From drones to health sensors
From drones to health sensors – defence network unlocks university R&D
- The official launch of the NSW Government-funded Defence Innovation Network (DIN) highlights the diverse capabilities NSW universities have in defence-related technologies
- Ensuring the safety of defence personnel, on and off the battlefield, is a key driver for DIN supported projects
NSW Minister for Trade and Industry Niall Blair this week announced an additional $2.4 million investment in the UTS-hosted Defence Innovation Network (DIN), bringing total investment to $5 million.
The university-led initiative was established to boost defence-related research and development activity across the state, connecting leading scientists and engineers from seven NSW universities to focus on areas crucial to Australia’s defence needs.
"R&D is a key driver of innovation, and economic and defence benefits will flow to NSW and Australia thanks to the Defence Innovation Network bringing together our best researchers and our defence industry," says Blair.
"Even more important are the lives of the men and women serving in the Australian Defence Force."
The launch was an opportunity for researchers and industry to showcase R&D collaborations, and one of the featured projects, HealthSense, underscored the focus on health, safety and wellbeing for defence personnel. The lab-based pilot project will use medical data such as brain activity and heart rate variability to develop and validate an algorithm that can be used to track cardiac stress and cognitive performance.
Read the full story at the UTS Newsroom.