University of Queensland signs MOU in autonomous technology research venture

The University of Queensland (QUT) and the University of Nevada (UNR) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to undertake development of new technology.

Research between the two universities will seek to establish opportunities around autonomous vehicles, air quality, exhaust emissions and hydrological sciences.

The agreement also sets out to encourage the development of joint projects in research areas of robotics, road safety and regulatory framework, academic activities, staff exchanges and professional development.

UNR vice president of research and innovation Mridul Gautam and the QUT vice chancellor Arun Sharma signed the MOU.

“This will be a substantive collaboration, and our faculty and students will benefit from the exchange of academic opportunities, international perspectives and world-class research experience,” said Gautam.

For the Queensland Government, the collaboration is meant to advance areas of strategic focus such as the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads’ work with QUT on autonomous vehicles.

Through Governor-led international trade missions, GOED seeks to provide an opportunity for our educational institutions to expand their global partnerships and enhance their portfolios. .

“It’s great to see that UNR and QUT were able to reach an initial agreement as a result of the mission. I’m certain that this agreement marks the beginning of what will be a long and productive partnership,” said Kristopher Sanchez, GOED’s director of trade.

“Research regarding autonomous vehicles is of particular interest to both universities. With the Tesla Gigafactory located in Reno’s backyard and with the University’s expertise in robotics, artificial intelligence, vision systems and synchronized transportation, the university is well positioned to contribute to the collaboration.”


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