How artificial intelligence is rediscovering lost Quinkan rock art in remote Cape York


Another trip to Quinkan Country followed, which launched the so-called Technology Tours, during which experts in a range of different technologies, from AI to GIS mapping, drones, solar and wind energy, test the latest innovations.

However, it wasn’t until they received $1.2 million under a program run by the Queensland Government, Advance Queensland and The Defense CRC for Trusted Autonomous Systems, that the company took on the challenge. the extent.

The program was looking for a Queensland-based project that could be applied to defence, where autonomous systems were tried and tested to ensure accuracy, scalability and reliability.

KJR managing director Andrew Hammond said Western Yalanji was the perfect fit.

“On foot, if you know where a site is, it can take five hours round trip, so it’s not very scalable,” Andrew said.

“With machine learning and AI, we know the characteristics of where good rock art should be, so we use AI to look at the geology of the area to determine where they might be, then we use the drones to access these sites.

“We’re looking for overhangs and fresh water and it’s more like a half hour ride.

“If we think it’s worth investigating further, we walk there.

“The end goal is to do it in an automated way where we program the drones to go out and collect the data and then we document it.

“It’s not just about finding new sites, it’s about protecting and preserving current sites – checking them in an automated way.”


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