New Queensland AI Hub Regional Chapter Directors Announced

New Queensland AI Hub Regional Chapter Directors Announced

The QLD AI Hub is thrilled to announce the newly appointed Chapter Directors, who will be participating in the state-wide Queensland AI Hub Chapters program. The Chapters will aim to connect existing communities across Queensland, with a focus on promoting and supporting AI/ML products, programs and events in regional centres.

The four Queensland Chapter Directors hail from:

  • Toowoomba
  • Bundaberg
  • Cairns
  • Mackay

In Toowoomba, Chris Mills is using effective applications of advanced digital technologies to maximise the potential of Queensland businesses through his company Strategenics.

In Bundaberg, Brooke Fossey is the Executive Manager of Regional Business HQ and had extensive experience in Business Planning, Corporate Communications and Stakeholder Relations.

Cairns will be headed up by Dr Samantha Horseman and Raiyan Talkhani. Dr Horseman has returned to Australia after an impressive two-decade career at Aramco. She is a globally recognised inventor, innovator, and entrepreneur. Samantha is an Innovation Ecosystem developer and activator, which is reflected in her current role with James Cook University in the Founders-in-Residence Portfolios.

Raiyan is an AI enthusiast who has contributed to 5 AI projects in two different countries. Raiyan is looking to progress in the field of AI, and his goal is to make AI products less intimidating for people who wish to explore the potential of new technologies. With his network as a member of JCU’s Founders-in-Residence program, Raiyan is currently working with researchers and local labs towards finding ways in which AI can be implemented in their systems.

Gavan Porter, in Mackay, is a current sitting member of the Split Spaces Board, a nest for new ideas and innovation, and is running his own business.

Building an open and collaborative AI community is central to the Queensland AI Hub’s mission, with the support of the Queensland AI Chapter Directors, this goal will be achieved state-wide.

For more information on how to contact your Chapter Director or set up your own Chapter, please see our Queensland Chapter page.

Brisbane Airport Corporation Expands use of Artificial Intelligence to reduce emissions

Brisbane Airport Corporation Expands use of Artificial Intelligence to reduce emissions

BrainBox AI, a pioneering leader in autonomous building technology, today announced its agreement with the Brisbane Airport Corporation Pty Limited (BAC) to expand its revolutionary artificial intelligence (AI) technology across multiple precincts of Brisbane International Airport.

This follows a successful trial of BrainBox AI’s technology in a select area of the Brisbane Airport property (BNE).

The results yielded from the pilot were significant with a 12% decrease in HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) system energy usage, 17% reduction in building equipment run-time, and zero comfort-related customer complaints during the six-month pilot. These impressive results bolstered BAC’s confidence in BrainBox AI’s core product, enabling the AI’s installation in other areas of the airport. 

Brisbane Airport Corporation, the operator of Brisbane Airport (BNE), is committed to 2030 Sustainability Targets to address carbon, energy, water, and waste impacts.

Derek Boo, Head of Asset Optimisation of Brisbane Airport Corporation spoke about the airport’s approach to innovation.

“We are committed to achieving our sustainability targets and experimenting and adopting new technologies which can assist in reducing energy use that ultimately contributes to carbon emission reductions – this is one of the ways we’ll meet our goals. Based on our successful trial with BrainBox AI, we have identified several other opportunities to scale the program and we are looking forward to seeing the results.”

Using deep learning, cloud-based computing, and its bespoke proprietary process, BrainBox AI’s engine autonomously optimizes the building’s existing heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system. With the technology, buildings can benefit from a decrease in their carbon footprint, reduction in HVAC energy costs, and extension of HVAC equipment life.

This installation marks a first for BrainBox AI; its official launch into the aviation industry. It is a pattern that Sam Ramadori, CEO of BrainBox AI would like to see repeated across more of the aviation sector given the size of these facilities.  

“In a world first, Brisbane Airport Corporation is the pioneer among international airport operators in terms of using autonomous AI to reduce emissions at its facilities,”

“We know that airports are significant users of energy, and we also know that across the globe, corporate users and the public alike want to see significant reductions in emissions at these large sites. BrainBox AI is a powerful yet painless way to achieve those reductions. The approved expansion of our technology is a positive step forward in what we hope will be a deep and lasting partnership between us and the sustainability-minded team at Brisbane Airport Corporation.”

For the Brisbane Airport Corporation, the decision to deploy BrainBox AI’s tech in the airport service centre fully aligned with its sustainable development strategy. Furthering its position as industry leaders in the sector; making impactful strides in the fight against climate change.

Since its launch in May 2019, BrainBox AI now manages over 100 million square feet of commercial real estate across 21 countries. This initial step into the aviation space for BrainBox AI marks yet another milestone in the expansion of the company’s footprint into various sectors. 

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Image source: Brisbane Airport Corporation

New $142.2 million roadmap to drive Queensland’s innovation economy

New $142.2 million roadmap to drive Queensland’s innovation economy

The Queensland Government have officially launched the new $142 million Advance Queensland – Innovation for a Future Economy 2022-2032 roadmap.

This new roadmap builds on the success of the existing Advance Queensland innovation agenda, setting out Queensland’s innovation priorities to drive knowledge jobs in the lead up to the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Brisbane.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk made the announcement at a special Cabinet meeting at The Precinct in Fortitude Valley – home to the Queensland AI Hub.

“When we started on the Advance Queensland journey back in 2015, our aim was to drive innovation, entrepreneurship and jobs to engage in the emerging global future economy,” the Premier said.

“That includes things like the internet of things, artificial intelligence, robotics and biotechnology – that in effect are producing a range of new and interconnected industries, including circular, renewable energy, personalised health, biofutures, and digital economies.

“Since then, we’ve invested $755 million, in turn leveraging $988 million from industry partners and supporting more than 27,000 jobs in the state, of which over 11,400 are in the regions.

“Innovation and entrepreneurship are crucial as economies are fundamentally being transformed by major technological shifts – from AI to biotechnology. Places like Silicon Valley and companies such as Airbnb and Tesla.

“We have to continue to innovate and grow and to capitalise on the success of Advance Queensland initiatives to accelerate economic growth opportunities for Queensland in the lead up to Brisbane 2032.

“We also want to continue to reverse the brain drain. We want to build on Queensland’s enviable lifestyle as a strategic advantage to us being able to help get our smartest people back here.

“Today’s roadmap builds on that.”

The $142.2 million in funding includes:

    • $100 million over 3 years for new and existing programs under Advance Queensland.
    • $15 million for the Queensland Innovation Precincts and Places Strategy and Action Plan
    • $10.2 million for the Innovation Action Plan and Office of the Chief Entrepreneur, and
    • $17 million for Department of Environment and Science to support priority industry-science centres of excellence and partnerships and accelerate university commercialisation.

Advance Queensland initiative is designed to harness the innovation of Queenslanders to grow jobs and exports as the Beattie Government’s Smart State has with biotechnology research and infrastructure. 

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CoSpaces named new manager of $5M Queensland AI Hub

CoSpaces named new manager of $5M Queensland AI Hub

The Queensland AI Hub and CoSpaces have officially announced today they will unite under a new community management agreement, set to commence from 1 July, 2022.

As a registered Queensland Real Estate Agency, CoSpaces will take over the management of commercial operations, including strategy, leasing, facility management, compliance, asset management, and reporting.

The team will also take the lead on community management, brand and marketing, integrated partnerships, events, activations, and program delivery.

The Queensland AI Hub – the first technology hub of its kind in Australia – is a $5M investment from the Queensland Government as part of the $755 million Advance Queensland initiative established to support businesses and attract tech talent to the sunshine state.

The Hub is backed by Founding Partners KPMGQueensland University of Technology (QUT) and The University of Queensland (UQ) and led by AI Consortium Members KJRMaxKelsen9pointsIntelliHQ and AIkademi.

Queensland AI Hub Director and Chairman of the Board, Nicholas Therkelsen-Terry said the appointment of CoSpaces comes as the Queensland AI Hub steps into their next stage of growth.

“The Queensland AI Hub has already established a strong brand presence as a national leader in AI development, focussed on building Australia’s AI industry to be innovative, sustainable and globally competitive. As we look towards the future, the next stage of the Queensland AI Hub will focus on place and connectivity, ecosystem and community, and leadership and influence.”

“We’re pleased to appoint CoSpaces as the new managers of the Hub and know their demonstrated experience working with government, corporates, startups and emerging industries places them as the best company to lead the Queensland AI Hub into the future” Mr Therkelsen-Terry said.

CoSpaces Director, Ben Howe, is responsible for establishing and managing some of Queensland’s largest innovation communities, and designing and delivering innovation programs that create more knowledge-based jobs in Queensland across entrepreneurship, technology and the emerging sectors.

“I’m looking forward to working with the Queensland Government, Board and Founding Partners to drive the next chapter of the Queensland AI Hub. We have a dynamic team at CoSpaces who have designed new programs to promote and increase Queensland’s AI capability and in-turn, generate wider social and economic outcomes by improving business productivity, regional connectivity and creating knowledge-jobs of the future” Mr Howe said.

“Not only will the Hub’s HQ in Brisbane be transformed into a vibrant hub of activity, we’ll also be rolling out a suite of new innovation programs across Queensland that focus on increasing our regional capability such as the AI Launch pre-accelerator, Student Pathway Program, Industry Envoys and the establishment of Queensland AI Hub local chapters across the state.”

Rockhampton Regional Council and Queensland AI Hub become Strategic Partners

Rockhampton Regional Council and Queensland AI Hub become Strategic Partners

The Queensland AI Hub has formed a strategic partnership with the Advance Rockhampton team at Rockhampton Regional Council to strengthen Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology uptake and understanding across the region.

In our first official local government strategic partnership we will be working closely with Rockhampton Regional Council‘s Advance Rockhampton team to help facilitate industry engagement and enhance AI capability development in the region.

This partnership is the foundation to build our first regional Community of Practice, helping to improve industry productivity, generate jobs and increase market access for regional businesses through the adoption of AI.

Read the full media release of our promising partnership here.

Left to right: Rockhampton Regional Council Mayor Tony Williams, Queensland AI Hub CEO Dr Sue Keay and Advance Rockhampton Executive Manager Greg Bowden

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Advance Rockhampton

Rockhampton Regional Council is leading the push to develop our region through the initiatives of Advance Rockhampton. Recognised globally as the economic heart of Central Queensland, Rockhampton is home to a critical mass of residents, high quality services and facilities and a dynamic and prosperous economy driven by entrepreneurial and innovative businesses, strategic investment and international exports. Learn more here.

The Queensland AI Hub

The Queensland AI Hub is building Australia’s AI industry to be innovative, sustainable and globally competitive.

We grow, connect, advocate for and promote the capability of our AI businesses, expanding their market reach. The Hub brings business, government and research together through AI programs and projects to accelerate AI adoption and capability development, improve productivity and support job generation and economic growth.