The role of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) infrastructure and services is expected to increase significantly in the coming years. The massive roll out of the National Broadband Network, as stipulated by the Federal Government, is poised to reshape the Australian economy and businesses by providing improved efficiencies and competitive advantages. The anticipated proliferation of ICT-based services and innovative models for service delivery is particularly relevant to Australia, where more than 80% of the economy is based on services.

These changes demand a renewed thinking about the nature of ICT research. In particular, the key opportunities in ICT research are likely to shift towards the application of ICT in other domains, such as education, health and well-being, emergency services, transportation, the environment, energy and the like. Also, ICT-based service delivery to regional, remote and rural areas could potentially have a transformative impact in creating thriving economies for these areas.

The ICT Research Institute provides in-depth expertise in the fields of communications technology, multimedia processing, signal processing, data mining, immersive multimedia, and information security to our government and industrial partners. The Institute has a sustained and enviable track record in delivering research outcomes of high impact through formation of close partnerships with the industry sector and has strong research collaborations with leading national and international universities. In addition, the ICT Research Institute has access to suitable expertise and support for identification, protection and commercialization of the Intellectual Property developed by research staff and students. Recent commercialization efforts by the Research Institute include formation of three spin off companies that have successfully launched leading edge products in the area of multimedia processing and communication.
I welcome you to our website and look forward to the opportunity of working with you closely to apply our research capacity and calibre for the purpose of delivering improved solutions to your business and our community.

Professor Farzad Safaei
Director, ICT Research Institute

Last reviewed: 24 December, 2009