Under the agreements areas of focus will include research and development of technologies such as robotics, Internet of Things, technology for social good, programmable networks, data analytics and visualisation for customer experience, artificial intelligence, wireless technologies and smart cities.
And in addition to R&D, the agreements are expected to cover additional opportunities for collaboration such as post-doctoral research opportunities and student exchanges. Each of these focus areas align under the goal of collaboration to adapt new ideas and translate innovation into a commercial reality.
NBN Co says it is continuously developing new technologies that will help enable better services on the network for Australians with the deployment of the NBN broadband access network, one of the biggest infrastructure projects in the history of Australia.
In addition, allowing UTS and UoM access to NBN Co’s substantial technical resources will also be hugely beneficial to these universities and their students in terms of gaining access to real-world telecoms network operational data, NBN Co says.
Dr Ray Owen, chief technology officer at NBN Co, said,“These two new relationships will help NBN Co double down on our strong focus on technology innovation for customer experience and operational excellence.
“With these innovative institutions — UoM and UTS — we saw a natural fit in helping NBN Co further enable the digital economy.
“We are committed to supporting the higher-education sector and are excited about scoping out the opportunities for R&D in the coming months.”
Professor Mark Hargreaves, pro-vice chancellor (Research Collaboration and Partnerships) at the University of Melbourne, said: “We are delighted to be working with NBN Co to undertake innovative research that shapes our connected future.
“The relationship, driven by the University of Melbourne’s Networked Society Institute, connects NBN Co to the outstanding research talent of the University.
“We are excited to see our researchers and students work closely with NBN Co to create positive social and economic impact.”
And Professor Ian Burnett, dean of the Faculty of Engineering and IT at UTS, said the collaborative relationship with NBN Co “significantly grows our engagement in innovative, digital transformation for the whole country”.