Curtin raises the bar with in­no­va­tion hub

Canning Times - - NEWS -

CURTIN Uni­ver­sity will be home to a new in­no­va­tion hub de­signed to max­imise in­dus­try en­gage­ment.

The WA Data Sci­ence In­no­va­tion Hub will be launched at Curtin’s Perth and Bent­ley sites next month af­ter an $800,000 State Govern­ment grant.

The hub will pro­vide ac­cess to spe­cialised data sci­ence in uni­ver­si­ties, up­skilling pro­grams for in­dus­try, and the trans­la­tion of data sci­ence from the re­sources to emerg­ing sec­tors.

In­dus­try and stake­hold­ers in the data sci­ence com­mu­nity were con­sulted on the in­no­va­tion hub to en­sure it sup­ported lo­cal jobs and ben­e­fited the econ­omy.

Chief sci­en­tist of WA Peter Klinken said he was ex­cited by the hub’s po­ten­tial and was “con­vinced” it would drive ac­tiv­ity and growth in key sec­tors.

“Data sci­ence is ex­tremely im­por­tant to WA’s eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment and jobs growth,” he said.

“It un­der­pins a num­ber of sec­tors in WA in­clud­ing min­ing and en­ergy, life sciences, agri-tech, de­fence, space and new tech­nol­ogy busi­nesses.”

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