One of the world’s leading research organisations in the fields of artificial intelligence and machine learning launched its new premises at Lot Fourteen innovation neighbourhood today.
The Australian Institute for Machine Learning (AIML ) is a co-investment by the State Government and the University of Adelaide, which has created 60 local jobs, with many more in the pipeline. The Institute, which is housed in a refurbished heritage listed building on Adelaide’s prestigious North Terrace, also has 70 higher degree research students.
Premier Steven Marshall said the AIML was a unique collaboration which would help drive South Australia’s economic growth.
“These cutting-edge research projects will enable us to harness for the first time, rich data and insights, to inform new ideas about how we implement our strong vision for South Australia,” he said.
“AIML will also bolster South Australia’s entrepreneurial activity across a range of industries from defence to tourism, providing us with new tools and capabilities to ensure that this state remains at the forefront of global innovation and enterprise.
“Machine learning is helping businesses from a broad range of sectors grow at a rapid rate, providing job opportunities for some of South Australia’s brightest young minds.
“Machine learning and artificial intelligence have tremendous potential to positively impact people’s day-to-day lives, and this research initiative will help us harness this for the benefit of South Australia, and the nation.
“Lot Fourteen provides unparalleled collaborative opportunities, and to have this institute in proximity of companies across other high-tech and high-growth sectors is exciting for our state.”
Director of AIML at the University of Adelaide, Professor Anton van den Hengel said the Institute would create broad-reaching benefits.
“Our Institute is making an important national and international contribution to pushing the boundaries of what machine learning can do, and how that can be applied to almost every aspect of our lives,” said Professor van den Hengel.
“Artificial intelligence and machine learning are already impacting on industries as diverse as agriculture, medicine, transport, space, defence, cybersecurity, and advanced manufacturing, and we aim to ensure South Australia remains at the forefront.
“The support of the South Australian Government in setting up our institute has been instrumental to our growth and being recognised as one of the best machine learning research groups in the world.”
Machine learning and artificial intelligence underpin the business models of some of the world’s largest corporations, helping to deliver economic, social and environmental benefits.
Machine learning is a field of computer science that gives computers the ability to learn without being explicitly programmed. AIML researchers are advancing understanding in areas such as robotic vision, medical machine learning, trusted autonomous systems, surveillance and tracking, photogrammetry, and 3D modelling.