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RMIT University Interim Vice-Chancellor Dionne Higgins marks the launch of the Centre with ribbon cutting

Australian Research Council officially launches the ARC Centre of Excellence for Automated Decision-Making & Society

Author Loren Dela Cruz 
Date 10 December 2021

The Australian Research Council officially announced the launch of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Automated Decision-Making & Society (ADM+S) at a reception held on Tuesday 7 December 2021.

Supported by grants of up to $71 million over 7 years, the new, cross-disciplinary, national research centre, aims to create the knowledge and strategies necessary for responsible, ethical, and inclusive automated decision-making. The Centre, which is led by Distinguished Professor Julian Thomas and Professor Jean Burgess, is based at RMIT University in Melbourne with nodes located at 8 other Australian universities, and partnerships with organisations around the world.

Australian Research Council Chief Executive Officer Professor Sue Thomas commended the Centre for “assembling a strong and diverse team from across social and technological disciplines” to investigate the advances and applications of automated decision-making in Australia.

True to the collaborative ethos of the Centre, the launch event was held in-person in Melbourne with satellite events in Sydney and Brisbane, and live-streamed online.

Melbourne Launch Event
Melbourne Launch at RMIT University


Sydney Launch Event at The University of Sydney
Sydney Launch at The University of Sydney


Brisbane Launch at QUT
Brisbane Launch at QUT


“The Centre brings together an exceptional team of established and emerging researchers. We are delighted to be now well underway, with the strong support of the ARC and all our partner organisations,” said Prof Thomas.

The event closed with a short video highlighting the achievements of the ADM+S Centre since commencement in August 2020 and featured researchers from various research programs and focus areas. Watch it here.