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Monash University Faculty of Engineering has today launched a new world-class robotics research facility to train the next generation of engineers and global innovators, and drive the emerging Artificial Intelligence (AI) economy.

The $6.5 million dollar investment into the Monash Robotics lab furthers the work of Monash University in the development of a world-leading robotics precinct, which includes the Makerspace, Monash Smart Manufacturing Hub, Data Futures Institute and Monash Generator.

Monash University president and vice-chancellor Professor Margaret Gardner said the launch of the research facility is an important step in advancing AI knowledge and innovation.

“Robots are changing and improving the lives of people across the globe every day,” Gardner said.

“This investment shows our ongoing commitment to world-leading research and education in this important and dynamic field, and aligns with our goals and ambitions within Monash’s Strategic Plan, Impact 2030, to address the great challenges of our time through innovative and excellent education and research.”

The Monash Robotics research facility will enable researchers to be at the forefront of Robotics and AI innovation, to support and enhance impactful robotics research by bringing together top researchers to work on developing robots that can improve our economy and wellbeing. 

Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, Professor Elizabeth Croft, said the innovative lab will foster collaboration and effective robotics development, providing experimental space and equipment to enable realistic experimental validation.

Robotics deployment across the world is rising rapidly, with the International Federation of Robotics reporting that three million industrial robots were operating in factories around the world in 2021. 

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