What is Tech Lab?

At Tech Lab, we foster collaborative partnerships to drive innovation and shape the future.

Located in Botany, Sydney, our 18,000sqm state-of-the-art research facility gives our industry partners direct access to a rich ecosystem of experts, cutting-edge labs, specialised equipment, office space and a dynamic community of innovators that moves together towards commercial success.

We’re more than a lab – we’re your innovation partner. We blend the power of large-scale engineering infrastructure, the innovation of communication and sensor laboratories, and the transformative potential of data analytics and AI to deliver research solutions custom-built for your needs, whether you’re a startup, SME, or large organisation.

Whether you’re seeking cutting-edge project facilities and expertise, advisory support on project feasibility, or product testing a new solution, at Tech Lab, we’ve got you covered.

Tailored Solutions

We adapt to your needs, whether you’re a start-up, SME or a large firm – delivering customised research solutions that align with your specific requirements.


By co-locating partners of varying sizes and from diverse sectors, we foster the exchange of knowledge, ideas, and opportunities.

Intellectual Property Rights

Our unique partnership model ensures that you own and can commercialise most of the intellectual property developed during our collaboration.

Multidisciplinary capability

We are the only facility in Australia that combines diverse engineering and computer science labs and research staff – a one-stop solution for all your tech-related research needs.

Access to top talent

You get privileged access to seminars, workshops from global experts, and a gateway to a future talent pool, strengthening your long-term growth strategy.

Service focussed

Our agile mindset and service-focused approach streamline project requests and contract execution, cutting down on red tape.

Project management support

We support you in shaping your project vision and driving its execution, with access to state-of-the-art project facilities.

Funding opportunities

We offer advice on project feasibility and help identify potential funding options, including cooperative funding schemes to optimise your financial resources.

Meet the team

Professor Robert Fitch
Director UTS Tech Lab

As Director of Tech Lab at the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) and the former Head of School of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering at UTS, Prof Fitch leads transformative research and education to develop engineering solutions to meet the needs of tomorrow’s society and industry.

His specialist area of expertise is autonomous field robotics, particularly developing systems of outdoor robots to provide cutting edge solutions to problems in a vast array of industry applications, from agriculture to aeronautics, environmental science to outer space.

At UTS Tech Lab Prof Fitch operates at the nexus of academia, research and industry, collaborating with businesses and government organisations to deliver innovative solutions to many complex real-world challenges.

He was a Senior Research Fellow with the Australian Centre for Field Robotics at The University of Sydney before joining UTS.

Ana Judge
Business Manager

Chris Pratt
Senior Project Manager

Dr Roger Kermode
Director of Business Development

Rachel Esse
Relationship Coordinator