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Trusted autonomy is a game-changing area of defence research centred on understanding and engineering the interaction space between humans and machines.

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Competitive advantage

  • Unique combination of skills covering robotics, AI, simulation and ethics
  • Long-standing and deep ties with Defence
  • Outstanding facilities for simulation and robotics
  • Focus on trusted human-autonomy teaming


  • More effective solutions to technological challenges including the deployment of autonomous vehicles, activities at the human-machine interface, high-fidelity military simulations and multi-robot operations in unknown and complex environments
  • More agile and accurate decision-making cycles

Successful applications

  • Swarm-based machine learning with knowledge sharing
  • Demonstration of learning-to-fly from scratch on real unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) using neural networks and evolutionary fuzzy systems
  • Demonstration of visual flight control of UAVs for flight in cluttered areas and landing on moving platforms
  • Development of human performance surrogates for high-fidelity military simulations
  • Hierarchical deep learning algorithms for robot control

Capabilities and facilities

  • Large indoor UGV/UAV flight area and VICON motion capture system
  • Distributed simulation laboratory
  • Virtual environment and simulation laboratory
  • EEG equipment for monitoring human cognitive state

Our partners

  • Australian Army
  • The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)
  • Department of Defence Science and Technology (DST)
  • Air Force Office of Scientific Research
  • US Army
  • Indonesian Institute of Sciences