The appointment will see Professor Yu lead the Optus-Curtin Centre of Excellence in Artificial Intelligence.
Professor Yu was presented with the John Booker Medal in Engineering Science by the Australian Academy of Science in Canberra on Thursday.
His appointment follows the forming of an alliance between Curtin and Optus Business to develop an artificial intelligence research group embedded in the School of Electrical Engineering, Computing and Mathematical Sciences, and with strong links to the Curtin Institute for Computation.
“Professor Yu is an inspiring and innovative leader who will strengthen the Curtin-Optus alliance by utilising Curtin’s world-leading research, teaching and learning capabilities and Optus’ market-leading technology and infrastructure capabilities to advance artificial intelligence for regional telecommunications, higher education and the urban environment.”
Optus Business acting managing director Simon Vatcher said Optus anticipated that artificial intelligence would significantly change Australian enterprises and the broader Australian economy.
“We are pleased to partner with Curtin as they advance Australia’s learnings in one of the most significant new technologies to ever impact our economy.”
Professor Yu said the Curtin-Optus artificial intelligence research group was already at the forefront of science and technology research and he was “excited to continue the development of artificial intelligence in the new 5G era”.
“As the Optus Chair in Artificial Intelligence at Curtin University, I will be delving into one the most exciting and emerging areas of research with the aim of yielding important real-world applications.
“I look forward to playing my role in strengthening the Curtin-Optus alliance by building a strong research team that includes appointing four new Optus Research Fellows, as well as funding for PhD scholarships and student projects.”