The Academy congratulates Professor Anthony Elliott FASSA, who was awarded an Erasmus+ Programme Jean Monnet Grant 2017 by the European Commission.
Professor Elliott, Dean of External Relations and Executive Director of the Hawke EU Centre at the University of South Australia, will lead the two year project “Digital Technologies, Transformations and Skills: Robotics and EU Perceptions”.
The project focuses on perceptions of EU policy and investment in advancing digital technologies – specifically, robotics and artificial intelligence (AI) – and its impacts upon workplace change, educational retraining and new digital skills. The field of robotics and AI promises the most profound disruptive technological shift since the Industrial Revolution. The advent of supercomputers, intelligent machines, robots and algorithms ushers in a world for which much of the developed world is not prepared, and against which government policy and intervention – on regional and global levels – is increasingly vital.
International collaborators Professor Martin Holland (University of Canterbury, New Zealand), Professor Sven Kesselring (Nürtingen-Geislingen University of Applied Sciences, Germany) and Professor Roman Batko (Jagiellonian University, Poland) will work with Professor Elliott’s team at UniSA – Dr Eric Hsu, Dr Ross Boyd, Louis Everuss and Mikako Suzuki.
Focusing on EU policy in key areas of technological innovation and employment changes the project centres on a suite of activities – workshops in 3 European regions and an international multidisciplinary conference in Australia – bringing EU and Australasian academics together with industry, business, policy makers and community stakeholders. Specifically, these activities will address: EU innovation and cohesion policies; the diversity of region-specific challenges and opportunities around robotics; AI technologies and the redefinition of digital skills; and, the importance of EU perceptions for effectively implementing policies aimed at the socially inclusive management of technological transitions. The relevance of European approaches for Australasia, and alignment of Australasian policy discourses with EU policy and investment will also be explored.