The Queensland Government is investing in a new facility to supercharge the state’s artificial intelligence capability and it will immediately focus on the use of AI during coronavirus.

The Artificial Intelligence (AI) Hub is a new initiative under the Queensland Government’s landmark $755 million Advance Queensland initiative.

A total investment of $5 million has been allocated to the AI Hub, which will help to establish the Hub and programs including bringing world-leaders in AI to Queensland as experts-in-residence.

The AI Hub will be located at the Queensland Government’s innovation and investment hub known as The Precinct in Fortitude Valley, Brisbane.

The Queensland AI Hub is part of a multi-million dollar expansion of The Precinct, which includes an additional level of the TC Beirne building in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley. The hub will take up over 500 square metres of the new floor space.

The AI Hub will focus on the following four key initiatives:

  • Build on the existing AI community
  • Develop local AI talent by profiling talented students to employing organisations
  • Provide a launch pad for AI-based startups by connecting them with end-user industries
  • Assist local industry, corporates and government organisations to better understand and engage with AI technologies.

AI start-ups will be nurtured by the centre’s new managers, AI Consortium. The AI Consortium founders are all business technology specialists that already deliver innovative AI programs in Queensland – they include Max Kelsen, IntelliHQ, KJR, 9 Points and AiKademi.

Their partners will include the University of Queensland, Queensland University of Technology and KPMG.

Advance Queensland accepted proposals from organisations or consortia interested in managing the new AI Hub until 10 December 2019 and is in the process of assessing these.

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