SMART Infrastructure Facility
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Field of research
|Address||Building 6, University of Wollongong, Northfields Avenue|
|Location||Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia|
|Campus||12,000 m2 (130,000 sq ft)|
|Affiliations||University of Wollongong|
SMART Infrastructure Facility (SMART) in Wollongong, Australia is a research institutions dedicated to helping governments and businesses better plan for the future. SMART is an acronym for "Simulation, Modelling, Analysis, Research and Teaching".
It opened in 2011 as Australia's first multi-disciplinary applied infrastructure research and training facility. SMART has a network of global collaborators.
The Facility was created through collaborative funding from various sectors:
- $35 million from the Australian federal government (through the 2007 the Higher Education Endowment Fund);
- $10 million through RailCorp;
- $16 million from the University of Wollongong;
- Approx $800,000 from state government authorities(Queensland Rail, Integral Energy and Geoscience Australia), industry (BlueScope Steel, Cisco Systems Australia and Cognos), and other research bodies (Australian Bureau of Statistics and CSIRO)
SMART's commissioned research program ranges from big data on cities, economic analysis and scenario planning tools for land use and transport. These demonstrate how infrastructure can be better designed, delivered and managed to meet the changing needs of the society over the long term.
Our capabilities is distributed across seven research groups. These various research groups contribute, whenever relevant, to specific commissioned research projects, and achieve pre-identified academic KPIs (publications, HDR students and competitive research grants). Commissioned research projects and consultancies contribute to the sustainability of the SMART Infrastructure Facility through revenue, impact and strategic partnerships.
The seven research groups consist of:
- Advanced Geomatics for Regional and Urban Planning
- Applying System of Systems Methodologies
- Computer Simulation for Sustainable Transport Systems
- Computational Intelligence for Optimal Decision and Operation
- Economics and Governance
- Geo-social Intelligence for Urban Resilience and Liveability
- Social Simulation for Demographic Analysis and Transitions
- Media Release: Higher Education Endowment Fund, Department of Education, Training and Sciences Media Centre, 8 May 2007
- House of Representatives: Official Hansard
- University of Wollongong SMART Infrastructure Facility kicks off with 340 construction jobs, Joint Media Release, 29 May 2009
- "Premier announces SMART Rail Institute", SMART: Latest News, 10 July 2009
- University of Wollongong Annual Report 2010
- NSW Business Sector: Information & Communication Technology
- Leading Economist Appointed at SMART Infrastructure Facility, Campus Daily, 18 August 2010