High tech facilities supporting industry innovation

Transforming how universities partner with industry.

UTS Tech Lab connects industry with teams of researchers in a variety of disciplines working together to develop cutting-edge technology solutions. The engineering and technology research precinct in Botany, Sydney is expanding to support industry innovation and give partners access to global expertise, equipment and funding opportunities to boost their R&D capabilities.

From smart infrastructure to advanced manufacturing, space exploration and defence, Tech Lab brings a unique solution to R&D with capabilities in telecommunications, AI, robotics and data science. These state-of-the art digital and automation technologies tackle the biggest challenges that both industry and society are facing today.

The facilities at Tech Lab and expert teams are available to industry for short-term product and standards testing or mid-to-long term R&D or commercialisation projects. Companies and their supply chains are invited to work onsite for the duration of the project to collaborate on R&D projects that will create ongoing commercial and economic value.

Industry 4.0 Testlab

The Industry 4.0 Testlab provides innovation support to SMEs seeking to grow their business in advanced manufacturing, pharmaceutical technologies and energy resources. It functions as a place to test and grow process development, a platform for learning and a training ground for our next generation workforce. The Industry 4.0 Testlab includes a first-of-its-kind industrial microalgae production facility to accelerate the algae production industry from the laboratory to a robust, industrialised and fully automated process which has the potential to provide sustainable products for food supplements, biopolymers, pharmaceuticals and biofuel.

Acoustics Lab

The Acoustics Lab is the most comprehensive engineering acoustics facility in Australia. It allows industry partners to test products to standards and assess the acoustic performance of materials or panels. It includes an anechoic and hemi-anechoic chamber, two reverberation rooms and a transmission loss suite. Each laboratory has a fixed array of Brüel & Kjær microphones, with a supporting measurement system that links through to a professional quality data acquisition system that enables quick and easy testing to standards.

 

AI-backed multimedia lab

The Multimedia Data Analytics Lab is a high-performance hub for research and development in data analytics across multimedia platforms. The team brings capabilities in artificial intelligence (AI), the internet of things (IoT), advanced analytics and image processing. These are crucial technologies to enable the ability to detect objects, security surveillance track and re-identification, video search, 3D image content matching, traffic data analysis, human action recognition and gait recognition for forensics and criminal investigation.

 

Antenna Chamber

The Electromagnetics Informatics Lab, also known as the Antenna Chamber, provides world-class facilities to measure the performance of antennas – a key component in sensing and communications systems. Electromagnetic waves inside the chamber are absorbed and incoming signals from outside are blocked resulting in a space that has almost no internal reflection and is free from unwanted external RF noise. This new facility is of particular interest to the telecommunications, space and defence industries.

Large scale structural testing

Tech Lab is home to NSW’s only vertical strong reaction wall and one of Australia’s largest strong floor structures. In addition to the high capacity vertical reaction wall and strong floor, the state-of-art laboratory includes electro-hydraulic actuators. This allow partners to test large, heavy-duty samples in timber engineering, reinforced concrete and steel structures up to 20m in length and 8m wide. The lab also contains the Multi-Axial Simulation Table (MAST), which applies vibration to the base of structures to measure performance and response. The ‘shaker table’ is capable of reproducing the effects of earthquakes, ambient vibrations, winds loading and vehicle vibrations.

These multidisciplinary facilities are based in one 9,000sqm facility in Botany, Sydney and are supported by teams of UTS academic and technical teams.