UTS Tech Lab heralds a new paradigm in research in Australia, transforming the way universities partner with industry.
What is Tech Lab?
UTS Tech Lab is a new-generation facility that disrupts traditional university approaches to research. The first of its type in Australia, Tech Lab is a 9000 m2 facility that is designed to bring university and industry together to innovate. Tech Lab represents a significant investment in new cutting-edge research facilities in order to support collaborative applied research that will enhance impact and contribute to the growth of the local and national economy.
Working together under one roof, Tech Lab academics, researchers, technical staff and students support innovation and technological development by working with industry partners and their supply chains. Its design facilitates innovative transdisciplinary research on a large scale, focusing on digital transformation, the Internet of Things, smart cities, industry 4.0 and advanced manufacturing.
This solutions-based, technology-led approach is promoted through innovative ways of working that support engagement between industry and academia. For example, Tech Lab offers many different ways of collaborating, including a membership model where companies pay an annual subscription fee to co-locate and become part of the Tech Lab community. This supports a focus on delivering research impact as well as the development of new opportunities for students to work on industry-led projects.
Why is Tech Lab different?
Tech Lab is the only facility in Australia that co-locates large engineering infrastructure with laboratories dedicated to communications, sensor development, and the computer sciences, including data analytics and artificial intelligence. Cutting-edge technology is available in every lab including equipment which is unique to Australia or the Asia-Pacific region.
This allows industry partners to undertake full-scale testing, linking the technologies underpinning digital transformation within the one facility. The same facility provides access to academic expertise to help shape the project vision and oversee its execution, plus access to talent including interns, PhD students and recent graduates.
Tech Lab membership options are designed to deliberately disrupt the traditional university approach. It is solutions-focussed and delivers commercial outcomes for partners whilst driving impact for UTS research.
Ready for the future
The Internet of Things (IoT) is a strategic research focus for UTS Tech Lab, linking together the multidisciplinary research strengths within its walls to foster a new capacity for technological impact in countless arenas. Our laboratories and capabilities span electromagnetics, networking and communications, electrical power and energy, data analytics, photonics, autonomous systems, acoustics, multimedia and video surveillance, and civil and structural engineering.