Wipro, Swinburne take tech partnership to new level

Wipro President of Technology and Transformation Business, Milan Rao and Swinburne Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Development) Professor Aleksandar Subic.

Global information technology company, Wipro, and Swinburne University have taken their collaboration on digital technology to a new level by establishing Chair of Artificial Intelligence for their previously announced Wipro-Swinburne Digital Innovation Centre.

Professor Ryszard Kowalczyk was appointed as the Professorial Chair of Artificial Intelligence for Wipro-Swinburne Innovation Centre – which seeks to pioneer digital innovation in select industry sectors with impact in both Australia and globally.

Launched at Swinburne’s Hawthorn campus in December 2016, the Wipro-Swinburne Innovation Centre looks at using cognitive computing, predictive analytics and digital technology to improve the economic, social and environmental dividends for society.

“We are excited to take the next step in our partnership with Wipro by establishing the Wipro Chair in Artificial Intelligence at Swinburne. This strategic investment is focused in particular on the creation of innovative digital solutions, products and services for the health and smart cities sectors,” Swinburne deputy vice-chancellor – research and development, Professor Aleksandar Subic said.

“Professor Kowalczyk has established an excellent research track record of working with government and industry in the domain of artificial intelligence (AI), producing important research outcomes and commercial benefits. He will provide strong leadership for our collaborative work with Wipro, including research, innovation, commercialisation and engagement activities.”

Professor Kowalczyk is currently the director of Swinburne’s Key Lab for Intelligent Software Systems and the head of the AI and Intelligent Agent Technology research group at Swinburne. Prior to joining Swinburne in 2003, he led AI research at CSIRO and held senior research roles at a number of multinational organisations.

“As a thought leader in this industry, Wipro is always keen on creating new and innovative business solutions and also bringing global innovation to Australia,” senior vice president and head of Asia Pacific and Japan Business at Wipro, Manoj Nagpaul said.

Milan Rao, Wipro President of Technology and Transformation said the appointment of Professor Kowalczyk as Chair of Artificial Intelligence is a step further in bringing together academia and innovation.

“This partnership will deliver world-class industry-driven research in Artificial Intelligence that focuses on translational research, where research is taken out of the lab and into the real world, resulting in economic, social and environmental impact in Australia and globally,” Professor Kowalczyk said.

AI and Automation Head for Wipro Australia, Sriram Bhargav, will work with Professor Kowalczyk to establish research and development tracks between Swinburne and Wipro.