ACOLA receives ARC funding to undertake two new Horizon Scanning projects on AI and IoT

The Australian Council of Learned Academies (ACOLA) has been awarded two project grants through the Australian Research Council’s Linkage Learned Academies Special Projects (LASP) program Supporting Responses to Commonwealth Science Council Priorities.

The projects are looking at how digital technologies benefit Australia and will bring top scholars and practitioners together from across the academic spectrum. The two projects, Deployment of Artificial Intelligence and what it presents for Australia and The Internet of Things: Maximising the benefit of deployment in Australia will examine the social, cultural, legal, ethical, economic and environmental implications of deployment in Australia. They will each provide an evidence base to support government decision making and will help ensure the safe and responsible implementation of these transformative technologies alongside the development of research and industry capabilities to maximise the benefits across our economy.

Delivered over the next twelve months, the two projects will bring together Fellows from Australia’s Learned Academies to consider the full spectrum of issues and opportunity, and present Key Findings to inform complete policy responses to the anticipated scientific and technological change.

ACOLA President, Professor Glenn Withers said that “ACOLA is grateful to Ministers Birmingham and Cash, and the ARC for their support to deliver projects on artificial intelligence and the internet of things. Working in close partnership with the Chief Scientist and government departments, ACOLA is ideally placed to bring together Australia’s best minds, from many disciplines, to provide timely evidence on priority issues for Australia”.

These studies are part of ACOLA’s Horizon Scanning Program that has been requested by Australia’s Chief Scientist, Dr Alan Finkel, on behalf of the Commonwealth Science Council. Following topics of energy storage, precision medicine and synthetic biology, these studies on artificial intelligence and the internet of things have also received generous support from the Commonwealth Government Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet and the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science.

Further information about ACOLA’s Horizon Scanning Program can be found at: