From imagination to impact. High Impact Research Directions. David Skellern CEO. Presentation overview. About NICTA NICTA’s Research Directions Themes and business areas NICTA’s approach to research Some examples Strategic planning at NICTA Why strategic planning is important.
From imagination to impact
High Impact Research Directions
Recruit commercial and research staff from Australian and global communities
Knowledge diffusion and
enhanced ICT skills base
R&D partnerships with industry, research institutes & universities
Spin-outs, licensing &
collaborations with leading users & industry
Seven university joint venture partners contribute researchers and students
is that our imaginative research drives Australia’s ICT future
is to be an enduring world-class information
and communications technology research institute
that generates national benefit
Our People objective is to bring together world-class researchers and professional staff, enhance their skills and build a culture of entrepreneurship and achievement in use-inspired basic research, enhancing Australia’s ICT capacity and capability.
Our Research objective is to carry out research that advances knowledge, is recognised for its excellence and generates breakthrough, user-focused technologies.
Our Education objective is to work with universities to provide Australia with ICT researchers who have deep technical expertise supported by strong professional and entrepreneurial skills.
Our Linkages objective is to increase our impact and results by working with targeted research, government, education, industry and domain partners.
Our Commercialisation objective is to facilitate technology transfer and create channels to market for NICTA research.
National benefit from
NICTA research outcomes
Measurable industry growth & competitiveness from NICTA research outcomes
National benefit through a stronger ICT Skills base
Stronger ICT skill base – NICTA alumni
Research expertise and scale
One of the world’s top 10 ICT research centres by 2020
705 people (June 09)
Staff (FTE) and students by sites - update
– 131 / 55: Sydney - Eveleigh Aust. Tech Park Lab & HQ
– 53 / 66: Sydney - Kensington Neville Roach Lab
– 69 / 62: Canberra: Canberra Research Lab
– 74 / 97: Melbourne: Victoria Research Lab
– 41 / 18: Brisbane: Queensland Research Lab
– 5: Adelaide: Office
11 technology licence agreements
4 spinout companies
107 PhD graduates from NICTA partner universities
Alumni in universities, industry and government
75 active patent applications
> 3300 publications
> 130 prizes and awards
NICTA’s unique partnership with universities:
NICTA has a systemic approach to achieving significant national outcomes from its research:
Our challenge is to develop long term projects that will both advance knowledge and enable the development of globally competitive products, processes or services.
Approach to Research
Pure basic research
Use-inspired basic research
Purely applied research & development
Researchers are grouped across the company by Theme:
Embedded Systems – developing ‘smart’ products
Networked Systems – technology that connects ‘smart’ products to form ‘smart’ networks
Making Sense of Data – making sense of large amounts of data created by ICT systems
Managing Complexity - designing ICT systems that are fit for purpose, cost effective and don’t have nasty side effects
Our Business Areas are the sectors in which we build market knowledge and commercialisation experience.
They are where we seek the majority of our use inspiration.
NICTA’s Research Directionsa selection!
Embedded Systems Engineering
Secure, Reliable, Trustworthy
Dynamic Scene Understanding
on Visual Sensor Networks
Wireless systems and Sensors on-a-Chip
Impact comes from applying ICT to real world problems!
SECTOR SPECIFIC eg
Research for the Digital Economy
Applications bringing together content and services, securely over the broadband network
enabling new applications in the Digital Economy
Applications & Content
bringing everyday services to the Digital Economy
devices delivering reliable data for the Digital Economy
inventing next generation Internet infrastructure
LIXI Valuations Reference Implementation
Active Traffic Management
A new, better informed Traffic Management Infrastructure
A significant and measurable reduction in thetotal social cost attributable to congestion.
Better decision support and incident management
If nothing is done, the total avoidable social cost of congestion in Australia will exceed $20bn per annum by 2020”
– BTRE 2007
And that’s about 1% of GDP!!! (…and that’s reflected world-wide)
Classification, flows, speeds, queue lengths, incidents with occlusion in extreme conditions (weather/light)
Smart Intersection Control
Dynamic Traffic Model
Optimise Control Plan
Example: For Technologically and Economically Developed Countries
Strategic Planning at NICTA
Why Strategic Planning is Important
Dr Michael Spence, Vice Chancellor University of Sydney
Talk of a “mission statement” in a university and many of our colleagues will roll their eyes. Others will hardly be so polite. But however difficult it may be to articulate the primary purpose of an institution so complex and diverse as ours, the process can be very helpful. It helps to know our goals, and while they may never be fully realised, and measurement is difficult, to know how well we are doing in achieving them.
Strategic planning gives direction and establishes co-ordinated effort. It also minimises wasted effort and redundancy.
NICTA’s Theme Strategic Plans:
ICT used for…
Biomedical and Life Sciences
Intelligent Transportation Systems
Safety and Security
Making Sense of Data
Mobile Systems and Services
Where is the Australian ICT sector now?