In partnership with Mining3, we are investigating how to automate a number of mining tasks and processes, with the long-term objective to achieve the concept of zero-entry mine (or fully automated mine), where humans do not need to be on site and work in dirty, dangerous and sometimes dull conditions. Key aspects include (but are not limited to):
- highly accurate localisation for precise operation, using affordable onboard sensors, in collaboration with Professor Michael Milford
- resilient perception in the presence of airborne dust, smoke, fog or other adverse weather conditions,
- robotic/automated maintenance,
- advanced proximity detection using onboard sensing,
- remote inspection and condition monitoring.
Options of top-up scholarships and collaboration with industry partners may be available with those projects.