Swinburne enters strategic research partnership with CSIRO

Friday 1 April 2016

Women with 3D goggles on in the visualisation room in the factory of the future

Swinburne and CSIRO have a long standing relationship that is built on a commitment to excellence in science.

In summary

  • Partnership will include joint research collaborations 
  • New opportunities for undergraduate and postgraduate students
  • A focus on conducting research that will have a lasting impact

A strategic partnership between Swinburne and CSIRO will deliver enhanced value to the Australian economy, society, and environment.

Professor Aleksandar Subic, Swinburne’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Development), says the new strategic research agreement will enrich and deepen the connections between Swinburne and CSIRO.

“Working with CSIRO creates significant opportunities to create and share new knowledge and infrastructure to deliver lasting impact both nationally and globally,” says Professor Subic.

“We are excited to see how CSIRO can leverage off our newly developed Innovation Precinct, a model that aims to create a culture of innovation across all areas of Swinburne.” 

According to Ros Hore, Director of Strategic Initiatives and Collaboration at CSIRO Manufacturing, the new agreement will build on a strong track record of collaboration between the two organisations.

“This partnership will actively improve connections across the innovation ecosystem – creating benefit for CSIRO, Swinburne and Australia.”

 Key features of the partnership 

  • an emphasis on joint research collaborations
  • new opportunities for undergraduate and postgraduate learning and development
  • a focus on conducting research that will have a profound and lasting impact.

 Focus areas of the partnership

  • automated/smart factories
  • advanced materials and manufacturing processes
  • digital and design innovation
  • Swinburne Innovation Precinct and student internship program.

This shared vision seeks to leverage capability in areas such as biomaterials, composites, lightweight metallic materials and systems software.

 A rich history of collaborations

Swinburne and CSIRO Manufacturing have a long standing relationship that is built on a commitment to excellence in science.

Past CSIRO employees now hold senior positions at Swinburne such as Tom Spurling (Professor, Innovation Studies), Sally McArthur (Director, Swinburne Innovation Precinct), Geoff Brooks (Pro Vice-Chancellor Future Manufacturing), Bronwyn Fox (Director, Factory of the Future).

Distinguished Professor Peter Hannaford’s team moved from CSIRO Manufacturing to Swinburne (by mutual agreement) to start the Atom Optics group at Swinburne.

Collaborations betwee Swinburne and CSIRO include:

  • the participation in the Victorian node of the Australian National Fabrication Facility – Melbourne Centre for Nanofabrication
  • CSIRO’s new digital business, Data61, has a Swinburne Software Innovation Lab that pairs world-leading ICT research capabilities with Swinburne’s agile, industry-focused software development expertise
  • the CSIRO Astronomy pulsar group have been involved in a 15 year collaboration with Swinburne based around the Parkes telescope
  • the existing PhD by Practice-Based Research program.