Mining robots closer to reality

RIO Tinto has announced major funding for one of the world’s largest civilian robotics research centres, a centre for mining automation, which will be based at The University of Sydney.

The centre for mine automation, which will be led by Professor Hugh Durrant-Whyte, will be based at the University’s Australian Centre for Field Robotics (ACFR) with the aim of developing and implementing the vision of fully autonomous and remotely operated mining processes.

The Australian Centre for Field Robotics (ACFR) at The University of Sydney is one of the largest and most successful robotics research groups in the world.

The ACFR is the lead partner in the Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence for Autonomous Systems, hosts the Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO) Centre of Expertise for Uninhabited and Autonomous Systems, and is a partner in the Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) Mining. Professor Hugh Durrant-Whyte is an ARC Federation Fellow.

Prof Hugh Durrant-Whyte

Australian Centre for Field Robotics

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