Media Release : Lockheed Martin’s STELaRLab

Media Release

Tuesday 2 August 2016

The Defence Science Institute (DSI) welcomes the announcement of Lockheed Martin’s STELaRLab (Science, Technology, Engineering Leadership, and Research Laboratory) to be located in Melbourne’s vibrant engineering and science innovation precinct. The $13 million Centre will open for an initial three years, the first time Lockheed Martin has opened a research centre outside of the United States.

The DSI shares a vision for innovation in science and engineering through a unique partnership between Victorian Universities, the Victorian Government, and the Defence and Science Technology group (DST).

DSI has welcomed the collaboration with Lockheed Martin to identify research excellence in Victoria and around Australia. This is consistent with DSI’s vision to foster a globally engaged, competitive and innovative Australian Defence and National Security sector.

DSI Director (Acting), Associate Professor Adrian Pearce said “The Defence Science Institute is uniquely positioned to support Lockheed Martin in connection with research capability across Australia. The existence of the Defence Science Institute was one of the many attractions for Lockheed Martin to set up STELaRLab in Victoria, including Victoria’s Defence Technologies Sector Strategy.”

Initial research areas are expected to focus on basic research and foundational technologies, covering fields such as autonomous systems, hypersonics, robotics, quantum computing, artificial intelligence, command & control, sensors and communications.

The Defence Science Institute is delighted that Lockheed Martin will co-locate at the University of Melbourne. The Centre is expected to grow rapidly over its first ten years, with researchers also to be co-located with universities around the country.

STELaRLab will employ post-doctoral researchers, provide PhD scholarships and internships, while directly funding research projects and supporting joint research initiatives in the future. The Centre will also pursue training opportunities to support the significant Defence projects being undertaken in Australia.

DSI Associate Director Associate Professor Regina Crameri said there is excellent potential to build unique research partnerships consistent with the Australian Government’s Innovation agenda, “The DSI looks forward to working in partnership with Lockheed Martin and other universities in Victoria and around Australia to produce the next generation technologies for Defence. There is excellent potential to develop new research programs in a wide range of fields with Lockheed Martin’s STELaRLab.”

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P/s: Extended interview with Dr Keiko Jackson , the Chief Technology Officer at. Lockheed Martin.