Tuesday, 03 December 2019 22:34

DXC opens new digital transformation centre at UTS

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IT services provider DXC Technology has opened a Digital Transformation Centre (DTC) in collaboration with the University of Technology Sydney (UTS).

Based at UTS’ Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology (FEIT), the DXC DTC is designed to facilitate the creation of a new model of engagement between industry and research based on human-centred design principles.

The new DTC will undertake collaborative research projects by designing and developing digital solutions to solve business and societal challenges.

FEIT is a highly advanced, industry-focused, world-class data science, engineering and IT faculty, and the faculty’s emphasis is on practical innovation to pioneer research solutions and focus on real-life applications.

“The new DXC Digital Transformation Centre will provide us unique access to an innovative and research-intensive faculty with a strong focus on improving lives and society as a whole,” said Seelan Nayagam, managing director, DXC Technology, Australia and New Zealand.

“By creating a space for the incubation of ideas and learning, DXC will present academics and students at UTS with new ways of working that are human-centred, evidence-based and data driven to spark conversations, encourage innovation and generate rapid outcomes, especially for enterprises that are embracing transformative digital technology.”

Speaking at the official opening, the NSW Government Minister for Customer Service Victor Dominello, said: “Digitisation and the adoption of AI is changing the way we work, the way we learn and the skills mix of our workforce. This new centre demonstrates the power of collaboration. I commend DXC and UTS on this initiative and their leadership in this area.”

“This partnership with DXC will facilitate the relationship between students, researchers and industry partners on a variety of projects. UTS students will gain industry experience and subsequently develop valuable employment skills,” said Professor Ian Burnett, Dean, Faculty of Engineering and IT, UTS.

“More broadly, UTS and DXC are looking for opportunities to secure collaborative research projects with industry to support companies’ mid to long-term strategic goals and objectives and to align with UTS existing and emerging research strengths, including Cyber Security, Data Science, Energy and Environment, Telecommunications, Artificial Intelligence, Health Technologies, Transport and Additive Manufacturing.”

DXC says projects at the DTC will be led by human-centred design principles with the company facilitating collaboration between UTS research fellows and assistants. Specific access will be provided to a variety of UTS undergraduate and post-graduate students with the aim of delivering “meaningful experiences” to DXC’s clients and UTS’ industry partners.

Guide Dogs, the leading provider of orientation and mobility services for people with sight loss, have been quick to recognise the benefits of engaging DXC’s DTC to develop a working prototype of a peer support platform for individuals with low vision or blindness.

“Improving client outcomes is always the focus for our organisation and being at the forefront of technological innovation is an important ingredient to achieve this,” said Guide Dogs CEO, Karen Hayes.

“After securing a National Disability Insurance Scheme-funded grant to address information access and social isolation issues for our clients, we’re excited to create this new platform that will enable those with low vision and blindness to actively contribute to leading, shaping and influencing their community.”

“DXC’s latest DTC at UTS builds on the success of similar DTCs with Swinburne University in Melbourne and in Adelaide. Ultimately, the aim is to draw on collaborative minds and home-grown partnerships across industry, academia, community and government, and foster a new culture of innovation in a digital world,” Nayagam concluded.

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