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“Robots create jobs” – ARM Hub visit to Mackay

Centre Director Jonathan Roberts and Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing  (ARM) Hub CEO Cori Stewart recently visited the Resources Centre of Excellence in Mackay to discuss how technology can help businesses stay ahead
of global competition.

ARM Hub works with small to to medium-sized businesses to help them embrace robotics and new technologies.  By seizing new opportunities in technology, workers will be upskilled, enabling them to perform functions that are otherwise unreachable.

Professor Jonathan Roberts has previously worked with Brisbane-based UAP Company on projects including a machine that could linish steel and also teaming up with Airlie Beach Consolidated Linen Services on a towel sorting robot. Both innovations reduced the manual labour associated with the tasks but not the need to human interaction in the tasks.

“UAP for instance, for every piece of robotic machinery that they put on, they’ve employed at least six new people,” Ms Stewart said. “They’ve got better capability, they’ve been more competitive, they’ve won different jobs.

Read more: How robotics could help alleviate Mackay’s skill shortage | The Courier Mail

Picture of a man working alongside a cobot completing a linishing task

We’re hiring Postdoctoral Research Fellows!

We’re hiring!

We are currently recruiting for postdoctoral Research Fellows (LEVB) to work across each of our five research programs across our three Australian partner universities (QUT (Queensland University of Technology)University of Technology Sydney and Swinburne University of Technology.

We are committed to training and developing our researchers. The Centre offers a training program which has a strong emphasis on professional development as well as technical skills and includes opportunities to build knowledge, skills, experience, and professional standards through on-the-job tasks, social learning and formal training opportunities. There is also opportunities for postdocs to undertake placements at one or more of our partner organisations.

For information on each role available and link to apply, please visit our Postdoc Recruitment Information page.

Applications now open for:
– Human-Robot-Interaction Program based at QUT with supervisor and program co-lead Markus Rittenbruch and second program co-lead Jared Donovan
– Designing Socio-technical Robotic Systems Program based at QUT with supervisor and program co-lead Glenda Caldwell and second program co-lead Matthias Guertler from UTS –
– Human-Robot Workforce Program based at QUT with supervisor and program co-lead Paula McDonald and other program co-leads, Penny Williams and Greg Hearn (both QUT)

Applications opening soon for:
– Biomimic Cobots Program based at UTS with supervisor and program co-lead Teresa Vidal Calleja and second program co-lead XiaoQi Chen from Swinburne
-Quality Assurance and Compliance Program based at SUT with supervisor and program co-lead Nico Adams and second program co-lead Mickey Clemon from UTS.