Elbit Systems of Australia (ELSA) announced that the company will collaborate with universities to workshop its new human machine teaming technologies at its new Centre of Excellence in Melbourne.
ELSA launched its new Centre of Excellence in collaboration with the Victorian government in February earlier this year, while their university partnerships program is expected to commence from 16 August.
Major General (Ret’d) Paul McLachlan AO, CSC, managing director of ELSA, noted that the partnerships enabled the company’s defence technology to remain cutting edge.
“Our global businesses successfully partner with universities to showcase new technologies and to demonstrate collaboration between industry and research institutions,” McLachlan said.
“I am extremely proud that we now have the ability to partner with them right here in Australia using our sovereign research and development (R&D) centre that will grow both Victoria’s and the nation’s technology footprint.
“Australian universities have outstanding reputations and demonstrated abilities to work with industry and we are delighted to collaborate and have the opportunity to workshop innovative solutions for our world-leading technology.”
The technology being workshopped at the company’s Centre of Excellence include new command and control equipment built on Elbit’s E-CIX framework. The E-CIX is an open architecture platform, which can incorporate third-party integrations, which supports and enhances the operator’s situational awareness.
“The E-CIX framework also enables integration of multiple sensors, AI and data fusion capabilities that augments the user’s situational awareness and ability to respond quickly and effectively. These are characteristics that are really important to emergency services, homeland security and defence agencies,” McLachlan continued.
“Our collaboration and pursuit of excellence does not stop with the Victorian government and Australian universities, however, as we want to support and champion the development of a human machine teaming ecosystem within Victoria by engaging with multiple SMEs and research institutions to enable the growth of human machine teaming technologies and Australian jobs.”
Damian Fratric, program manager research and development at the Centre of Excellence, outlined that the new program is expected to allow universities to demonstrate their research to the company.
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“The aim of the workshop series is to discuss emerging technologies and the possibility of developing research projects that could be utilised to improve decision making and situational awareness for human machine teaming applications for emergency services, homeland security and defence,” Fratric said.
“We look forward to working with the educational and research institutions and SMEs that have reached out since the opening of our new sovereign R&D hub.”