New joint IET research centre with CETC
A new joint centre for advanced research into key sciences and technologies has been inaugurated between UTS and the China Electronics Group Corporation (CETC).
Located at UTS, the Australia-China Research Innovation Centre in Information and Electronics Technologies (IET) will be governed and managed by representatives of both UTS and CTEC, and funded by up to $20 million over five years by CETC, a leading Chinese company specialising in electronics, telecommunications, sensing, big data and ICT. It will create opportunities for Australian and Chinese innovation and technology to advance the science and grow our industries, and expand UTS collaboration, thinking and global approach. The Centre will conduct long-term research projects into information, communications and electronics, and gradually extend to include other Australian and Chinese universities, creating an international innovation hub for IET innovation.
Research will focus on:
- Big data technologies (mobile sensing and communications, electromagnetic metamaterials and devices, big visual data analytics, transfer learning and Internet of Things)
- Quantum computing, and quantum communications
- Artificial Intelligence
- Simultaneous localisation and mapping (SLAM), assisted robots and robots for infrastructure monitoring and maintenance.
- Advanced materials and electronics (THz devices, environmental and industrial sensors and integrated circuits).
At the official launch Distinguished Professor Jay Guo described why the CETC is partnering with UTS:
We have a solid reputation as a world leader in wireless communications, sensing and data science and data engineering. Within the Global Big Data Technologies Centre (GBDTC) we have already been collaborating with CETC on cutting-edge wireless technologies for future telecommunications networks.
Joint projects undertaken with the new Centre will further enhance our international standing, advance our ability to develop innovative solutions, and provide opportunities to commercialise our technologies for greater societal impacts.
Vice Chancellor Attila Brungs welcomed what he described as a very important strategic relationship which is at the heart of UTS philosophy: having real world impact, internationalisation and our role as a preferred industry partner. His words were supported by Xiong Qunli, Chair of CETC who observed that this collaboration with UTS will further strengthen research into IET which will be a 'game changer for humanity'.
The China Electronics Technology Group Corporation is a wholly state-owned high-tech enterprise, formed from the merger between research institutes and high-tech enterprises. It develops, manufactures, and distributes electronics components, and systems, software and ICT solutions. In Australia, CETC has already made significant contributions to the Australia SKA Pathfinder (ASKAP) project and won the trust from the SKA community. It is one of four Chinese organisations UTS signed MoUs in 2016.