Professor. Jason Scholz

Professor Jason Scholz leads research, development and showcasing of high-impact technologies for persistent autonomy, machine cognition, and human-machine integration in close partnership with overseas governments, academia and industry to deliver game changing impact for Australian Defence and National Security. He holds a Professorship (adjunct) in the IT and Engineering Department of UNSW, a PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Adelaide and a degree in electronic engineering from the University of South Australia. He has over seventy five refereed publications and patents, in telecommunications, signal processing, artificial intelligence and human decision making. He is an assessor for the Australian Research Council and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.   Professor Scholz will speak about the Defence Cooperative Research Centre on Trusted Autonomous Systems. The Minister for Defence industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, has announced that the first Defence Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) will focus on Trusted Autonomous Systems to deliver game-changing unmanned platforms that ensure reliable and effective cooperation between people and machines during dynamic military operations. The CRC for Trusted Autonomous Systems will receive an annual funding of $8 million with a maximum of $50 million over a seven year period. To be effective, Defence needs autonomous systems to be highly trusted, robust and resilient and this initiative will bring together the best researchers from industry and universities to develop the intelligent military platforms of the future. Professor Scholz will discuss the research program and highlight opportunities as it relates to Micro Aerial Vehicles. jason scholz6