SMART Infrastructure Summit 2011
The Department of Infrastructure and Transport was proud to support the SMART Infrastructure Facility in hosting the National SMART Infrastructure Research Summit. The Summit presented a unique opportunity for research leaders, policymakers and industry to forge a national framework to support Australia’s infrastructure priorities over the next ten years.
The Summit helped to develop a shared vision that will drive greater research outcomes and support evidence-based policy development, and investment in infrastructure. The program was designed to achieve three specific outcomes:
- identify major emerging infrastructure research themes;
- form strong complementary partnerships between major national research institutions both in Australia and abroad; and
- build inter-disciplinary research capabilities to meet the nation’s needs.
To actively encourage a collaborative approach, the Summit combined keynote speakers, workshops and a facilitated forum discussion which allowed the perspectives of all participants to be considered and conversations shared.
Keynote speakers included the Hon Sharon Bird MP, Chair of the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Infrastructure and Communications, and Professor Brian Collins, Chief Scientific Adviser, UK Department for Transport and Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.
Other speakers included:
The Hon Nick Greiner AC
Mr Mike Mrdak, Secretary, Department of Infrastructure and Transport
Mr Garry Bowditch, Director and CEO, SMART Infrastructure Facility, Wollongong University
Professor Martin Betts, Executive Dean, Built Environment and Engineering Faculty, QUT
Mr Michael Deegan, Infrastructure Coordinator, Infrastructure Australia
Professor Andrew Parfitt, Pro Vice-Chancellor, Information Technology, Engineering and Environment, UniSA
Mr Tony Shepherd, Chairman, Transfield Services & Member, SMART Advisory Council
Dr Alex Zelinsky, Group Executive, CSIRO Information Sciences
Download the full program.
For more information contact the SMART Infrastructure Facility, on telephone (02) 4221 5031 or via email to email@example.com
SMART Infrastructure Facility, University of Wollongong
The Australian Government has invested $35 million toward the establishment of the SMART Infrastructure Facility at the University of Wollongong. This new national infrastructure research facility will undertake nationally significant research into infrastructure to improve the way Australia plans and delivers new infrastructure.
To read more about the SMART Infrastructure Facility at the University of Wollongong, visit their website.