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Microsoft launches first eResearch lab in the southern hemisphere with QUT

  • 17 May, 2006 14:20

<p>Microsoft and QUT to establish new eResearch lab in Brisbane</p>
<p>Brisbane, Australia – Wednesday, 17 May 2006: Microsoft Australia today announced a three-year, $900,000 collaborative research project with the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) that will underpin the establishment of a new eResearch laboratory in Brisbane.</p>
<p>The Queensland Government and QUT will also contribute matching funds that will see a total of $2.7 million put towards creating the new lab.</p>
<p>The new eResearch lab is one of only 12 in the world and will provide scientists with advanced technologies to accelerate scientific discovery and research into sustainable resources. The lab will specifically focus its research efforts on water management, urban planning and climate change.</p>
<p>Scientists at the new lab will combine the processing power of computers and the internet to support research through the large-scale collaboration of people, data and other resources.</p>
<p>“Researchers have access to a huge amount of data and information these days. However being able to process and analyse this data in a timely and efficient manner acts as a huge obstacle,” said Mr Craig Foster, Queensland State Director, Microsoft Australia.</p>
<p>“That’s where the real power of computers comes in. The eResearch lab will provide researchers with ways to streamline and accelerate their analysis of data, creating a smoother path to discovery and innovation.”</p>
<p>“The computing power of this new e-research lab will enable scientists to use their brilliant minds for what they do best – research,” said Professor Arun Sharma, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Commercialisation), Queensland University of Technology.</p>
<p>John Warren, University Relations Manager, Microsoft Research Asia, said that the new lab represented the next chapter in a six year relationship between QUT and Microsoft.</p>
<p>“Today’s announcement signifies a further strengthening of Microsoft’s relationship with QUT and another step towards cementing Queensland as the smart state,” said Mr Warren.</p>
<p>“Microsoft has an already strong relationship with the Queensland University of Technology, both in terms of research activity and in terms of teaching, and we place an enormous amount of value in our academic alliances.</p>
<p>“By establishing the new eResearch lab together, we can leverage each other’s strengths to achieve better outcomes, both in terms of innovation and in generating greater economic benefits for the State,” said Mr Warren.</p>
<p>“In providing this grant one of Microsoft’s main aims is to encourage research and development and to help Queensland embed a culture of innovation that will lay the groundwork for Queensland as a leading knowledge economy,” said Mr Warren.</p>
<p>Intellectual Property (IP) will be owned by QUT but Microsoft will be granted a license to commercialise any IP generated.</p>
<p>To date Microsoft has provided approximately AU$6 million in grants and resources over the last four years to help Queensland establish itself as an innovation hub.</p>
<p>About Microsoft
Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services and Internet technologies for personal and business computing. The company offers a wide range of products and services designed to empower people through great software — any time, any place and on any device.</p>
<p>For more information or to arrange an interview:</p>
<p>Clair Deevy
Microsoft Australia
Ph: 02 9870 2508 or 0404 090 292</p>
<p>Tony Smith / Ben Tan
Howorth Communications
Ph: 02 8281 3830 or 0418 488 827</p>

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