THE use of artificial intelligence to address critical needs of the mining industry will be a key focus for a new national mining research and training centre based at the University of Adelaide’s Institute for Mineral and Energy Resources.
The Federal Government this week announced $3.7 million for the $12.5 million Australian Research Council Industrial Transformation Training Centre for Integrated Operations for Complex Resources.
The training centre has also been funded with another $2 million plus $6.8 million in-kind support from research and industry organisations.
It will deliver enabling tools and train the next generation of scientists and engineers in advanced sensors, data analytics and artificial intelligence to increase value in mining and processing of complex resources.
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) at the University of Adelaide, Professor Mike Brooks, said the high-tech training centre would help shape the future of mining operations in Australia.
“Combining our expertise in advanced sensors, data analytics, artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning, the new centre will deliver vital tools, training and workforce needs to help ensure Australia and key industry players lead the world,” Prof Brooks said.
University of Adelaide mining engineering Professor Peter Dowd said the training centre would address critical needs of the mining industry through its focus on sensors, data analytics and artificial intelligence – a knowledge priority area for the industry.
“This funding award recognises the world-leading concentration of mining research in South Australia, placing us at the forefront of developments that will transform the mining and processing of complex resources,” Prof Dowd said.
Other participants in the training centre include the University of South Australia, Curtin University and 22 industry and government organisations.