Driving advanced research and innovation

Australia’s Next Generation Motion Simulator Platform (Model S3 from Ansible Motion) will establish Deakin as a global leader in advanced research and innovation, in both driver-based and autonomous mobility technologies.

Based within the Institute for Intelligent Systems Research and Innovation (IISRI), the platform will deliver complementary capability to existing motion simulators of IISRI. It will provide compelling virtual worlds for vehicle development engineers and expert drivers, for cost-effective product testing and evaluation of new vehicle designs, and bespoke training platforms.

A global centre for motion simulation technology

Building on Deakin’s 20 years of Research and Development expertise, the Next Generation Platform makes Geelong a global centre pertaining to motion simulation technology-based research and innovation.

The project will deliver:

  • Capital Works including a modelling and simulation facility at Deakin’s Waurn Ponds campus.
  • Research Infrastructure including a model S3 motion simulator platform, a vehicular design and testing as well as driver training platform, demonstrations, bootcamps, Innovation Sprints, and university and TAFE training in platforms for motion technologies.
  • Applied Research: prototype testing and engineering, commercial product design for Defence primes and small and medium enterprises (SMEs); SME engagement program, voucher scheme, consulting and expert services, engineering support and an industry internship program.

Internship program

Apply for an internship to work with the Next Generation Motion Simulator platform, and work alongside world-class researchers and robotics specialists.

The Institute for Intelligent Systems Research and Innovation (IISRI) is now accepting internship applications for Term 3, 2022 and Term 1, 2023. Internships can be completed as part of course requirements in the field of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Mechatronics Engineering or Software Engineering, and terms are negotiable to align with applicants' specific requirements.

Contact the team via email at nextgensim@deakin.edu.au to start your application.

Developing the workforce of the future

The platform will enhance Australia’s sovereign capability in mobility technologies and create new jobs for regional Victoria through:

  • Improved export capacity in advance mobility technologies.
  • Establishment of highly skilled Victorian-based workforce in advanced mobility technologies.
  • Support for new, internationally competitive businesses in advanced mobility technologies.

Expanding existing partnerships

Deakin University, the Victorian Government through its $350 million Higher Education State Investment Fund (VHESIF) and project partners Ford and Ansible Motion will support the platform.

Ford will utilise the platform for virtual vehicle design and prototyping before creating optimised real prototype vehicles for test and evaluation in their Proving Ground, greatly strengthening the relationship between Deakin and Ford Australia.

The project will also:

  • Assist Ford Australia to become the global vehicle design, test, and evaluation hub for Ford Motor Company, securing these jobs in Geelong.
  • Attracts new OEM partners to Geelong, including Doosan Mobility Innovation (Korea) and UberAir (USA).
  • Extends motion simulation research beyond our current partners (Ford, ADF and Toyota) into new applications: shipping, helicopters, fixed wing aircraft, urban air mobility fleets and road safety.

To find out how you can partner with us contact Deakin Research.

Get in touch

This project includes co-contributions from the Victorian Higher Education State Investment Fund (VHESIF).

For further information on our other VHESIF funded projects please visit the links below.

Contact Us

For all enquiries about the Next Generation Motion Simulator please contact:
Deakin Research