RTCMA activities

Rio Tinto Centre for Mine Automation

The Australian Centre for Field Robotics (ACFR) at The University of Sydney, in collaboration with Rio Tinto, a global mining company, established the Rio Tinto Centre for Mine Automation (RTCMA) in 2007 through to 2019. The aim of RTCMA is to develop and implement the vision of a fully autonomous, remotely operated mine.

Since its launch, a world class research and technical team of more than 30 talented researchers and engineers have joined the Centre. These individuals, from locations spanning 6 continents, are involved in the research, development and deployment of technology for a fully autonomous, remotely operated mine.

The RTCMA has a range of programmes under way in areas including sensing, machine learning, data fusion and systems engineering. This work has resulted in a number of major research advancements, in both fundamental and applied areas as well as technologies that have transitioned into operating mines.