Case Study

Adaptive reasoning, complex tasks and human collaboration


The Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre (AMGC) was established in 2015 as part of the Australian Government’s Industry Growth Centre Initiative. Its aim is to enhance innovation, productivity, and competitiveness in Australia’s manufacturing industry.

AMGC, a not-for-profit organization led by industry experts on its board and management team, collaborates with a nationwide network of manufacturers, universities, research institutions, and export hubs.

The center plays a crucial role in sharing valuable research to help the industry advance. AMGC actively applies its research by participating in significant projects and export opportunities, working closely with manufacturers and universities.

The Challenge

As a leading organization aiming to advance manufacturing in Australia, the AMGC has a number of key focus areas. 

One particular area the AMGC sees a need for innovation is in the manufacturing assembly process - that is how manufacturing lines are designed to create finished goods. From consumer electronics to commercial grade equipment, the AMGC look to fund research and projects that invest in Australia’s national interest in advanced manufacturing. 

For instance, in the manufacturing assembly process, efficient coordination of parts, tools, and humans is crucial. Current reliance on human cognitive labor for system organization has limitations, leading to overlooked risks and delays. 

A specialized AI for complex problem-solving can enhance people’s cognitive abilities in this process. By managing routine tasks, the AI enables human focus on only the most critical decisions while keeping their person in the loop with the other lower-level tasks. 

How Akin Helped

As a general purpose frontier AI model, GEAR can be applied to a diverse set of problems where a system needs to be understood and optimized to reach specific outcomes - in this case, optimizing a 5 step manufacturing process. 

Akin’s frontier AI model GEAR was trained to observe, understand and eventually interact with the manufacturing process and given the goal of “…maintaining human crew wellbeing while mitigating risks to manufacturing outcomes”. 

GEAR was given multiple embodiments to collect data from (e.g. speech, text, images, videos, body language, non verbal sounds) and control in order to reach this generalized goal including:

  • A software assistant for managers that summarized the status of the manufacturing tasks, pre-organised the tasks and resources for approval and raised notification/alarm when issues reach escalation points
  • A robotic assistant collecting tools and providing cognitive / physical support to manufacturing staff

This project has provided an opportunity for Australia to develop custom high-end intelligent AI-powered systems and robotics, which can be deployed in multiple industry settings to undertake complex tasks.

“Beyond the domestic market, intelligent robots have the potential to generate up to 40 per cent more GDP by freeing humans from many household tasks.

Having this smart sovereign capability onshore will translate into better productivity gains, give a boost to Australian research methods, and it will strengthen Australia’s position in global robotic markets. Australia’s supply chains and resilience.”

AMGC Letter of Support