8 December 2021

Creating knowledge and strategies for responsible, ethical and inclusive automated decision-making

A new Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence will conduct world-leading research aiming to generate an integrated understanding of automated decision-making (ADM). 

ARC Chief Executive Officer, Professor Sue Thomas, welcomed the official launch of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Automated Decision-Making and Society (ADM+S) led by RMIT University. The Centre is receiving $32 million in funding from the ARC over 7 years to create the knowledge and strategies necessary for responsible, ethical, and inclusive ADM. 

Professor Sue Thomas said ADM+S aims to formulate world-leading policy and practice; inform public debate; and train a new generation of researchers and practitioners.
“ADM+S will combine social and technological disciplines in an international industry, research and civil society network to expand, integrate, and apply our knowledge of the dynamics of ADM. The expected benefits of this ground-breaking research will include reduced risks and improved outcomes in the priority domains of news and media, transport, social services and health,” Professor Sue Thomas said.

“This new ARC Centre of Excellence, led by Director Professor Julian Thomas, brings together leading researchers in the humanities, social and technological sciences – aiming to connect academic research, industry, government and the community in developing responsible, ethical and inclusive ADM systems, for the benefit of all Australians."

There are 32 organisations participating in this Centre—RMIT University will collaborate with Queensland University of Technology, The University of Melbourne, Monash University, Swinburne University of Technology, The University of New South Wales, The University of Sydney, The University of Queensland and Western Sydney University, with strong links with 23 national, international and government partners.  

The ARC Centres of Excellence are prestigious centres of expertise where high-quality researchers maintain and develop Australia’s international standing in research areas of national priority and facilitate significant collaborations between universities, publicly funded research organisations, other research bodies, governments and businesses in Australia and overseas. 

More information on the ARC Centres of Excellence scheme is available on the ARC website, and further information about this Centre is available on the ADM+S website.  

Media contact:
ARC Stakeholder Relations
0412 623 056 or ARCcommunications@arc.gov.au