State-of-the-art Tech Lab research facility now open
Tech Lab, our innovative new research facility, officially opens at extensive premises custom-designed to develop collaborations between academia, industry and government. The purpose-built, $65 million facility is spread across 9,000 square metres on a site in the industrial hub of Botany that neighbours Sydney Airport and which is in close proximity to a major new technology and innovation precinct recently announced by the NSW Government.
UTS Vice-Chancellor Professor Attila Brungs says Tech Lab will focus on transdisciplinary research that provides new services to industry, with capabilities that span, but are not limited to, civil and environmental engineering, mechanical and mechatronic engineering, software, electrical and data engineering, systems, management and leadership.
Over coming decades, Australian business and industry will be transformed – as will the Australian workforce. It’s critical that universities work hand-in-hand with industry to ensure we capitalise on the opportunities – and address the challenges – this presents. Facilities like Tech Lab will allow us to do that.
Professor Ian Burnett, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology (FEIT), says UTS is already well regarded for our engagement and partnership with industry.
But Tech Lab adds new, state-of-the-art 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, taking new technologies from early readiness to commercial viability.
Tech Lab will cater to a wide range of companies, from big to small, including working with start-ups.
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.
Tech Lab will offer R&D projects, consultancy, contract work and short courses. It is equipped with state-of-the-art capabilities that include:
- electromagnetic informatics and antenna chamber
- data analytics, networking and communications
- photonics and optical sensing
- full-scale structural dynamics facilities
- material testing and characterisation
- geotechnical lab
- acoustics laboratories, including anechoic chambers
- electrical power and energy lab
- multimedia lab
- computational intelligence and brain computer interface.
Introducing UTS Tech Lab
A multidisciplinary engineering and IT facility creating new opportunities for integrated R&D in innovative technologies.
9000m² of multidisciplinary, specialist labs with state-of-the-art equipment, housed alongside collaborative work spaces.
An incubator for future-focused world-leading research outcomes
Located in the Botany industry and technology hub, next to Sydney’s airport and just outside the CBD.
World-class facilities and UTS research expertise
Tech Lab’s doors are open to partnerships for R&D projects, consultancy, contract work and short courses.
Tech Lab: working with you to find practical solutions to today’s challenges – and tomorrow’s.
Tech Lab has already welcomed organisations such as Sydney Water, working in robotics and smart sensing in pipelines, and Nokia, which will run training courses there. There are also discussions underway with many other companies interested in working with us in areas such as smart cities, Internet of Things (IoT), and advanced manufacturing.
UTS at Broadway and Botany will benefit from both locations. The NSW Government recently announced a new technology and innovation precinct in the corridor from Central Station, through to Eveleigh, just north of Botany.This corridor home to Australia’s largest cluster of start-ups. The NSW Innovation and Productivity Scorecard released in August 2018 notes that, while NSW leads Australia in terms of research collaborations per institute, there is scope to improve collaborative research efforts in NSW and nationally. Professor Brungs says our new facilities and capabilities show how UTS will aid such collaborations.
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,