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  1. 19 July 2022 – Aged Care, Ageing, Artificial Intelligence, Robots, Social Policy

    Can robots really be companions for older adults?

    In asking whether social robots can help social isolation among the elderly, we first need to know what older people think, say University of Melbourne experts.

  2. 7 July 2022 – COVID-19, Coronavirus, Energy, Ventilation, Workplace

    Reducing COVID-19 transmission without costing the Earth

    New University of Melbourne research has tested more energy efficient ventilation alternatives for reducing the spread of COVID-19 in office buildings.

  3. 4 July 2022 – Artificial Intelligence, Law, Lawyers, Privacy, Technology

    Lawyers must adapt to the age of digitalisation

    Facial recognition technology highlights the need for lawyers to be trained in the legal risks of emerging technologies say University of Melbourne experts.

  4. 28 June 2022 – Alzheimer's, Dementia, Electrical Engineering, Memory, Neuroscience

    A window on memory loss in Alzheimer’s

    By observing the brain in action with a miniscope, University of Melbourne experts find evidence memory loss in Alzheimer’s may partly be a signalling problem.

  5. 4 May 2022 – Artificial Intelligence, Big Data, Carbon Emissions, Climate Change, Policy

    Mapping climate policy

    Climate policy across Australia is fragmented, but researchers at University of Melbourne are aiming to use big data to collect and make better sense of plans

  6. 25 February 2022 – COVID-19, DNA, Disease, Vaccines, mRNA

    Welcome to the mRNA revolution

    A University of Melbourne startup has built an mRNA platform that Australian scientists can use to accelerate their research, going beyond the COVID-19 vaccine.

  7. 21 February 2022 – Art, Artificial Intelligence, Film, Robots, Technology

    Technodystopia: Are we heading towards a real-world Blade Runner?

    Blade Runner depicted a technodystopian future. Almost 40 years on, University of Melbourne experts say some of these projections can now seem eerily accurate.

  8. 22 January 2022 – Artificial Intelligence, Big Data, Diagnostic Testing, Medical Screening, Overdiagnosis

    How data can help prevent overdiagnosis

    Tech advances in medical screening may lead to more overdiagnosis but a new focus on patient data could reduce the risks say University of Melbourne researchers

  9. 24 November 2021 – Algorithms, Artificial Intelligence, Digital Ethics, Discrimination, Ethics

    Challenging decisions made by algorithm

    If an algorithm makes an unfair decision about you, a lack of process makes it hard to challenge, appeal or even contest it, say University of Melbourne experts