Professor Hugh Durrant-Whyte, NICTA: Undertaking large scale, world class research to drive the Australian economy forward
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Professor Hugh Durrant-Whyte, CEO, NICTA delivered this presentation at the 2013 Towards Research Excellence conference. In its 3rd year event attendees met under the theme “From Impact to ...

Professor Hugh Durrant-Whyte, CEO, NICTA delivered this presentation at the 2013 Towards Research Excellence conference. In its 3rd year event attendees met under the theme “From Impact to Excellence – An analysis of the challenges confronting the research sector.” From the challenges of refining regulatory frameworks toward research standards to the concepts of measuring real world impact and funding/investment returns, bridging the gap between current research output and productivity whilst securing the long term sustainability of the research workforce, remains a critical priority for securing Australia’s future prosperity. For more information about the annual event, please visit the conference website: http://www.informa.com.au/researchexcellence

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Professor Hugh Durrant-Whyte, NICTA: Undertaking large scale, world class research to drive the Australian economy forward Professor Hugh Durrant-Whyte, NICTA: Undertaking large scale, world class research to drive the Australian economy forward Presentation Transcript

  • NICTA: Driving Innovation in ICT for Australia Hugh Durrant-Whyte CEO, National ICT Australia hugh@nicta.com.au NICTA Copyright 2013 From imagination to impact
  • What is NICTA? • Australia’s National Centre of Excellence in Information and Communication Technology – 700 Staff, 5 labs, $100m/y revenue • NICTA objectives – Research Excellence in ICT – Wealth Creation for Australia • Transforming Industry – $330m/y direct impact on GDP from projects • New Industries – Twelve spin-outs, working with ICT SMEs • Skills and Capacity – 22 University partners, 280 PhD Students NICTA Copyright 2013 From imagination to impact
  • What is NICTA? • • • • • • • A not-for-profit company with universities and state governments as members, founded 2002 Designed explicitly to address Australia’s perceived ICT capacity gap I am a regular company CEO with a Board, etc Funding (of $100m/yr): – 50% from Federal Government – 25% from State Governments – 25% external Additional $40m of contributed in-kind staff We see ourselves as a “connector” and “amplifier” of research already going on in universities We see role as the creator of the right culture and ecosystem for ICT in Australia NICTA Copyright 2013 From imagination to impact untrusted, complex user interface critical component isolated and protected device software seL4 Kernel microkernel seL4 Hardware seL4 isolates critical components from software failures
  • NICTA: Research and Outcomes CREATION WEALTH RESEARCH EXCELLENCE NICTA Copyright 2013 From imagination to impact 4
  • NICTA - Research Groups Research Excellence in ICT • Machine Learning • Optimisation • Software Systems • Networks • Computer Vision • Control and Signal Processing NICTA Copyright 2013 From imagination to impact
  • NICTA-University Partnerships • Deep Engagement – 22 University partners – 160 Seconded staff from universities – 280 PhD students currently funded • Connecting Universities to Industry – NICTA Research Groups led by senior university professors (often joint appointments) – Projects delivered with NICTA and university staff, engineers and students • University planning Committee (UPC) NICTA Copyright 2013 From imagination to impact 6
  • Promoting Research Excellence • Publications – 600 papers/year, 65% in top-tier – 73 staff with over 1,000 citations – 18 with over 5,000 citations – International Benchmarking • Measures of Esteem – 58 Fellowships incl. 3xFRS, 8xFAA, 10xIEEE – 38 national and international prizes in 2012 – 80 plenary and keynote talks • Full-on international review every 18 months NICTA Copyright 2013 From imagination to impact 7
  • NICTA – Business Teams Wealth Creation for Australia Broadband and the Digital Economy Infrastructure, Transport and Logistics Health and Life Sciences Security and Environment NICTA Copyright 2013 From imagination to impact
  • Broad-Band and Digital Economy • Machine Learning – Deep analytics finance/telecoms – Federated analytics, cloud migration • Automated Logic Tools – Performance Assurance, – Business Process Compliance – Software verification • Networks – Content dissemination, privacy – 60GHz wifi, peer-to-peer systems NICTA Copyright 2013 From imagination to impact 9
  • Infrastructure, Transport, Logistics • Infrastructure – Analytics and maintenance – Design optimisation • Transport – Intelligent vehicle systems – Public transport models • Logistics – Supply chain optimisation – Fleet logistics NICTA Copyright 2013 From imagination to impact 10
  • Health and Life Sciences • Medical devices – Pain management implants – Bionic Vision • Personalised medicine – Nano devices; protein expression – Medical text record analytics • Diagnostic genomics – Genome-wide association – Cancer diagnosis and prediction NICTA Copyright 2013 From imagination to impact 11
  • Security and Environment • Security – Food supply chains – FarmNet Information systems • Trusted systems – Verified RT operating systems – Safety critical systems • Environment – Geological and aquifer systems – Spatial Analytics NICTA Copyright 2013 From imagination to impact 12
  • A ija L e h to n e n / S h u tte rs to c k .c o m NICTA Copyright 2013 From imagination to impact
  • NICTA: Some Personal Views NICTA Copyright 2013 From imagination to impact
  • That “Innovation Culture” An organisational culture which promotes deep research, innovation and entrepreneurship. The best possible people working on the hardest and most interesting problems Moral and practical support to assist the transition of ideas, technologies and businesses out of the door NICTA Copyright 2013 From imagination to impact 15
  • Removing Organisational Impediments “You can do anything you like providing you become rich and famous and it is legal and ethical” “You each have the authority, responsibility … and the accountability” “There are no rules, and if you break any one of them, I will fire you” NICTA Copyright 2013 From imagination to impact 16
  • Critical Organisational Issues That “Vision” thing: Research Excellence in ICT Wealth Creation for Australia Connecting business and research: Role models for successful commercial engagement In an innovation organisation, the CEO must be a leader and not a manager NICTA Copyright 2013 From imagination to impact 17
  • The Culture of Risk Success means embracing failure, but we are not comfortable with failure We simply need to get more technology out of the door, to let go and accept that there is a good chance for failure from which we can all learn Let a thousand flowers bloom NICTA Copyright 2013 From imagination to impact 18
  • NICTA Copyright 2013 From imagination to impact 19