ICT and emerging technologies

Curtin’s research in ICT and emerging technologies continues to develop, with recent appointments in computational statistics (Professor Jie Sun), a joint appointment with CSIRO in Computational Sciences.

Working with award-winning professors, our researchers help develop next-generation technology through research programs in:

  • spatial sciences
  • wireless telecommunications
  • digital humanities
  • e-business
  • e-health
  • digital ontologies

Recent achievements

2014 saw the successful awarding of the rights for Perth to host the 2017 World Wide Web Conference (WWW2017). This will see major boost in activity around technical and social impact internet related research in the next few years.

The last 12 months has also seen significant advances in Curtin’s work in Advanced Construction Technologies led by Professor Xiangyu Wang including major projects with partners including Woodside Petroleum, Cisco and Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST) in Wuhan, China.

Curtin’s leadership of the international Murchison Widefield Array (MWA) radio telescope continues to generate leading research and awards. In 2014, the Curtin Institute of Radio Astronomy (CIRA), led by Professors Steven Tingay and Peter Hall, attracted funding for 2 Square Kilometre Array (SKA) pre-construction packages. This places Curtin University at the forefront of the international SKA efforts. CIRA also continues to play an important role in the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR) a joint partnership with the University of WA and gratefully supported by the Western Australian Government.

Curtin continues to be active in space sciences with Professor Bland’s Fireball in the Sky project continuing to expand and strong community engagement with the FITS Mobile App. Professors Ba-Ngu and Ba-Tuong Vo, appointed in 2013, continue to progress their research in space junk collisions.

2014 also saw the commissioning of the petascale Pawsey Supercomputing Centre ensuring that Curtin computational science requirements are being met. Establishment of the Curtin Institute for Computation under the leadership of Professor of Computational Chemistry Andrew Rohl, will ensure that Curtin continues to maximise the important investments of WA Universities, CSIRO and both the WA and Australian governments.

As part of ensuring Curtin researchers are well placed to maximise their understanding of the growing data sets being generated by facilities such as the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre, 2014 saw the establishment of the Hub for Immersive Visualisation and eResearch (HIVE) led by Dr Andrew Woods and the Faculty of Humanities. The HIVE provides researchers with the tools and support needed to visualise a range of data sets and will see a revisiting of the HMAS Sydney (II) and HSK Kormoran in 2015 as part of a partnership with DOF Subsea, the WA Museum and the Friends of the WA Museum.

Curtin also continues to play a critical role in the CRC for Spatial Science 2 (CRCSI2) with Professor Bert Veenendaal playing a leadership role as Science Director and GNSS Research Professor in Program 1.

Finally Curtin continues to engage with the digital innovation community through the OzApps mobile application development program which continues to expand in its reach. 2014 saw major expansions in South East Asia and hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of prizes on offer.

2015 shapes as an important year for the ICT & Emerging Technology research theme at Curtin with a range of research initiatives underway and a renewed focus on ICT in WA build around the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre and related University and CSIRO initiatives.