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World Class Robotic Centre Bound for Brisbane

 

In a huge win for the state, Brisbane has been chosen as the city for CSIRO’s Data61 division to open a world class robotic and automation facility, reports the Australian Financial Review (AFR).

 

The $3 million, 600 sqm purpose-built facility to be constructed in Pullenvale, will be a key research site for a world-wide industry that is rapidly growing, set to be worth $23 billion globally by 2025.

 

Chief Executive of Data61, Adrian Turner told the AFR that Brisbane has been chosen as the located as due to the “high concentration of robotics research expertise compared to other Australian capitals, and a greater prevalence of robotics startups.”

 

The occupations that are of focus for the robot development are those that are “dirty, dangerous and dull jobs.”

 

Mr Turner said the Australian robotics industry employs a skilled workforce of a 50,000 people and generates $12 billion in revenue per year. Data61 currently has 80 robotics engineers based in Brisbane. 

 

 “The growth of the industry will unleash enormous possibilities across academia, business, and ultimately boost our economy," said Mr Turner. 

 

Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews said the new centre will give a great boost to Australia’s robotic research capabilities. 

 

“CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency, has a long history of robotics research excellence and has established itself as one of the world’s leading robotics research groups.” Minister Andrews said.

 

“Robots and autonomous systems are unlocking new value and supporting traditional industries like mining, agriculture and manufacturing to grow the economy and create more jobs,” Minister Andrews said.

 

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