Optus Business and Curtin University have launched a new research group that will focus on the impact of artificial intelligence (AI) on regional telecommunications, higher education and the urban environment.
The new group is part of a new five-year alliance between Optus and Curtin. Under the agreement, the AI research group will be embedded in the School of Electrical Engineering, Computing and Mathematical Sciences at Curtin University, with strong links to the Curtin Institute for Computation.
The alliance will leverage synergies between Curtin’s research, teaching and learning capabilities, and Optus’ technology and infrastructure capabilities.
It will involve the appointment of an Optus chair in AI and three Optus Research Fellows focusing on applying AI technologies in areas such as regional telecommunications, improving higher education student outcomes and the urban environment, as well as funding for PhD scholarships and student projects.
Today’s formal announcement was made by Optus Business Managing Director John Paitaridis and Curtin University Vice-Chancellor Professor Deborah Terry.
“The development of artificial intelligence is among the most exciting and emerging areas of research,” said Curtin University vice-chancellor Professor Deborah Terry.
Optus Business managing director John Paitaridis said digital transformation remained a top priority for most Australian enterprises and governments.
“Fully realizing the application of technology, like artificial intelligence, is critical in how we’re helping organizations address digital disruption,” Paitaridis said.
Paitaridis said the partnership with Curtin would “help build real-world solutions while growing the skills of the future workforce.”