Cisco have established a new research chair at Flinders University in South Australia to attract a world-renowned academic in the field of health technologies and the Internet of Everything (IoE).
“Cisco is excited to be expanding its strategic relationship with Flinders through the research chair, bringing together leaders in research and business to develop innovative technology solutions for aged health care," Said Ken Boal, Vice President of Cisco Australia and New Zealand.
Flinders and Cisco have also established a Cisco Academy, which will deliver a curriculum to train students for the jobs of the future enabled by IoE. IoE, which is the intelligent connection of people, processes, data and things to the Internet, brings a new range of economic opportunities to private and public sectors.
The Cisco Academy is based in Flinders at Tonsley, a new campus integrated in to Tonsley, a high-tech, green manufacturing cluster. Flinders at Tonsley has an entrepreneurial focus, linking students and startups with active businesses and researchers in areas such as engineering, medical devices and nanoscale technologies.
Flinders Vice-Chancellor Professor Colin Stirling welcomed the new phase of collaboration with Cisco.
“This is an involvement that very much plays to the strengths of the two organisations, and I am confident that it will translate into real benefits for the wider community,” Professor Stirling said.
Professor Richard Constantine, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Information Services) at Flinders, said the partnership comes at an exciting time for the University.
“Flinders has undergone a major technological renewal with Cisco and has the infrastructure in place to do exciting things in this area,” Professor Constantine said.
“Focused in the new Flinders building at Tonsley, our researchers can investigate ways to use technology to create new devices that will have a major impact on how we look after ourselves in the years to come. Having Cisco on board as a global leader in IoE will give us the capacity to do more of this work and do it more quickly."