The Grand Challenge is made possible with support from the Centre for Technology Infusion and La Trobe Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program.
Centre for Technology Infusion
The Centre for Technology Infusion (CTI) is La Trobe’s top-tier Research and Development (R&D) Centre.
The CTI's core expertise is in the design and development of Sensor systems, Micro Chips, Wired/Wireless Systems, System Integration and Complex Data Analytics.
Clients come to the Centre to apply new technologies to existing problems, which usually starts with a feasibility verification and can consequently result in prototype development, field trials, market ready development and integration with legacy systems.
Blue Chip standards
CTI has established industry standard R&D infrastructure to support research and technology development in these areas, including an eco-system of the world’s best delivery partners.
The Centre has a strong track-record of delivering award-winning field ready solutions with our Proven Risk Elimination Methodology. Their current clients are with them for four or more years.
All CTI’s projects are in collaboration with industry partners and their teams are predominantly externally funded and in selected cases take even equity in start-ups.
As an R&D Centre they know that the creation of new products is a journey which can take unexpected turns. The Centre takes responsibility to alert clients of alternate routes and has the flexibility to accommodate redirections.
La Trobe Innovation and Entrepreneurship Programs
A new approach to cultivating innovation and entrepreneurship
La Trobe Entrepreneurship and Innovation Programs (LTI&E) launched in 2017 when La Trobe University won a $1 million grant to develop a regional accelerator program (known as the La Trobe Accelerator Program). During the next 4 years, the program has helped 57 start-ups, over 1,350 small business during COVID-19 crisis, distributed over $300k grants and hosted over 500 events. The team was successful in winning the Australian Financial Review’ Community Engagement award in 2018 due to its commitment to regional engagement. In 2020, LTI&E received a mention in Scott Morison’s Letter to Bendigo for their Bendigo Invention and Innovation Festival (BIIF). La Trobe Innovation and Entrepreneurship Programs embodies the strengths and cultural qualities of of La Trobe University – with a strong regional presence and targeted external partnerships, we create high standard programs that support the development and interest of entrepreneurship in students, staff, alumni and the wider start-up ecosystem.
La Trobe Innovation and Entrepreneurship Programs has as mission to develop entrepreneurship through three main objectives:
- Access to global markets through the Global Markets Accelerator Program
- Creation of a talent pool by creating opportunities for students to work in small entrepreneur teams and businesses
- Develop and support entrepreneurs in regional Victoria
La Trobe School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematical Sciences
The School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematical Sciences (SCEMS) provides an integrated network of high-level research expertise across engineering, computing sciences and the mathematical sciences. There are active research groups in: manufacturing, civil, electronic and electrical engineering, signal processing, sensors, internet of things, artificial intelligence and image processing, information systems, virtual and augmented reality, data science, statistics and mathematics.
In addition to CTI itself, SCEMS also embeds the La Trobe Cyber Hub (cybersecurity centre) and the planned Cisco Centre for Artificial Intelligence and the Internet of Things. The most recent Excellence in Research Assessment exercise conducted by the Australian Research Council, rated six distinct areas at or above world average: civil engineering (well above); information systems (above); artificial intelligence and image processing (above); pure mathematics (above); statistics (above); applied mathematics (world standard).
La Trobe Business School
La Trobe Business School is an accredited member of AACSB International - the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business - the highest standard of achievement for business schools worldwide.
La Trobe Business School conducts research across a wide range of discipline areas and is recognised as a world leader in several areas by the Australian Government in its recent Excellence in Research Australia assessment. It rates “well above world standard” for Banking, Finance and Investment, while Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services, Accounting, Auditing and Accountability, Business and Management, Tourism, Economics and Applied Economics are all “at world standard” (ERA 2018-2019).
La Trobe Business School is home to a number of cross-disciplinary research centres. These centres are engaged with community, industry and international experts in business and management. The purpose of the centres is to further expert knowledge in their respective fields.
LBS has research strengths in:
- Corporate social responsibility, governance and business ethics
- Tourism, Hospitality and Event Management
- Financial reporting and taxation
- Critical social and sustainability accounting
- Asset pricing and investment
- Financial market microstructure and information
- Financial econometrics
- Social marketing