Research Focus

The Institute's research is focused around three key areas:

  • Networked Living – enhancing the quality and sustainability of human life and enriching culture and personal experiences.
  • Networked Economy – improving labour productivity and capital efficiency to support networked industries and government.
  • Networked Infrastructure – driving sustainable investment through connected cities, towns and regions.

Networked Living

Platforms are enabling greater dynamic interactions between people, infrastructure and systems. The Networked Living research area focuses on enhancing the quality and sustainability of human life and enriching culture and personal experiences.

Improving healthcare through participatory, personalised and preventative medicine

Miniaturisation and the development of the social web, ubiquitous sensing and cloud technologies will bring a more participatory approach to healthcare providing smarter models of health and improved biomedical research frameworks. Research into connected health care systems will enable citizens and health providers to access new personalised services offered by e-health and mobile-health.

Enriching personal experiences with digital culture to improve community cohesion

Innovative technologies and platforms can enhance community cohesion and the quality of personal experiences. Research into digital culture will create stronger communities through new interactions and communications enabled by a digitally connected society.

Supporting independent living

Communication and collaboration technologies, integrating telecare, social media and connected homes will play a pivotal role in enabling active and independent living. Research into assistive technologies will empower independent living for people with disabilities and older Australians.

Enhancing educational outcomes

Digital connectivity and new models of interaction have the potential to enhance education outcomes across Australia. Research into innovative approaches to education will enable the development of new practices and increase access to educational opportunities.

Networked Economy

Following rapid, disruptive changes in the economy brought about by the networked society, the Institute will bring together a number of disciplines to research how this can support the development of Australia's economic future. The Networked Economy research area seeks to improve labour productivity and capital efficiency to support networked industries and government.

Understanding and shaping work in a connected context

Connected technologies and platforms are changing the interactions between people and work. Research into understanding work in a connected context will examine new ways of working and different forms of organising employment.

Improving business use of tools and technology to drive productivity growth

Business has been faced with a profound disruption arising from the emergence of new business models. Research will examine how best to equip businesses with the tools and technologies to drive productivity growth and support the professional development and learning of the workforce of the future.

Supporting networked industries and innovation

Industries need to operate in an increasingly global networked environment. The research will explore the technology, policies and processes to enable collaborative innovation. The Institute seeks to be a leader in enabling innovation by coupling research and C-Lab's capabilities to build a national digital innovation ecosystem that supports learning, development and knowledge transfer.

Enhancing government services through participatory citizenship

Increased access to connectivity will transform how citizens access, participate and contribute to the design and delivery of government services. Research into enhanced government services will explore how best to deliver outcomes to citizens in a networked society. This includes aspects of governance, regulation, community cohesion and participatory citizenship.

Networked Infrastructure

Networked infrastructure is driving improved connectivity between people, places and devices enabling new service delivery models. The Networked Infrastructure research area is driving sustainable investment through connected cities, towns and regions.

Developing a connected cities blueprint and implementation for Australian cities and towns

With the pervasive nature of connectivity, research should focus on the sustainability challenges and opportunities arising from networked infrastructure through the development of solutions that promote climate-smart living through the more efficient use of transport, energy and logistics networks in cities and regions. This research will lead to the development of a connected cities framework to be implemented in selected cities.

Establishing the balance between service and security for networked infrastructure

Networked infrastructure requires access to aggregated knowledge obtained from personal information to deliver innovative services. Research in this area will focus on how best to balance privacy and data security against functional and community benefits across technical, legal, government, and policy domains.

Creating innovative service delivery models that exploit networked infrastructure

The explosion in growth of connected devices has led to an increase in the amount of information generated disrupting service delivery models. Research in this area will focus on how best to deliver services in such environments that include software defined networking, cloud computing, and sensing devices.

Bridging the gap between urban and rural planning in response to population demands

Population growth in expanding cities and towns produces significant challenges in meeting the expectations of citizens and puts pressure on infrastructure and investment. Research will explore how connectivity can be used to bridge the gap between planning in rural and urban contexts to respond to a growing population.