Active Integrated Matter, or AIM, is one of CSIRO’s six Future Science Platforms (FSPs). Offering a new technology platform combining materials, robotics and autonomous science with processing and sensing technologies, AIM will lead ground-breaking advances at the interface of big data, advanced autonomous systems and materials science. AIM’s innovation will drive the fourth wave of the industrial revolution, otherwise known as industry 4.0, providing global solutions and positioning early adopter industries ahead of the pack.
A number of mega-trend forecasts predict dramatic changes in the world by 2030. These will be wide ranging, from personalised food and therapeutics to increased extreme weather events and human-free autonomous manufacturing and maintenance environments known as ‘dark factories’. There will be an increased expectation for better products that are cheaper and more environmentally sustainable. A growing demand for customised products will require the development of sophisticated autonomous processes and maintenance systems.
For individual companies this may seem daunting. How to innovate fast enough to stay ahead of the competition?
AIM’s 2030 vision is to work with our partners and collaborators to harness the scientific advances presented by big data, advanced autonomous systems and materials science and provide an opportunity for early adopters of these next generation technologies to gain a competitive edge.
AIM will provide industry with the tools needed to tackle global challenges, capitalise on trends, and ensure preparedness for future population, climate and environmental scenarios
AIM Test Beds
Personalised Fabrication of Smart Food Systems
Test Bed Vision: This research test bed aims to develop smart “inside-able” materials that are personalised to develop superior health and performance outcomes. Can you imagine a future where you wake up feeling your best and ready to tackle the new day knowing that your nutritional needs are met? Our scientists and engineers at CSIRO […]
Eliminate Food Loss
Test Bed Vision: This research test bed aims to develop new strategies to avoid food loss from farm to retail by recovering and value adding to the edible portion of this loss to produce food ingredients/ products, which will enhance the sustainability of the food supply chain. About 1/3 of produced food is wasted, contributing […]
Test Bed Vision: This research test bed focuses on automatically designing robots, or robot components, with certain desired physical properties that are derived from the environments in which they function. It is poised to solve the problem of “Task-based design” – the notion that bespoke, specialized parts are often higher-performing than common-off-the-shelf options when opeating […]
Test Bed Vision: This research test bed aims to address fundamental challenges in the design, materials and functional properties to develop field robots with changing morphology and transport modalities. Accessing complex environments require a robot capable of morphing its shape and/or it properties making “Morphing” a key capability of the next generation of field robots. […]
Natural Disaster Response & Recovery Systems
Test Bed Vision: “To ultimately save lives by creating innovative solutions that assist Search and Rescue Teams in missions after natural disasters that hit Australia and the World” Natural disasters often come unexpectedly with no or very little notice. When they hit, consequences to human life can be catastrophic not only due to their prompt […]
Coral Reef Monitoring & Response
Test Bed Vision: This research test bed aims to develop novel monitoring and response technologies for coral reefs, based on our expertise in advanced materials, sensors, and autonomous robotics. We want to achieve our goals through close collaboration with internal and external partners working in the marine environment, to facilitate our detailed understanding of the […]
Water Technologies for the Future
Test Bed Vision: This research test bed aims to develop the next generation of technologies in smart water systems bringing together nano sensing, active materials and data analytics. With over $150 billion in assets and $15 billion in revenue water is a key part of the Australian infrastructure plan. Planning for the effective response to […]
Bringing the Factory to the Shop
Test Bed Vision: This research test bed aims to increase the application, reliability and predictability of additive manufacturing focusing on the additive manufacturing of metals, polymers and ceramics. This will be done by improving the monitoring and modelling of the additive manufacturing process. This will require the development of new sensing technologies that can […]
Autonomous Chemical Processing
Test Bed Vision: This research test bed aims to explore how a diverse range of processes can move towards intense, safe, economic and clean chemical processing. The chemical processes that are currently being explored include high temperature processing (molten salts), flow chemistry and electrochemistry (synthesis, separations, purification, waste treatment), gas-phase synthesis and polymerisation. Emphasis will […]