February 25, 2024

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Australian Catalysing Regional Tech Innovation

In a new initiative by the Australian Government, a concerted effort is underway to catalyse technological innovation beyond the confines of major metropolitan areas. Recognising the disparity in access to cutting-edge research and development opportunities, the government has launched the Next Generation Graduates Programme, aimed at nurturing a thriving technology ecosystem in regional Australia.

With a major investment, 162 postgraduate student positions have been allocated to universities across the country under this programme. The strategic collaboration between universities and industry giants ensures direct access to industry expertise for aspiring researchers residing outside capital cities.

According to Aaron Quigley, Science Director at Data61, the programme stands poised to tackle some of the nation’s most pressing challenges by tapping into diverse perspectives. He stressed the importance of regional insights in addressing distinct challenges faced by non-urban areas.

At the forefront of this initiative is Charles Sturt University’s Artificial Intelligence and Cyber Futures Institute (AICF) in Bathurst. Prof Ganna Pogrebna, Executive Director of AICF, underscores the significance of focusing on regional Australia, highlighting the need for collaborative environments across consortium universities.

The programme’s regional focus extends beyond theoretical discourse, offering hands-on experiences for students and researchers. By applying cutting-edge technologies to real-world challenges in agriculture, the initiative not only diversifies the talent pool but also revitalises regional business models, creating job opportunities and attracting investments.

One notable project, the AgriTwins initiative, harnesses AI, machine learning, and cybersecurity to address agricultural industry challenges. Ganna Pogrebna emphasised its pivotal role in ensuring a cyber-secure future for the agricultural sector while enhancing Australia’s competitive edge in global markets.

Dr. Winyu Chinthammit, Research Leader at the University of Tasmania’s Human Interface Technology Laboratory, envisions the programme as a cornerstone for fostering a digital technology industry in regional Australia. His research focuses on leveraging digital technologies to improve worker safety and performance, offering yet another dimension to the programme’s multifaceted approach.

The Next Generation Graduates Programme zeroes in on three key areas of digital technology: immersive Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR), and Artificial Intelligence (AI). By delving into emerging technologies, the programme aims to create a more efficient and effective workforce capable of navigating the complexities of the digital age.

This round of the programme boasts a diverse array of projects, spanning from AI-enabled secure signal processing to continual learning and adaptation of resilient vision models. These initiatives, backed by a network of prestigious universities and industry partners, seek to redefine the boundaries of technological innovation in Australia.

Moreover, the programme’s emphasis on regional development marks a significant departure from previous iterations. By decentralising tech innovation, the Australian Government aims to democratise access to opportunities and empower communities beyond urban centres.

The Next Generation Graduates Programme underscores the government’s commitment to nurturing homegrown talent and bolstering Australia’s position in the global tech landscape. Through strategic investments and collaborative partnerships, the programme lays the groundwork for a vibrant and inclusive technology ecosystem that transcends geographical boundaries.

As the world hurtles towards an increasingly digital future, initiatives like the Next Generation Graduates Programme serve as beacons of hope, promising a more equitable and prosperous tomorrow for all Australians, regardless of their postal code.

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Qlik’s vision is a data-literate world, where everyone can use data and analytics to improve decision-making and solve their most challenging problems. A private company, Qlik offers real-time data integration and analytics solutions, powered by Qlik Cloud, to close the gaps between data, insights and action. By transforming data into Active Intelligence, businesses can drive better decisions, improve revenue and profitability, and optimize customer relationships. Qlik serves more than 38,000 active customers in over 100 countries.

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CTC Global Singapore, a premier end-to-end IT solutions provider, is a fully owned subsidiary of ITOCHU Techno-Solutions Corporation (CTC) and ITOCHU Corporation.

Since 1972, CTC has established itself as one of the country’s top IT solutions providers. With 50 years of experience, headed by an experienced management team and staffed by over 200 qualified IT professionals, we support organizations with integrated IT solutions expertise in Autonomous IT, Cyber Security, Digital Transformation, Enterprise Cloud Infrastructure, Workplace Modernization and Professional Services.

Well-known for our strengths in system integration and consultation, CTC Global proves to be the preferred IT outsourcing destination for organizations all over Singapore today.

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Planview has one mission: to build the future of connected work. Our solutions enable organizations to connect the business from ideas to impact, empowering companies to accelerate the achievement of what matters most. Planview’s full spectrum of Portfolio Management and Work Management solutions creates an organizational focus on the strategic outcomes that matter and empowers teams to deliver their best work, no matter how they work. The comprehensive Planview platform and enterprise success model enables customers to deliver innovative, competitive products, services, and customer experiences. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, with locations around the world, Planview has more than 1,300 employees supporting 4,500 customers and 2.6 million users worldwide. For more information, visit www.planview.com.

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SIRIM is a premier industrial research and technology organisation in Malaysia, wholly-owned by the Minister​ of Finance Incorporated. With over forty years of experience and expertise, SIRIM is mandated as the machinery for research and technology development, and the national champion of quality. SIRIM has always played a major role in the development of the country’s private sector. By tapping into our expertise and knowledge base, we focus on developing new technologies and improvements in the manufacturing, technology and services sectors. We nurture Small Medium Enterprises (SME) growth with solutions for technology penetration and upgrading, making it an ideal technology partner for SMEs.

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HashiCorp provides infrastructure automation software for multi-cloud environments, enabling enterprises to unlock a common cloud operating model to provision, secure, connect, and run any application on any infrastructure. HashiCorp tools allow organizations to deliver applications faster by helping enterprises transition from manual processes and ITIL practices to self-service automation and DevOps practices. 

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IBM is a leading global hybrid cloud and AI, and business services provider. We help clients in more than 175 countries capitalize on insights from their data, streamline business processes, reduce costs and gain the competitive edge in their industries. Nearly 3,000 government and corporate entities in critical infrastructure areas such as financial services, telecommunications and healthcare rely on IBM’s hybrid cloud platform and Red Hat OpenShift to affect their digital transformations quickly, efficiently and securely. IBM’s breakthrough innovations in AI, quantum computing, industry-specific cloud solutions and business services deliver open and flexible options to our clients. All of this is backed by IBM’s legendary commitment to trust, transparency, responsibility, inclusivity and service.

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