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Charles Sturt University receives $500k grant for driverless car research

Australian researchers receive grant as part of a global research effort into object detection and avoidance.

Charles Sturt University receives $500k grant for driverless car research
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A pair of researchers at Charles Sturt University have received a $500,000 grant for their work on technology for driverless cars.

The grant is part of a $5 million fund shared between seven research teams from Japan, the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, and Norway, as well as Australia. The grant itself is provided by the Japanese ASPIRE for Top Scientists program.

ASPIRE stands for Adopting Sustainable Partnerships for an Innovative Research Ecosystem.


The Australian team is led by Professor Manoranjan Paul of the Charles Sturt School of Computing, Mathematics and Engineering, with Dr Quazi Mamun, senior lecturer in computing in the Charles Sturt School of Computing, as co-investigator. Specifically, the pair will work on developing technology that allows driverless cars to detect objects in conditions of poor visibility.

“These conditions can severely hinder the ability of driverless cars or semi-assisted vehicles to accurately identify objects on the road, posing significant safety risks,” Professor Paul said in a statement.

“We will leverage advanced artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms and sensor fusion techniques to tackle this challenge.

“Our system will combine data from various sensors, such as cameras, light detection and ranging (LiDAR) and radar to create a robust perception model that can handle diverse environmental conditions.”

The pair’s research is part of the “Research on Sensing, Actuation, Communication, and Mobile Intelligence Infrastructure for Ambient Intelligence” project.

“This research and funding will also help to foster young researchers by sending them abroad for long periods of time, inviting young researchers from abroad, and holding international joint workshops to promote brain circulation,” Professor Paul said.

David Hollingworth

David Hollingworth

David Hollingworth has been writing about technology for over 20 years, and has worked for a range of print and online titles in his career. He is enjoying getting to grips with cyber security, especially when it lets him talk about Lego.

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