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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Many famous Sci-Fi movies feature artificial intelligence (AI) or robots going mad and killing all the humans. But in reality, AI is the only way we...
Data is the lifeblood of modern research. From the Nobel Prize winning research of Professor Brian Schmidt on the expansion of the universe, to the...
AI Paper
22 Aug 2017
Researchers at the Australian National University (ANU) will have their research published at the International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI...
19 May 2017
The Australian National University (ANU) welcomes the ACT Government’s announcement of a new research partnership involving ANU and the private sector to help make...
17 Jun 2016
Researchers from the ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science have recently won both the Outstanding Paper and Outstanding Student Paper awards at a top...
Bob Williamson
9 May 2016
Professor Bob Williamson from the Australian National University Research School of Computer Science has recently been named fellow of the Australian Mathematical...
Lexing Xie
26 Apr 2016
Associate Professor Lexing Xie has been named on the 2016-2017 Roster of Distinguished Lecturers of the IEEE Circuits and Systems The two year position recognised...
Solar Panels
15 Apr 2016
The Australian National University (ANU) has won $4.7 million in new funding for renewable energy research, and more than any other university, in the latest round...
Daniel McNamara
3 Feb 2016
PhD student Daniel McNamara and law graduate Hannah Ryan have been awarded 2016 Fulbright Postgraduate Scholarships to study in the United States. Mr McNamara, a...
Hassan Hijazi
15 Dec 2015
Dr Hassan Hijazi from the Research School of Computer Science has been recently awarded the 2015 "Rising Star" award from the Australian Society of Operations...
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...
Pascal’s paper stands the test of time
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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