New medical technologies research centre set up in Victoria

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The Federal Government is providing $4.1 million to support a new research training centre in Victoria to develop artificial intelligence (AI) applications for medical technologies and expert training.

The Australian Research Council (ARC) Training Centre in Cognitive Computing for Medical Technologies was launched this week at The University of Melbourne.

Funded with $4.1 million from the federal government, the centre will advance new data-driven and machine learning-based medical technologies.

University of Melbourne vice-chancellor Professor Duncan Maskell said the new centre would play a key role in advancing AI medical technologies to benefit patients and society.

“By collaborating with industry and government, our technical experts will form a significant research effort to advance AI outcomes in the interests of the wider healthcare sector,” Maskell said.

Researchers and industry experts will collaborate with the centre to mentor and train students in the latest developments of medical technology.

Federal education minister Dan Tehan said the new centre would provide a world-class research and training environment.

“Students and researchers will lead the medical technology industry into a new era of data-driven personalised medical devices and applications,” Tehan said.

“This could mean helping predict epilepsy seizures to restoring mobility to amputees and people with paralysis.”