The Australian Research Centre for Aerospace Automation
In January 2017, the Australian Research Centre for Aerospace Automation (ARCAA) ceased operations after a ten-year program of research and development focused on aerial autonomous systems. Through the last decade, ARCAA has played a pivotal role in applying unique remote sensor technologies and autonomous systems to the aerospace sector.
ARCAA's expertise in remote sensing and autonomous systems, including unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), has transitioned to become part of the new Research Engineering Facility (REF), established by QUT's Institute for Future Environments. QUT looks forward to consolidating and integrating these tools into an agile facility that tackles real world problems and delivers applied research and the provision of expert services to government, industry and academia.
Within QUT there have been significant developments in robotics and the application of remote sensing to enable ecological and agricultural research. This transition will preserve ARCAA's existing expertise and facilitate the reuse of core technologies in land, water and air operations, not just aerospace. REF will enable researchers and industry to innovate by developing prototype robotics and systems for multiple settings.
The research and development programs that were previously undertaken by ARCAA now form part of the broader suite of R&D programs encompassed by QUT's Robotics and Autonomous Systems Discipline, leveraging QUT's world class expertise in robotic vision.
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