Although much has changed since SMART opened its doors in November 2011, the values and the energy of this unique place have remained remarkably consistent.

Having created a strong network of global collaborators developing key international partnerships and collaborations, SMART continues to address some of the biggest challenges in the infrastructure sector.

At the core of SMART’s vision has always been a desire to foster relationships with industry partners to create research that makes a difference in the world.

The latest example of this was a Telstra-UOW Hub for AIOT Solutions, announced last month.

“The hub provides the Illawarra and Australia with a unique chance to move from early adopters to leading innovators in the AIOT space,” Snr Professor Pascal Perez said.

The initiative is the logical next step in a series of industry collaborations that stretch right back to the birth of SMART in 2011.

Our impact

Pascal Perez at the UOW SMART Digital Living Lab opening Industry
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Recollections of SMART

From student to researcher – a SMART career

Dr Shiva Pedram’s introduction to SMART was as a pleasant place to work on her masters in engineering management. Arriving at the University of Wollongong in 2011 – the year of SMART’s birth – she found the library overcrowded and the new, smart building was airy and comfortable.

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Celebrating a SMART 10 years 

Hear from colleagues, alumni, industry and community partners as we reflect on 10 years of SMART.


Where are they now?

Image of SMART researcher Dr Huynh Nhat Nam Dr Huynh Nhat Nam
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