NICTA is Australia’s Information Communications Technology (ICT) Research Centre of Excellence and the nation’s largest organisation dedicated to ICT research. NICTA’s primary goal is to pursue high-impact research excellence and, through application of this research, to create national benefit and wealth for Australia. We aim to be one of the world’s top ICT R&D centres.
NICTA’s research addresses the technology challenges facing industry, the community and the whole nation. We seek to improve the international competitiveness of both academic ICT research and industry innovation by tightly linking the two to achieve greater economic and social impact.
Research undertaken at NICTA is undertaken within seven large-scale Research Groups:
- Computer Vision
- Control and Signal Processing
- Machine Learning
- Software Systems
- Optics & Nanoelectronics
These groups each have a long-term vision for innovative ICT research with the aim of becoming the leading groups in their field.
NICTA focuses on wealth creation opportunities that draw on and exploit its areas of research excellence. These take the form of funded industry partnerships, startup companies or research outcomes which have major social impact. Four Business Teams drive commercial outcomes in the following recognised application domains for ICT:
- Broadband and the Digital Economy
- Infrastructure, Transport and Logistics
- Security and Environment
NICTA is especially focused on developing outcomes that have major national benefit.
Our researchers work on Business Team projects supported by an:
- Engineering, Technology and Development team and
- IP, Legal and other professional support
NICTA is funded by the Australian Government through the Department of Communications and the Australian Research Council through the ICT Centre of Excellence Program. NICTA is also funded and supported by the Australian Capital Territory, the New South Wales, Queensland and Victorian Governments, the Australian National University, the University of New South Wales, the University of Melbourne, the University of Queensland, the University of Sydney, Griffith University, Queensland University of Technology, Monash University and other university partners.
NICTA has created 11 new companies, collaborated on joint projects with a range of ICT industries, developed a substantial technology and intellectual property portfolio and continues to supply new talent to the ICT industry through a NICTA-supported PhD program. NICTA has more than 700 people across five laboratories around the nation.