Foundations for AI in Mining Project

The AI Working Group has recently launched their first project. This Foundation for AI in Mining project will provide a unified understanding of the basics of AI in mining that cuts through the hype and clarifies what methods are useful, and for what circumstances they can be applied.


Articulate a clear and unified understanding and framework of what artificial intelligence (AI) is and how it can benefit the mining industry.


Because AI technologies are constantly transforming, this project will produce a white paper that will be a living document, updated with new technologies and definitions as they emerge. It will:

  • Collate a comprehensive list of definitions and explanations of common terms and concepts to demystify the topic of AI in mining.
  • Collect use cases and examples to illustrate key concepts and also to demonstrate what is possible and inspire the industry.
  • Provide an up-to-date collection of links to external resources.  It will serve as a hub for finding useful information or connecting with key resources and people in the AI domain, particularly as they relate to the mining sector.

Business Case

AI has quickly become recognized as an opportunity to harness new technology for operational efficiency, but there is still general confusion about what it is, and there are many questions about its applications in mining.

Media announcements about new uses of AI often create hype around spectacular features but rarely describe the basics. Resources covering these basics are therefore needed to cut through the hype and clarify what methods are useful, and for what circumstances they can be applied.


If you would like to participate in this project, please contact Program Manager, David Sanguinetti