The Curtin Institute for Computation (CIC) was founded to meet this increasing demand for computational modelling, data analytics and visualisation. The institute was formed by combining and expanding on the foundation laid by two former centres: the Centre for Process Systems Computation and Curtin Industrial Modelling and Optimisation.
The CIC initiates and fosters collaborative, interdisciplinary research and education programs that apply computational methods across computing; engineering; and physical, health and social sciences to provide innovative solutions to complex problems. It builds on the significant investments made by Curtin and its partners in the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) project and the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre, and complements activities within major research centres and institutes at the University.
Industry will also play an important role within the institute, with a key focus on creating practical applications for computational technology. The Cisco Internet of Everything Innovation Centre at Curtin will facilitate this work, providing a hub where CIC researchers, industry and entrepreneurs can work together to accelerate innovation in next-generation technologies.
Importantly, the institute recognises Curtin’s expertise in computation, supported by its access to powerful supercomputing resources. And with all four faculties of the University contributing to the institute, this expertise can now be applied to a multitude of research endeavours – a crucial move in a world where computation is an increasingly essential aspect of solving theoretical and applied research problems.