Concrete carpet combo
A collaboration between researchers from Deakin’s Institute for Frontier Materials, Geelong’s GT Recycling and Australia’s largest carpet manufacturer, Geelong-based Godfrey Hirst, resulted in a new technology for recycling polymer textiles.
Working closely together, they were able to modify the polymers in carpet to maximise recycling potential. This resulted in a new product, GTfibrecrete, which is used as a longer-life, lower-maintenance alternative to wire mesh as reinforcement in footpaths, gravel and road surfaces.
Virtual training systems
A preliminary project resulting from collaboration between Deakin’s Institute for Intelligent Systems Research and Innovation (IISRI) and General Dynamics Information Technology is the 'haptically enabled' Hot Fire Trainer Program. Developed for the US and Australian defence departments, nuclear industry and fire fighters, the system enables trainees to experience realistic training scenarios in a safe, synthetic environment.
Deakin has signed a research agreement with Australia's largest Atlantic salmon producer, Tassal Operations, to improve the welfare and survival of thousands of salmon that are transferred from freshwater hatcheries to sea cages each year.
The Tasmanian-based company is committed to improving the welfare and survival of salmon during the sensitive transferral from fresh to sea cages at the 'smolting' stage of the salmon lifecycle. There has been no baseline physiological information about these factors in Australia and the research will build up the profile of different hatcheries and achieve a validated method.
A life-saving healthcare app
Deakin’s Centre for Pattern Recognition and Data Analytics (PRaDA) health analytics program helps doctors predict suicide risk in patients. From this artificial intelligence program they've created iHosp, an app and spin off company that will improve hospital efficiency and patient care. Both are being trialled by our industry partner, Barwon Health.