Monday, 10 September 2018 13:35

New tech lab to attract global researchers, says UTS

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Newly opened start-of-the-art research facilities at the University of Technology Sydney will attract companies and researchers from around the globe to work on new projects in engineering and digital transformation, according to a senior UTS academic.

UTS has now fomally opened its new Tech Labs in Sydney and the dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology, Professor Ian Burnett, says the labs are a “unique research facility in Australia, where academics and researchers from diverse fields will work in tandem with industry and government to develop innovative solutions for the world of tomorrow, taking new technologies from early readiness to commercial viability”.

Tech Lab will cater to both big and small companies, and also work with start-ups, and Professor Burnett says “it will continue to build on Australia’s research strengths and bring industry and academia together to deliver the most technologically advanced products and services. This will provide impact for our partners and jobs for our students and the wider community”.

Tech Lab will offer R&D projects, consultancy, contract work and short courses and is equipped with state-of-the-art capabilities that include:

  • Electromagnetic informatics and antenna chamber;
  • Data analytics, networking and communications;
  • Photonics and optical sensing;
  • Full-scale structural dynamics facilities;
  • Material testing and characterisation;
  • Geotechnical lab;
  • Acoustics laboratories, including anechoic chambers;
  • Electrical power and energy lab; and
  • Multimedia lab computational intelligence and brain computer interface.

Sydney Water is already working with Tech Lab in robotics and smart sensing in pipelines, and Nokia will run training courses out of the facility.

Tech Lab says it is also in discussion with many other companies interested in working with UTS in the new facility, especially in areas such as smart cities, Internet of Things, and advanced manufacturing.

The NSW Government recently announced a new technology and innovation precinct in the corridor from the Central Station area in Sydney city, where UTS is based, through to Eveleigh, a suburb just north of Botany.

The corridor is home to Australia’s largest cluster of start-up firms and the opening of the UTS tech labs comes following publication last month of the NSW Innovation and Productivity Scorecard noting that while NSW leads Australia in terms of research collaborations per institute there is scope to improve collaborative research efforts in NSW and nationally.

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