Academic exchange to focus on AI in manufacturing

Australia and Germany will work together to assess the uses of AI in advanced manufacturing, as part of $2.2 million in funding for research collaboration.

The grants come from the Australia-Germany Joint Research Cooperation Scheme, which enables in-depth connections between researchers in both countries, as Universities Australia chief executive, Catriona Jackson, outlined.

“Germany is one of the world’s most advanced economies and a research powerhouse – so it’s terrific to have a scheme to boost collaboration between brilliant Australian researchers and their German peers.”

Specifically, the funding will go to early-career researchers from 25 Australian universities, who will work on 49 projects with German researchers.

The program, which has run since 2015, has provided over $13.7 million to 366 projects. The administration of the project is in partnership between Universities Australia and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). Funding also comes from the Australian government and Department of Education.

Other projects pursued in the latest round of grants include research into the Australian housing market, and the development of cardiac patches. Learning exchange between the countries will benefit both, and not just in the university sector, said Jackson.

“International research collaborations, such as those funded by this scheme, make a huge contribution to Australia’s knowledge breakthroughs, growth and prosperity,” she said.

“These researchers will visit each other’s countries as they work together on big issues for both our nations – but also for humanity more broadly.”