Innovation and Enterprise Research Laboratory

Research Projects

Row: 2

The Magic Lab is currently leading two major Australian Research Council projects, an Australian-Japan Foundation project and several industry projects. It has been involved in a wide range of strategic research projects focused on disruptive innovation and emerging technologies that have raised more than $12M. Key industry project partners include: CBA, IBM, Telstra and Visual Risk.

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Australian Research Council Discovery Project

2016 - 2018

$380,000

Robust Intelligence: Rational Decision-Making under Risk and Uncertainty

Mary-Anne Williams

Peter Gärdenfors, Henri Prade and Pavlos Peppas

Intelligent agents exercise profound and growing impact in business and society. However, significant problems arise in intelligent agent deployment as their theoretical underpinnings do not ensure rational decision making in complex real-world settings. This project will bridge the gap between theory and practice with an innovative framework for rational decision making under risk and uncertainty. It will open the door to previously unimaginable transformational technologies that will drive new entrepreneurial opportunities in agent-based global services.

Row: 4

IBM PhD Fellowship

2015 - 2016

$25,000

Data Analytics driving Disruptive Innovation

Mahya Mirzaei Poueinag

IBM

This project is using data analytics to bring disruptive innovation to the financial services industry.

Row: 5

EU 7th Framework

2014 - 2019

$4,300,000.00

Mary-Anne Williams and Pavlos Peppas

Aalborg University Denmark, AIT Greece, INTRASOFT International

The VOICE Project involves eight University Partners. It aims to help bridge the gap in the broader entrepreneurial development ecosystem by providing an international, virtual innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem based on open innovation, crowdsourcing and co-creation principles; where individual users and start-ups will meet, find collaborators and partners, co-create ideas and prototypes, utilise the wisdom of the crowd to assess the value of the project idea and/or prototype, share and find connections/partners, business and technical information, knowledge on start-up related topics, online tools, online content and open educational material as well as access to capital and crowd-funding.

Row: 6

CBA Data Analytics Project

2014 - 2016

Strategic Innovation: Changing the Culture and Mindset to Evidence based Decision Making and Predictive Analytics

Mary-Anne Williams

This project led by Professor Mary-Anne Williams is designed to develop a data analytics mindset in the bank and enhance CBA's predictive analytics capabiliites providing extraordinary opportunities for UTS staff and students. The project engaged Data Analytics Leaders at CBA, key Magic Lab researchers (Dr Benjamin Johnston and Dr Xun Wang), Magic Lab PhD Students (Mayha, Pramod, Ali, Nima), the UTS Business School, and Ernst and Young. CBA have hired several UTS students involved in the project as data scientists and invited UTS students to engage with them in the CBA Innovation Lab.

Row: 7

Australia Japan Foundation

2014 - 2015

$22,000

Building a Social Robotics Ecosystem

Xun Wang, Benjamin Johnston, Pavlos Peppas, Mary-Anne Williams

University of Tokyo and University of Osaka

This AJF project will develop new Australia-Japan relationships through knowledge sharing in social robotics. Social robots are expected to have a significant impact on national technological capabilities. Social robots are a disruptive technology and therefore of significant importance to the future of Australia and Japan. A disruptive technology is an innovation that eventually goes on to displace an earlier technology often creating a new market or industry in the process.

Row: 8

IBM PhD Fellowship

2013 – 2014

$25,000

Social Network for Robots

Wei Wang

IBM

Row: 9

IBM PhD Fellowship

2013 – 2013

$25,000

Data Analytics

Jinjiu Li

IBM

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Australian Research Council Linkage Project

2012 – 2015

$320,000

A Framework for Physical and Social Collaboration: Towards the Smarter Planet Vision

Mary-Anne Williams, Benjamin Johnston and Glenn Wightwick

This project will make intelligent collaborative technologies a reality by advancing the theory of collaborative action and developing an innovative framework and practical methods which will allow intelligent systems to undertake the collaborative actions required for applications in transport, energy management, sustainability, and healthcare.

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Australian Research Council Discovery Project

2012 – 2015

$340,000

Adaptive Cyber-Physical Technologies with Attention Driven Common-sense Behaviours

Mary-Anne Williams and Peter Gärdenfors

Lund University Sweden

Designing intelligent cyber-physical systems for open, complex and changing environments presents enormous scientific challenges. This project will develop an innovative framework, methods and tools that provide cyber-physical technologies with attention based common-sense capabilities for adapting to new, unexpected and unforeseen situations.

Row: 12

IBM PhD Fellowship

2012 – 2013

$20,000

Risk Management and Planning

Pramod Parajuli

IBM

Row: 13

Endeavour PhD Leadership Scholarship

2012 - 2015

$100,000

Robot Self-Awareness

Muh. Anshar

Australian Governement, Dept of Education and Training

Row: 14

Endeavour PhD Fellowship

2012

$25,000

Privacy in Cyber-Physical Systems

Shan Chen

Indiana University Bloomington

6 month visit to Indiana University Bloomington

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Australian Research Council Linkage Project

2011-2014

$280,000

Establishing a Next Generation Framework to Determine the Influence of Intelligent Water Metering on Householder Attitudes and Behaviours

Stuart B White, Rodney A Stewart, Mary-Anne Williams, Damien P Giurco, Kelvin R O'Halloran

Institute of Sustainable Futures and Mid-Coast Water

This project will test competing theories on how householders respond to interactive water consumption data from smart meters. The outcome is a novel framework for intelligent water management; underpinned by innovative research into causal mechanisms linking data communication to knowledge, and the impact of knowledge on attitudes and behaviours.

Row: 16

UTS Masterplan

2011 – 2013

$300,000

Social Robotics

Mary-Anne Williams

MIT, Stanford University, Cornell University, University of Tokyo, University of California Berkeley, Bosch, Samsung, Willow Garage and Clearpath.

Developing a Framework for Human-Robot Interaction within the PR2 robot community

Row: 17

IBM PhD Fellowship

2011 – 2012

$20,000

Attention Cognitive Architecture

Rony Novianto

Lund University Sweden

Row: 18

Endeavour PhD Fellowship 2011

2011

$25,000

Cognitive Robotics

Rony Novianto

Lund University Sweden

6 month visit to Lund University Sweden

Row: 19

Endeavour PhD Fellowship 2011

2011

$25,000

Belief Revision for Robots

Saleha Raza

IBA, Karachi, Pakistan

6 month visit to UTS

Row: 20

Endeavour PhD Leadership Scholarship

2011 - 2014

$100,000

Risk Management and Planning

Pramod Parajuli

Australian Governement, Dept of Education and Training

Row: 21

Endeavour Research Fellowship 2010

2010

$25,000

Internet of Things

Sajjad Haider

IBA, Karachi, Pakistan

6 month visit to UTS

Row: 22

IBM PhD Fellowship

2010 – 2011

$20,000

Risk Management

Xun Wang

Row: 23

DEST China Australia Research Grant

2010 - 2011

$20,000

Practical Cognitive Agents

Mary-Anne Williams, Xiaoping Chen, China, and Wei Liu UWA

USTC, UWA

Enriching collaborative international infrastructures and exploring on demand services management. This project gained considerable interest and was highlighted at WORLD EXPO 2010 Shanghai and featured in a Australia-China Project book distributed at WORLD EXPO 2010.

Row: 24

Gift from Samsung and Play Communications

2010

$12,000

to Further the hopes and reams of the Magic Lab

Benjamin Johnston and Mary-Anne Williams

Samsung and Play Communications

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Australian Research Council Discovery Project

2008 – 2011

$270,000

Developing and Managing Sustainable Technology-enabled Innovation Capabilities

Mary-Anne Williams

University of Sydney

This project will help organisations develop sustainable innovation capabilities using disruptive technologies.

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Australian Research Council Discovery Project

2007 – 2011

$340,000

Planning, Communication, and Collaboration in Cognitive Systems

Mary-Anne Williams and Peter Gärdenfors

Lund University Sweden

This project develops a better understanding of collaboration in complex environments.

Row: 27

UTS Partnership Project + IBM Faculty Award 2007 – 2008

2007 – 2008

$20,000

Cognitive Agents and Robots in Virtual Worlds

Mary-Anne Williams and Glenn Wightwick

IBM Australia

Innovative methods for objects in virtual worlds and simulated environments

Row: 28

UTS Challenge Grant

2006

$30,000

A Transdisciplinary Framework for Innovation and Collaboration

Mary-Anne Williams (Project Leader) across 6 Faculties involving 15 Researchers

Innovation and collaboration are critical for Australia’s future growth, strategic positioning and competitive advantage.

Row: 29

Denmark’s National Bank Project

2006

$50,000

Risk Management in Complex and Dynamic International Business Environments

Mary-Anne Williams and Niels Bjørn- Andersen

Copenhagen Business School and Danmark's National Bank

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Australian Research Council Discovery Project

2004 – 2007

$200,000

Intelligent Agent and Semantic Web empowered eFinance: A Knowledge Management Approach to enable and sustain Innovation

Mary-Anne Williams and Deiter Fensel

University of Innsbruck, Austria

This research project made strong theoretical advances by developing an integrated and scalable knowledge engineering approach to the problems confronting Australian Industry.

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Australia Research Council Discovery Project

2002 – 2006

$200,000

Agent-Oriented Concept Management

Mary-Anne Williams and Peter Gärdenfors

Lund University Sweden

In order for agents to communicate effectively they must share concepts, and attribute the same meaning to shared concepts. Concept management is a new area of research with important application to intelligent systems.

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Australia Research Council Project Discovery/Large

2000 – 2003

$200,000

Information and Knowledge Integration

Mary-Anne Williams and Grigoris Antoniou

University of Crete, Greece

One of the key issues in global information infrastructures like the World Wide Web and enterprise networks is the ability to combine information from different sources in meaningful ways. The problem of information and knowledge integration lies at the heart of the project.

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Australia Research Council Discovery/Large Project

1998 – 2001

$200,000

Exception-Tolerant Information Systems for Managing Uncertain Information

Mary-Anne Williams, Didier Dubios and Henri Prade

CNRS, France

This project designed and developed exception-tolerant techniques to allow business systems to perform effectively when using qualitatively uncertain information.

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Australia Research Council Discovery/Large Project

1997 – 2000

$200,000

Reasoning with Changing and Incomplete Information Project

Mary-Anne Williams and Grigoris Antoniou

Developed a decision making framework for handling decisions based on changing and incomplete information using techniques from Knowledge Representation and Reasoning.

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Australia Research Council Discovery/Large Project

1996 – 1999

$170,000

Entrenchment Based Reasoning about Action

Norman Foo, Pavlos Peppas and Mary-Anne Williams

University of Sydney

This project developed innovative algorithms for challenging planning problems that allowed for changing requirements.

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