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Can you solve an AI challenge?

Lucas Fraser
Lucas Fraser
// // $20,000 is on offer if you can solve one of 23 AI and ML research and development related challenges...

// $20,000 is on offer if you can solve one of 23 AI and ML research and development related challenges…

If you’re in the business of developing Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, then the Artificial Intelligence for Decision Making Initiative is now accepting applications for individuals to solve one of 23 AI and ML research and development related challenges.

Funding up to $20,000 is available.

What is AI and ML?

When people hear the words ‘Artificial Intelligence’, they tend to think of highly advanced robots that want to take over the world and transcend humanity. As exciting or horrifying (depending on what side you’re on) this seems, in reality, AI is nowhere near advanced enough to be sentient, and most likely won’t be within our lifetimes.

Can you solve an AI challenge?
Robots won’t be taking over anytime soon (Source: Movie TV Tech Geeks)

AI is simply a broad term to describe intelligence in machines, as opposed to natural intelligence displayed by humans and animals. Common technology like Alexa or Google Assistant are considered to be AI, as they can recognise human speech and perform simple tasks.

Machine learning is a subset of AI, but is specifically for computer algorithms (‘machines’) that improve automatically through experience (‘learning’). These algorithms build a mathematical model based on sample data in order to make predictions or decisions without being explicitly programmed to do so. They get better at it, so goes the theory.

What is the Initiative?

The ‘Artificial Intelligence for Decision Making Initiative’ is a collaboration between the Office of National Intelligence (ONI) and the Defence Science and Technology (DST) Group, to develop Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) expertise and capability in areas of significant importance to the Australian defence and national security community.

AI and ML are beginning to play a more prominent role within Australian Defence. In May, Boeing Australia unveiled the Loyal Wingman attack drone, which uses AI to complement and extend missions flown by traditional combat aircraft.

Can you solve an AI challenge?
The Loyal Wingman attack drone uses AI to assist other combat aircraft (Source: ABC News)

How can you apply?

If you have expertise and skill in AI or ML, then this an opportunity to use it to improve Australia’s defence and national security. To do this, you need to create a project to solve one of 23 research and development related challenges.

The following criteria will be used to assess proposals:

  • Relevance and alignment to the research problem – 40%
  • Novelty, quality and feasibility of the approach – 40%
  • Expertise in relevant technical field – 10%
  • Absence of prior engagement with the national security, defence and intelligence community – 10%

If your application is successful, then your project can be given up to $20,000 of funding to create a prototype solution in the form of a software tool or related project. There is also the opportunity for project prototypes to considered for progression through the Defence Artificial Intelligence Centre (DAIC), or defence and university sectors.

For more info, including the challenge topics, follow the link:


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Lucas Fraser

Lucas Fraser

Lucas is in his last year studying Software Engineering at Curtin University. He has a strong interest in the aerospace and space industries, as well as social entrepreneurship. He is also the current Vice President of the Curtin Aerospace Club
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