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 have access to diverse University teams, who fuse the physical, digital and biological worlds with multi-disciplinary expertise. The outcome is new and valuable technologies, products and services that benefit partners across all business sectors and make a difference to our communities.
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. Working closely with government and leading national and international industry sectors, AIMES tests 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.
Med Tech: Robots with a human touch
In collaboration with industry partners, researchers at the University of Melbourne are developing a prosthetic arm with greater dexterity and touch. Not only can our brain send signals to the robotic limb, in the future they will be able to send those messages back to the brain, giving people who have lost a limb the ability to ‘feel’ sensations such as strength and pressure. Read more.
Enviro Tech: Making any surface solar
University of Melbourne researchers are creating new materials for solar cells. Through close collaboration with industry partners, 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.
Fin Tech: Mapping real-time cyber attacks
University of Melbourne researchers are currently researching how digital maps of an organisation’s information network can identify cyber-attacks in real-time – whether these are attempts to steal data, crash a company’s service, or hijack the operation of infrastructure. This information will be enhanced with decision support systems for understanding the business impact of counter measures.