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Sights set on expanding computer vision technology

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Qi Wu won the Discovery Award presented by Adelaide BioMed City for his wide-ranging work as Director of Research at the Australian Institute of Machine Learning.

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Qi Wu’s achievements may be too many to list but it should be known the University of Adelaide senior lecturer, ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award Fellow and Australian Centre for Robotic Vision Chief Investigator is making big waves in the computer vision industry.

As Vision-and-Language Methods Director of the Australian Institute for Machine Learning (AIML), Qi and his team of 10 are creating new methods to advance the field. 

In the past five years, Qi has been pioneering an area of computer vision technology called visual question answering that has wide-ranging potential across sectors from wine to fishing and forestry to health.

He’s played a key role in developing AIML’s partnerships and engagement with industry, given lecturers and tutorials at universities across the world, secured defence, science and technology grants and co-supervised PhD students.

Qi has led teams to take out machine learning challenges and written an abundance of seminal papers. In 2019 he was one of four researchers to win an Australian Academy of Science award for his work developing an artificial intelligence agent to communicate with humans.

He says his most significant achievement to date has been securing six competitive government grants and industry investments worth more than $22 million.

Presented by Adelaide BioMed City, the Discovery Award recognises a person who has led an innovative research project that has had multi-disciplinary and business impact on the future health sector.

Read about all the 40 Under 40 winners in the Winter Edition of CityMag, available across the city for free.

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