The University of Melbourne, Macquarie University and the University of Newcastle, are sharing in $3 million funding for a collaborative project exploring how cyber bots can learn and form teams, either amongst themselves or with humans, to counter cyber threats. Funded as part of the Next Generation Technologies Fund's (NGTF) Australia—US Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (AUSMURI) program, "Autonomy through Robust Learning and Effective Human/Bot Teaming" sees the team working with colleagues at the University of Wisconsin, Carnegie Mellon University, UC San Diego and Pennsylvania State University to improve how AI systems interact with humans, while protecting institutions from cyber attacks.
Leader of the Australian effort on the project, Prof Ben Rubenstein of the University of Melbourne, believes AI should be used to supplement human decision-making rather than be something developed to run on autopilot – supporting the human factor, not supplanting it. The project will initially run for three years, with an investment of AUD$8M from the Australian and US Governments across both countries, with an option to extend for another two years.
Congratulations to everyone involved and we look forward to learning more as the project progresses.