We are creating some awesome events for you. Kindly bear with us.

New Centre to Focus on Automated Decision-making and Society

Photo Credit: RMIT University

A major new research centre will investigate how rapidly emerging autonomous decision-making technologies can be used safely and ethically for all Australians.

According to a recent press release, Minister for Education, the Honourable Dan Tehan, had announced AU$ 31.8 million in Government funding for the Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence for Automated Decision-Making and Society.

Led by RMIT Professor Julian Thomas, the Centre of Excellence will be hosted at RMIT University.

Background of the Initiative

  • There is a long history of operating at the intersection of technology and human experience.
  • Working closely with industry and other partners around the world, the Centre is focused on improving life for the communities in a time of constant change.
  • Minister Tehan explained that automated decision-making technology was being used in self-driving cars or algorithms that were used to make a medical diagnosis and business decisions.
  • The technology has great potential to transform the efficiency of industry, as well as public and private services.
  • However, as with all technology, it is prudent to explore how to mitigate any possible risks.

Centre of Excellence for Automated Decision-Making and Society

  • The Government is funding research into automated decision-making to ensure this technology provides the best possible outcomes for society and industry.
  • Researchers will formulate world-leading policy and practice, inform public debate, and train a new generation of researchers and practitioners.
  • The global research project would help ensure machine learning and decision-making technologies were used responsibly, ethically and inclusively.
  • From artificial intelligence (AI) to blockchain and big data, automated systems are changing everyday life.
  • New systems offer enormous benefits in many areas but they also pose substantial risks to privacy and security as well as to the people’s welfare as citizens and consumers.
  • There is an urgent need for a much deeper understanding of the potential risks of the new technologies as well as the best strategies for mitigating these risks.
  • The University’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research and Innovation and Vice-President shared that the centre would possess many unique elements.
  • This will put Australia at the forefront of research in a rapidly evolving and highly topical area.

Who are involved?

It will bring together national and international experts from the humanities as well as the social and technological sciences.

Working with international partners and industry, the research will help Australians gain the full benefits of these new technologies, which include better mobility and improving the responses to humanitarian emergencies.

Researchers from the University will collaborate with experts at seven other Australian universities. These are:

  1. Monash University
  2. University of Melbourne
  3. Swinburne University of Technology
  4. Queensland University of Technology
  5. University of Queensland
  6. University of Sydney
  7. University of New South Wales.

Additionally, there are also 22 academic and industry partner organisations from Australia, Europe, Asia and America.

Together they will provide an additional AU$ 39.3 million in cash and in-kind support, including access to top national and international facilities, systems and research expertise.


Qlik’s vision is a data-literate world, where everyone can use data and analytics to improve decision-making and solve their most challenging problems. A private company, Qlik offers real-time data integration and analytics solutions, powered by Qlik Cloud, to close the gaps between data, insights and action. By transforming data into Active Intelligence, businesses can drive better decisions, improve revenue and profitability, and optimize customer relationships. Qlik serves more than 38,000 active customers in over 100 countries.


CTC Global Singapore, a premier end-to-end IT solutions provider, is a fully owned subsidiary of ITOCHU Techno-Solutions Corporation (CTC) and ITOCHU Corporation.

Since 1972, CTC has established itself as one of the country’s top IT solutions providers. With 50 years of experience, headed by an experienced management team and staffed by over 200 qualified IT professionals, we support organizations with integrated IT solutions expertise in Autonomous IT, Cyber Security, Digital Transformation, Enterprise Cloud Infrastructure, Workplace Modernization and Professional Services.

Well-known for our strengths in system integration and consultation, CTC Global proves to be the preferred IT outsourcing destination for organizations all over Singapore today.


Planview has one mission: to build the future of connected work. Our solutions enable organizations to connect the business from ideas to impact, empowering companies to accelerate the achievement of what matters most. Planview’s full spectrum of Portfolio Management and Work Management solutions creates an organizational focus on the strategic outcomes that matter and empowers teams to deliver their best work, no matter how they work. The comprehensive Planview platform and enterprise success model enables customers to deliver innovative, competitive products, services, and customer experiences. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, with locations around the world, Planview has more than 1,300 employees supporting 4,500 customers and 2.6 million users worldwide. For more information, visit www.planview.com.


SIRIM is a premier industrial research and technology organisation in Malaysia, wholly-owned by the Minister​ of Finance Incorporated. With over forty years of experience and expertise, SIRIM is mandated as the machinery for research and technology development, and the national champion of quality. SIRIM has always played a major role in the development of the country’s private sector. By tapping into our expertise and knowledge base, we focus on developing new technologies and improvements in the manufacturing, technology and services sectors. We nurture Small Medium Enterprises (SME) growth with solutions for technology penetration and upgrading, making it an ideal technology partner for SMEs.


HashiCorp provides infrastructure automation software for multi-cloud environments, enabling enterprises to unlock a common cloud operating model to provision, secure, connect, and run any application on any infrastructure. HashiCorp tools allow organizations to deliver applications faster by helping enterprises transition from manual processes and ITIL practices to self-service automation and DevOps practices. 


IBM is a leading global hybrid cloud and AI, and business services provider. We help clients in more than 175 countries capitalize on insights from their data, streamline business processes, reduce costs and gain the competitive edge in their industries. Nearly 3,000 government and corporate entities in critical infrastructure areas such as financial services, telecommunications and healthcare rely on IBM’s hybrid cloud platform and Red Hat OpenShift to affect their digital transformations quickly, efficiently and securely. IBM’s breakthrough innovations in AI, quantum computing, industry-specific cloud solutions and business services deliver open and flexible options to our clients. All of this is backed by IBM’s legendary commitment to trust, transparency, responsibility, inclusivity and service.

Send this to a friend