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ADF funds Australia and US university-led cyber security project

Defence congratulates the University of Melbourne, Macquarie University and the University of Newcastle, sharing in $3 million of funding towards their joint project with the University of Wisconsin.

user icon Nastasha Tupas
Wed, 07 Jul 2021
ADF funds Australia and US university-led cyber security project
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Researchers at three Australian universities will collaborate with their American counterparts to explore the use of trusted autonomous systems for cyber security as part of the Next Generation Technologies Fund’s Australia-US Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative program.

The aim of the project will be to develop autonomous cyber security systems through robust and effective teaming of bots and humans.

Dr David Kershaw, chief Science Engagement and Impact Division, said the AUSMURI program not only helps to grow local skills and expertise, but also supports Australian university staff collaborating with US academics to address high-priority topics in Defence capability.


“Improved security through cyber autonomy is critical for Defence’s future in highly challenging and adverse environments,” Dr Kershaw said.

“This research aligns with Defence’s Science Technology and Research programs, known as STaR Shots – it provides another valuable opportunity to work alongside counterparts in the United States.”

Over the nine years of the AUSMURI program, the NGTF will invest a total of $25 million on topics of high priority for Australian and US defence organisations.

The topic for the next AUSMURI round, ‘Bio-architected Responsive Materials with 3D Nanoscale Order’, was announced in March 2021 and a grant is expected to be made in mid-2022.

“The joint project, led in Australia by the University of Melbourne, will explore how cyber bots can learn and form teams, either among themselves or with humans, to counter cyber threats,” Dr Kershaw said.

The NGTF seeks research and development proposals from Australian universities and small to medium enterprises to support Defence capability.

[Related: Government awards $8m in cyber grants]

Nastasha Tupas

Nastasha Tupas

Nastasha is a Journalist at Momentum Media, she reports extensively across veterans affairs, cyber security and geopolitics in the Indo-Pacific. She is a co-author of a book titled The Stories Women Journalists Tell, published by Penguin Random House. Previously, she was a Content Producer at Verizon Media, a Digital Producer for Yahoo! and Channel 7, a Digital Journalist at Sky News Australia, as well as a Website Manager and Digital Producer at SBS Australia. Nastasha started her career in media as a Video Producer and Digital News Presenter at News Corp Australia.

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