Autonomous Design

See what’s coming up at the next AIM Conference which will take place in May 2019.

The Active Integrated Matter (AIM) conference series is an opportunity for CSIRO researchers to come together with industry and academia to discuss recent applied scientific advances addressing the challenges of a dramatically changing world. AIM Conferences are used to share research at the interfaces of sciences and technology and identify growing opportunities

Test Bed Vision:

How do we optimise complex things?  The convergence of new materials and manufacturing processes (including 3D printing) are opening up a new frontier in the provision of bespoke, high-performance physical artefacts encompassing a myriad of material-geometry combinations, that are set to revolutionise a range of impact areas in industry.

Photograph of a T-shirt print, the robot thinker.

Photograph of a T-shirt print, the robot thinker.

Successfully navigating this frontier requires a new breed of design algorithms, to efficiently traverse these huge, complex, multi-dimensional spaces, either assisting or replacing human designers and engineers. Efficient reality-sampling modelling techniques allow us to blur the lines between the real and the virtual; offloading the bulk of design iterations onto high-performance compute clusters whilst maintaining veracity.


We particularly focus outputs in the area of robotics; a key area for the economic health of Australia.  Combining materials, manufacture, modelling, and design allows us to conceive a new type of robot underpinned by smart physical embodiment, able to perform previously-impossible tasks in industrial settings, as well as allowing deployments from deep sea to deep space and completing complex long-term missions in the harshest environments Australia has to offer.


This test bed is led by David Howard from CSIRO’s Data61 , and is a collaboration with staff from CSIRO’s Energy and Manufacturing.