Dean Economou - NICTA Overview

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Dean Economou - NICTA Overview

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

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