New ICT Research Hub To Boost Innovation In Victoria

13 May 2015

The Minister for Small Business, Innovation and Trade, Adem Somyurek, today opened a unique Information and Communication Technology (ICT) research hub at Monash University, designed to improve collaborative and multi-disciplinary research.

A first for Monash, the ICT hub, dubbed the sensiLab, is an innovative research solution created to tackle research problems that have derived from the rapid developments in technology, particularly the Internet.

Connecting the disciplines of information technology and engineering to creative and business expertise, the hub’s initiatives such as fab-labs, maker-spaces and hack-labs aim to initiate cultural change and inspire new concepts for tackling the challenges of disruptive technologies.

With the ability to connect researchers on all campuses across a range of disciplines, the sensiLab will be able to generate links to businesses, industry and government, proposing attractive investment opportunities for those sectors.

The unique concept of collaborative working relationships between industry and academic stakeholders strongly aligns with the Andrews Labor Government’s commitment to building a robust economic program through ICT based innovation.

The Labor Government recognises that technology innovation is a key growth sector for the Victorian economy with the potential to boost employment and provide market growth opportunities – we are committed to supporting all businesses in this space.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Small Business, Innovation and Trade, Adem Somyurek:

“Monash University’s sensiLab is an important initiative that will play a key role in innovating research and collaborative working relationships across the academic, business, industry and government sectors in Victoria and Australia more broadly”.

“The immediacy of the Internet means that information and ideas propagate faster and further than ever before forcing many industries to adapt to face the challenges of the next decade.”

“The Andrews Labor Government is committed to supporting institutions, like Monash, who are strengthening the state’s ICT industry through tackling these challenges and providing innovative solutions for future growth.”

Reviewed 19 August 2020

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