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Our capabilities

Swinburne actively conducts research in virtually all Industry 4.0 technologies and works collaboratively with students and industry in the field.

We are combining our research expertise and state-of-the-art facilities with our strong industry partnerships and focus on future-ready graduates. Our strengths in research, industry and education are merging to ensure we and our partners meet the challenges of Industry 4.0.


We actively conduct research in virtually all Industry 4.0 technologies, understanding that true innovation often happens at the confluence of these technologies. Several of our new research institutes place Industry 4.0 as a key part of their research strategy.

The Data Science Research Institute houses our big data and analytics capabilities. The Smart Cities Research Institute’s research themes include the future of urban infrastructure, services and delivery systems, smart spaces for home and work and the future of urban mobility – all highly relevant for the future of manufacturing. The Manufacturing Futures Research Institute is working with Asahi to investigate how data analytics and algorithms can be used to improve process control. They are also developing an Industry 4.0 test lab to develop a new value chain centred on the 3D printing of carbon fibre composites.

Support for industry

Many manufacturers are unsure how to operationalise Industry 4.0 technology to their benefit. Swinburne provides the opportunity for businesses to experiment through:

This collaboration reduces the risks, allowing new ideas to be tested inexpensively through access to student placement options and the state-of-the-art equipment.


Swinburne’s Industry 4.0 vocational education students are trained across Industry 4.0 technologies and are expert system builders and implementers. Transferring new skills into a company rapidly can be achieved through internships or graduate employment.

Companies can use this approach to develop and validate a new product, process or business model and to get traction in the marketplace. Complex, higher value and higher risk projects can also be explored via PhD projects or larger multi-year, multi-partner projects.

Please contact us to start a conversation about how we can assist with education, training and development.

Contact us

There are many ways to engage with us across our Industry 4.0 capabilities. Please contact Nico Adams, Director, Factory of the Future to start a conversation.

Call +61 3 9214 5011