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Participants Profile
Australian ICT Centres of
Excellence Mission to India
February 2016
The Australian ICT Centres of Excellence
Mission to India 2016 is an initiative of the
Australian Trade Commission, and the Australian
Government, to demonstrate Australia’s world class
research, technology and innovative industries in India.
The mission comprises a six member delegation
representing leading IT research and Technology Centres
of Excellence in Australia. The group have diverse expertise
across areas including:
Autonomous systems
Computational sciences
Computer vision
Data analytics
Digital economy
Engineering and technology development
Machine learning
Mobile systems
Simulation and computer modelling
Software systems
Systems (High Performance Computing , Human-Centred
Computing, Programming Languages, Design &
Implementation, Software Engineering)
Wireless and networks
The Australian delegation is visiting Mumbai,
Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad and New Delhi to
meet with the Indian IT industry and other Indian
organisations with a strong technology focus.
The delegation offers the opportunity to meet
with Australian research and development
experts; learn about new technologies
and explore commercial, research and
licensing partnerships between the
Indian and Australian industry.
Australia has a strong track record of innovation, and
in particular, a fast-growing and highly advanced digital
economy, backed by a skilled workforce and worldclass research and development (R&D). Some of the
ground breaking Australian innovation and examples
are Wi-Fi Wireless local area network, Google Maps, 3D
printing technology (which helps in developing artificial
organs such as skin), strengths in autonomous systems,
big data analytics, simulation, visualisation, e- health,
e-government and mining management.
Significant opportunities exist to further strengthen
Australia - India partnerships, and these include access
• A portfolio of novel Australian IT solutions in areas
of automation, simulation, visualisation, analytics,
optimisation, mobility and the Internet of Things
Australian research institutions’ research expertise
for joint R&D programmes
Australian IT education and training, specifically
to develop vocational skills to be aligned with the
latest disruptive technology developments
Australian consulting expertise for specific project
opportunities in India and globally.
The Australian Trade Commission is committed to
strengthening Australia – India IT commercial and
research & development partnerships. We look forward to
working with you to forge the links between Australia and
India in this important sector.
With best regards
Senior Trade & Investment Commissioner, South Asia
Australian Trade Commission
Australia is ranked first of 139 countries as the most creative
country in the world on talent, technology, and tolerance according
to the Global Creativity Index. Australia provides access to excellent
research facilities, world-class scientists, strong collaboration and
partnership opportunities, and fast-tracked clinical trials.
Australia has solid foundations of modern ICT infrastructure, achieving a
Top 10 ranking for its use of ICT, government online services, education, R&D
and infrastructure in the 2014 Global Innovation Index. Technology spending is
expected to reach A$78.7 billion in Australia in 2015, growing at 4.1 per cent in
the year, according to industry global analyst, Gartner. In a review of national cyber
security maturity across 15 countries in the Asia-Pacific, Australia ranked second, only
behind the United States.
Why Australia
Australia offers strong economic fundamentals, a positive outlook for future growth and
a stable business environment. Australia:
is in its 24th year of consecutive annual economic growth
has a GDP of more than US$1.5 trillion (two per cent of global GDP)
has the 4th largest economy in the Asia region and 12th largest in
the world
is connected through trade, investment and cultural ties to the
fast-growing Asia-Pacific region
offers Government support including R&D tax incentives
and a robust but flexible regulatory regime that
protects intellectual property (IP) and enables
research to be undertaken in a timely, efficient
Digital technology and ICT opportunities
The Australian Government has announced its National
Innovation and Science Agenda (NISA) focussed
on building Australia as a hub for accessing niche
disruptive technologies. Prior to that, the Australian
Government also announced the launch of a Digital
Transformation Office (DTO), a dedicated agency to
lead digital transformation across Australia’s public
sector. The Australian Government has allocated $255
million (four years) to launch the DTO and pursue digital
These initiatives demonstrate Australian Government’s
strong commitment to supporting digital adoption and
Australia’s ICT R&D sector has an enviable track
record and has produced outcomes applied across
the economy, in sectors ranging from ICT, mining
and advanced manufacturing to agribusiness,
e-government, health and financial services. Investors have the opportunity to leverage worldclass R&D facilities in Australia, either independently
or through collaboration with Australian research
organisations or companies. These facilities include:
Australia’s Synchrotron, offering access to eight
beam lines (with capacity for 32),
The Multi-modal Australian Sciences Imaging
and Visualisation Environment (MASSIVE),
which operates at over five and 10 teraflops.
It is the primary Australian high performance
computing facility for computational imaging and
The Australian National Fabrication Facility
supports fabrication of ICT-enabled soft and hard
materials for application in advanced sensors,
medical devices, nano-photonics and nanoelectronics.
Australia’s geography and dispersed population create
challenges that remote automation, simulation and
visualisation (ASV) technologies are well positioned to
address. For high cost and high risk industries - such as
mining, advanced manufacturing, defence and health - remote
ASV technologies can reduce costs, boost productivity and
make operations safer. Australia has a strong capability in the
development and deployment of these technologies.
The Australian Government invests heavily in remote ASV facilities and
projects to support innovation in the sector.
Mining: South Australia’s A$12.8 million Civil Train Skills Centre is the largest
heavy plant simulator training environment in the Southern Hemisphere and
provides training for the mining and civil infrastructure sectors.
Manufacturing: The Australian Centre for Field Robotics at Sydney University
explores automation technologies and robotics across industries including
aerospace, agriculture, defence, marine, medical, mining, intelligent systems and
safety systems.
Manufacturing/automation: The Centre for Intelligent Systems Research (CISR) which
develops state-of-the-art algorithms and methodologies to solve real world problems. Industry partnerships include: Boeing Research and Technology Australia, ABB
Robotics, GM Holden, Ford Motor Company and Vestas.
Construction: An A$14 million Building Leadership Simulation Centre which
uses technology to create a virtual workplace able to emulate the challenges
of being on a real building. It is one of only three such facilities in the world.
Health: South Australia’s Medical Device Research Institute builds and
tests physical and virtual simulators for high-risk, unusual or difficult
procedures that medical practitioners rarely experience in training,
using virtual reality, augmented reality, 3D visualisation, haptics
and GPU-boosted physical simulation technologies.
Commercial successes
The six major Indian IT service providers, Tata
Consultancy Services (TCS), Infosys, HCL
Technologies, Wipro, Cognizant and Tech Mahindra,
have investments in Australia and are experiencing
growth rates higher than their global average.
Infosys employs more than 1,400 people across
six offices in Australia. Their business in Australia
is worth approximately A$500 million and is their
third largest revenue market, after the USA and
Tata Consultancy Services sees Australia as a
growth market and one in which the company
can look to access technology for the financial
services and banking sector for its key global
Cognizant invested in Australian company
Odecee, to gain access to unique web and cloud
service technology.
Wipro’s acquisition of Promax Applications Group,
a NSW analytics company, is an example of an
Indian IT major investing in niche technology
created by an Australian IT SME.
Ramco Systems, an enterprise software company
focused on cloud platform, products and services
has established a subsidiary to drive business in
USG Tech acquired Retail Information Systems in
Australia which has a POS operating system.
Indian companies have formed partnerships with many
of the top 100 companies on the Australian Securities
Exchange, including National Australia Bank (NAB)
and energy company AGL, and have made significant
investments in infrastructure, human resources, new
services and the ICT industry itself.
Pathways for working with Australia
Investment in new activity in Australia
Investment in Australian companies
Investment in a collaborative mechanism universities, Centres
of Excellence or a Collaborative Research Centres (CRC)
Direct investment in a research project / group as an industry partner
Sponsored involvement of an Australian university in a company
innovation arrangement.
Establishment of a commercial R&D Centre in Australia with strong ties into
Australian research.
Commercial exploitation of Australian IP associated results and know-how,
vested in commercial arms of research institutes.
Some examples of Australia-India research and industry collaborations include
Infosys partnered with Telstra to create an emergency bushfire alert system on behalf of
Victoria’s Office of the Emergency Services Commissioner. This system has been adopted
across Australia and won a national Australian Safer Communities Award.
Tech Mahindra partnered with National Australia Bank (NAB) to develop a virtual
desktop strategy that allows the bank to locate people anywhere, including in India,
while its data stays in Australia, which is critical for its compliance obligations. The
bank can now also set up a mobile branch office at places like the Sydney Cricket
Ground on match days in a matter of hours.
iGATE and RioTinto have a dedicated R&D centre in India, “Rio Tinto
Innovation Center” based out at Pune. The centre is focussed on creating
next generation technologies including industrial automation and control,
software and embedded design and development for contributing to
global growth and development of Rio Tinto’s ‘Mine of the Future
program where Rio Tinto will leverage iGATE’s technical capabilities
to accelerate technologies globally in the mining industry.
ABB, with Australia’s RMIT University, is collaborating on a joint
initiative - the Australia-India Research Centre for Automation
Software Engineering. It is a virtual R&D laboratory which
provides a platform for global software and systems
engineering research and training.
A Division of the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) Australia
Peter Carter - Commercial Engagement - Major Services Accounts
T: +61 2 9376 2000
E: [email protected]
Data61 is the largest data innovation group
in Australia. Bringing together CSIRO’s
Digital Productivity team and National ICT
Australia (NICTA), we are unrivalled in our
intellectual capital and our network with the
global technology marketplace. The combined
group will bring together approximately 600
research staff working in digital technologies
to create benefit for Australia. Data61 will
continue to develop Australia’s future leaders
with its strong 300+ PhD student program
in collaboration with our best universities
across Australia. Data 61’s focus is on every
aspect of data R&D including data capture
to data consumption, Communications
and networking, Infrastructure, Hardware
and software, Cybersecurity, Data statistics
modelling and analytics, Decision sciences,
Behavioural economics and cognitive
sciences. We have a strong delivery focus,
underpinned by excellence in engineering,
technology development, UX and project
management. We are building the world’s
leading data-focused research and innovation
powerhouse - unrivalled in our intellectual
capital and our network with the global
technology marketplace. 8
Key capability areas
Autonomous systems
Computational sciences
Computer vision
Data analytics
Digital economy
Engineering & technology development
Machine learning
Mobile systems
Software systems
Wireless and networks
Industry applications
Agriculture / food
As an example, CSIRO and Indian
partners are currently collaborating
on antenna design as part of the
work towards the international Square
Kilometre Array radio telescope. http://
Industry engagements (including India)
Global industry engagements include
GE, Boeing, Chevron, BHP Billiton,
Woodside, Petronas, Orica, Petro China,
Lockheed Martin, RioTinto, Australian
Government, BAYER, Fraunhofer, Sanofi,
amongst many others.
CSIRO’s cooperation with India dates
back to the establishment of the
organisation in 1926. By the following
year, CSIRO was collaborating with the
Indian Agricultural Research Institute on
biological controls for an infestation of
buffalo-fly in northern Australia. CSIRO’s
interactions with Indian researchers
have gained momentum since Australia
first signed a science and technology
cooperation agreement with India in
1975. Over the last four years, CSIRO
has averaged approximately 30 activities
per year in India or with Indian partners.
Brett Kirk - Associate Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research T: +61 8 9266 2155 E: [email protected] W: Andrew Rohl - Director - Curtin Institute for Computation
T: +61 8 9266 3124
E: [email protected]
Curtin University is Western Australia’s largest
and most International University with more
than 50 000 students and 3 000 staff. Curtin
is strongly engaged with industry, government
and community and we pride ourselves on
doing research that makes a difference to
the global community. Internationalisation of
research and education is therefore a very
high strategic priority for the University, and
Curtin is recognised as one of Australia’s
most internationally focussed Universities.
There is strong alignment between the Indian
and Western Australian economies, and
strong partnerships building between Curtin
University and several of India’s premier
research institutions.
Curtin has a particular strength within our
Curtin Institute for Computation and hosts:
The Cisco Internet of Everything Centre
- so the visit to India presents a unique
opportunity for Curtin to develop our
collaborative research with India.
Focus is on radioastronomy, resources,
agriculture and smart campus. It is
an innovation centre and workplace
for customers, partners, start-ups,
universities and open communities.
Curtin also has the HIVE, an immersive
visualisation centre, where complex
data is turned into powerful images, that
enables the creation and communication
of new knowledge.
Key capability areas
Industry engagements (including India)
Simulation/computational modelling
Big data analytics
Modelling & Optimisation - industrial,
healthcare, supply chains
Industry applications
IT and Emerging Technologies
Minerals and Energy
Cisco IoE Innovation Centre
- Australian hub physically located
within Curtin University. Focus is on
radioastronomy, resources, agriculture
and smart campus. It is for customers,
partners, start-ups, universities and
open communities. It achieves these
outcomes via
Demonstrating IoE in action to
solve business and public sector
Engaging in rapid solution and
product prototyping
Research and investments in local
resources, including companies
and people.
Curtin has strong relationships with
numerous leading Indian institutions
including IIT Kharagpur, IIT Madras,
IIT Bombay, IIT Delhi, the Institute of
Chemical Technology (Mumbai), the
Indian School of Mines and the Indian
Institute of Science. We also have
emerging industry partners such as
Reliance Technologies.
School of IT
John Yearwood - Head, School of Information Technology
T: +61 3 9246 8727
E: [email protected]
Deakin University is one of the largest and
fastest growing comprehensive Australian
Universities with ~53000 students, ~4200
staff, an operating income of ~$900 million
and annual research income of ~$50million.
It is committed to building the jobs of the
future, using the opportunities of the digital
age to widen access to education and make a
difference to the communities it serves. It has a
longstanding record for its use of cutting-edge
information technology while providing highly
personalised experiences, whether in the cloud
on Deakin’s media-rich campuses or through
a combination of cloud and campus learning.
Deakin University is strongly positioned in
the international education market and was
awarded the Premier’s Award for International
Education Provider of the Year and Victorian
International Education Awards for Excellence
in Education (University) and Excellence in
International Education (Student Employability
and Careers) in 2014. Deakin University
was also named the Education and Training
provider of the Year in the 2015 Governor of
Victoria Export Awards. Deakin was awarded
a 5-star rating by the prestigious university
ranking organisation Quacquarelli Symonds
(QS); the rating indicates Deakin is world-class
in a broad range of areas, has cutting-edge
facilities and is internationally renowned for its
research and teaching. Deakin is in the top
3% of the world’s universities in each of the
three major international rankings Academic
Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), Times
Higher Education and QS World University
Strategic Research Centres associated with
the School of IT are:
• Pattern Recognition and Data Analytics
Strategic Research Centre (PRaDA)
- focuses on discovery and effective
use of patterns in data, big and lean.
Grounded in machine learning, we
develop new tools and technologies
in diverse areas that include security,
healthcare, social media and
Centre for Intelligent Systems Research
Strategic Research Centre (CISR) contributes to the design of smarter
technologies through the investigation
and development of state-of-the-art
algorithms and methodologies that
provide practical solutions to real
world problems that are encountered
by systems operating with uncertainty,
variability and change.
Key capability areas
Industry engagements (including India)
Computer science
Data analytics
Existing major industry partners are IBM,
CISCO, Telstra, Amazon, Huawei, BAE
Systems, Twitter, Australian government.
Cyber security •
Machine Learning, pattern recognition
In India, PRaDA (Pattern Recognition
and Data Analytics Strategic Research
Centre) has a close partnership with
Tamana School of Hope, New Delhi.
The two parties have collaborated
to adapt TOBY Playpad iPad app to
Hindi language, resulting in the first
Early Intervention in Autism software in
India. This effort was recognized by the
Victorian International Educations Award
2013 (Research Engagement). Joint
PhD training program is currently also
active with Amrita University. PRaDA
(Deakin) has also signed an MOU with
India’s Max Healthcare to enhance
healthcare management.
Technologies available for commercialisation:
Anomaly analytics (surveillance,
cybersecurity), virtual observer, ICT
based support for children with special
needs (autism), hospital management
systems and DSS for hospitals. Pervasive
Computing for deployment in the Corporate
Social Responsibility program. Digital
Watermarking technology for multimedia
with potential in the film industry.
Proof of Concept technologies: Cybersecurity
solutions for CDN, security management
and policy development, malware analysis/
Industry applications
Security sectors
Centre for Technology Infusion
Aniruddha Desai - Director
T: +61 3 9479 1242
E: [email protected]
Centre for Technology Infusion (CTI), is an
Award Winning Research and Innovation
Centre, incorporated within the School of
Engineering and Mathematical Sciences at
La Trobe University. The core strength of the
Centre is in applied research focussing on
transitioning University’s research outcomes
into commercial innovations targeting high
impact application areas such as Supply
Chain and Logistics, Precision Agriculture,
Energy/Smart Grid Management, Intelligent
Transport Systems, and Healthcare. The
Centre has established world class R&D
facilities at the University’s R&D Park and
has also established strong links with an
eco-system of external product delivery
partners including design houses, EDA
vendors, IP providers, electronic fabrication
and manufacturing facilities, and product
qualification and test houses.
Key capability areas
Intelligent Platform Technologies
Sensor Systems
Embedded Systems
Data Analytics
Full Custom IC / SOC Design
Embedded HW/SW systems
RF Design
Human-Machine Interface
ICT Systems
Industry applications
Food Safety & Supply Chain
Energy and Environment
Defence & Space
Health Care/Medical
Industry engagements (including India)
Intelligent RFID for Supply Chain/
Logistics Applications
We are collaborating with Newport
Digital Technologies Australia (NDTA)
to develop an end-to-end solution to
monitor and track (e.g. temperature,
humidity, location) perishable goods
in transit in order to optimise shelf life,
reduce shrinkage, and reduce hazards
by early identification of damaged food
in the supply chain. The work includes
developing next generation RFID
sensor chips operating at Super High
Frequency, corresponding reader-writer
systems, and supporting user interface
and backhaul system to allow remote
management and automation capability.
Intelligent Transport Systems
for Safety
The Centre has delivered a $5.5 million
three-year project in partnership
with Public Transport Victoria (PTV),
Automotive Cooperative Research
Centre (AutoCRC), and other Industry
partners, that included the design,
development and large scale field trial
of a new technology-based solution
to improve safety at level crossings.
Based on Dedicated Short Range
Communication (DSRC) - a wireless
technology providing vehicles and
drivers a 360-degree level of awareness
of the surrounding traffic situation - the
system underwent three large-scale
field trials at both regional and urban
crossings in the largest-known rail
crossing safety study of its kind in the
Other Engagements
The Centre has delivered many high visibility
projects in Smart Energy Sector such as the
award winning Home Energy Management
system for CSIRO’s Australian Zero Emission
House project, the Solar PV Data Analytics
project with BSG sponsored by Victorian
Government, and the commercial Smart
Power project for home and building
automation and energy management and
networking using broad- band-over powerline technology. The Centre is also engaged
in a number innovative R&D programs such
as Smart Sensors for Precision Agriculture
project which will develop an end-to-end
solution to monitor and collect a range of
useful animal behaviour data for improving
farm productivity, reproductive efficiency, and
monitoring and managing animal health and
College of Engineering and Computer Science
Thushara Abhayapala - Deputy Dean
T: +61 2 6125 8683
E: [email protected]
The Australian National University (ANU) is
a world leading research intensive university
located in Australia’s capital. Ranked top in
Australia and 19th in the world according to QS
world universities rankings. ANU has 22,000
students; 55% of our students are enrolled
in Higher Degree by research or graduate
coursework programs. There are over 1600
Academic staff. ANU has 6 Nobel Laureate
Key capability areas
College of Engineering & Computer Science
(CECS) is one of the seven colleges – 140+
Academics and 300+ PhD students. We have
trained PhD students and academics who
have become leaders in industry, government
agencies and academia. Former staff and
students have even founded successful
companies, including Seeing Machines (Dr
Alex Zelinsky) and Reposit Power (Dr Lachlan
CECS works closely with NICTA and the
Computational Informatics division of CSIRO.
We are also actively engaged with the National
Computational Infrastructure facility, which is
located on campus and is home to Australia’s
largest supercomputer.
Intelligence (Data Mining & Matching,
intelligent agents, machine learning,
planning and optimization, computer
Systems (High Performance Computing,
Human-Centred Computing,
Programming Languages, Design &
Implementation, Software Engineering )
Theory (Algorithms, databases, logic)
Information Engineering (Acoustics
and Audio, communications, computer
vision, Networked systems, Quantum
cybernetics, robotics, signal processing)
Energy (Energy storage, optical devices,
PV, Solar thermal)
Materials (biomaterials, composite,
computational mechanics,
Fabrication (Manufacturing, micro&nano
systems, sensors).
Industry applications
Materials & Fabrication
Emerging Technologies
Industry engagements (including India)
Our large-scale computational research
supports product development at
companies including Microsoft Research,
Facebook, Google, Intel, IBM and Oracle.
In collaboration with the Ford Motor
Company and Boeing we are working to
ensure that their structures are lighter,
stronger and more energy efficient.
Australian cyber-security firm,
QuintessenceLabs, was named one of
the top emerging innovation companies
by the global Security Innovation
Network (SINET), which includes the
US Department of Homeland Security
and the Home Office in the United
Kingdom. QuintessenceLabs was formed
as a commercial venture at Australian
National University in 2008 by quantum
physics graduates and this recognition
highlights the importance of quantum
cyber security in addressing some of
today’s critical data security issues, and
shielding against tomorrow’s increasingly
sophisticated threats.
Australian technology developed and
commercialised from The Australian
National University is preventing
100000 truck accidents each year. The
company, Seeing Machines, has major
contracts with Boeing, Caterpillar and
uses smart cameras and algorithms to
track drivers’ face, eyes and eyelids to
monitor their attention and alertness
levels in real-time and provide feedback
when needed.
ANU has a student articulation
agreement with Manipal Intitute of
Technology and VIT.
The Australian Trade Commission – Austrade – is
the Australian Government agency that promotes
trade, investment and education, and develops
tourism policy and research. For foreign investment,
Austrade works in partnership with Australian state
and territory governments to provide investors with
information and the right industry and government
contacts needed to establish or expand a business
in Australia.
Austrade has 10 offices across India and a
dedicated innovation team, encompassing
Advanced Manufacturing and Material Science,
Medical Technologies and Life sciences and Digital
Austrade Key Contacts:
Austrade Mumbai:
Ms Malini Dutt, Investment Manager (Technology Lead)
Direct Telephone: +91 22 6116 7133
Email: [email protected]
Austrade New Delhi:
Mr Puneet Thakur, Investment Manager
Direct Telephone: +91 11 4575 6230
Email: [email protected]
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