Advanced Manufacturing Research for Sydney aerotropolis

The NUW Alliance of four leading Australian universities, with the University of Technology Sydney have launched a vision for an Advanced Manufacturing Research Facility to be established within the new Western Sydney International Airport and Aerotropolis CBD.

The facility, to be funded partially by the NSW Government, will house a research collaboration of the University of Newcastle, the University of Wollongong, UNSW Sydney and Western Sydney University – collectively, the NUW Alliance – in partnership with the University of Technology Sydney.

They have developed a combined research vision statement to accelerate collaborative innovation for the Western Sydney Aerotropolis.

Together, the consortium marshals a network of specialist facilities and expertise driving in-excess of $1.4 billion in industry and community partnered research, backed by nearly 18,000 staff, and over 240,000 students.

From innovations in composites, fabrication, through to breakthroughs in neuromorphic science and quantum, the NUW+UTS consortium will catalyse leaps in Australia’s advanced manufacturing capability through the new facility.

NUW Alliance chair Professor Alex Zelinsky said: “Combined, the NUW+UTS consortium constitutes Australia’s largest, highest-quality, and most industry-engaged research entity. This is an unprecedented grouping of world-class researchers, and a step-change in research capacity.”

Professor Alex Zelinsky, also Vice-Chancellor of the University of Newcastle said existing capabilities would be augmented by the application of research and development in cyber security, robotics, automation, virtual reality, augmented reality, and human- machine interaction.

“We collaborate, as the NUW+UTS consortium, to bring purpose, create opportunities, to transform lives and, ultimately, to do good.”

The Western Sydney International Airport and Aerotropolis now under construction will transform Sydney and promises not only transport links but the promise of step changes in technology, job creation and community wellbeing, according to the NUW Alliance.

Picture: NSW government

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