Uni Melbourne, Rockwell Automation to partner on digitalisation, decarbonisation

The University of Melbourne and Rockwell Automation will begin a new partnership “to collaborate on research activities, jointly develop training and work together” on digitalisation and decarbonisation.

A signing event will be held on Wednesday evening at Melbourne Connect. According to a statement from the NYSE-listed Rockwell, it will “contribute engineering resources and product training to the project”, while the university would “bring its academic and research expertise and world class innovation infrastructure.”

The University of Melbourne’s engineering and information technology faculty dean, Professor Mark Cassidy, said the two organisation’s strengths were “perfectly placed” to assist the digital transformation that manufacturing required.

“We see this collaboration as a key opportunity to demonstrate the University’s research capabilities, while providing opportunities to enrich our students’ learning experience through industry-led challenges and access to state-of-the-art technology,” he added.

According to Rockwell’s regional director for the South Pacific, Anthony Wong, decarbonisation is now “front of mind” for industrial businesses.

“They know they must act to remain attractive to consumers and meet compliance targets, but they often don’t know how to start or where to focus their energies for the greatest returns,” he added.

The event will begin at 6 pm, with a signing followed by a panel discussion featuring:

  • John Watts, Director, Information Solutions, South Pacific, Rockwell Automation (Facilitator)
  • Jo Staines, The University of Melbourne, Enterprise Fellow, Mechanical Engineering
  • Michelle Ash, Technology Executive, OZ Minerals
  • Anthony Bourke, General Manager, Operations, Bega Foods

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