Is the mining industry ready for the future? Explore robotics, VR/AR, IoT technology and off-earth mining to change the way we mine and direct us into a sustainable future.

VIP ChallENG research goals

Our goal is to bring mining into the future, by providing the most effective and sustainable solutions!

Our research includes:

  • Revolutionising automation within the mining industry
  • Designing mobile robots and an excavation system for off-earth underground/surface mining operations
  • Designing and developing AR/VR tools
  • Applying innovative visualisation technologies
  • Providing new and valuable insight into the mining industry by developing and designing a full digital twin of a mine
  • Designing and conducting an off-earth mining feasibility study
ChallENG Area

Vertically Integrated Projects

Research Areas
  • Automation
  • Mine Internet of Things (IoT)
  • AR/VR for decision making
  • Off-Earth Mining

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

Build a resilient infrastructure and foster innovation (SDG 9)


✔ 6 UoC per course 


Professional Development

•    Teamwork
•    Leadership
•    Design
•    Communication
•    Integrity
•    Innovation and excellence
•    Diversity
•    Respect
•    Resilience

Industry Partners 

  • STMicroelectronics
  • NASA
  • Redwoodteq
  • Mining Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Material Science
  • Data Visualisation
  • Aerospace Engineering

2021 VIP Consortium Innovation Competition - Project Video

MINEX - Off Earth Mining

With an increasing global desire for space exploration, innovative solutions are required to ensure future optimisation and sustainability. Utilising the moon’s resources and developing a ‘lunar economy’ is becoming increasingly important!

Team Academic Leads

Dr. Binghao Li

School of Minerals and Energy Resources Engineering