The University of Melbourne
The University of Melbourne is Australia’s #1 ranked university, with $1.1B in research funding, and #6 globally for graduate employability. Melbourne Connect will be at the university’s doorstep, and will welcome collaboration across faculties, schools and departments.
The Melbourne School of Engineering
The Melbourne School of Engineering (MSE), in particular the School of Computing and Information Systems, will be a research partner located at Melbourne Connect. MSE will collaborate with the Melbourne Connect community to understand our digital future. MSE’s data-driven research enriches our understanding of the world, helps drive ground-breaking innovation, and addresses the significant social, economic and environmental challenges we face globally.
The Melbourne Entrepreneurial Centre (MEC)
MEC – including the prestigious Melbourne Accelerator Program (MAP) and Translating Research at Melbourne (TRaM) – will call Melbourne Connect its home. MEC are passionate about enriching the culture of entrepreneurship in Melbourne, and creating the entrepreneurial leaders of the future. MEC aims to offer students, alumni, academic, industry, and the general public opportunities to engage with and move innovation forward to create real world impact.
The University of Melbourne
Melbourne Connect will be a gateway into a multidisciplinary pool of leading researchers and talent at The University of Melbourne. Tenant partners will be connected with expertise of the university spanning all schools, faculties and departments.
Initiatives in Action
The University of Melbourne is a leader in research. Tenant partners will be able to draw on the university’s core research capability to address their business challenges. Some initiatives in action already underway include:
Smart Cities: Intelligent Transport Technology for Smart Cities
Australian Integrated Multimodal EcoSystem (AIMES) is a world-first living laboratory based in the streets of Melbourne. AIMES is being established to test highly integrated transport technology and its ability to deliver safer, cleaner and more sustainable urban transport outcomes. Central to AIMES is a network of smart sensors designed to connect all parts of the transport environment within a segment of Melbourne streets. The focus is on ‘multimodal’ transport — connected vehicles, connected public transport, connected pedestrians and cyclists, and smart public transport stations. Read more.
Food Tech: Food that doesn’t waste water
Traditionally it takes around two and a half tonnes of water to grow 1kg of corn. However, in-ground sensors and automated watering systems developed by the University of Melbourne are helping farmers produce more crops using just half the water. Read more.
Enviro Tech: Making any surface solar
University of Melbourne researchers are creating new materials for solar cells. The researchers envisage that in the future flexible solar cells will cover roofs, windows, clothing, phones and cars to capture sunlight wherever it falls. Read more.
Ag Tech: Digital vineyards – building technologies so farms will think for themselves
Research from the University of Melbourne is helping farmers and winemakers use drones to better manage crops and the environment within their farms and vineyards. Images taken by the drones can make farming activities more precise, helping grow a higher quality crop on less land. Read more.