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UNSW partnership with maritime robotics company named Best Australasian Industry Collaboration

A collaborative research project launched by the University of South Wales (UNSW) Sydney and OCIUS Technology, a leading innovator in maritime robotics and machine learning, has been recognized for its strong focus on student engagement and economic development.

The UNSW/OCIUS partnership, launched in 2015, has been named Best Australasian Industry Collaboration by Knowledge Commercialisation Australia (KCA) through its Australian Research Commercialisation Awards program.

Through the partnership, OCIUS collaborates closely with UNSW researchers to develop robotic, uncrewed surface vessels (USVs) that can cover significant distances and undertake challenging missions that would otherwise put boat crews in danger. UNSW provides the company with access to its facilities and equipment, while OCIUS provides UNSW students with the opportunity to gain real-world experience through internships and industry projects.

“The collaboration between OCIUS and UNSW is an example of how academia and industry can come together to drive transformative solutions and societal impact with positive academic and commercial implications,” says Stephen Rodda, professor and Pro Vice-Chancellor of Industry and Innovation at UNSW.

“The biggest benefit of being with UNSW is the access to students,” says OCIUS founder and CEO Robert Dane. “Then there’s the formal research agreements we’re doing, and the lab and office space we operate the business from. The partnership with UNSW gives us the credibility that comes from working with a world-class university.”  

Tim Boyle, director and chair of the 2023 KCA Australasian Research Commercialisation Awards, says that winners such as UNSW and OCIUS “are exemplars of top-tier work undertaken by technology transfer and research commercialisation professionals,” and that they play “a pivotal role in ensuring that groundbreaking discoveries are translated into tangible products and services for the benefit of society and the economy.”

Source: Inside UNSW

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