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Are Autonomous Weapons Systems Prohibited?

Authored by: Rain Liivoja, Eve Massingham, Tim McFarland and Simon McKenzie, University of Queensland The incorporation of autonomous functions in weapon systems has generated a robust ethical and legal debate. In this short piece, we outline the international law framework that applies to the use of autonomous weapon systems (AWS) to deliver force in an […]

Assuring Automation Smarter

In identifying the key disruptive technologies of the future, drones appear on most major industry assessments as a top disrupter. Around the world, countries are scrambling to lead these developments with Queensland and Australia leading innovators and investors in drones, robotics and autonomous systems. Applications for drones exist in industries such as offshore energy, defence […]

MCM in a Day – Ministerial Release – Revolutionising future mine countermeasure technology

Joint media release, Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC & Minister for Defence Industry, Senator the Hon Melissa Price New autonomous technologies will revolutionise mine clearance capability in operations close to shore through a new five-year, $15 million research and development project.  The project is part of a new partnership between Defence, […]

Introducing Rachel Horne, Director of Autonomy Accreditation – Maritime

As investment in AI robotics and autonomous systems ramps up, it is vital that these systems can be tested and assured to meet society’s expectations for their safety, trust and reliability. However, there are no established standards systems or formal comprehensive codes of practice to accredit unpiloted, unmanned autonomous systems. Operations are generally permissible only under highly conservative constraints, authorised as an exception […]

New Centre Research Leadership Structure – 1 July 2020

In response to the external review led by Prof Ian Chubb in February 2020 and in light of new growth in projects and funding, the Trusted Autonomous Systems Defence Cooperative Research Centre is realigning key roles as the Centre expands.   From 1 Jul 2020, Simon Ng will be Chief Engineer (CE) and Kate Devitt will be Chief Scientist (CS).  Research leadership will continue with the triumvirate of Jason Scholz, Kate Devitt and Simon Ng—each bringing their unique and complimentary backgrounds and […]

TASDCRC – Advance Queensland Research Fellows

The Advanced Queensland Trusted Autonomous Systems Defence CRC Fellowship program provides three year grants to the best researchers in Queensland, Australia, allowing them to pursue innovative and transformational research projects aimed at tackling open problems in AI and autonomy. The Centre grants, and the opportunity the Centre offers for its Fellows to engage directly with […]

Welcome to the TASDCRC Game-Changer Blog

Dear Readers, To ensure timely updates on Trusted Autonomous Systems work we are starting this Blog version of Game-Changer news for public information. Posts will generally be accompanied by Twitter @tasdcrc or LinkedIn TASDCRC releases. Given the nature of our Centre, bringing together Defence, Industry and Research for the benefit of the ADF we also […]