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Major space symposium heading to Brisbane

The International Symposium on Artificial Intelligence, Robotics and Automation in Space (i-SAIRAS) 2024 will bring its global delegates Down Under for the first time.

i-SAIRAS 2024, hosted by CSIRO, will convene agencies, researchers, and industry professionals engaged in advancing the science and technology of robotics, automation and artificial intelligence (AI) for use in space. 

The symposium will showcase national and international speakers, exhibitors, and professionals from the space, mining, digital, and manufacturing industries, including from CSIRO. 

The first qualified astronaut under the Australian flag, Katherine Bennell-Pegg, will headline the event. 

Bennell-Pegg completed her training with the European Space Agency in Germany this year and will soon return to work at the Australian Space Agency. 

“I’m excited to come home to Australia and share the knowledge I’ve gained from my training with our growing space and tech sectors.

“i-SAIRAS coming to our shores will provide an opportunity to strengthen our international partnerships and learn from each other as we develop technologies that enable research in space and enhance life on Earth,” Bennell-Pegg said.  

Ms Bennell-Pegg will be joined by a range of other distinguished speakers, panellists, and researchers, focused on the theme New Frontiers: Harnessing AI, Automation and Robotics for Space Exploration and Earth’s Challenges.  

CSIRO’s Dr Jonathon Ralston, i-SAIRAS 2024 Chair, said the symposium is a unique event in the international space calendar. 

“For 25 years, i-SAIRAS has brought together experts from the international space community to explore the latest advances in AI, robotics, and automation.  

“This year, we are enhancing the program with a special focus on the interconnection between advancements on Earth and their applications in space, opening the door for other industry sectors to participate,” Dr Ralston said.

Director of CSIRO’s Space Program, Dr Kimberley Clayfield, said the symposium reinforces the agency’s commitment to science translation between Earth and space. 

“Key technology developments on Earth offer new and exciting ways to explore space and better understand our solar system, and vice versa.

“i-SAIRAS is a golden opportunity for the AI, robotics, and automation community to gather share their science, and innovate,” said Clayfield. 

Researchers interested in submitting abstracts for the Symposium can do so until 23 June 2024. 

The event takes place between the 19th and 21st of November in Brisbane with registrations now open. 

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