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“Hey Siri!” Why is Deakin investing $33million in AI?

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Deakin University is investing almost $33 million into its new Applied Artificial Intelligence Institute (A²I²) in Melbourne. 

A²I² (pronounced A squared, I squared) brings together all aspects of AI research and development from fundamental science to how it translates into commercial products for real-world application.

The new facility merges the capabilities of the University’s Pattern Recognition and Data Analysis (PRaDA) and the Deakin Software and Technology Laboratory (DSTIL).

Deakin Vice Chancellor Professor Jane den Hollander will join Victorian Innovation Minister Martin Pakula for the launch of the Institute at the University’s Burwood Campus tomorrow.

A²I² will explore how AI can present information that builds trust, is easily comprehensible, useful and timely, says Professor den Hollander.

Prof den Hollander

“The ability of machines to imitate intelligent human behaviour is already part of our lives,” she says.

“Just ask Siri, Alexa or Google. AI is helping hospital trauma centres make faster, better decisions, and researchers develop improved materials for manufacturing.”

The Applied Artificial Intelligence Institute (A²I²) will be launched at the Burwood Corporate Centre at Deakin University Burwood Campus from 9.15am-10.30am.

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