Launch of the Partnership between the Australian Institute for Machine Learning and Lockheed Martin

An important partnership between the Australian Institute for Machine Learning and Lockeed Martin has been launched at Lot Fourteen - yet another positive developement for this prime piece of land in the heart of Adelaide. 

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First, I acknowledge that we meet today on the traditional lands of the Kaurna people and respect their spiritual relationship with their country.

I acknowledge the Kaurna people as the custodians of the Adelaide region and that their cultural and heritage beliefs are still as important to the living Kaurna people today.

  • Senator David Fawcett, Federal Assistant Minister for Defence
  • Rear Admiral the Honourable Kevin Scarce AC CSC RAN-Rtd, Chancellor of the University of Adelaide
  • Professor Peter Rathjen, Vice-Chancellor and President, The University of Adelaide
  • Professor Caroline McMillen, South Australia’s Chief Scientist
  • Ladies and Gentlemen

It’s a great pleasure to join you for the formal announcement of this important and highly promising partnership.

It’s a partnership that will help to translate the research outcomes of the AIML’s world-class team into highly innovative solutions for businesses and the broader community.

South Australia’s outstanding universities are home to some of our brightest scientists and engineers.

Collaborations between our universities and prominent innovative global luminaries in industry hold tremendous potential.
These collaborations will not only provide other funding opportunities for our academic institutions.

They also encourage access for companies of all sizes to the brilliant ideas and expertise within our academic and research institutions.

As such, they are much more than commercial transactions.

We want to ensure these collaborations establish relationships that have long lasting impacts on South Australia’s capacity for research and innovation.

As the world’s largest aerospace company, Lockheed Martin will be based here on Lot Fourteen within the Australian Institute for Machine Learning.

We hope this collaboration will lead to other relationships within the University of Adelaide, as well as providing opportunities to link with other organisations across this marvelous creation and innovation precinct being developed in the heart of our city.

The importance of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning to all sectors of the South Australian economy cannot be overstated.

AI and Machine Learning are the way of the future.

They will impact every area of industry and technology.

It’s already happening, and it will only intensify.

Because here in South Australia, we don’t want to simply keep up with global competition.

AI and Machine Learning can develop transformative products and services that will create new careers and new industries for South Australia.

And AI offers tremendous opportunities not only for local companies.

We’re also looking at ways to use AI across the public sector.

This can develop efficiencies in our processes so government provides the best service it can to the South Australian people.

I have given a number of reasons why the South Australian Government is proud to financially support the establishment of the Australian Institute for Machine Learning.

I say this in a bi-partisan way, recognizing the decision of our predecessors late last year to make this investment.

We have moved quickly to capitalize on it.

We are now working with the University of Adelaide to support projects that will assist the South Australian Government’s adoption of machine learning and artificial intelligence.

We are also supporting the University of Adelaide to develop degrees and short programs in AI, to help skill SA’s workforce.

The AIML’s location on Lot Fourteen as an anchor tenant is a significant step in the development of this precinct as a place where universities, industry and government can collaborate.

My Government is giving our full backing to high-value innovation in South Australia.

The development of Lot Fourteen is one of the ways in which we’re supporting and promoting game-changing innovation and entrepreneurship in South Australia.

We’ve recently announced the Research Commercialisation and Start-Up Fund.

This will provide support to collaborations between businesses, researchers and universities to:

  • solve industrial problems;
  • commercialise new products and services;
  • attract research investment to South Australia; and
  • encourage the establishment and growth of start-ups.

We are currently preparing the guidelines for the release of this new fund in the coming months.

We’ve also appointed South Australia’s first Chief Entrepreneur, Jim Whalley.

Jim is the Chairman and co-founder of defence industry company Nova Systems.

He brings to the role a diverse range of experience across business, science and innovation.

Jim will provide advice to the Government on strategies to grow our start-up community and raise our State’s profile as the best place to start and grow a successful business.

The announcement of this fantastic strategic partnership between Lockheed Martin and the University of Adelaide will provide a great impetus to what I hope will be many more collaborations for the Australian Institute for Machine Learning.

I congratulate all those who have worked to make this partnership happen.  

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