For more than a hundred years, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) has been tackling Australia’s greatest challenges through innovative science and technology. Together with partners like Microsoft, CSIRO is building on the organization’s human expertise and confronting grand environmental challenges at a prodigious scale—accelerating the process of scientific discovery through AI.

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We want to make advances in the core AI technology that help us solve challenges.

Jon Whittle Director, Data61, CSIRO
Jon Whittle
Director, Data61, CSIRO

Reducing plastic waste

Managing biodiversity

Protecting marine reserves

Sequencing crop genomes

Detecting illegal fishing

Reducing plastic waste

Managing biodiversity

Protecting marine reserves

Sequencing crop genomes

Detecting illegal fishing

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AI in action

CSIRO’s AI initiatives center on improving people’s lives and solving complex environmental challenges. In cooperation with partners like Microsoft, CSIRO has a suite of projects in the AI space, including:

Reducing plastic waste

An estimated 5–12 million tons of plastic enters the world’s oceans each year, with 35 times more plastic on the ocean floor than on the surface. To help combat this problem, CSIRO developed an automated litter detection system and camera system using computer vision and AI technologies to identify and monitor trash in waterways, preventing it from ending up in the ocean.

Our focus is on stopping plastic getting out to the environment in the first place. We can help local municipalities know when to empty those traps before they overflow and leak that rubbish back out into the environment.

Dr. Denise Hardesty Principal Research Scientist, CSIRO’s Oceans and Atmosphere team
Dr. Denise Hardesty
Principal Research Scientist, CSIRO’s Oceans and Atmosphere team
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AI for public sector innovation

As part of the Australian government, CSIRO takes pride in collaborating on AI initiatives with a range of stakeholders to help tackle big national challenges. The following are some of the ways they’ve succeeded in and sustained these AI partnerships.

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Learning from CSIRO

CSIRO uses AI across their entire organization, applying the technology in a focused and strategic manner that creates lasting value.

How can you scale AI to be more impactful?

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