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The Applied AI and Digital Innovation for Defence and Aerospace Applications program will deliver graduates capable of tackling Australia's pressing current and future challenges in the defence and aerospace sectors through the application of AI and digital technologies. It will expand opportunities for diverse communities of students and create workers skilled in emerging technologies, including applied AI, digital twins and threads, machine learning, robotics, cyber security, and modern manufacturing.

This interdisciplinary program builds on the strategic partnership between RMIT University and Charles Darwin University (CDU), which will see the creation of a joint Aerospace and Defence Industries 4.0 TestLab in the Northern Territory. Through the Next Generation Graduates Program, greater outcomes will be created for both institutions by leveraging strengths of each, including the world-class research capabilities of RMIT's Sir Lawrence Wackett Defence and Aerospace Centre and CDU's abiding and deep engagement with Australia's First Nations peoples across northern and central Australia.

The program will also build on the institution's long-standing relationships with Australia's Department of Defence, defence-industry prime contractors and small-to-medium enterprises, the Northern Territory Government, and remote and regional communities.

Chief Investigators

Dr Jennifer PalmerProfessor Pier MarzoccaProfessor Hamish CampbellAssociate Professor Selina FothergillProfessor Ivan ColeProfessor Xiuzhen (Jenny) Zhang


RMITCharles Darwin

Industry partners

BAE Systems AustraliaBoeing AustraliaDefence Science and Technology GroupElbit Systems of AustraliaMemkoThales AustraliaNorthern Territory Government

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