University of Technology, Sydney, has established a new institute to advance research in state-of-the-art information and communication technologies (ICT).
University officials said formation of the institute followed recognition of the increasing merger of information and communication technologies in sustaining some international economies.
UTS vice chancellor Professor Tony Blake said the Institute for ICT was one of four new research initiatives UTS is establising to contribute to key national research priorities.
Blake said it is important that UTS and Australia are at the forefront of research and development in ICT.
"ICT underpins much of the economic activity in the modern world, not simply through the ICT industries themselves, but also as enabling technologies for product and process innovation across all sectors of the economy," he said.
He said there is evidence of a strong link between the growth of world economies and their performance in ICT.
"The convergence of information technology and communication technology will be characterised by highly flexible, adaptive and intelligent software systems supported by networks which will have billions of users and trillions of devices and applications with peer-to-peer connections."
Professor Blake said the Institute will build on existing research strengths within UTS, particularly in the Faculties of Information Technology and Engineering, by focusing on themes and projects that have demonstrated industrial potential.
"The research programs will be directed by the needs of a knowledge-based society and will range from the fundamental through to the highly applied. Solutions for 'real-world' problems, either through the evolution of new technologies or contributing innovation will be a key aim.
"We will be particularly looking to the market to assist in identifying research opportunities and priorities."
Blake said the establishment of the institute complemented a range of investments UTS had made in relation to ICT, including new professorial appointments assuming a research focus.
He said the institute would provide a vibrant research environment, perfect for training outstanding young applied scientists, and would build on its linkages with industry to facilitate collaborative research projects and the creation of start-up and spin-off companies.