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July 5, 2016

Australia’s DST and partners to improve autonomous capabilities for defence

The Australian Defence Science and Technology Group (DST) is collaborating with partners in industry and academia to improve autonomous capabilities for defence.

By Srivari Aishwarya

DST

The Australian Defence Science and Technology Group (DST) is collaborating with partners in industry and academia to improve autonomous capabilities for defence.

DST’s partners include Agent Oriented Software (AOS) Group, Insitu and Deakin University.

The partnership will bring together AOS’s intelligent agent expertise, Insitu’s platform technologies, Deakin University’s experience in intelligent systems and DST’s knowledge of human-machine teaming, according to a statement posted on DST’s website.

The company aims to develop a prototype robotic teaming system that would provide autonomous perimeter and base protection capabilities.

The proposed system is an extension of AOS Group’s intelligent Watchdog (iWD) concept.

"The capability will be demonstrated to key navy and air force stakeholders in mid-2016."

As a result of the partnership, a group of unmanned vehicles and ground sensors will provide intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance responses to intruders in environments typical of airfields, forward operating bases and ports.

A team lead by defence scientist Simon Ng is working with each of the partners to enhance defence operations.

Ng added: "The capability will be demonstrated to key navy and air force stakeholders in mid-2016.

"Plans are in place to continue development of key underlying technologies inherent in this system as part of DST’s strategy to facilitate the transition of autonomous technologies into defence capability."


Image: The Australian Defence Science and Technology Group’s partnership will improve autonomous capabilities for defence. Photo: Courtesy of Commonwealth of Australia.

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