Optus-Curtin Innovation Alliance

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.

5G lab

The unique 5G lab at Curtin Perth is co-funded by Optus and Curtin and provides researchers and students with an on-campus space to explore how 5G technology can reshape our world and improve the quality of life and work in society.

The lab provides a critical testbed to conceptualise new 5G applications that will make a substantial contribution to the Australian economy and industry at large.

5G can potentially transform industries across the country, including mining, oil, gas, agriculture and health, by powering new technologies and jobs for the future.

The technology also has the capability to transform education and support new academic applications, including artificial intelligence, robotics, virtual and augmented reality. As Australia responds to shifting global economic challenges, new technologies like 5G will make a substantial contribution to the Australian industry and help expand entrepreneurial activity by creating more diversified and resilient economy.