A NSW Government Smart Sensing Network has been announced, co-led by the University of Sydney's Professor Benjamin Eggleton. Professor Eggleton, a flagship head at the Australian Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology, is working on photonic-chip technology that it is hoped will one day be compatible with smartphones and revolutionise communications and healthcare.
Artist's impression explainer with Professor Eggleton voiceover.
The NSW Government announced this week it will invest $700,000 in smart-sensor technologies to help address significant challenges – from the environmental impacts of mining and gas extraction to improving quality of life for our aging population.
The NSW Smart Sensing Network will be headed by Professor Benjamin Eggleton, from the University of Sydney’s School of Physics and head of the photonics flagship at the Australian Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology (AINST), and the University of New South Wales’s Professor Justin Gooding. Dr Susan Pond, company director and Adjunct Professor of the University of Sydney, will chair the Network’s Steering Committee.
The two universities have contributed $125,000 each to establishing the NSSN – bringing total investment in the Network to $950,000.
Minister for Industry, Resources and Energy, Anthony Roberts, said history demonstrated that even seemingly insurmountable problems can be solved, and one of the best ways to do it was by bringing the sharpest minds together and allowing them to collaborate.
“New South Wales is home to some exceptional scientists and engineers – and Professor Benjamin Eggleton and Professor Justin Gooding are two of our very best," he said.
NSW Chief Scientist and Engineer, Professor Mary O’Kane, said the establishment of the Network was a good example of the State Government using universities as problem solvers.
“By capitalising on the very strong problem-solving abilities of our universities and research organisations we will realise big improvements to our way of life – and that inevitably includes reaping economic wins,” she said.
The Network’s initial flagship projects will include: