The SfTI Challenge is based upon four areas of capability, or 'Themes'. These are broad, multidisciplinary research topics that potentially span many different applications and industry sectors.
The Themes are:
- Vision Mātauranga
- Materials, manufacturing and design
- Sensors, robotics and automation
- IT, data analytics and modelling.
Vision Mātauranga - Whakakitenga Mātauranga
Theme leader – Kāhui Kaihautu Te Taka Keegan.
Vision Mātauranga guides researchers on how to integrate western science with mātauranga Māori (knowledge) to explore new opportunities to build a prosperous, technology-driven economy.
Materials, manufacturing and design - Ngā matū, te whakanao me te hoahoa
Theme leader – Don Cleland.
New Zealand has a small, vibrant hi-technology processing and manufacturing sector. This Theme aims to advance the sector’s reputation as a leader in smart, green, manufacturing processes and materials.
These lead to products, services and processes that position New Zealand’s brand well in premium export markets.
- advancing knowledge of existing materials – and developing new ones – that build on New Zealand’s unique expertise, flora and fauna
- improving manufacturing and processing technologies to enhance sustainability and/or produce new products
- using advanced design thinking at all stages of product, service, and process development.
Sensors, robotics and automation - Ngā Pūoko, karetao me te aunoatanga
Theme leader – Bruce MacDonald.
This Theme aims to develop robotics and automation for use in a wide range of products and applications.
The focus is on cost reduction, improved efficiencies, improved safety in dangerous environments, and undertaking tasks which wouldn’t be economically viable otherwise.
IT, data analytics and modelling - Hangarau Mōhiohio, te tātari raraunga me te whakatauira
Theme leader – Stephen MacDonell.
Developing innovative models, methods, tools and practices for new or enhanced business processes, hardware components, systems and software applications is the focus of this Theme, particularly enabling industry to customise and turn these technologies into economically valuable products and services.
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SfTI Deputy Director Bruce MacDonald and Auckland University's Medical and Health Sciences faculty associate Professor Elizabeth Broadbent featured in a recent NZ Herald article.