Artificial Intelligence (AI) is one of the most fascinating scientific disciplines and one that will probably have the biggest impact on our society over the next 50 years. AI is increasingly entering our lives—we benefit from it particularly through our smart phones and experiences on the Internet. Self-driving cars and household robots could also be standard technologies very soon. One of the main goals of AI is to develop the foundations for intelligent systems that have the same intellectual capabilities as humans, so they can autonomously deal with unknown and unexpected situations. Indeed, AI offers a wide range of potential applications in almost any facet of our lives.

Our world-class AI research specialises in Machine Learning, Computer Vision, Planning and Optimisation, Intelligent Agents, Data Mining and Matching, and Knowledge Representation and Reasoning. With more than 15 academics, 20 NICTA adjuncts and 50 PhD students, we approach AI from every angle—from work on its theoretical foundations right through to practical applications. Our academic leaders are internationally renowned experts in the fields mentioned above. We work closely with partners from academia, industry and government, and we offer many exciting projects for students at all levels. Work with us to actively shape the future!

Explore our available research projects below and if you’d like to discuss opportunities for collaboration or funding, please email us.

Data Mining

Data mining is concerned with the development of techniques for discovering novel and useful knowledge in large databases, while data matching is...

[Deep Thought]

Mathematically defining intelligence is not only possible, it is also crucial to understanding and developing super-intelligent machines. The......

Knowledge Representation and Reasoning (KRR) is one of the fundamental requirements of Artificial Intelligence. Every intelligent system needs to...

Machine Learning

Machine learning is a branch of computer science that develops algorithms to help us make sense of data. Increasingly, these algorithms are...

Planning & Optimisation

There are puzzles that we engage in for fun, such as Candy Crush. But there are also serious puzzles that we encounter in modern industry,...

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Stephen Gould

Stephen Gould is Fellow in the Research School of Computer Science at The Australian National University.
Stephen Gould is Fellow in the Research School of Computer Science at The Australian National University.   "I was always interested in engineering...
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24 Jun 2015
Professor Brian Schmidt AC has been appointed the next Vice-Chancellor of The Australian National University (ANU). He will take up the position on 1 January 2016...
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29 Apr 2015
ANU has secured its position as Australia's top university in the latest QS global subject rankings. ANU has been rated in the top 10 in the world in four subjects...
26 Jun 2014
Marcus’ joint 2011 JAIR paper ‘A Monte-Carlo AIXI Approximation’ has received an Honorable Mention for the 2014 International Joint Conference on Artificial...
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23 Apr 2014
Pascal Van Hentenryck’s 1994 paper, ‘CLP (Intervals) Revisited’ has been awarded the ‘Test of Time Award’ by the International Conference on Logic Programming. The...
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24 Jul 2013
The Angry Birds AI Competition is back again for 2013, and it's shaping up to be bigger and better than last year. The pigs will fall and the birds will be angry,...
The cocktail party problem

The cocktail party problem

Dr Wen Zhang is working towards solving ‘the cocktail party problem’. Her research titled Advancing binaural localisation techniques aims to produce...

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