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Through cobotics, we will support Australian manufacturers to shift toward higher-potential markets, compete globally and build a digitally capable workforce for the future. 

Collaborative robotics offers solutions to the main challenges currently faced by Australia’s SME-dominant manufacturing industry:

  1. Manufacturing is diversifying, with commercial advantages open to companies who can achieve process innovation or integrated service offerings.
  2. Digitisation and consumer demand are shifting manufacturing toward customisation and bespoke products. This has resulted in complex and demand-driven manufacturing processes which do not lend themselves to full automation but require some element of human-robot collaboration to be efficient, safe, cost-effective and of high quality.

Collaborative robotics combines the strengths of humans and robots in shared work environments.  Collaborative robotics will benefit Australian companies, especially small businesses (who will win on process innovation and lower costs), manufacturing workers (whose jobs will become safer and higher-skilled), and the economy (through the growth of jobs and exports).

The Australian Cobotics Centre will bring together expertise and experience from industry and research to improve the collaborative robotics capability within Australian manufacturing and to assist with the challenges and changes that occur with the implementation of new technology.


Our vision is to transform the Australian manufacturing industry and increase global competitivity through the deployment of collaborative robots.

Our objectives:

  • Foster opportunities for PhDs and postdocs to pursue industrial training
  • Enhance competitive research collaboration between universities and other non-Higher Education sector organisations
  • Strengthen the collaborative robotics capabilities of industry and research end-users
  • Drive growth, productivity and competitiveness by linking to key growth sectors

The Centre is supported by an advisory board of industry, government and academic leaders.

The Advisory Board ensures the Centre considers key current and emerging issues, delivers economic value for Australia and maintains a strong strategic focus. The Advisory Board is led by Dr Sue Keay, CEO of Queensland AI.

The Centre’s governance structure also includes an Industry Partner board, Program Board, Executive committee and the Open Innovation Network.

The Centre’s Open Innovation Network is also instrumental in achieving the objectives of the Centre through its communication of the research and its industry impact and by facilitating knowledge sharing within the Centre and beyond.

The Centre’s core values reflect who we are and how we approach our work.

Everything we do is E.P.I.C:

Excellent – World leading research with transformational outcomes for industry.

People-centric – Positive, inclusive and supportive people building a workforce for the future.

Innovative – Forward thinking solutions created for industry through interdisciplinary research.

Collaborative – Working across organisations and Unified in a shared goal to transform Australian manufacturing.