The government is investing $195 billion over the next ten years in new capabilities for the Australian Defence Force. Science and technology is key to delivering these game-changing capabilities with funds of $1.6 billion for Defence’s new innovation system, centred on the Innovation Hub and the Next Generation Technologies Fund. Industry and academia are playing a major collaborative and partnering role in these programs.
Defence Science and Technology is leading the $730 million Next Generation Technologies Fund with 9 significant initiatives including the Grand Challenge program, the Defence Cooperative Research Centres, the Small Business Innovation Research for Defence, university research networks and technology foresighting. Chief Defence Scientist Dr Alex Zelinsky highlights the challenges and opportunities for industry, universities and research agencies to partner with Defence in building capabilities for the nation’s future security.
Dr Alex Zelinsky AO FTSE was appointed Chief Defence Scientist and head of the Defence Science and Technology (DST) Group within the Department of Defence in March 2012 and leads the Defence Science and Technology program.
His career spans innovation, science and technology, research and development, commercial start-ups and education. Prior to joining Defence, Dr Zelinsky was Group Executive for Information Sciences at the CSIRO and prior to that was Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of Seeing Machines, a high-technology company developing computer vision systems.
Dr Zelinsky has received numerous awards and recognition of his work. In the 2017 Queens Birthday honours he was appointed an Officer in the Order of Australia (AO) and has been included in Engineers Australia’s list of the 100 most influential engineers since 2009. In 2015 Engineers Australia awarded him the prestigious M A Sargent Medal and in in 2013, he was awarded the Pearcey Medal, the ICT industry’s premier prize for lifetime achievement.
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