We understand that there are real and significant opportunities to increase the operational capability of Australia’s defence capabilities through the application of Artificial Intelligence techniques to the combat system functions of detection, tracking, classification and localisation.
We understand that modern mission and combat system management systems are essentially advanced data processing platforms equipped with state-of-the-art instrumentation and sensors. The sophisticated sensors will form the basis of the next-generation combat system. However, technological progress also necessitates the development of new techniques for filtering and fusing information from the sensors so that the combat systems can extract maximum utility from the sensed data.
Recent breakthroughs in Artificial Intelligence, such as the celebrated deep learning methodology, have resulted in unprecedented progress in smart autonomous systems. Google’s driverless cars are a pertinent example of the disruption caused by the new technology. The natural progression of Artificial Intelligence technology in Defence is toward smart sensor systems.
Adelaide University's Australian Institute of Machine Learning is a world leading institute for artificial intelligence research.
Integration of existing and upcoming systems for planning, surveillance, control, and monitoring will enhance the capabilities of warfare platforms.
The ability to communicate and transmit targeting data is crucial to extensively support military operations in the near future.
The opportunity for UXV (unmanned aerial, surface and subsurface vehicles) represents and ongoing focus for Acacia’s research and development effort.
Acacia’s collaboration in the area of unmanned vehicles is with Flinders University's Centre for Maritime Engineering, Control, and Imaging (CMECI)
Research activities are mainly concerned, with autonomous mission planning, situation awareness, navigation, guidance and control, and autonomous launch and recovery of unmanned platforms.
Other related activities encompass fundamental contributions to control, estimation, image processing, structural analysis, robotics, and the design of novel embedded hardware.
The Centre is well equipped with a number of surface and underwater vehicles and has developed excellent collaborative activities with key Defence industry primes and companies such as Acacia Systems.
The focus of this research and development includes: