Innovation Central Perth

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Innovation Central Perth is an industry and research collaboration centre established by Cisco with alliance members Curtin University, Woodside Energy and CSIRO’s Data61. With links to advanced facilities and a global industry network, the Centre brings together start-ups, industry experts, developers and researchers in an open environment to create ground-breaking and innovative solutions that foster growth, provide jobs and help build sustainable economies.

Cisco Internet of Everything Innovation Centre (CIIC) launch
Woodside CEO Peter Coleman, WA Premier the Hon. Colin Barnett, Curtin Vice Chancellor Professor Deborah Terry and Senior Vice President of Cisco Asia Pacific, Mr Irving Tan at the CIIC launch.

Cisco is committed to creating a future of growth and innovation in Australia with the establishment of its eighth global Innovation Centre with a hub at Curtin University in Bentley and another in Sydney. Cisco’s Innovation Centres across the world aim to catalyse and showcase innovation and development, bringing together customers, industry partners, start-ups, application developers, government organisations and universities.

Cisco and foundation partners Curtin University and Woodside Energy committed approximately $30 million to establish and develop the Perth Centre, and help position Western Australia as a global collaborator in research and innovation. The Centre was launched in July 2015 by the Hon Colin Barnett, Premier of Western Australia and Minister for State Development and Science in the presence of the Vice-Chancellor of Curtin University, Professor Deborah Terry, Mr Peter Coleman, CEO of Woodside Energy and Mr Irving Tan, Senior Vice-President Cisco Asia Pacific & Japan.

The Centre is a state-of-the-art connected community that leverages cloud, analytics and Internet of Everything (IoE) network platforms to create innovative tech solutions to real business challenges. It provides collaboration and co-working space, a demonstration area and experimental lab facility, and is open to students, researchers, industry operators and technology service providers.

Innovation Central Perth is already disrupting industries and the foundation partners are leveraging their capabilities through the Centre to address their most pressing challenges across disciplines.

Demonstrator projects

  • Woodside Plant of the Future links world-class process plant design with artificial intelligence, data analytics and advanced sensors and control systems to drive the environmentally compliant, safe and cost efficient production of remote resources.
  • The Square Kilometre Array (SKA) will require high performance computing capacity to process the equivalent of all of the data previously created on the World Wide Web every hour.
  • Smart Campus addresses urban challenges, increases security, improves energy utilisation and resource efficiency, and lowers operating costs.


Paul Nicholls
Director, Strategic Projects (R&D)
Curtin University

Tom Goerke
Director, Innovation Central Perth

Prof Andrew Rohl
Director, Curtin Institute for Computation
Curtin University

Curtin, Woodside and CSIRO's Data 61 logos