NSSN welcomes the University of Canberra

NSW Smart Sensing Network (NSSN) welcomed the University of Canberra (UC) as its ninth member in August 2019. The University of Canberra is the second university to join NSSN from the Australian Capital Territory following the addition of Australian National University earlier this year. 

“As one of the world’s top 100 young universities and with its strong commitment to innovation, University of Canberra’s spirit matches that of the NSSN. We both share a passion for doing things differently and translating research into real outcomes for industry and society,” said NSSN Chief Operating Officer, Nicholas Haskins. 

The University of Canberra immediately brings its strength in sensing to the NSSN’s existing $3.4 million collaborative research project with the water industry. This multi-million dollar venture will use smart sensing for leak detection to prevent breaks in critical infrastructure. The collaboration draws upon the expertise of several leading research universities and water utilities under the co-ordination of the NSSN.

UC’s Professor Charles Lemckert joins the project team, adding his expertise in hydro-geology, hydro-dynamics and water engineering. The team at UC is modelling a dynamic density profile of water movement around soil and pipes to create the baseline measurements by which quantum physicists can ground-truth the gravity models that will reveal broken pipes in water infrastructure networks. 

The University of Canberra ranks in the top two per cent of universities worldwide, and among the top 100 universities in the world under the age of 50 according to the latest Times Higher Education World University Rankings.