

The Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources has information about partnering with Australia on innovation, science and research, focusing on Australia’s strategies to bring government, businesses and researchers together and grow our capabilities.

 

Boy looking at a smiling face on a robot

Australia hosted the World of Drones & Robotics Congress in November 2021. Speakers from around the world discussed the diverse range of applications this tech can be used for, from human bionics to fire safety, and from defence to future proofing.

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CSIRO's Robotics and Autonomous Systems Group was one of 11 teams selected worldwide to participate in the three-year DARPA Subterranean Challenge.

The challenge, funded by the US's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, explored new approaches to rapidly map, navigate and search underground environments.

Team CSIRO’s Data61 beat teams from NASA JPL, MIT, California Institute of Technology, and Carnegie Mellon University to claim second place.

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There’s something special about Australia and what it can offer to women in tech which I believe is unique, globally. Choosing to stay in Australia, have babies, and grow and scale my businesses at the same time was one of the best decisions I have ever made for my family and myself.

There is a wonderful support network for women in tech, with grassroots organisations, government grants and support, opportunities to meet and mingle with the best in the business and bring that baby along with you if needed. A startup world with a can-do attitude and a global mindset, Australia offers not only the opportunity for you to start, scale, or sell, but also a chance to enjoy life, see amazing things, travel, and build better balance into how you work.
Dr Catherine Ball,
World of Drones and Robotics

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