New Research Institute Drives Technology Innovation

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New research institute drives technology innovation 


RMIT University is leading the way in the development of cutting-edge materials

and innovative technology systems with the launch this week of a new research

institute that aims to meet the future needs of Australian and international industry. 


The RMIT Platform Technologies Research Institute will focus on radically

improving the operational capabilities of a range of industries through the

integration of smart materials and systems into technology platforms.


Institute Director, Professor Xinghuo Yu, said researchers from across disciplines

would be working together to develop integrated solutions for industries ranging

from aerospace to information security.


“The modern age of industrial development demands a whole-of-systems approach to

tackle important technological issues, which are not bound by traditional disciplinary

divisions,” Professor Yu said.


“This institute will drive innovation in four key areas: nanotechnology, sports

engineering technology, e-security solutions and intelligent information

technologies.


“Our cross-disciplinary approach will help us take the lead in applied research that

will offer real, practical benefits for industry now and well into the future. It will

enable us to ask significant research questions fundamental to the future of

industry and society.”


The institute’s research expertise covers a wide range of discipline areas, including

aerospace, electrical, electronic and mechanical engineering, materials science,

information technologies, modelling and photonics.


RMIT Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Margaret Gardner AO, said the

Platform Technologies Research Institute was one of four institutes recently

established by RMIT to break barriers between disciplines and deliver scale and

excellence in research.


“RMIT has a well-deserved reputation for collaborating closely with industry and working

on research with lasting impact,” Professor Gardner said.


“The launch of this new research institute will strengthen our ability to find innovative

solutions to the challenges faced by industry in Australia and across the globe.”


The RMIT Platform Technologies Research Institute will be launched on Thursday,

18 September, at RMIT’s Storey Hall.


For interviews: Professor Xinghuo Yu, (03) 9925 5317 or 0417 704 091.


For media enquiries: RMIT University Media and Communications, Paul

Noonan, (03) 9925 2373 or 0409 239 021.

17 September, 2008






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