Dr Ali Soofastaei is a Research Developer at the Artificial Intelligence Centre of Excellence at Vale. He uses innovative models based on artificial intelligence (AI) methods to improve safety, productivity and energy efficiency, and to reduce maintenance costs. Dr Soofastaei completed his PhD at the University of Queensland in the field of AI applications in mining engineering where he led a revolution in the use of deep learning and AI methods to increase energy efficiency, reduce operation and maintenance costs, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in surface mines. In the past 15 years, he has conducted a variety of research studies in academic and industrial environments. He has been involved in industrial research and development projects in several industries including oil and gas (Royal Dutch Shell); steel (Danieli); and mining (BHP, Rio Tinto, and Vale).