University-industry partnerships: Enabling industries to thrive in the new normal
University of Auckland, School of Computer Science
Aug 20 | 3 minutes read
The recent pandemic has opened a world of uncertainty for businesses around the world.
Resilience, adaptability to change and the ability to pivot quickly, in response to change has become essential in business survival.
Efforts to reopen businesses in a world of “new-normals” are prompting organisations to adopt a digital-first business model, which is heavily reliant on innovation and tech skills.
If there is one main take away from the COVID-19 pandemic, it is that while adaptability is crucial, technology is the enabler.
Businesses can make great strides as they progress through the pandemic, with the support of university partnerships.
The University of Auckland’s School of Computer Science is your organisation’s partner in innovation and technology
One of the big questions in the COVID-19 recovery is how to get our economies up and running again. There are two parts to the answer: one lies in education and the other in advances that result from University-industry partnerships.
People must upskill in areas that are going to be relevant post-COVID-19, such as machine learning, data analytics, cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, computer scenario modelling, resilient networks, and secure online environments.
The School of Computer Science at the University of Auckland offers training in these areas alongside the experience of building solutions for real world problems.
Research is supported by future-centric technologies based on three main themes:
- People: research into cognitive load, reskilling, and retraining
- Sustainability: focuses on research in mobility and transportation
- Future Industries: revolves around research in fraud detection and horticulture
The research in these themes has given rise to new and exciting developments surrounding the areas of tech.
The University of Auckland School of Computer Science’s Cyber Security Foundry
Organisations are largely underprepared to protect themselves from cyber-attacks, and skill shortages in the field is also a critical factor.
Focusing on real-world solutions, the university’s School of Computer Science’s Cyber Security Foundry is a hub for world-leading technical expertise, industry collaboration, training of security professionals, and the development of new security solutions.
The Cyber Security Foundry is a hub for industry-focused research based on next-generation technology, creates a stimulating environment for research and will cast the next generation of cyber security practitioners through collaborations between leading academia, industry, and government.
Learn more about the school’s Cyber Security Foundry here.
Detecting Barriers to Workplace Effectiveness to Support People and Companies
The School of Computer Science at the University of Auckland is a leader in research with a strong focus on solving modern-day workplace issues.
With the rise of technology and the pervasiveness of its use, research has found that multitasking comes at a great cost to the economy.
More alarmingly, a three-second interruption is said to double work errors, affecting workplace productivity.
The school has embarked on a venture to develop validated design solutions that can mitigate these barriers.
The solution involves creating a suite of intelligent software packages to sense mental distraction and streamline technological interruptions based on context and the goals of the application.
This innovative solution devised by studying distraction in humans at a physiological level is achieved using embedded sensors.
You can lead your business to the forefront of novel innovations that solve the problem of employee effectiveness and workplace productivity by partnering with the school on this venture.
The school’s proven track record of successful commercialisation makes it the ideal partner for your organisation to succeed in innovation.
Remote upskilling through research on Virtual Reality (VR) and psychology
Researchers at the university have pioneered a study that aims to retrain workers in safety behaviours, primarily focusing on the construction industry by using Virtual Reality (VR) and psychology.
The hands-on experience delivered via VR simulations allows researchers to understand the situations that lead to work-related accidents. This knowledge then helps workers develop their decision-making capabilities concerning workplace safety.
The school’s research focuses on the dynamic generation of virtual environments that ultimately build transferable skills and deepens understanding, solving some of the most pressing pain points for the industry.
Learn more about the university’s research in Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) that will help businesses extend their impact globally.
Innovative solutions for your business
The School’s established team of experts in cyber security, machine learning, and human computer interaction come with the highly coveted, rich Silicon Valley industry experience.
If you would like to be an industry partner, please get in touch by visiting Computer Science research to explore your company’s new ideas.