In Summary

Swinburne University of Technology researchers have been awarded funding for five research projects under the Australian Research Council’s 2015 Linkage Projects scheme.

The scheme aims to encourage growth in the research sector by funding collaborative projects between university researchers and industry partners.

Swinburne submitted ten proposals for funding. The success rate of 50 per cent represents one of the highest amongst all universities in this round.

Swinburne’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Development), Professor Aleksandar Subic, has congratulated Swinburne researchers on achieving an exceptional outcome.

"Swinburne’s success is based on strong industry and community partnerships forged over a sustained period of time,” Professor Subic says.

“The results demonstrate Swinburne's commitment to both research excellence and impact through research engagement."

Professor Subic says the total awarded amount of $2,099,631 is yet another demonstration of Swinburne ‘punching above its weight’ in terms of research success, following the recent announcement of the successful Australian Laureate Fellowship award to Professor Matthew Bailes.

“The Linkage Projects scheme is important not only for bringing in critical research funds, but also for fostering important external collaborations and connects,” Professor Subic says.

Swinburne was successful in receiving funding for the following projects:

  • Development of deep soil mixing technology utilising industrial by-products - $275,000
    Arul Arulrajah, Professor of Geotechnical Engineering, with colleagues from Surnaree University of Technology, Geotesta, DST Consulting Engineers, and Geofrontiers Group
  • Performance of safety critical anchors in early age concrete with SCM - $410,000
    Professor Emad Gad, Professor Jay Sanjayan, and Professor John Wilson in Faculty of Science, Engineering and Technology
  • Virtual environments for improved enterprise software deployment - $473,000
    Professor Jun Han, Associate Professor Jean-Guy Schneider, and Professor Chengfei Liu, Swinburne University Centre for Computer and Engineering Software Systems (SUCCESS), along with colleagues from the University of Melbourne and CA Pacific
  • Consumer-centric adaptive quality-assured cloud services brokerage - $230,000
    Professor Ryszard Kowalczyk and Associate Professor Bao Quoc Vo from SUCCESS, with James Sankar from Australia’s Academic Research Network (AARNET)
  • Investigating the dynamics of digital inclusion - $130,000
    Professor Ellie Rennie and Professor Julian Thomas in SISR alongside colleagues at the Universities of Wollongong and University of Sydney

Swinburne also acknowledges those who worked so hard to build partnerships but whose applications were not successful.