Enabling Capability Platforms are clusters of multi-disciplinary research and innovation capabilities that will be deployed to deliver significant economic, social and environmental impact.
Unlike conventional discipline-based research structures, the Enabling Capability Platforms connect researchers from multiple disciplines and from across Colleges under a thematic umbrella.
An Enabling Capability Platform is defined by its people, infrastructure, relationships (internal and external), and subject matter expertise.
This allows RMIT to deploy its areas of excellence and strength to comprehensively address critical local, national, regional and global challenges and to nimbly capture emerging opportunities.
It is envisaged that the Enabling Capability Platforms will be a major conduit through which breadth and depth is developed in areas of strength resulting in RMIT becoming more widely recognised for its research relevance beyond the academic world.
The Enabling Capability Platforms consist of the following research clusters:
Advanced manufacturing and fabrication
Advanced manufacturing and fabrication is the transformation of materials into products. RMIT’s advanced manufacturing capabilities include design, additive manufacturing, micro-nano fabrication and automation; and the associated link with supply chain management and information systems.
Advanced materials refer to all new materials and modifications to existing materials to obtain superior performance in one or more characteristics that are critical for the application under consideration. Advanced materials can be both structural and functional. They can be inorganic, organic or inorganic-organic hybrids. They can be classified as soft matter or hard matter depending on their characteristics.
Biomedical and health innovation
This Platform addresses international health challenges related to the rapidly-changing population demographics and the escalating burden of diseases through effective application of technology, therapeutic and diagnostic developments, patient education, nutrition, life-style modification and evidence-based clinical evaluation. This Platform incorporates theranostics, biomedical technology and health and lifestyle.
Design and creative practice
This Platform brings together world leading expertise, infrastructure, partnerships and programs in design and creative practice. Focussed on critical and trans-disciplinary practice-based research in architecture, art, design, digital media, fashion, and organisational contexts, researchers advance knowledge and practice through effective collaboration. RMIT’s design and creative practice research develops new techniques for imagining and acting that help create rich and adaptive responses in a changing world, addressing questions of form and meaning.
Global business innovation
This Platform brings together inter-disciplinary and applied researchers to address themes connecting governance, networks, technologies, design, culture, people and performance. It includes a specific focus on innovation, value creation, and sustainability from both market and socio-political perspectives. The goal of Global Business Innovation is to promote excellence across the diverse fields of business research as well as to use this expertise in the process of knowledge transfer for the benefit of the economy, society, and the public sector. This Platform comprises global logistics and supply chain management; entrepreneurship and innovation; governance, accountability, and the law; markets, culture, and behaviour; and people, organisations, and performance.
Information and systems (engineering)
Using a whole-of-system approach to develop and securely deliver targeted information, services and products - anywhere, and from any source, this Platform brings together core capabilities in data analytics, complex cyber-physical systems, mobile and pervasive environments, automation, bioinformatics, bioengineering, information management and user-centric systems.
This Platform focuses on understanding social change associated with human progress, from the global scale to the local. Social change brings together RMIT’s capabilities in sociology, digital ethnography, social policy and media studies. It engages with communities, governments, organisations and industries to make theoretically informed and evidence based contributions through engaged social research.
There is an urgent need for research to inform how cities can be more equitable, sustainable and accountable. This Platform harnesses interdisciplinary expertise across social science, humanities, creative arts and design, environmental and technological disciplines, to analyse and resolve urban challenges. Drawing on the cutting edge urban disciplines of architecture, urban planning and the built environment, and the urban-based post-industrial applied disciplines such as cultural studies, new media, urban sociology, fashion and creative arts this Platform engages with practical problems of urban change, including sustainability, resilience and inclusion, delivering real world impact.
The Enabling Capability Platforms will be developed during 2016 and further information will be released as it becomes available.
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