NBN Co announces new R&D relationships with leading universities

In BICSI Bytesby info@bicsi.com.au

NBN Co recently announced two major collaborative relationships with the University of Melbourne (UoM) and the University of Technology Sydney (UTS).

The areas of focus for these agreements will include research and development (R&D) of technologies such as robotics, Internet of Things, technology for social good, programmable networks, data analytics and visualisation for customer experience, artificial intelligence, wireless technologies and smart cities.

In addition to R&D, the agreements are expected to cover additional opportunities for collaboration such as post-doctoral research opportunities and student exchanges.

Each of these focus areas align under the goal of collaboration to adapt new ideas and translate innovation into a commercial reality.

Combining NBN Co’s technical resources with UTS and UoM in these relationships should help to bring new technologies into the market that will help improve the end-user experience.

In addition, allowing UTS and UoM access to NBN Co’s technical resources will also benefit these universities and their students in terms of gaining access to real-world telecoms network operational data.

Commenting on the initiative, Dr Ray Owen, Chief Technology Officer at NBN, said: “These two new relationships will help NBN Co double down on our strong focus on technology innovation for customer experience and operational excellence. With these innovative institutions, we saw a natural fit in helping NBN Co further enable the digital economy.”

Professor Mark Hargreaves, Pro-Vice Chancellor (Research Collaboration and Partnerships) at the University of Melbourne, added: “We are delighted to be working with NBN Co to undertake innovative research that shapes our connected future. The relationship, driven by the University of Melbourne’s Networked Society Institute, connects NBN Co to the outstanding research talent of the University.

Professor Ian Burnett, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and IT at UTS, also added: “This collaborative relationship with nbn significantly grows our engagement in innovative, digital transformation for the whole country.”