Thursday, 11 April 2019 11:27

Deakin Uni investing $33 million in AI

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Australia’s Deakin University says it is “pushing the boundaries of what is possible between human interactions and artificial intelligence” with an investment of almost $33 million in its new Applied Artificial Intelligence Institute.

A²I² — pronounced A squared, I squared — merges the capabilities of the university’s Pattern Recognition and Data Analysis and the Deakin Software and Technology Laboratory, which Deakin says brings together all aspects of AI research and development from fundamental science to how it translates into commercial products for real-world application.

The new institute, at the University’s Burwood Campus in Victoria,  will be launched on Friday by Deakin Vice-Chancellor Professor Jane den Hollander and Victorian Minister for Jobs, Innovation and Trade, Martin Pakula.

Professor den Hollander said A²I² had a particular emphasis on developing the partnership between the human user and the artificial intelligence system, and would explore how AI can present information that builds trust, is easily comprehensible, useful and timely.

“The ability of machines to imitate intelligent human behaviour is already part of our lives. Just ask Siri, Alexa or Google.

“AI is helping hospital trauma centres make faster, better decisions, and researchers develop improved materials for manufacturing.”

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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham is a co-founder of iTWire and a 35-year veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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