The Smarter Regions CRC will empower regional Australia to gain the maximum benefit from the AI revolution. It will transform existing industries and grow a technology sector in, and for, regional Australia. The result will be:
The CRC will be a partnership between industry, government, universities and VET training organisations and will be the first major effort to specifically focus on enabling regions to capture the benefits of AI anywhere in the world.
With a deliberate spotlight on regions, the Smarter Regions CRC will position regional Australia as a leader in the uptake and creation of AI-enabled technologies to drive improved productivity, job creation and increased value to global markets. An investment in this CRC will support regional Australia to:
Despite having some of the world’s leading researchers, Australia is losing the race to both create and implement AI technologies. If Australia does nothing to change course, export-exposed regional industries will face the choice of losing markets or adopting foreign controlled AI.
Regionally based sectors including food and agriculture, mining and resources, food and fibre processing, tourism, health and social services and transport and logistics, will all benefit from the research conducted in the Smarter Regions CRC.
Research projects conducted in the CRC will be determined and led by the partner organisations. This will enable industry to describe their own problems to researchers who can design innovative solutions.
The programs the CRC will aim to:
The Smarter Regions CRC brings together a powerful combination of commercial partners with an interest in Agtech, Mining, Forestry, Driverless Vehicles, Retail, IT and Services.
Our industry partners are technology companies and organisations from the following sectors:
The current partner universities are:
By facilitating a partnership between industry and research sectors, the Smarter Regions CRC is well positioned to solve industry-identified issues, meaning there is no better time for businesses, communities and regions to leverage off what promises to be a most dynamic CRC.