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First Defence CRC launched

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The CRC was officially launched at the ICRA event. Image via @CDS_Australia

The first Defence Co-operative Research Centre (CRC) for Trusted Autonomous Systems has been formally launched in Brisbane today at the International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) 2018.

The Defence CRC, chaired by University of South Australia chancellor Jim McDowell, has been established to research and deliver game-changing autonomous technologies to Defence, ensuring trusted and effective co-operation between humans and machines.

Inaugural founding company members of the Defence CRC include BAE Systems Australia, DefendTex, RMIT University, and Defence Science and Technology Group.

The Defence CRC will initially carry out three research projects in the maritime, air and land domains, led respectively by Thales Australia, Lockheed Martin and BAE Systems.

Minister for Defence Industry Christopher Pyne welcomed the CRC, which was established under the Next Generation Technologies Fund.

"I am pleased the first Defence CRC, which is focused on trusted autonomous systems, has got off to a fitting start at the world-leading International Conference on Robotics and Automation," Minister Pyne said.

"The Defence CRC allows Australia’s industry and research sectors to collaborate with Defence on leading-edge technologies such as autonomous systems to maintain the ADF’s capability advantage."

Minister Pyne said the CRC program is a tried and tested model with a proven record in translating research into capability.

"Not only will Defence benefit with new capabilities, Australian industry will improve its expertise and competitiveness in autonomous technologies," Minister Pyne said.

"I look forward to the CRC making a vital contribution to advances in autonomous systems for Defence capability."

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