A major overhaul to the research structure for the SMART Infrastructure Facility will boost the University of Wollongong’s standing on the global stage.

The overhaul was announced last night at the SMART Advisory Council Dinner for Industry and Government, in Sydney at the Sofitel, Darling Harbour.

The dinner officially welcomed Philip Davies as the new chair, and a new structure that organises research across new themes, and which facilitates co-operation across disciplines.

“I am delighted to be assuming this role at a time when SMART is embarking on an exciting new chapter and cementing its reputation as an international leader in research,” Mr Davies said.

“We have been very good at building new infrastructure, but not so good at making the best use of what we already have.”

“I see the role of the SMART Infrastructure Facility as providing and analysing the data to maximise the potential of our infrastructure systems.”

The dinner last night also played host to the announcement of a new research structure for the SMART Infrastructure Facility.

Research at the facility will now fall under four primary research themes each with two focused research groups lead by UOW and SMART researchers –

These will provide research to industry and government partners using a number of enabling platforms including the Digital Living Lab, the Date Analytics Lab and the Advanced Simulation Lab.

SMART director Senior Professor Pascal Perez said the Facility was entering into an exciting new phase of growth and innovation.

“This new structure will enable us to partner across disciplines to deliver research that will build on our enviable reputation, both nationally and – increasingly – internationally. It promotes strong collaboration not only with industry and Government partners, but also internally within the University of Wollongong.”