AICAUSE is a hub for multiple streams of research including robotic manufacturing, networked control systems, global cloud-enabled automation services and software architecture.
Director - Australia India Research Centre for Automation Software Engineering (AICAUSE) Director - RMIT eResearch Office
Collaborative global software engineering, software architecture and enterprise architecture; evolving product-line architectures; ultra-large scale parallel and distributed systems; real-time services; formal models and algorithms for verification, prediction and quality monitoring; model-checking and testing; fault-tolerance, self-defence and self-adaptation.
We are in the midst of the digital revolution where many new technologies are coming together to change how we approach productivity...
The AICAUSE team aims to analyse, develop and quality assure software architecture for remote testing and control of robotic equipment in isolated locations.
A particular focus is on agile global collaborations where models and tools are shared between remote experts in different places, jurisdictions and companies.
“The expertise and knowledge of engineers and software designers is concentrated in cities. This can now be focused on machinery in remote and hostile environments halfway across the country, if not the world,” says Professor Schmidt.
Technology is becoming more automated through computational advances in manufacturing, power generation, mining and education. AICAUSE focuses on rethinking the quality of software that once supported just one location but now coodinates multiple locations, people and processes.
"We are in the midst of the digital revolution where many new technologies are coming together to change how we approach productivity. As technologies advance there are opportunities for remote controlled technology but it is still dependant on advances in software architecture."
A core facility to emerge from AICAUSE is a Virtual Laboratory, located in Melbourne. Its robotic, visualisation and cloud facilities connect to other facilities in the world, including a test facility at ABB in Bangalore. The Virtual Laboratory permits experiments and demonstrations of innovative research in software-intensive automation halfway around the world. AICAUSE invites further companies to join this exciting platform and initiative.
“The transformative nature of eResearch has practical uses across institutional boundaries in sciences and engineering, with their huge amounts of data and massive computational demands such as in quantum physics or materials engineering.”
RMIT’s AICAUSE and eResearch have partnered with other universities and research groups to assist different research centres connecting data, computation and science laboratories housing partly automated robotic equipment.
“This allows us to easily collaborate with partnered groups such as the CSIRO on advanced ICT related automation and other multidisciplinary research involving equipment and facilities,” says Professor Schmidt.
“RMIT is the right place for AICAUSE. It’s an institution where research and facilities have a global orientation and focus and an active industry engagement strategy.
What attracts Professor Schmidt to RMIT is its broad multidisciplinary profile, “RMIT connects to industry through our research strengths across engineering, science, design and other areas of expertise. Programs like the Senior Vice-Chancellor’s Fellowships are all geared towards making multiple disciplines work collaboratively from the ground up. I find that very attractive.”