Sydney, Australia – The University of Technology Sydney (UTS) has formally opened its latest state-of-the-art research facility, UTS Tech Lab.
The purpose-built, $65 million facility is spread across 9,000 square metres on a site in the industrial hub of Botany that neighbours Sydney Airport and which is in close proximity to a major new technology and innovation precinct recently announced by the NSW Government.
Tech Lab will focus on transdisciplinary research that provides new services to industry, with capabilities that span, but are not limited to, civil and environmental engineering, mechanical and mechatronic engineering, software, electrical and data engineering, systems, management and leadership.
“Over coming decades, Australian business and industry will be transformed – as will the Australian workforce. It’s critical that universities work hand-in-hand with industry to ensure we capitalise on the opportunities – and address the challenges – this presents,” UTS Vice-Chancellor Professor Attila Brungs says. “Facilities like Tech Lab will allow us to do that.”
The Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology (FEIT) at UTS, Professor Ian Burnett, says UTS is already known for its engagement and partnership with industry “but Tech Lab adds new, state-of-the-art facilities that will attract companies and researchers from around the globe to work on new projects in engineering and digital transformation”.
“UTS Tech Lab is 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,” Professor Burnett says.
Tech Lab will cater to a wide range of companies, from big to small, including working with startups. “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,” he says.
Tech Lab will offer R&D projects, consultancy, contract work and short courses. It is equipped with state-of-the-art capabilities that include, among other things:
- 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
- multimedia lab
- computational intelligence and brain computer interface.
UTS Tech Lab has already welcomed organisations such as Sydney Water, which will work with the facility in robotics and smart sensing in pipelines, as well as Nokia, which will run training courses out of the facility. Tech Lab 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 (IoT), 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. This corridor is home to Australia’s largest cluster of startup firms.
Meanwhile, the NSW Innovation and Productivity Scorecard released last month noted that while NSW leads Australia in terms of research collaborations per institute there is scope to improve collaborative research efforts in NSW and nationally.
“Facilities like UTS Tech Lab will not only help Australia draw closer to countries with strong traditional research collaboration cultures, such as Germany, Canada and Singapore, but leapfrog other nations in innovative approaches to skill building and cross-disciplinary problem solving,” Professor Brungs says.
About The University of Technology Sydney
The University of Technology Sydney (UTS), located in central Sydney, is one of Australia’s leading universities of technology. It is known for fusing innovation, creativity, and technology in its teaching and research, and for being industry-focused. With a total enrolment of more than 40,000 students, UTS is one of the largest universities in Australia. It is rated the number one ‘young’ university in Australia in both the QS and Times Higher Education rankings.