Wanting Australian drones but buying foreign instead – by Dr Peter Layton

Australia has clear defence industry priorities including developing a local drone manufacturing sector. Here Dr Peter Layton examines Defence’s recent drone purchases, and asks why then, do we buy overseas made drones and not the best value or most advanced ones at that? In late February the Minister for Defence Industry launched the Defence Industry…

Applications open for free Innovate to Grow: Digital Technologies and Artificial Intelligence program

CSIRO is accepting applications for a new round of its free, ten-week Innovate to Grow program for SMEs, this time focussing on digital technologies and artificial intelligence. According to a statement from the national science agency on Monday, the program will connect businesses working on solutions in digital technologies and AI with knowledge, resources, and…

Home-grown AI innovation for manufacturing excellence

Sponsored Australia has a rich history of industry and manufacturing thanks to an abundance of natural resources, economic prosperity, high levels of education and geographic isolation which necessitated local production of goods. But the recent decades have shone the spotlight on the challenges to the industry from reliance on global supply chains. Net zero targets…

Towards 3% R&D – intelligent systems for defence innovation by Saeid Navahandi

Today in our editorial series – Towards 3% R&D – Turbocharging Australia’s Innovation Effort – Saeid Nahavandi looks at the role robotic and autonomous systems can play in defence innovation and operations. In line with the complexities of modern warfare, the integration of advanced robotic and autonomous systems (RASs), artificial intelligence (AI), and human-machine collaborative…

Towards 3% R&D – Reach for the Moon to innovate by Xavier Orr

@AuManufacturing turns today in our editorial series – Towards 3% R&D – Turbocharging Australia’s Innovation Effort – to one of the bright sparks in the innovation scene – the development of a research-based space industry. By Xavier Orr. Australia’s space sector has skyrocketed in the past two decades. As of 2008, Australia was the only…

Akula Tech progresses bushfire monitoring from space

Akula Tech which aims to design and build a constellation of satellites to detect natural disasters and conflicts and analyse the information in space has qualified to join the XPRIZE Wildfire competition’s Space-based Detection and Intelligence Track (Track A). XPRIZE is a four year international competition to develop and demonstrate fully-autonomous capabilities to detect and…