The global defence technology firm has opened a Melbourne-based AI research centre in partnership with the Victorian government.
Elbit Systems Australia has officially launched a Human and Machine Teaming Centre of Excellence in Melbourne, with support from Victoria’s state government.
The new Port Melbourne-based centre will facilitate collaboration between people and autonomous systems, with the support of Victorian universities and research organisations, to produce applications that can be used across the defence, homeland security, and emergency services sectors.
Elbit has also committed to partnering with start-ups and SMEs to enhance commercialisation opportunities in the fields of autonomous systems, machine vision, robotics, industrial internet of things networks, and augmented and virtual reality.
The Centre of Excellence's first project aims to explore ways to digitise manual processes and systems employed in the emergency services and defence force.
“Elbit Systems of Australia has a vision to conduct research and development in partnership with academic institutions to develop highly advanced autonomous solutions that will build home-grown capabilities for our defence force and emergency services,” Major General (Ret’d) Paul McLachlan AO, CSC, managing director of Elbit Systems Australia said.
“The devastating bushfires that swept across most of Australia in 2019-20 are still fresh in our minds and Elbit Systems of Australia aims to use the centre to produce solutions that fuse multiple data and sensor inputs to enhance situational awareness and decision processes.”
McLachlan added: “Those improvements could no doubt save time, money, infrastructure, resources, and possibly even save lives.”
Victoria's Minister for Industry Support and Recovery Martin Pakula welcomed the launch of the new facility.
“We’re proud to be supporting Elbit to grow its global footprint in Melbourne, an investment that will boost the commercialisation of defence innovations and create new local jobs," Minister Pakula said.
Victorian Minister for Economic Development Tim Pallas added, “By partnering with defence innovators like Elbit we are investing in Victoria’s future – creating jobs, attracting global tech leaders and cementing our position as a first-class destination for businesses from all over the world.”