Swinburne receives funding to stop data leaks and optimise industrial innovation

Wednesday 20 February 2019

ATC building at an angle.

The ARC’s Linkage Projects funding includes $6 million in federal funding to 14 research partners.

In summary

  • Australian Research Council awards $950,000 funding to two Swinburne research projects
  • Project exploring how the leak of sensitive cloud data threatens organisations awarded $540,000
  • Project investigating global supply chain challenges for manufacturing companies awarded $411,343

The Australian Research Council (ARC) has awarded $950,000 in funding to two Swinburne research projects – one aimed at detecting and preventing data leaks and another on optimising innovation in large organisations within the global marketplace.

The ARC’s Linkage Projects funding was announced by the Minister for Education Dan Tehan this week, allocating a total of $6 million in funding to 14 research partners.

"The Australian Research Council’s Linkage Projects scheme brings together higher education and industry to conduct research into pressing issues that affect Australians,” says Mr Tehan.

“These collaborations will make a difference to the lives of everyday Australians.”

Swinburne Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Development) Professor Aleksandar Subic says the projects demonstrate Swinburne’s commitment to transforming industries, shaping lives and communities through world-class research.

“These projects build on Swinburne’s reputation as a leader in innovation and further bolster our partnerships with industry and community,” says Professor Subic.

“This support will see our researchers remain at the forefront of cybersecurity and advanced manufacturing, and I look forward to seeing the economic and social impact resulting from this research.”  

Protecting cloud data from leaks

A project exploring how the leak of sensitive cloud data threatens public and private organisations as well as their employees and clients, was awarded $540,000.

Its aim is to develop a secure solution that can detect and prevent the leak of data in real-time.

Swinburne’s Professor Jinjun Chen is an investigator on the project and Joowing Australia Pty Ltd is a partner.

Coordinating innovation in multinational organisations

A project investigating global supply chain challenges for manufacturing companies in Australia was awarded $411,343.

The project will seek to identify the optimal design for coordinating innovation in globally-dispersed organisations.

Data will be collected from the international research arm of The Boeing Company, Boeing Global Technology.

Swinburne’s Professor Dean Lusher and Professor Michael Gilding are investigators, in partnership with The Boeing Company and University of Kentucky. 

Other ARC-funded projects already underway

This funding success follows $1.1million awarded to by the ARC to two other projects in January.

A team led by the Dean of the Digital Research Innovation Capability Platform (DRICP), Professor Yang Xiang, investigator of vulnerabilities in any devices and appliances connected to the internet, was awarded $360,000.

Another project, awarded $782,874, is using data-driven traffic analytics to help mitigate traffic incidents and their impact on daily commuters. Swinburne investigators include Professor Timos Sellis, Associate Professor Hussein Dia and Associate Professor Kai Qin.