Several research initiatives are being developed in the Precinct
Advanced materials research
Advanced materials research consists of four well-developed platforms of expertise, including advanced manufacturing and performance of materials, materials manufacturing, intelligent systems and advanced fibres, textiles and polymers. Researchers in this area work in collaboration with industry to develop new materials, material technologies and material processing techniques suitable for the textiles, metals and automotive manufacturing industries. Collaborations extend to several research CRC's.
The Victorian Centre for Advanced Materials Manufacturing (VCAMM)
VCAMM focuses on delivering commercial outcomes to the automotive, aerospace and high-performance materials sectors. Specific materials include steel, light metals and composite materials.
The Cooperative Research Centre for Cast Metals Manufacturing (CAST)
CAST is a cooperative research centre that conducts industry-driven research in metals technology. CAST is made up of research providers like Deakin University and industry partners, like the Ford Motor Company of Australia, and exists to help Australian metal manufacturers stay competitive and increase their market share. (www.cast.org.au).
Advanced Manufacturing CRC (AMCRC)
The Advanced Manufacturing Cooperative Research Centre (AMCRC) has been set up to develop next generation technology platforms and enhance the innovation capabilities in the manufacturing sector. AMCRC will be vital to the development and delivery of cutting edge technologies and a highly skilled workforce that will keep Australian manufacturing industries globally competitive and sustainable (www.amcrc.com.au).
Advanced Automotive Technology CRC (AutoCRC)
The Cooperative Research Centre for Advanced Automotive Technology (AutoCRC) will deliver smarter, safer, cleaner manufacturing and vehicle technology for Australia's benefit, through strategic industry-led research collaborations. AutoCRC aims to secure Australia's position in the global automotive industry. (www.autocrc.com).
The fibre research group works with a range of natural and synthetic fibres, including nanofibres. Work in this area has been supported by the Australian Research Council, Rural Industries R&D Corporation, Australian Wool Innovation, Micronisers, Graham Walters and Associates, Lyondell Basell Industries, Cashmere Connections, Advanced Manufacturing CRC, Sheep CRC, and leading international companies such as Savio and Shangdong Ruyi Technology Group.
Intelligent Systems Research
Our Vision is to provide methodologies and tools to extend the capability of human decision makers and operators in the domain of infrastructure, health, security and defence, through increased autonomy of data collection, analysis and actuation. Intelligent Systems interact with complex environments and must to overcome challenges, such as dynamic and stochastic processes, large state spaces, imprecise information and latency.