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CSIRO will host i-SAIRAS in Brisbane this year, on 19-21 November.

The ISRU Facility also provides evaluation of advanced remote operation technologies including augmented reality (AR) for enhanced situational awareness and control. © 

Dr Jonathon Ralston, CSIRO's In-Situ Resource Utilisation (ISRU) and Frontier Technologies capability lead will chair this exciting event, with participation from the Mineral Resources, Data61, and Space and Astronomy Business Units.

For 25 years, i-SAIRAS has brought together the international space community to explore the latest advances in artificial intelligence, robotics, and automation.

CSIRO and space

CSIRO was approached to host the event by key space agencies including:

  • National Aerospace Administration (NASA)
  • Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)
  • European Space Agency (ESA)
  • Canadian Space Agency (CSA)
  • German Aerospace Center (DLR).

The symposium is a platform for agencies, researchers, and industry professionals engaged in the fields of AI, robotics, and space exploration, seeking to share knowledge, foster collaborations and shape the future of space technology.

The program will feature national and international speakers, exhibitors, delegates, and industry professionals.

New Frontiers: Harnessing AI, Automation and Robotics for Space Exploration and Earth's Challenges  

The 2024 symposium theme is New Frontiers: Harnessing AI, Automation and Robotics for Space Exploration and Earth's Challenges which explores innovations in space science and technology, and the links between advancements on Earth and their applications in space exploration.

Core technical themes

  • AI and Deep Space Exploration: Focusing on the use of AI in navigating and conducting research in deep space environments.
  • Robotics in Space Exploration, Construction and Repair: Exploring advancements in robotics for building space stations, satellites, and conducting repairs.
  • Autonomous Systems for Planetary Exploration: Discussing the development of autonomous rovers and drones for exploring planetary surfaces.
  • Onboard autonomy: Mission planning, fault management, remote operations, guidance, navigation and control.
  • Sustainability in Space Exploration: Addressing the sustainability of long-term space missions and the responsible use of space resources.
  • Human-Robot Collaboration in Space: Innovations in robotics enhancing human capabilities in space missions.
  • In-Situ Resource Utilisation: Habitats, infrastructure, equipment for human exploration and foundation services.
  • On-Orbit Servicing, Assembly, and Manufacturing (OSAM): Increase responsiveness to upcoming challenges and requirements for spacecraft orbiting Earth.
  • Interoperability and Standardisation: Support standardisation and modularity to prepare spacecraft for interventions.

Special focus themes

The symposium will also explore the potential that exists when advancements in science and technology on Earth and in space are linked together through these special focus themes:

  • Space-to-Earth Technology Transfer: Exploring how space technology innovations can be applied to solve challenges on Earth.
  • Earth-to-Space Technology Transfer: Exploring how terrestrial technology innovations can be applied to solve challenges in space.

CSIRO Project Lead Dr Marc Elmouttie with the multi-resolution scanning payload, housed within an Astrobee robot.

We're calling for abstracts

You are invited to submit an abstract now on any of the technical themes or the special focus themes.

Abstract submissions close on 23 June 2024.

You are also welcome to attend and hear from international space agencies and industry technology innovators. You can discover how cutting-edge space science and technology can accelerate your science activities.

Key dates (2024)
Date Activity
Now open Abstracts, poster submissions and early bird registration
23 June Call for abstracts closes
29 July Notification to authors
27 September Deadline for full paper submissions
30 September Early bird registration closes
19-21 November i-SAIRAS, Brisbane, Australia

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