UTS and GrapheneX forge future with human-centric AI centre launch

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Distinguished Professor CT Lin will serve as Centre Director. The Centre will undertake research and collaboration as well as provide solutions that address tangible problems and generate commercial opportunities both in Australia and on a global scale. Image credit: University of Technology Sydney

The University of Technology Sydney (UTS) has unveiled the GrapheneX-UTS Human-centric AI (HAI) Centre, a pioneering research facility dedicated to advancing human-centric artificial intelligence in partnership with innovation leader GrapheneX.

The GrapheneX-UTS HAI Centre is poised to lead the charge in research focusing on human-centric AI technology, aiming to foster true collaboration between humans and artificial intelligence, the university said in a news release.

The centre’s primary areas of emphasis include trustworthy human-AI teaming, spontaneous swarm intelligence, and natural brain-computer interfaces.

Distinguished Professor CT Lin, director of GrapheneX-UTS HAI Centre and faculty member at the UTS School of Computer Science & Australian AI Institute, expressed the centre’s mission to build models that enhance and complement both human and AI capabilities.

“These models will maximise adaptiveness and spontaneous cooperation between humans and AI. Most importantly, we will make sure these models can be trusted by users by making the AI decision-reasoning process transparent to humans,” said Distinguished Professor Lin.

The launch event featured an expert panel comprising Distinguished Professor Jie Lu, director of the UTS Australian Artificial Intelligence Institute, Eva Taase, managing director of She Loves Data, Joff Outlaw, managing director of DesignIt, and UTS Distinguished Professor Dikai Lu.

Stephen Wee, founder and director of GrapheneX, highlighted the centre’s goal to cultivate top-tier expertise, ensuring that students and researchers excel in human-centric AI and are readily available for industry partnerships.

“We are contributing to building capacity by introducing graduates as experts into the workforce and addressing the anticipated substantial demand for continuous talent in the field,” Wee noted.

He continued, “Crucially, the HAI Centre serves as a hub where we ensure that the solutions we provide place humanity at the core of both the process and the result.”

The NSW Minister for Science, Technology and Innovation, Anoulack Chanthivong officially opened the centre.

Speaking at the event, Minister Chanthivong expressed excitement about the centre, which he described as the latest addition to the expanding strength of artificial intelligence in the state.

“I’m excited by the possibilities AI holds, and I’m confident that through initiatives like this, we can develop it in a way that delivers for people in NSW,” Minister Chanthivong stated.

Professor Kate McGrath, deputy vice-chancellor (Research), expressed that they are in a world where AI is swiftly reshaping industry and society.

She also emphasised the role of innovative partnerships like the HAI Centre in leading this transformation.

“Together, UTS and GrapheneX are committed to driving forward advancements in technology that will lead to a more sustainable future, improve lives, and support productivity,” the professor concluded.