La Trobe wins CSIRO Next Generation Funding

La Trobe wins CSIRO funding to develop the next generation of digital experts

Congratulations to Professor Wei Xiang, who has just been named one of the successful CSIRO Next Generation Program Leads.

The Next Generation Graduates Program will see the CSIRO partnering with more than 100 businesses and universities to fund up to 195 university student scholarships to tackle a range of artificial intelligence (AI) and emerging technology challenges.

Professor Wei Xiang and his team have been awarded $1.05 million in funding to investigate the challenge of “Artificial Intelligence of Things Empowering Industrial Digital Twin (DT)”.

A digital twin is a virtual representation of a real-world physical system or product (a physical twin) that serves as the indistinguishable digital counterpart of it for practical purposes, such as system simulation, integration, testing, monitoring, and maintenance.

‘This grant success is a great vote of confidence in La Trobe and demonstrates our growing capability in the fields of AI and IoT,’ commented Professor Wei Xiang.

‘This program presents an invaluable opportunity for our students to work with industry partners to play a role in digitally transforming Australia’s manufacturing sector through cutting edge AI and DT technologies. It will allow us to train Australian talent and grow our domestic workforce in this emerging field,’ said Professor Xiang.

The program will support honours, masters by research and PhD students, giving them a unique opportunity to further their skills in these emerging technologies. Students will work on a range of projects with industry partners in the manufacturing sector to digital transform their operations using advanced AI and DT technologies.

Professor Wei Xiang will also partner on a second challenge led by RMIT titled, “AI for Next Generation Food & Waste Systems”.

About the CSIRO Next Generation Graduates Program:

CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency, is developing partnerships with more than 100 businesses and universities to fund up to 195 university student scholarships for the Next Generation Graduates programs.

Students will be tackling 14 artificial intelligence (AI) and emerging technology challenges from a wide range of industries including health and aged care, critical infrastructure, clean energy, quantum technology, finance, and sports science.

The program will build a pipeline of home-grown, job-ready graduates to unlock the immense economic opportunity offered by artificial intelligence and emerging technologies.

To more about the awarded programs click here.