Research Programs

Manufacturing research that solves industry problems

Manufacturing digitalisation, applied artificial intelligence and data driven business models

Development, application and scaling up of:  

  • Industrial artificial intelligence, machine learning, data and predictive analytics, computer vision, speech technologies, autonomous objects 

  • Digital twins, integrating virtual design, engineering, manufacturing, and services; real time integration of cyber, physical and human worlds; interoperability, automation through digitalisation

  • Augmented / virtual / mixed reality (AR/VR/MR) applications and use cases 

  • Software (including as a service enabling production), simulation, hardware integration, programming capabilities, cyber security and resilience 

Industry 4.0 enabled intelligent solutions, technology development and applications

Development, application and scaling up of:  

  • Integration of multiple Industry 4.0 technologies to drive platform and cross-cutting, system wide multiplier outcomes and transformative business models through exemplar industry-led projects, including with SMEs

  • Additive manufacturing (3D and 4D printing) designs, materials, processing, customised; new business models

  • Next generation advanced materials, advanced composites, nanomaterials, biomaterials, intelligent materials

  • Industrial autonomous, collaborative (cobot) and mobile robotics; robot process automation; vision

  • Industrial IoT and 5G, sensors, wireless integration, control real time life tracking of products, services

Design for Sustainable and Resilient Manufacturing (DFSRM)

Development, application and scaling up of:  

  • Design, prototype, engineering, test and validation, full system, full lifecycle approach driving higher value and higher complexity products, processes and services

  • Clean technology (zero waste, carbon neutral, clean energy) and sustainable design embedded through lifecycle

  • Circular economy design and modelling to maximise use of local inputs and reuse through supply chains

  • Sustainability as a competitive and comparative advantage

  • Servitisation opportunities through design and new business model development

  • Flexible, convertible, and optimised facilities and supply chains

Manufacturing transformation education, awareness and application

Development, application and scaling up of:  

  • Future of industrial work; success models for real time integration of people, machines, things

  • Human factors in digital manufacturing to enable high value, high skilled jobs

  • Manufacturing SME innovation, technology and digital literacy education program  

  • Workforce development through Masters, PhD (incl industrial), Internships and training and professional development

  • Development of further hub models for technology, collaboration, and innovation initiatives for SMEs