Do you work in the areas of AI, robotics and autonomous systems, distributed and coordinated sensing, systems guidance, navigation and control; teaming, swarming and collaborative behaviour, advanced propulsion systems, advanced material and energetics?
Your expertise could help Defence counter a new wave of emerging challenges.
The Queensland Defence Science Alliance (QDSA) is calling for capability statements from Queensland universities, SMEs and publicly funded research organisations to register their capabilities in the area of disruptive weapon effects.
Disruptive Weapons Effects (DWE) is one of the eight STaR Shots (Science Technology and Research) priorities outlined in the Federal “More Together: Defence Science and Technology Strategy 2030”.
Why Should We Register Our DWE Capability?
The benefits of registering your CBRN capabilities are multi-fold.
- This is an exciting pathway to increase your visibility to Australia’s Defence Force, enabling you to be considered for future funding opportunities and projects.
- The QDSA is currently establishing a local, state-wide database of Queensland’s science and defence capability – across both industry and academia.
Those eager to be considered for future collaboration and funding opportunities are encouraged to register your capability and you may even be asked to pitch to Defence.
QDSA Associate Director Dr Jeremy Anderson said:
“We want to see more Queensland universities, SMEs and research institutes be successful in applying for funding and to be involved in more Defence projects.”
Enabling complex and agile operation in contested environments
The emergence of new advanced and unconventional weapons is transforming the battlefield. The introduction of novel approaches to applying kinetic and non-kinetic effects, and the progress made in AI-enabled technologies create new risks and challenges.
To address the impact of these emerging and disruptive technologies and counter the threat, we require input from multiple disciplines and a range of skills and expertise in system design and integration, and in modelling, simulation and testing.
To support this challenge, the QDSA is calling for capability statements from Australian universities, SMEs and publicly funded research organisations covering the following areas:
- Sensors and Fusion — Novel sensor technologies; multi-mode sensors; distributed and coordinated sensing; sensor-data fusion and processing.
- Power, Energy and Propulsion – Advanced materials and manufacturing methods to improve performance and reduce size, weight and power needs of weapons systems; collect, store and employ energy in efficient ways to maximize performance or endurance; small-sized, thrust-on-demand propulsion concepts, high performance energetic material.
- Systems Guidance, Navigation and Control — Cognitive and visual navigation; distributed control, dynamic task allocation, path planning and trajectory optimisation.
- Teaming, Swarming and Collaborative tactics– Cooperative, coordinated and collaborative behaviour; group formation and swarm control; reasoning under uncertainty and learning; synthetic environment for modelling and testing of algorithms; ethical and trustworthy systems.
- Systems and sub-systems engineering – Modular concept design, adaptive and rapidly re-configurable platforms, plug and play modules, miniaturised components and sub-systems, remotely deployable platforms.
These capability statements will be used to inform DSTG about the core capabilities residing in Australia, which can be leveraged to support the “More, Together: Defence Science and Technology Strategy 2030”, and, in particular, the strategic priority STaR Shot focused on “Disruptive Weapon Effects” (DWE).
The QDSA is excited to be able to offer continued and ongoing opportunities such as this and encourages organisations with expertise in these areas to apply.
The closing date for submissions is: 8 November 2021
Virtual Information Sessions
The QDSA (in conjunction with the STaRshot manager) will run a virtual forum where Queensland researchers and industry can learn more about the Defence’s requirements in this area. Following this there will also be the opportunity for selected participants to pitch their capability to a panel of Defence S&T experts in this area.
This virtual session will take place on 14 October 2021 from 10am-11am AEST. Learn more about this session and register to attend HERE.
How to Submit Your DWE Capability Statement
THIS OPPORTUNITY HAS NOW CLOSED.
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The Queensland Defence Science Alliance (QDSA) is a university-led initiative to grow and connect an agile Defence innovation ecosystem, leveraging Queensland’s strengths, to deliver trusted solutions to meet Defence requirements.