Exciting developments in science and technology are positioning Western Australia as an innovation centre to watch. Recently, there have been further development in the robotics sector with work being brought over to Perth to further drive efficiency and innovation within the state.
Under a partnership with the world-renowned National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and Woodside Energy, Australia's largest independent oil and gas company, a program has been developed for NASA’s Robonaut to begin work within Woodside’s own operations.
NASA is loaning Woodside an Anthropomorphic Robonaut System for a 60-month deployment in Perth. Together the two organisations will explore how the robotic technology could be used to improve safety, reliability and efficiency in the high-risk and remote environments where Woodside operates. Woodside will contribute its advanced cognitive science technology, being developed in its Western Australian operations, and NASA will share its expertise in Robonauts that are already being used for simple, repetitive, or especially dangerous tasks in places such as the International Space Station.
As part of the project, Woodside is in the process of researching ways in which the Robonaut could perform tasks from hundreds of suggested ideas by the company’s operators, engineers and maintenance workers.
Woodside’s Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Mr Shaun Gregory welcomed the collaboration. “This is a unique partnership for NASA and is an exciting opportunity to accelerate Woodside’s innovative cognitive science program.”
“The partnership fits well with our collaborative approach to innovation. We want the best thinkers from inside and outside our company to be working on solutions that unlock value in our operations. It also supports the Western Australian innovation agenda and will help our state realise its potential to be a global centre for scientific and technological excellence,” he said.
For further information on the Robonaut touching down at Woodside Energy, Perth, click here.
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