QuantX Labs has secured $750,000 funding for an innovative research project aimed at revolutionising a secured position, navigation, and timing (PNT) capability for defence applications. The Quantum-Secured Time Transfer for Resilient PNT project will receive support from the Department of Defence, paving the way for cutting-edge advancements in PNT security. Access to trusted PNT information is critical for defence operations. Current PNT signals, such as those provided by the Global Positioning System (GPS), are vulnerable to covert spoofing, where malicious actors can transmit false information to disrupt military activities without detection. The QuantX Labs project seeks to address [...]
Flinders University has become the first Australian university to join forces with a key United States Navy research centre, in a historic move that will boost South Australia’s defence research capability. The landmark Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with Naval Undersea Warfare Centre (NUWC) Division Newport marks a significant step forward in collaborative research between the United States and Australia in the field of undersea technology. NUWC Division Newport is the oldest warfare centre in the United States and is the US Navy’s full-spectrum research, development, test and evaluation, engineering, and fleet support centre [...]
Dr Gretel Png’s career journey has seen her work and study across the globe before landing in South Australia to work at Defence Science and Technology Group (DSTG) in late 2018. Through DSTG’s 2021 inaugural NAVIGATE program, Gretel is currently undertaking a placement with the Defence Innovation Partnership (DIP) where she is working to get the new Activator Fund off the ground. “I’ve applied for grants in the past and I wanted to see what it’s like on the other side: to be a part of the organisation that gives grants; how grants are planned, managed, the [...]
Local space start-up Safety from Space is partnering with Flinders University, University of South Australia, SmartSat CRC and the Defence Science and Technology Group to develop an innovative satellite messaging beacon system.The research project is one of four initiatives to receive funding in the latest round of grants from the Defence Innovation Partnership’s Collaborative Research Fund (CRF).It will introduce a new technique for satellite-based connectivity for emergency services and Defence personnel in hazardous environments to be used when ground-based communications network infrastructure is unavailable.Minister for Defence and Space Industries Susan Close said the program continues to deliver real life technological [...]
Veteran-owned South Australian electronic warfare company, Asension, has signed a $4.35 million contract with the Australian Government to deliver a space-based tactical sensor system for Defence. Chief Executive Officer of Asension, Ian Spencer, said the contract –awarded through the Defence Innovation Hub (DIH) – was an exciting opportunity to grow the company’s workforce and progress vital space capability for Defence. “This contract has been pivotal to the successful development of this capability to date and has enabled Asension to grow as a company,” said Mr Spencer. Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Pat Conroy MP, said the investment [...]
Australia’s defence innovation ecosystem continues to grow with the Federal Government’s endorsement of the Defence Trailblazer: Concept to Sovereign Capability (CSC) bid under the Trailblazer Universities Program. Led by the University of Adelaide in partnership with the University of New South Wales, the CSC aims to create a cross-sector culture founded on a sharing risk, problem solving, and successes, as well as creating a sense of strategic urgency to sustain the ability of the Australian Defence Force in defending national security within volatile geo-strategic environments. The project will enable researchers and industry to review Defence’s priority research challenges, secure capital [...]
Adelaide-based green-energy technology company, PhosEnergy, are teaming up with The University of Adelaide to develop next-generation nuclear batteries for space and defence industries. PhosEnergy – who develop innovative green-energy tech aimed at recovering useful energy resources and chemicals from unconventional or waste sources – were awarded a grant of more than $2.4 million to support the project under the Federal Government’s Cooperative Research Centre’s Projects (CRC-P) scheme . The company will use the funds to further develop their long-life, reliable, maintenance and fuel-free nuclear battery technology for space and defence industries. The University of Adelaide’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), Professor Anton [...]
Applications are now open for grants of up to $11 million for the establishment of artificial intelligence and digital capability centres to help commercialise the technology and support businesses. The Australian Government is investing a total of $44 million to establish four centres, which will be industry-run and enable small and medium businesses to access AI expertise to help them grow and create more jobs. The Artificial Intelligence and Digital Capability Centres Grants will be available to cover up to 75 per cent of project expenditure, with applicants needing to partner with at least one other industry player and build [...]
International Women’s Day 2022 spotlight: Associate Professor Rini Akmeliawati, The University of Adelaide
Associate Professor Rini Akmeliawati is an accomplished academic in the fields of Mechatronics, Robotics and Control, whose contributions are driving inspired breakthroughs in space innovation. With an interest in space and robots that was set in motion as a child, Rini Akmeliawati gained her first degree, a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering (Honours), from RMIT University in 1997. This was followed by her Ph.D. in Electronics Engineering with a major in Control Systems Engineering, attained from the University of Melbourne in 2001. This launched her academic career, joining the School of Mathematics and Geospatial Sciences at RMIT, where she had the [...]
Do you have a bright idea for the defence and security sector, with strength in the Land Domain? Register now for a chance to pitch your next big thing at the Land Forces 2021 Innovation PitchFest. About Innovation PitchFest Innovation PitchFest is a dynamic and stimulating event where selected participants have the chance to present their latest science and technology ideas to Defence in the form of a short 3-minute pitch. The event brings together DSTG, industry and academia and is an opportunity to learn from rising talents in Australia’s research and development sector. 2021 PitchFest Goes Virtual This year, to accommodate [...]
The problem of cleaning up toxic polyfluorinated alkyl substances (PFAS) pollution has seen a breakthrough in the discovery of a new low-cost, safe and environmentally friendly method that removes PFAS from water.
Useful Links STELaR Lab Australian Institute for Machine Learning Job Position: Research Engineering Team Lead, AI/ML Location: Melbourne, Australia Who We Are: Lockheed Martin Australia is a dynamic, growing, and energetic organisation offering stimulating, challenging work at the forefront of advanced technology. The Science, Technology, Engineering Leadership, and Research Laboratory (STELaRLab) is our national research and development operations centre, and Lockheed Martin’s first non-US based, multidisciplinary R&D laboratory. It is headquartered in Melbourne, Australia, with research teams also located in Adelaide and Brisbane. What We Do: STELaRLab undertakes R&D into information-related technologies – artificial intelligence, machine learning, analytics, image and [...]
Technology and innovation company Lockheed Martin Australia has become the first Foundation Partner with the University of Adelaide's new Australian Institute for Machine Learning.
A DOMESTIC water filter used in tens of thousands of Adelaide homes could play a vital role in eradicating dangerous toxins from groundwater on and around the Edinburgh RAAF base.
World-first fight recorders, missile detectors and cyber security tools are among some the game-changing technologies and innovations being developed in South Australia to enhance the Defence Force of the future. South Australian businesses and universities secured the contracts for nearly one third of work on the Australian Government’s defence industry and innovation programs last year, a new report shows.The first Defence Industry and Innovation Programs Update Report details progress of the Government’s Defence Innovation Hub, Next Generation Technologies Fund and Centre for Defence Industry Capability (CDIC) in advancing Defence’s capability and growing Australian industry.A total of 30 Defence Innovation Hub contracts, worth [...]