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Universities and industry partners join together for UNIVATION

Friday, 05 November 2010

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ECU joined forces with Curtin, Murdoch and UWA this week for UNIVATION, a showcase of exciting new research innovations and developments from top researchers in the resources, life sciences, green-tech, and information communication technology (ICT) sectors.

The landmark event is the first of its kind in Australia, providing a platform for researchers to present their work to industry, investors and partner organisations, and included presentations from key industry figures including Executive Director Iron Ore at Rio Tinto, Dr Sam Walsh AO.

Guest speakers from ECU included the Head of the School of Computer and Security Science, Professor Craig Valli, who presented the SiMPLE digital forensics product, and Senior Lecturer from the School of Computer and Security Science, Dr Martin Masek, who discussed the Fetal Heart Monitoring System.

ECU's Manager of Research Commercialisation, Mr Roger Plumb, presented the Opto-VLSI Tunable Lasers project, aimed at providing telecommunication companies with a superior, low cost alternative to traditional tunable lasers, which is a result of research by Director of the Electron Science Research Institute, Professor Kamal Alameh.

Research Fellow from the Faculty of Computing, Health and Science, Dr Simon Laws also presented, discussing blood-based biomarkers for the early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease.

The two-day conference concluded with the WA Innovator of the Year lunch, with Professor Craig Valli acknowledged finalist in the Early Stage Category for the SiMPLE forensic software project.

Director of the Office of Research and Innovation, Dr Marcia Taylor was pleased to be part of such a groundbreaking research showcase.

“The focus of UNIVATION is building relationships between universities, industry and investors to partner and develop exciting new products and services.”

“Research is a key strategic focus at ECU, and this landmark event has created dialogue between researchers and key venture capitalists from Australia and overseas,” said Dr Taylor.

For more information on the event, visit the UNIVATION website.

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