The Automation Program focuses on the key challenges to widespread adoption of automated equipment in mining operations, including specific equipment automation, and autonomous system inter-operability and environmental challenges.
The current Automation Program can be summarised by the following research areas:
- Development of technologies that enable less experienced operators to effectively operate mining excavators;
- Improving the performance of remote controlled mining machines;
- Understanding perception sensors in mining environments; and
- Addressing the compelling need for a common plan that enables automation technologies from many providers to be integrated holistically into a mine-wide automation solution.