Commercialisation Brochure

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  1. 1. Edith Cowan University Office of Research and Innovation Commercialisation@ECU Research making a difference Edith Cowan Universitys goal is the translation of cutting edge research into innovative products, processes and services to generate economic and societal benefits for the community, ECU researchers and the University
  2. 2. 1 Contents Message from the Vice-Chancellor 2 Research@ECU: Focus and profile 3 Business and Society 4 Education 8 Electronic Engineering and ICT 12 Environment and Sustainability 16 Health and Wellness 20 Social and Community 28 Communications and Creative Arts 30 Security, Law and Justice 32 FORMOREINFORMATIONONANYOFTHEPROJECTSLISTEDPLEASECONTACT: Dr Marcia Taylor Director, Office of Research and Innovation T: 618 6304 5401 Email: m.taylor@ecu.edu.au
  3. 3. Message from the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research Cutting-edge research underpins successful commercialisation outcomes and Edith Cowan University is committed to undertaking high- quality research which has strong social, economic, environmental and cultural impact. In the current Knowledge Economy, Universities as major Centres of Learning and Research are important sources of ideas that can be turned into new Products, Processes and Systems. However those ideas will only show an economic return if they can be effectively applied by Industry. An Important element of the National Innovation System will be the quality of the linkages between Universities, Industries and Investors. Research and Innovation at ECU reflects current trends in the national and international research environment which are characterised by the dual strategies of concentration and collaboration. Identifying the Universitys areas of research strength has enabled a concentration of expertise, resources and effort. Collaboration and engagement are encouraged and as a result, ECU has a strong track record of linkages with local, national and international institutions, industry and community partners, and all levels of government. Edith Cowan University has adopted a proactive approach to the commercialisation of its intellectual property during recent years with many positive outcomes. We have focused on building the internal processes and capacity, which has seen the commercialisation arm of the Office of Research and Innovation manage many successful commercialisation projects. Most notably, ECU was awarded winner of the 2007 West Australian Inventor of the Year in the Early Stage Category for the Optical Interconnect Technology an invention providing high-speed data transmission using photonics. As evidenced in the ECU Annual Goals for 2008, commercialisation has been directly targeted for the first time, demonstrating ECUs commitment to Research that Makes a Difference. This publication showcases some the exciting new technologies in ECUs commercialisation portfolio. It highlights the quality and depth of ECU Research and Innovation and its significant contribution to the human community we serve. Professor John Finlay-Jones Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) 2
  4. 4. Message from the Director, Office of Research and Innovation The commercialisation arm of the Office of Research and Innovation serves as the catalyst between inventors and industry to support the creation and development of early stage technologies. The office itself is about three years old but in the last two years, has expanded the commercialisation portfolio from twelve projects to forty-two with some of the more advanced projects presented in this brochure. Commercialisation is a by-product of a virtuous research cycle but neither research nor commercialisation happens by chance both are a result of strategic thinking, effective policies, skilful execution and wise investing. As a young commercialisation office, we strive to ensure that our processes are in line with best practice, to gradually build our research commercialisation capabilities and that we are strategic in our focus and investment and are responsive to real world problems and issues. One of the key challenges facing commercialisation at Universities is the gap in funding required to bridge early stage research and venture capital or commercial investment. While the ultimate goal is to establish a pre-seed fund at ECU, in the interim, ECU has committed part of its internal funds to assist in bridging this gap. We have also forged relationships with key Business Angel and Venture Capital firms in Australia and overseas with the view to identifying potential sources of investment and co-investment to assist in the commercialisation of its technologies. Key to the success of research commercialisation is building effective partnerships between Universities, Industry and Investors. To forge these links with Industry, engagement events and targeted Industry visits are organised regularly to showcase ECUs innovative research outcomes and to foster collaboration and engagement. The Universitys approach is differentiated, targeted and welcoming of quality collaborative partners. We are proud of the world-class cutting-edge technologies developed at ECU and look forward to working with potential partners to progress the commercialisation of our innovations. Dr Marcia Taylor Director, Office of Research and Innovation 3
  5. 5. Electronic Engineering and ICT Engineering and ICT MicroPhotonics research at ECU is advancing electron and photon science and engineering and focusing on the development of integrated intelligent MicroPhotonic platforms for use in telecommunications, health, agriculture, consumer electronics, energy and security. MicroPhotonics research is centred around several research programs Opto-VLSI, high-speed optoelectronics, lightwave testing, nano-engineered materials and structures, RF-photonics, adaptive optics, remote sensing and reconfigurable systems. Research in communications engineering includes signal and image processing, video and multimedia communications, network survivability and optical and wireless networking including quality and service issues. Additional areas of expertise include software engineering, computer network and information security, intelligence systems and information and knowledge management. 4
  6. 6. Optical Interconnect Technology (OIT) High speed interconnects for very short distance communications links Winner 2007 WA Inventor of the Year Competition (Early Stage Category) Fibre optic technology now dominates medium to long distance data communications links due to its greater overall bandwidth, immunity to electro-magnetic interference, and lower losses. However, the use of optical interconnects over very short distances has been limited by the available optical technology and the prohibitive cost in comparison to electrical technology. The amount of data transferred electronically around the world is doubling every year, and conventional electrical interconnects are not capable of supporting future rates. As a result, the international computing, communications and semiconductor industries are actively looking for alternative solutions for board- to-board, chip-to-chip, and intra-chip interconnects. The immediately addressable market for board-to-board and chip-to-chip optical interconnects is projected to reach USD 1 billion by 2011, with the use of high speed interconnects within and between high end computing and networking equipment. The technology is highly scalable and also lends itself to widespread use within personal computers, consumer devices and cars, representing a multi- billion dollar interconnect market segments. In addition, intra-chip optical interconnects have the potential to become an essential technology for the USD 255 billion semiconductor industry over the coming five to ten years. The technology is a significant step in the quest to siliconize photonics. The key advantages of the technology are its: ability to be cost effectively produced;1. very small size;2. ability to be integrated with micro-electronic (silicon) chips;3. low power consumption and thermal losses; and4. its ability to transmit data through glass fibre, plastic optical fibre,5. polymer waveguides, or free space. The technology has been jointly developed by the WA Centre of Excellence for MicroPhotonic Systems at ECU and the Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology (GIST) In Korea. A proof of concept demonstrator has been successfully completed, and ECU and GIST jointly hold three patents related to the technology. The manufacture and optimisation of a multi-channel demonstrator is currently underway. The next technical milestone is the development of a pre-production prototype. A spin-out company is planned to exploit this business opportunity, and is expected to be investment ready in 2009. Integrated Broadband RF-Digital Link Novel software configurable chip for the digitization of broadband Radio Frequency signals Finalist 2008 WA Inventor of the Year Competition (Early Stage Category) The Square Kilometre Array Radio (SKA) Telescope, the largest global scientific project of its kind. More than 100 dish array stations will collect more data in 6 hours than has ever been collected in the history of radioastronomy. The vast amount of data creates an incredible technical challenge the conversion of massive amounts of radio waves into a digital format for transport and processing. Current methods being proposed are extremely expensive, have high power draw and result in noisy signals due to the transmission of analogue signals via fibre optics. The technology, jointly developed by the WA Centre of Excellence for MicroPhotonic Systems and the Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology (GIST), enables the conversion of broadband radio frequency (RF) signals into noise-free digital data. In addition, the invention is software programmable and therefore can be tuned remotely to suit the signal bandwidth being targeted b