NICTA, Australia's Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Research Centre of Excellence has signed a five-year agreement with the Fraunhofer Institute for Experimental Software Engineering (IESE) to establish the Fraunhofer Project Group on Transport and Logistics at NICTA's Sydney laboratory.
The agreement creates an immediate framework for joint research work to solve hard problems in transport and logistics. The two organisations are committing over million to bring together their complementary skills and world-leading expertise in these areas.
"The Fraunhofer Project Group at NICTA joins outstanding talent from our two organisations. The possibilities that this will create for NICTA and Australia are truly exciting. Australia must be part of the global innovation system to build competitive advantage in technology and the broader economy, and this is a major step in that direction," NICTA Chief Executive Officer Dr David Skellern said.
"In addition to NICTA's contribution to the Fraunhofer Project Group, Australia's New South Wales Government is providing funds - on top of their annual $5 million contribution - to support establishing industrial projects," Dr Skellern said.
"The Fraunhofer IESE is interested in advancing the level of scientific and engineering know-how by working with leading scientists around the world. Australia has world-class capabilities and we will work together to deliver greater scientific results and generate break-through technologies for market," Fraunhofer Institute for Experimental Software Engineering, Executive Director Professor Dieter Rombach said.
NICTA Senior Researcher Dr Mark Staples will head up the Fraunhofer Project Group at NICTA. Dr Staples has both research expertise and business experience working in software engineering, software architecture and business technology. He is the leader of NICTA's Software Infrastructure business area, and a Conjoint Senior Lecturer at the University of New South Wales with the School of Computer Science and Engineering.
"The agreement is a formal basis for research collaboration and brings together an impressive suite of international engineering, science and business expertise to tackle real world problems. We will draw especially on capabilities in embedded systems, software engineering and optimisation methods," Dr Staples said.
The Fraunhofer Gesellschaft is the largest organisation for applied research in Europe with a central role in the global ICT innovation system. Establishing a Project Group in Australia builds on their strong international reach throughout Europe, the United States and Asia.