Innovation and Enterprise Research Laboratory

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The Innovation and Enterprise Research Laboratory is an exciting research space at the University of Technology Sydney. The lab is home to creative people who enjoy sharing knowledge, know-how and insights as we work with unique high-tech and robot resources.

Our primary objective is to design and make disruptive technologies that can take decisions, learn, and adapt to change as they delight and collaborate with people.

We can work with you on strategic innovation, entrepreneurship, data analytics, design thinking, artificial intelligence, social robotics, and the Internet of All Things.

If you would like to work with us on a collaborative project; to discover how you can make a diiference or take your careeer to the next level with a higher degree, please contact us.

We are particularly keen to hear from those wanting to make the world work better with decision making technologies that can take action based on the data and evidence they gather.

UTS Unleashed! wins the Best Human-Robot Interface Award at RoboCup 2017

2017

UTS Unleashed! claims second place in the Social Robotiics Competition at RoboCup 2017

The Australian and New Zealand School of Government, Executive Fellows Program (ANZSOG)

World Science Festival

Cognitium: Workshop on Cognitive Knowledge Acquisition and Applications, Melbourne

Connect Expo & the Digital Health Show

Disruptive Innovation Week

FST Banking Summit

ATSE Education for Innovation

AI & Machine Learning Summit Artificial Intelligence as a disruptive technology

Women in STEM, Women in Science Society, University of Sydney Panel

BuzzConf, Melbourne

26/11/2016

Mary-Anne speaking at BuzzConf, a cutting edge, technology, futurism, and innovation conference, where all participants and presenters spend the whole weekend together in a scenic campground rather than in a stuffy conference centre.

Optus and The Guardian Innovation Event

28/10/2016

Mary-Anne speaking at the Optus and The Guardian Business Thought Leadership Panel, October 27, 2016.

Tech23, Surry Hills

11/10/2016

Mary-Anne invited to speak as an Industry Leader

CSIRO visits the Magic Lab

26/09/2016

Demos and discussion about the future with social robots.

Optus visits the Magic Lab

09/09/2016

Demos and discussion about the future with social robots.

28/08/2016

Woz speaks to a massive and super excited audience at the ATP

UTS Open Day

26/08/2016

If you're thinking about uni, UTS Open Day is for you!

23/08/2016

CBA, Stocklands and the Magic Lab launch their new and superexciting partnership

Science Week

18/08/2016

Mary-Anne speaks at Creating Art with AI, Science Week, August 2016

Designing the Future with Social Robots

21/07/2016

The Magic Lab organised a CBA Senior Managers Design Thinking Workshop

Academy of Technology, Science and Engineering (ATSE)

04/07/2016

Social Robotics: The New Frontier, Academy of Technology, Science and Engineering (ATSE), Adelaide April 2016.

Innovation: Bringing the Future Forward

01/07/2016

David Thodey gives a talk and speaks Roy Green and Mary-Anne

Science Week Booklet

20/06/2016

What goes on in the Magic Lab for Droids, Drones and Robots.

Robots and Art

01/06/2016

Mary-Anne on Robots and Art panel at Michael Crouch Innovation Centre, UNSW, June 2016

CBA innovation Lab Visits

28/04/2016

Leaders from the CBA Innovation Lab visit the Magic Lab

Pop-Up Class Designing Helpful Robots

27/04/2016

Profesor Bernhard Nebel gives a pop-up class on robot design and cooperation.

Triple A Talks @ UTS Business School

27/04/2016

Kambala Students Visit

21/04/2016

Girls from Kambala visit the Magic Lab to see robots and interview researchers for their documentary.

Academy of Technology, Science and Engineering (ATSE)

01/04/2016

Social Robotics: Opportunities and Challenges, Academy of Technology, Science and Engineering (ATSE), Adelaide April 2016.

Steve Wozniak wows Government Summit

18/04/2016

Steve shares his thoughts on the NSW Government Future of Transport Summit and the Minister for Transport and Infrastructure.

Mary-Anne speaks at SRI International

07/04/2016

SRI International is a nonprofit, independent research center serving government and industry. SRI research and innovations have led to new industries and products that impact people’s lives every day—from the computer mouse and interactive computing to medical ultrasound, cancer drugs ....

We Robot

01/04/2016

Magic Lab goes to the We Robot conference the leading conference on robots and law. See for details see Self-Driving Cars, Predictability, and Law

Magic Lab goes to Stanford

19/03/2016

Jesse Clark, Benjamon Johnston and Mary-Anne Williams go to Stanford University

MBAe Official Launch

18/03/2016

Exciting day for the Business School who laucnhed the new MBA Entrepreneurship!

Human-Robot Interaction

09/03/2016

Present our work at the HRI Conference

Innovation at UTS Bootcamp

25/02/2016

The Magic Lab led the delivery of the Design Thinking Bootcamp #3 in the UTS:Hatchery

Innovation at UTS Bootcamp

17/02/2016

The Magic Lab led the delivery of the Design Thinking Bootcamp #2 in the UTS:Hatchery

Mary-Anne speaks at Pause Fest

11/02/2016

Pause Fest is "THE CHANCE TO EXPLORE TECHNOLOGY, SOCIETY AND THE FUTURE WITH THE BEST DIGITAL THINKERS." Deloitte Digital

Innovation at UTS Bootcamp

09/02/2016

Design Thinking Bootcamp #1 in the UTS:Hatchery

Design Thinking Bootcamp

01/02/2016

The Magic Lab led the delivery of the Design Thinking Train-the-Trainer Session

Ben and Mary-Anne meet Muru-d

19/01/2016

Muru-d is the startup accelerator backed by Telstra. We invest in great teams with innovative technology and global ambitions.

Design Thinking Bootcamp

01/12/2016

The Magic Lab led the delivery of the Design Thinking Train-the-Trainer Planning Session

Japan Research Expedition

15/11/2015

Five researchers from the Magic Lab undertake a two-week Research Expedition to Japan to develop new collaborative projects with the University of Tokyo, Osaka University and SONY. Going to Japan to see Robots is like time-travel into the Future. This expedition has been two years in the making and funded by the Australia-Japan Foundation.

The d.school at Stanford beams into the Magic Lab

12/11/2015

Jeremy Utley, Director of the d.school at Stanford University beams into the Magic Lab for a chat about entrepreneurship.

Robot Empathy

06/11/2015

Anskar presents his exciting work on robot empathy at the International Conference on Bio-Inspired Cognitive Architectures in France

Robots that can Read and Write

05/11/2015

Nima presents his amazing work on robot hand-writing at HUMANOIDS 2015

Harry on Self-Driving Cars at Stanford University

02/11/2015

Harry Surden presents work at the Stanford Law School that he undertook at UTS earlier this year.

Woz Keynote Gartner Symposium/ITxpo on the Gold Coast

28/09/2015

Steve Wozniak discusses the big disruptive trends that excite him and his view on the technologies that are shaping digital business to help steer future strategy.

Mick Liubinskas, Entrepreneur in Residence at muru-D

23/10/2015

The Magic Lab organised a fantastic entrepreneurship focus talk - which customers to focus on, which features to focus on, how to focus yourself and how to find the balance of focus and vision for your startup.

CBA Marketing Strategy Day

21/10/2015

Mary-Anne gives an invited talk on Future Disruptive Services and Ben demonstrates several autonomous robots.

PhD Student accepts a Data Analytics Position at CBA

14/09/2016

Nima Ramezani takes on an exciting data science role at Commonwealth Bank of Australia

Artificial Intelligence Journal Publication

11/09/2015

Pavlos Peppas and Mary-Anne Williams publish a great paper in the top-tier Artificial Intelligence Journal with Norman Foo.

Bio-Inspired Cognitive Architectures

10/09/2015

Muh Anshar has his work on human-robot pain and empathy accepted to the Bio-Inspired Cognitive Architectures conference.

Top Masters of IT

08/09/2015

New PhD student in the Magic Lab, Suman Ohja, takes top position in the University of Sydney Masters of IT program.

Magic Lab Japan Research Expedition

02/09/2015

Today we started firming up our plans to send a Magic Lab team to work with our research partners in Japan: University of Tokyo, Osaka University and Sony. This scientific expediation is sponsored by the Australia-Japan Foundation.

Social Media Privacy

31/08/2015

Sri shares his views on social media privacy with the Huffington Post

Human-Robot Interaction

29/08/2015

We conduct important Human-Robot Interaction experiments with enthusiastic humans at UTS Open Day. This provides a truly exciting opportunity fo rthe general public to engage in our world leading research and learn about what to expect when working with robots in real life.

Disruptive Innovation

28/08/2015

Mahya completes her PhD Candidature assessment with flying colours! Her work focuses on disruptive innovation in the financial services industry. She is developing a more human-centric approach to innovative service design using design thinking and data analytics.

Helping the Disabled

28/08/2015

Jin Hu visiting student from China develops a novel robot behaviour that helps humans regain muscle strength and control.

Eureka Prize Evening

26/08/2015

Mary-Anne attends Eureka Prizes Night. These prizes reward excellence in the fields of research & innovation, leadership, science communication & journalism and school science. Congratulations to Dacheng Tao who won the Scopus Eureka Prize for Excellence in International Scientific Collaboration.

UTS:Hatchery

26/08/2015

James Hornitzky gives a fabulous talk in the Hatchery. James is founder of the digital agency Leafcutter and previously completed a First Class Honours degree in the Magic Lab on Innovation.

Inspiring Next-Gen Robotists

24/08/2015

Some very special primary school children visit the Magic Lab to meet the robots, partake in a human-robot interaction experiement, and see Xun Wang at work.

Muru-D: Telstra Accelerator

21/08/2015

The Magic Lab have fun at Muru-D's wearable's event.

Entrepreneurship and Innovation

19/08/2015

Mahya, a brilliant Magic Lab PhD Student, speaks at the UTS Shapeshifters event - Crafting Innovators

Magic Lab Robots visit the Magic Pudding

19/08/2015

Robots meet preschools at The Magic Pudding one of UTS's day care centres.

Hugo has his first paper acceptance

18/08/2015

Our wonderful student intern from France has his first paper accepted to a prestigious workshop on learning object affordances. Hugo worked with researchers in the Magic Lab to design a Human-Robot Interaction experiment using Australia's only PR2 social robot.

Earth Overshoot Day

13/08/2015

ACI Connect

13/08/2015

Mary-Anne gives invite talk on Fast-Tracking the Future with Advanced Robotics and Data Analytics

Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation

03/08/2015

The Magic Lab researchers show off their social robots. Gutsy, the PR2, gives the Minister a much needed hug!

Muru-D: Telstra Accelerator

31/07/2015

The Magic Lab have fun at Muru-D.

IT for Entrepreneurs

31/07/2015

Jesse and Mary-Anne present a class on software for entrepreneurs in the UTS:Hatchery

Killer Robots

28/07/2015

Open Letter arguing the importance of banning Killer Robots signed by Steve Wozniak and Mary-Anne.

Innovative Car Technology

27/07/2015

Henry Bard demonstrates his new car technologies before heading back to the US.

Human-Robot Interaction Experiments

24/07/2015

Hugo and Henry ask humans to help a robot build a tower of duplo blocks.

Fireside Chat with Steve Wozniak

07/07/2015

Woz shares some important insights and reveals his entrepreneurial mindset

The Magic Lab heads back to Stanford

23/06/2015

Jesse and Mary-Anne visit collaborators at Stanford University for several weeks.

Human Centred Design for Robots

12/06/2015

Tuck Wah Leong, specialist in human-centred approaches of inquiry and technology design, discusses the benefits of using Human Centred Design for Social Robotics to ensure people are the core focus when considering Human-Computer/Robot interactions.

Telstra Senior Executives Visit

03/06/2015

Telstra leads in digital transformation.

Henry takes up Magic Lab Internship

01/06/2015

Henry Bard arrives from the University of Southern California for his Internship in the Magic Lab. He will be working on The Car of The Future Project.

The Hatchery

29/05/2015

Mary-Anne spends the morning with students in the UTS Hatchery doing amazing things.

Woz speaks in Sydney

28/05/2015

Distinguished Professor Steve Wozniak speaks on Innovation at the World Business Forum in Sydney.

Predicting Future Innovation and Technologies

22/05/2015

Harry Surden led a Pop-Up class on how to predict the future. Once you can predict the future you can try to reverse engineering it.

Data Science Symposium

15/05/2015

Mary-Anne gives a talk and the Magic attend the UTS Data Science Symposium.

Vaishak drops in from Belgium

13/05/2015

Vaishak Belle shares his insights on Robot Learning and Planning.

Hugo arrives from France for his Internship

12/05/2015

Hugo Romat arrives from France to take up a Magic Lab Internship. He will be working on Human-Robot Interaction and Collaboration.

PhD Graduations: Rony and Shan

11/05/2015

Congratualtions to Magic Lab students Dr Shan Chen and Dr Rony Novianto who graduate with a PhD today!

Harry visualizes US Law

30/04/2015

Harry Surden launches his interactive Force Directed Graphs that visualise the US Constitution and US Patent Law

Angel Investing: Strategies

28/04/2015

Telstra's muru-D Angel Investing Strategy Meeting

From Amazon to Apple

28/04/2015

Mario Ye, software engineering star and Magic Lab Alum, moves from Amazon in Seattle to Apple in Cupertino!

Magic Lab Website Launch

27/04/2015

Jesse Clark builds our new website using a novel design that renders content from a Google document. Seriously cool!

Harry Surden Seminar

24/04/2015

Harry gave a brilliant seminar at the UTS Law School on Computable Contracts. Harry is spending 6 months of his sabbatical in the Magic Lab.

Fireside Chat with David Skillicorn

24/04/2015

Discussion on cognitive architectures and learning with David, Queens University Canada.

Women Rock IT

23/04/2015

The Magic Lab invited to the UTS Cisco Networking Academy will be broadcasting the following Women Rock IT-Cisco webinar

Mahya Mirzaei Poueinag is awarded a prestigious IBM PhD Fellowship

21/04/2015

Vice Chancellor Professor Attila Brungs and Deputy Director IBM Research Lab, Jürg von Kanel, visit the Magic Lab to congratulate PhD Student Mahya on her IBM PhD Fellowship Award. Mahya is the sixth UTS student to receive an IBM Fellowhip since 2010.

Nobel Prize Committee

14/04/2015

Peter Gardenfors returns to Sweden for the Nobel Prize Committee meetings. Peter servies on the Nobel Prize for Economics Committee.

Research Discussions with ISF

27/03/2015

Exciting discussions with Peter Gardenfors and ISF on using belief reivison for smart metering project

Peter Gardenfors Visits from Sweden

26/03/2015

Peter Gardenfors, member of the Nobel Prize Committee for Economics, visits the Magic Lab.

Cricket World Cup Insights in Action

25/03/2015

Magic Lab invoted to SAP Australia to chat with Matthew Haydon

Gerd Brewka Research Seminar in the Magic Lab

18/03/2015

GRAPPA: A Semantical Framework for Graph-Based Argument Processing

Celebrating Pi Day

14/03/2015

Pi Day held special significance this year on 3/14/15 (mm/dd/yy date format) at 9:26:53 a.m

Magic Lab Hackathon

12/03/2015

Researchers and students spent four days working on new ideas for human-robot interaction, social and group behaviours, and helping robots understand human emotions.

Design Thinking

27/02/2015

We held a Design Thinking Workshop to design the Magic Lab Hackathon

Magic Lab Strategy Session

20/02/2015

We are developing a new strategy for the Magic Lab to take us from 2016 - 2020.

Vice Chancellor swings by

17/02/2015

Professor Attila Brungs visits the Magic Lab and helps improve our next experiment on human-robot interaction.

Dacheng Tao Research Seminar

30/01/2015

Dacheng gives a talk in the Magic Lab entitled "Matrix Decomposition - A savoury ingredient for cooking your research"

Harry Surden Visits

20/01/2015

Professor Harry Surden from the University of Colorado will spend six months in the Magic Lab. He will be working on techniques that will ensure robots are law abiding!