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Monday, 10 February 2014 22:26

IBM collaborates on defence, science technology research

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IBM has come together with the Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO) in a collaborative research program in a range of high-end defence technologies.

Announcing the alliance, the Federal Government’s Assistant Minister for Defence, Stuart Robert, said IBM and DSTO will collaborate in the highly specialised technology areas of cyber security, analytics and cognitive computing.

The agreement was signed today in Canberra by the Chief Defence Scientist Dr Alex Zelinsky and Glenn Wightwick, Director, IBM Research, Australia.

Dr Zelinsky said the alliance was an opportunity to strengthen the ADF’s capabilities in cyber security.

“Both organisations have deep expertise in these areas and it is a natural fit that we work together in what are some very promising defence related areas of research.”

Glenn Wightwick said IBM welcomed the chance to contribute to Defence capability in emerging technologies.

“IBM has a long history of driving innovation – from the invention of the barcode to the creation of cognitive computing systems that learn and interact naturally with people to extend what either humans or machine could do on their own.

“Our researchers push the boundaries of science and technology to make the world work better. IBM has a strong relationship with the Australian Defence Force and we are pleased to be able to collaborate with the DSTO on this important work.”

The assistant Minister said Defence operated in an increasingly complex and challenging technology environment and “has to pursue collaborative opportunities with organisations such as IBM Australia to meet Australia’s national security needs.”

“The government encourages such strategic collaborations to ensure Defence technology remains at the cutting edge.” 

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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham is a co-founder of iTWire and a 35-year veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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