Robotics and autonomous systems
Robotics, autonomous systems and sensing technologies sit at the heart of the fourth industrial revolution. These technologies are uniquely designed to perform the four Ds - dangerous, dirty, dull and dear work, enabling people and organisations to focus on workplace safety and more important tasks that require a human touch.
Australia's mining and agriculture industries are already using robots to explore environments, such as an unstable mine shaft, and perform manual tasks, like assessing the appearance of grapes that are being grown for wine. These are just some of the ways how autonomous robots equipped with sensing technology can capture information about complex environments and to automate tasks that would otherwise be completed by humans in high-risk situations and at a greater cost.
At CSIRO, we're developing world-class robotics technologies that can be used to ensure biodiversity and biosecurity, perform environmental research and monitoring, maintain cultural heritage sites and structures, and make online learning more interactive and detailed. Our systems provide scientific, social and economic benefits through cutting-edge science, deeper understanding of natural and built environments, increased productivity and human safety, and augmentation of human capabilities.