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Global robotics leader opens development studio in Queensland

The Queensland Government this week welcomed ST Solutions Australia (STSA), a subsidiary of Japanese technology giant SoftBank Corp. to The Precinct, Queensland’s innovation and startup centre located in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley.

The move to Queensland further strengthens the state’s reputation as a hub for emerging technology.

A two-year Proof of Concept agreement with STSA will help put Queensland on the front foot in Australia and the Asia Pacific for the development of humanoid robots, artificial intelligence and other autonomous systems.

The partnership will allow the Queensland Government to explore the potential for humanoid robotics in education, health and customer care.

STSA, the Queensland Government and QUT’s technology commercialisation company, qutbluebox, will also work in partnership to deliver a Robotics Accelerator program.

The Robotics Accelerator program will bring together entrepreneurial teams, innovative hardware technologies and world-class business mentoring.

It will fast-track the development of the next generation of startup founders to drive forward robotics and other hardware solutions across a range of industries. It will include tech bootcamps and hackathons, and the development of robotics as a key enabler of industry growth in Queensland.

The agreement’s research and development component will encourage greater collaboration between world-class robotics research and industry partners to develop new technologies and solutions in humanoid robotics.

The Queensland Government’s two year $1.5 million Research and Development grant to QUT will allow the university’s world-leading roboticists to collaborate on social robotics research with experts from Softbank and the Australian Centre for Robotic Vision.

The partnership with STSA will contribute to the Queensland economy through skilled job creation, knowledge/skills transfer and software development with local partners.

Queensland companies will have opportunities to partner with SoftBank to increase their expertise and global connections.

STSA Director Business Development Takatoshi Watanabe said the agreement with the Queensland Government was not limited to robots, but included other platform technologies such as the Internet of Things, drones and artificial intelligence.

“The projects covered by our Proof of Concept agreement will give Queensland a unique opportunity to position itself as a leader in innovative commercial collaborations and industry development,” he said.

“The SoftBank Group is one of Japan's largest public companies employing 63,000 people globally across its technology and internet businesses – our presence will give Queensland startups access to SoftBank's global expertise and network, helping them excel and grow.”

SoftBank representatives first met with the Premier during her inaugural trade mission to Japan in October 2015 and Softbank’s decision to establish an office in Brisbane was realised with the assistance of Trade and Investment Queensland, which facilitated a number of introductions with businesses across the state.

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Last updated
18 July, 2017

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