It will focus on transdisciplinary research with capabilities for civil and environmental engineering, mechanical and mechatronic engineering, software, electrical and data engineering, systems management and leadership.
The facility is located close to a major new technology and innovation precinct announced by the NSW Government and is spread across 9000 square metres.
Tech Lab will offer research and development projects, consultancy, contract work and short courses. It is equipped with electromagnetic informatics and antenna chamber, data analytics, networking and communications, photonics and optical sensing, full-scale structural dynamics facilities, material testing and characterisation, a geotechnical lab, acoustics laboratories, electrical power and energy lab and a multimedia lab with computational intelligence and brain computer interface.
Sydney Water has welcomed the Tech Lab and will work with the facility in robotics and smart sensing in pipelines, and Nokia which will run training courses out of the facility.
Discussions with other companies interested in the new facilities have begun, especially in areas such as smart cities, Internet of Things, and advanced manufacturing.
UTS Vice-Chancellor Professor Attila Brungs said it is critical that universities work hand in hand with industry to ensure they are able to capitalise on the opportunities and address the challenges of a changing Australia.
“Facilities like UTS Tech Lab will not only help Australia draw closer to countries with strong traditional research collaboration cultures, such as Germany, Canada and Singapore, but leapfrog other nations in innovative approaches to skill building and cross-disciplinary problem solving,” Professor Brungs says.
Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology at UTS Professor Ian Burnett said Tech Lab adds new facilities that will attract companies and researchers from around the globe to work on new projects in engineering and digital transformation
“UTS Tech Lab is a unique research facility in Australia, where academics and researchers from diverse fields will work in tandem with industry and government to develop innovative solutions for the world of tomorrow, taking new technologies from early readiness to commercial viability,” Professor Burnett says.
“It will continue to build on Australia’s research strengths and bring industry and academia together to deliver the most technologically advanced products and services. This will provide impact for our partners and jobs for our students and the wider community,” he says.