Swinburne and Tel Aviv University launch data science research centre

Thursday 17 November 2016

Swinburne and Tel Aviv University representatives sit at a table signing the agreement for the new joint research centre

The signing of the agreement occurred at Tel Aviv University, in the presence of Victorian Minister for Small Business, Innovation and Trade, the Hon. Philip Dalidakis MP.

In summary

  • Swinburne and Tel Aviv University launch new joint research centre in data science
  • It will host PhD students that will be supervised by academics from both universities
  • Centre will expand on Swinburne’s current research strengths in big data and analytics

Swinburne has strengthened its existing partnership with Tel Aviv University, Israel by launching a joint research centre in data science.

The joint research centre will focus on:

  • New data science methodologies to transform scientific discovery
  • Novel data science platforms
  • Data science and data analytics
  • Privacy, security and cyber security

It will host PhD students who will be jointly supervised by academics from Swinburne and Tel Aviv University.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Development) Professor Aleksandar Subic says the centre will expand on Swinburne’s current research strengths in big data and analytics and support development of international research engagement in the new Swinburne Data Science Research Institute.

“Swinburne is a core member of the new Victorian Government-supported Oceania Cyber Security Centre, and has established a strategic research partnership with CSIRO that involves research collaboration with Data61,” Professor Subic says.

“By formalising our partnership with Tel Aviv University, Swinburne will be able to combine existing big data expertise while deepening its research capacity and capability on a global-scale.”

A world is mapped out showing lines representing data links

Director of Swinburne’s Data Science Institute, Professor Timos Sellis, says the new partnership will expand research engagement with Tel Aviv University and the new Landing Pad recently established in Tel Aviv by Federal Government under the National Innovation and Science Agenda.

“Big Data has been identified as the priority research area at a national and state level, both in Australia and Israel. The joint centre provides an avenue for high impact research with economic and social benefits,” Professor Sellis says.

“The joint research centre will provide opportunities to share facilities, enable researcher collaboration for projects and publications, and develop joint government and industry partnerships in both countries. The joint research centre also aims to host a ‘data incubator’ involving the start-up community.”