Queensland has furthered its push to be Australia’s technological hub with the announcement that CSIRO’s Data61 division will open a new facility in Brisbane to conduct world-leading research into robotics and autonomous systems.
A new purpose-built Robotics Innovation Centre to be located at Pullenvale will be an important step towards establishing a formal robotics cluster in Brisbane to take advantage of the enormous potential of a rapidly growing industry anticipated to be worth $23 billion globally by 2025.
Data61 chief executive Adrian Turner described the new centre as a national asset, with the potential to provide a unique collaborative opportunity between industry, government and academia.
“Robotics and autonomous systems technologies, underpinned by machine learning and artificial intelligence, will unlock new value in all manner of sectors including manufacturing, agriculture, healthcare and mining,” Turner said.
“World-class facilities like the Robotics Innovation Centre, will ensure Australia is well placed to benefit from Industry 4.0 and help to protect and accelerate our nation’s ongoing economic success.”
The new 600sq m facility will be used to further pursue research that is already under way with autonomous robotics systems to interact safely and seamlessly with humans in various situations.
Researchers will strive to develop new approaches to rapidly map, navigate and search underground environments using legged robots and autonomous drone technology, funded by the US Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency.
The facility will also feature the largest motion capture system in the southern hemisphere, to be used to validate data captured by robotics systems in the field.
Additionally, there will be a swimming pool for testing aquatic robots, numerous unmanned aerial and ground vehicles, legged robots, high-accuracy robot manipulators, as well as sensors and telemetry systems.
Data61 already has robotics engineers based in Brisbane working closely with experts at the Australian Centre for Robotic Vision, which is based at the Queensland University of Technology.
The division is currently partnered to organisations including Boeing, Woodside, QUT and the University of Queensland within the robotics space.
The robotics industry has drawn increasing interest from professionals in the built environment with researchers estimating that artificial intelligence in construction will balloon from $500 million in 2018 to $2.41 billion by 2023.
Late last year, the Queensland government unveiled plans to build an artificial intelligence hub in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley.
The new training hub, dubbed The Precinct, will aim to help fill the skills gap created by the surging artificial intelligence sector.
The Queensland government also made a $50 million investment to ensure the Australia Defence Force would establish an autonomy research centre, the first of its kind in the country, in Brisbane.
Brisbane also played host to the International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) in May of last year, further cementing its place at the forefront of Australian robotics and artificial intelligence research.
331,000 jobs: This is now Queensland’s biggest employer
THE property industry has now become Queensland’s biggest employer with more people working in the sector than any other.
New figures released by AEC Group revealed that it had now overtaken health care and social assistance as major employers.
According to the Property Council Queensland the industry created more than 331,400 jobs and was the biggest direct contributor to employment in Queensland.
The latest figures showed employment in the industry grew by 38 per cent between the 2014 and 2016 financial years.
And as well as employing the most people it also was the biggest direct contributor to Gross State Product, delivering $42.7 billion.
Property Council Queensland executive director Chris Mountford said the industry also contributed significantly to tax revenue, forking out about $11.2 billion or 53.7 per cent of the total collected.
Of this a whopping $3,050 million was through transfer and stamp duty, while $1,010 million was collected in land tax.
The data was also divided into state government electorates to reveal which generated the highest amount of gross product and jobs.
The newly named McConnel electorate, which included Brisbane City, Kelvin Grove, Teneriffe, New Farm and Fortitude Valley had a gross product of $4330.9 million and 19,899 full-time equivalent jobs.
Mr Mountford said the figures showed how important the property industry was for creating jobs.
“Some one in three Queenslanders’ wages rely on our industry directly and indirectly – that’s a huge contribution to the livelihoods of individuals and families,” Mr Mountford said.
He said the industry covered a whole range of jobs from blue collar to finance and skilled trades.
Mr Mountford said the AEC Research, analysed employment and economic activity by industry sector.
Originally Published: sunshinecoastdaily.com.au
- Developments1 year ago
Brisbane and interstate investors drawn to up-and-coming King Street precinct
- Real Estate4 years ago
Brisbane’s 5 most affordable suburbs within 15km of the CBD
- Market Place1 year ago
How to make $1 million ‘flipping’ houses
- Opinion2 years ago
Are we headed for a housing crash — or not?
- Market Place1 year ago
Seaside suburbs the star performers of southeast Queensland property market
- Market Place1 year ago
Looking for a property to rent? Good luck finding something here
- Market Place3 years ago
Brisbane real estate: Most expensive homes see growing sales results
- Opinion1 year ago
Ignore the Press: Brisbane on the Cusp of a Once-in-a-Generation Boom in Infrastructure Investment