Australian and Chinese universities sign MoU

The Brain and Intelligence Science Alliance (BISA) collaborates with The University of Sydney, and China’s Fudan University to deepen their research into cognitive neuroscience, brain disorders, and the ethical implications of artificial intelligence (AI).

The partnership will apply the research of both universities to the field of brain intelligence, science, and technology. Fudan University, located in Shanghai, is one of China’s top universities and is known for its strengths in applied mathematics, computer science, neurobiology and clinical medicine.

This research will further the understandings of data science, neuroscience and artificial intelligence. Applying this research to the manufacturing industry will develop more advanced processes built on artificial intelligence and data science – areas that are critical to the adoption of industry 4.0 practices.

While AI has the potential to drive growth in the productivity and profitability of manufacturing, the ethical implications that come with the adoption of this technology are still being determined.

Human-machine connections are also being pioneered as part of Industry 4.0 solutions, and a better understanding of how the brain works will allow these technologies to work more effectively.

“We need to work across disciplines and oceans if our research is going to improve lives. The challenges of brain disorders, computational neuroscience and the ethics of artificial intelligence can only be addressed if we get the sharpest minds working on solutions. That’s why we are working with Fudan University on this important research,” said Michael Spence, vice chancellor of the University of Sydney.

As part of this partnership, the two universities will make funding available on a competitive basis for joint research and education projects. Successful projects will be judged by academic panels from Sydney and Fudan.

While research conducted by BISA will have immediate applications in the field of medical research and technology, processes developed in this sector will enable other manufacturers to take advantage of the highly precise and technical findings of neuroscience.

The University of Sydney hopes to see this partnership broaden to include other areas of academic knowledge.

“We have lots of strong engagement across the board with Fudan and we are keen to encourage collaboration across the basic sciences, medicine, and humanities and social sciences too,” said Kathy Belov, pro-vice-Chancellor (Global Engagement) at the University of Sydney.