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About the Optus-Curtin Centre of Excellence in Artificial Intelligence

The Optus-Curtin Innovation Alliance leverages synergies between Curtin’s excellent research, teaching and learning capabilities, and Optus’ market-leading technology and infrastructure capabilities.

The five-year alliance includes a Centre of Excellence in Artificial Intelligence embedded in the School of Electrical Engineering, Computing and Mathematical Sciences at Curtin University, with strong links to the Curtin Institute for Computation.

It involves the appointment of three Optus Research Fellows to work alongside the Optus Chair in Artificial Intelligence and focuses on applying artificial technologies in areas such as regional telecommunications, improving higher education student outcomes and the urban environment, as well as funding for PhD scholarships and student projects.

Who are we?

Imogen Bartlett, Program Manager

Imogen Bartlett has worked for many years in the ICT industry deploying large-scale solutions for customers around Australia. She is currently the Program Manager for the Optus-Curtin Innovation Alliance. With a keen interest in the next generation of technology, she is looking forward to what the partnership can showcase, teach and develop for the future.

Imogen stepped our of the ICT world for a number of years to manage a not-for-profit that ran structured mentoring programs to students in disadvantaged WA schools. This initiative involved engaging corporate and skilled volunteering to help the students and the administration of many public schools in the Perth metro area. This time in the not-for-profit sector has driven her to continue to seek opportunities to assist the next generation, specifically in the areas of STEM and championing diversity.

After completing her MBA, Imogen returned to the ICT sector and her current role and maintains her passion for developing great communities both inside and outside of work.  She is an active participant in volunteer mentoring, a member of the Women in Tech Western Australia (WiTWA) Event Sub-committee and is well known for her ability to help translate between different industries and sectors.

Curtin 5G Lab – Powered by Optus


On Tuesday the 18th of May 2021, Curtin University and Optus launched the Curtin 5G Lab – Powered by Optus, alongside the Honourable Don Punch MLA, Minister for Disability Services; Fisheries; Innovation and ICT, and a number of industry and education stakeholders.

The Curtin 5G Lab – powered by Optus is a unique showcase and research space that aligns to the existing investment by both parties in Artificial Intelligence research. The Lab will provide students, faculty and industry with an on-campus space to explore how 5G technology can reshape out world and improve the quality of life and work in society.

Projects demonstrating the fast speeds and low latency of the Optus 5G network included the potential to use 5G connectivity, which were showcased at the launch event were:

Baxter robot remote interaction

A demonstration of the potential to use 5G connectivity to deliver remote robot interaction and operation. Achieved through retrofitting of an existing two-arm android-like robot, showing that 5G can enhance existing equipment capabilities as well as provide new opportunities for equipment development.

Remote training of Guide Dogs

This project aims to remotely train vision impaired people in use of guide dogs. Multiple IOT sensors, microphones and cameras will be placed on the guide dog harness and 5G technologies and the bandwidth provided by 5G will be utilized to transmit the telemetry, vocal and video data from operational site to the base station to be displayed on a VR headset.

Remote monitoring of brain activity through subdural EEG recordings

This project aims to develop a mobile subdural EEG recording device to monitor the brain of a patient for epileptic events. 5G mobile communication from the EEG device will enable the dense EEG signals to be transmitted and processed at the edge of the network to deliver real-time responses for the clinician.

Visual Immersive platform for remote learning assisted by 5G

Our new visual and immersive platform that is adaptable to individual needs will enable the most remote person to engage with quality learning.  VIT∞L illustrates this in the area of pharmacology.

Demonstrating this platform is EYE HEAR YOUR RHYTHM which enables visualisation of effects of light as well as drugs administered directly to the eye via drops or intravenously in the arm.  Students can observe the effects on the pupil size and parameters related to the heart.  Individual variability within people is included in the readings to give a more realistic representation of real life situations. This model enables the understanding of wanted and unwanted effects, and how each type of drug works differently with the added understanding of locally administered versus systemically administered medications.

For project opportunities or more information about the 5G Lab, please contact

View the opening of the 5G Lab here.

Job opportunities

See our current job opportunities here.


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