The Australian Research Council’s (ARC) Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Dr Richard Johnson, officially launched the ARC Research Hub for Resilient and Intelligent Infrastructure Systems (RIIS), on Friday 28 April 2023.
While the Hub was begun during COVID lockdown periods in July 2022, it is now being launched as significant progress is being made on its research and development program, with 16 work packages already developed in the Hub.
The Australian Research Council (ARC) Deputy CEO Dr Richard Johnson said: “This investment enables strong and practical collaboration between top researchers and industry partners focused on deploying innovative and integrated technologies to improve urban infrastructure, transport, water, resource, and energy management.
UNSW Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research and Enterprise, Professor Nicholas Fisk said that the R&D ecosystem was in the midst of a paradigm shift towards collaborative, interdisciplinary, team efforts, compared to older models of sole trader discipline-specific investigator research. The Hub really is an exemplar of this high-tech transformative approach to translate research with industry to commercial outcomes, which through its success will go on to benefit this nation and beyond.
Prof. Khalili said “Our aspiration is to make a step change in the way infrastructure is designed, constructed, monitored, managed, and maintained. As we all know, significant advances have been made in digital technologies in recent years, to the extent that they now touch every facet of our lives. They have the potential to revolutionise infrastructure and engineering in ways that we could not have imagined even a few years ago.