Dean Economou - NICTA Overview

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  • 1. From imagination to impact
  • 2. Technology Strategist Office of the CEO Dean Economou
  • 3. About us
    • N ational ICT Australia (NICTA) is Australia’s Centre of Excellence in Information and Communication Technology Research
    • Outcome of Australian Government’s 2001 policy initiative “Backing Australia’s Ability”
    • Biggest ICT research effort in Oz - Headcount over 700
    • $680M total funding over period FY2002-FY2011 (60% Federal)
  • 4. Our Focus
    • Make fundamental advances in ICT to underpin globally competitive products, processes and services
    • Building innovative ICT companies and new ICT industries for Australia
    • Contributing skills and outcomes that are changing the profile of our ICT industry.
    • Use–inspired research to meet technology challenges facing industry, community and the nation.
    • Aspire to be one of the world’s top-ten ICT research centres by 2020.
  • 5. Research Philosophy – Industry Pull
    • Louis Pasteur is an exemplar
    Use-inspired basic research Purely applied research & development Pure basic research Approach to Research Improved Understanding Improved Technology Existing Technology Existing Understanding
  • 6. NICTA at a glance
    • 5 Laboratories:
      • Australian Technology Park & Kensington, Sydney
      • Canberra ,Queensland, Victoria
      • Outreach in WA and SA
    • 425 Staff, 313 PhD Students
    • 27 projects across 4 research themes
    • 6 Business Areas & 4 Spin outs so far
    • Partners
      • USyd, UNSW, ANU, UQ, QUT, UMelb, Griffith
      • NSW, QLD, ACT & Vic Governments
  • 7. Research and Impact Themes Disciplines Business Areas ICT used for…
    • Trust and Security
    • Reliable Operating Systems
    • Tools and Platforms for ES
    Embedded Systems
    • Communications Stack
    • Sensor Network Platforms
    • Networking Technologies
    Networked Systems
    • Formal Methods
    • Software Design Process
    • Constraints
    • Control
    • Optimisation
    Managing Complexity
    • Machine Learning
    • Reasoning
    • Knowledge Representation
    • Image Understanding
    • Data Understanding
    • HxI (Human-x Interaction)
    Making Sense of Data Biomedical and Life Sciences Intelligent Transportation Systems Safety and Security Environmental Management Mobile Systems and Services Software Infrastructure
  • 8. Research and Impact Themes Disciplines Business Areas ICT used for…
    • Trust and Security
    • Reliable Operating Systems
    • Tools and Platforms for ES
    Embedded Systems
    • Communications Stack
    • Sensor Network Platforms
    • Networking Technologies
    Networked Systems
    • Formal Methods
    • Software Design Process
    • Constraints
    • Control
    • Optimisation
    Managing Complexity
    • Machine Learning
    • Reasoning
    • Knowledge Representation
    • Image Understanding
    • Data Understanding
    • HxI (Human-x Interaction)
    Making Sense of Data Biomedical and Life Sciences Intelligent Transportation Systems Safety and Security Environmental Management Mobile Systems and Services Software Infrastructure
  • 9. Bionic Eye Project
    • Implantable microchip bypasses damaged photoreceptors, restores independence
    • Expertise in micro-electronics, materials science, image processing, psychophysics, electrophysiology, biosafety & retinal surgery
  • 10. Bionic Eye Project
    • Comparison of normal and simulated prosthetic vision
    • Enormous signal processing task
    • Resolution constantly improving
  • 11.  
  • 12. Intelligent Transport Systems
    • Transport systems that are intelligent are -:
      • more efficient (20%)
      • adaptive, easier to use
      • less environmentally harmful
    • ICT has a crucial role in providing the intelligence for
      • traffic management
      • infrastructure management & security
      • driver safety
      • logistics support for transport operations
    • Major project is Smart Transport and Roads (STaR)
  • 13. Albion Park
    • Major intersection
    • Cannot build overpass due to airport – large roundabout
    • Safety issues in peak hour as turning queues extend into highway
    • Grid lock in holidays
    • Now 10% improvement
  • 14. NICTA Technology Making a Difference
    • L4 microkernel
    • Robust kernel now in 500 Million mobile phones
  • 15. [email_address] Come and talk to us!