Cooperative Research Centres

CRC AustraliaHaving won major participation in three Cooperative Research Centres is a prestigious achievement for the School of Information Technology & Mathematical Sciences , through its Advanced Computing Research Centre.

These include the Data to Decisions CRC (D2D CRC),  Innovative Manufacturing Cooperative Research Centre (IMCRC), iMOVE CRC,  Excellerate Australia and the Centre for Integrated Engineering Asset Management (CIEAM).

Data to Decisions Cooperative Research Centre (D2D CRC)

From July 2014, the University of South Australia will become the national headquarters for a five year $88 million Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) in Big Data.

The mission of the D2D CRC is to build capability to unlock the value of Australia's data. Specifically, the CRC will focus on arming Industry with the tools, techniques and workforce to unlock the value of their data in order to make business decisions that will improve their competiveness and productivity in a global economy.

Led by Dr Sanjay Mazumdar, CEO of the Defence Systems Innovation Centre (DSIC), the CRC will initially focus on research and development to address the Big Data challenges of Defence and National Security (including but not limited to intelligence, law enforcement, border security and diplomacy).

Three key projects within the CRC will be led by ACRC researchers Professor Markus Stumptner (Big Data and Process Management), Professor Bruce Thomas (Visualisation) and Professor Jiuyong Li (Data Mining).

Further information is available on the D2D CRC website.

Innovative Manufacturing Cooperative Research Centre (IMCRC)


IMCRC integrates technological and business innovation to significantly improve Australia’s manufacturing competitiveness, with a high degree of interdependency and interaction between and across all programs and projects. IMCRC’s objective is to help accelerate diversification of Australian manufacturing into ‘new manufacturing’ opportunities and value chains. As a small high cost economy, Australia can no longer be competitive where the basis of competition is scale and unit cost. 

Changes in technology and international supply chains (exhibiting increasing complexity and international disaggregation), together with new innovative business organisation, have opened up opportunities for competitive new manufacturing. These changes mean that often, being small is not a disadvantage, with such manufacturing typically based on short runs, high variability, and rapidity to market, high value and medium to high complexity. 

The IMCRC project, led by Professor Bruce Thomas will benefit the Australian manufacturing industry by providing them with a new way of delivering design solutions to end clients. The project aims to develop a set of novel Spatial Augmented Reality (SAR) user interface tools to allow clients to directly manipulate designs.

Further information is available on the IMCRC website.

iMOVE Cooperative Research Centre 

The iMOVE CRC will be working on a new generation of Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) technology. New vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure connectivity will provide a platform for the development of a smarter and more productive transport system in Australia and worldwide.  These next generation products, systems and services are based on higher levels of connectivity, greater data processing power and lower operating costs, which will enhance users’ travel experiences with richer, real-time data, and more predictive analysis.

ACRC research within the iMOVE CRC will focus on data access, data integration, analytics and fusion, standards and protocols, legacy systems and interoperability.

Further information is available on the iMOVE website.

Excellerate Australia (formerly AutoCRC)

Working with companies including Holden, Mitsubishi, Schefenacker and Australian Arrow, the School won participation in the AutoCRC in conjunction with the new Mawson Institute of Advanced Manufacturing in 2005.

The aim of Excellerate Australia is to encourage the automotive industry to work with researchers on their design, engineering and manufacturing to enhance the industry's international competitiveness. Reducing concept to product cycle times, improving manufacturing flexibility and efficiency, and developing new material systems for weight reduction, increased safety and greater functionality are just some of the activities taking place.

Centre for Integrated Engineering Asset Management (CIEAM)

This $80 million Cooperative Research Centre included a federal government contribution of $17.5 million.

Focusing on asset management and the sustainability of Australia's major infrastructure assets included defence, power generation and distribution, water and transportation systems, CIEAM comprised of leading edge researchers and practitioners, focused on research and development in industry-directed education.

Apart from the University of South Australia, other core participants included Comalco, SunWater Queensland, Queensland Rail, Connell Wagner, MPT Solutions New Zealand, Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO), Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation, Queensland University of Technology, Central Queensland University, University of Newcastle, Monash University, and the University of Western Australia; with Mincom and the Curtin University of Technology as supporting participants.

Of the five research programs in the CRC at the time, the School led the System Integration and Information Technology research program. This program was led by Professor Andy Koronios and included lead researchers Professor Markus Stumptner (ACRC Director), Professor Michael Schrefl, Adjunct Professor Gerald Quirchmayr and several other researchers from the ACRC.

Following its wind-up, CIEAM has been converted to the Asset Institute. The Asset Institute is the natural evolution of CIEAM. Recognising the invaluable contribution to public good already generated by CIEAM in promoting efficiency and sustainability in asset management, the Asset Institute consolidates CIEAM’s work into a cohesive mission for the public good. UniSA is an active stakeholder.

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