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Investment to expand artificial intelligence capability at Lot Fourteen

Posted May 8, 2024

The South Australian Government through the Department for Industry, Innovation and Science, is investing a further $6 million, matched by the University of Adelaide, into artificial intelligence (AI) research and development at the Australian Institute for Machine Learning (AIML) to expand its core work and make it more globally competitive.

AIML is recognised across the world for its expertise in artificial intelligence, machine learning and computer vision, and has grown to become the largest university machine learning research group in Australia.

This new funding will contribute to:

  • supporting AIML’s research and engineering team to help government and South Australian SMEs to develop AI-enabled products and services, automate processes and improve productivity
  • establishing four international exchange PhD scholarships, prioritised to AUKUS partner universities, and 16 honours/masters degree scholarships to provide opportunities for South Australian students
  • recruiting leadership and top artificial intelligence research talent into South Australia.

AI is one of the most transformative and productivity-boosting technologies and has been identified as a critical technology in Australia’s national interest.

The University of Adelaide is ranked #7 globally for AI*, and AIML is recognised internationally for its expertise in AI, machine learning and computer vision.

AIML’s presence at Lot Fourteen has incentivised global tech companies like Google, Amazon, MTX and Accenture to establish Adelaide offices.

Established with foundational investment from the Weatherill Labor Government in 2017, AIML has since grown to become the largest university machine learning research group in Australia.

This additional investment into AIML by the SA Government and the University of Adelaide will help position the new Adelaide University at the forefront of AI research nationally, engaging in positive partnerships with local industry and providing exciting research career opportunities for South Australians in this emerging and vibrant growth sector.

The Australian Productivity Commission’s recent five-year Product Inquiry: Advancing Prosperity report estimated that automation, including AI, could cumulatively add between $1.1 trillion and $4 trillion to the Australian economy by the 2030s. *US News Best Global Universities, subject rankings, 2023.

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