Innovation and Enterprise Research Laboratory

Research Projects

The Magic Lab is currently leading two major Australian Research Council projects, an Australian-Japan Foundation project and several industry projects. It has been involved in a wide range of strategic research projects focused on disruptive innovation and emerging technologies that have raised more than $12M. Key industry project partners include: CBA, IBM, Telstra and Visual Risk.

Mary-Anne Williams

2016 - 2018

$380,000

Australian Research Council Discovery Project

Peter Gärdenfors, Henri Prade and Pavlos Peppas

Robust Intelligence: Rational Decision-Making under Risk and Uncertainty

Intelligent agents exercise profound and growing impact in business and society. However, significant problems arise in intelligent agent deployment as their theoretical underpinnings do not ensure rational decision making in complex real-world settings. This project will bridge the gap between theory and practice with an innovative framework for rational decision making under risk and uncertainty. It will open the door to previously unimaginable transformational technologies that will drive new entrepreneurial opportunities in agent-based global services.

Mahya Mirzaei Poueinag

2015 - 2016

$25,000

IBM PhD Fellowship

IBM

Data Analytics driving Disruptive Innovation

This project is using data analytics to bring disruptive innovation to the financial services industry.

Mary-Anne Williams and Pavlos Peppas

2014 - 2019

$4,300,000.00

EU 7th Framework

Aalborg University Denmark, AIT Greece, INTRASOFT International

The VOICE Project involves eight University Partners. It aims to help bridge the gap in the broader entrepreneurial development ecosystem by providing an international, virtual innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem based on open innovation, crowdsourcing and co-creation principles; where individual users and start-ups will meet, find collaborators and partners, co-create ideas and prototypes, utilise the wisdom of the crowd to assess the value of the project idea and/or prototype, share and find connections/partners, business and technical information, knowledge on start-up related topics, online tools, online content and open educational material as well as access to capital and crowd-funding.

Mary-Anne Williams

2014 - 2016

CBA Data Analytics Project

Strategic Innovation: Changing the Culture and Mindset to Evidence based Decision Making and Predictive Analytics

This project led by Professor Mary-Anne Williams is designed to develop a data analytics mindset in the bank and enhance CBA's predictive analytics capabiliites providing extraordinary opportunities for UTS staff and students. The project engaged Data Analytics Leaders at CBA, key Magic Lab researchers (Dr Benjamin Johnston and Dr Xun Wang), Magic Lab PhD Students (Mayha, Pramod, Ali, Nima), the UTS Business School, and Ernst and Young. CBA have hired several UTS students involved in the project as data scientists and invited UTS students to engage with them in the CBA Innovation Lab.

Xun Wang, Benjamin Johnston, Pavlos Peppas, Mary-Anne Williams

2014 - 2015

$22,000

Australia Japan Foundation

University of Tokyo and University of Osaka

Building a Social Robotics Ecosystem

This AJF project will develop new Australia-Japan relationships through knowledge sharing in social robotics. Social robots are expected to have a significant impact on national technological capabilities. Social robots are a disruptive technology and therefore of significant importance to the future of Australia and Japan. A disruptive technology is an innovation that eventually goes on to displace an earlier technology often creating a new market or industry in the process.

Wei Wang

2013 – 2014

$25,000

IBM PhD Fellowship

IBM

Social Network for Robots

Jinjiu Li

2013 – 2013

$25,000

IBM PhD Fellowship

IBM

Data Analytics

Mary-Anne Williams, Benjamin Johnston and Glenn Wightwick

2012 – 2015

$320,000

Australian Research Council Linkage Project

A Framework for Physical and Social Collaboration: Towards the Smarter Planet Vision

This project will make intelligent collaborative technologies a reality by advancing the theory of collaborative action and developing an innovative framework and practical methods which will allow intelligent systems to undertake the collaborative actions required for applications in transport, energy management, sustainability, and healthcare.

Mary-Anne Williams and Peter Gärdenfors

2012 – 2015

$340,000

Australian Research Council Discovery Project

Lund University Sweden

Adaptive Cyber-Physical Technologies with Attention Driven Common-sense Behaviours

Designing intelligent cyber-physical systems for open, complex and changing environments presents enormous scientific challenges. This project will develop an innovative framework, methods and tools that provide cyber-physical technologies with attention based common-sense capabilities for adapting to new, unexpected and unforeseen situations.

Pramod Parajuli

2012 – 2013

$20,000

IBM PhD Fellowship

IBM

Risk Management and Planning

Muh. Anshar

2012 - 2015

$100,000

Endeavour PhD Leadership Scholarship

Australian Governement, Dept of Education and Training

Robot Self-Awareness

Shan Chen

2012

$25,000

Endeavour PhD Fellowship

Indiana University Bloomington

Privacy in Cyber-Physical Systems

6 month visit to Indiana University Bloomington

Stuart B White, Rodney A Stewart, Mary-Anne Williams, Damien P Giurco, Kelvin R O'Halloran

2011-2014

$280,000

Australian Research Council Linkage Project

Institute of Sustainable Futures and Mid-Coast Water

Establishing a Next Generation Framework to Determine the Influence of Intelligent Water Metering on Householder Attitudes and Behaviours

This project will test competing theories on how householders respond to interactive water consumption data from smart meters. The outcome is a novel framework for intelligent water management; underpinned by innovative research into causal mechanisms linking data communication to knowledge, and the impact of knowledge on attitudes and behaviours.

Mary-Anne Williams

2011 – 2013

$300,000

UTS Masterplan

MIT, Stanford University, Cornell University, University of Tokyo, University of California Berkeley, Bosch, Samsung, Willow Garage and Clearpath.

Social Robotics

Developing a Framework for Human-Robot Interaction within the PR2 robot community

Rony Novianto

2011 – 2012

$20,000

IBM PhD Fellowship

Lund University Sweden

Attention Cognitive Architecture

Rony Novianto

2011

$25,000

Endeavour PhD Fellowship 2011

Lund University Sweden

Cognitive Robotics

6 month visit to Lund University Sweden

Saleha Raza

2011

$25,000

Endeavour PhD Fellowship 2011

IBA, Karachi, Pakistan

Belief Revision for Robots

6 month visit to UTS

Pramod Parajuli

2011 - 2014

$100,000

Endeavour PhD Leadership Scholarship

Australian Governement, Dept of Education and Training

Risk Management and Planning

Sajjad Haider

2010

$25,000

Endeavour Research Fellowship 2010

IBA, Karachi, Pakistan

Internet of Things

6 month visit to UTS

Xun Wang

2010 – 2011

$20,000

IBM PhD Fellowship

Risk Management

Mary-Anne Williams, Xiaoping Chen, China, and Wei Liu UWA

2010 - 2011

$20,000

DEST China Australia Research Grant

USTC, UWA

Practical Cognitive Agents

Enriching collaborative international infrastructures and exploring on demand services management. This project gained considerable interest and was highlighted at WORLD EXPO 2010 Shanghai and featured in a Australia-China Project book distributed at WORLD EXPO 2010.

Benjamin Johnston and Mary-Anne Williams

2010

$12,000

Gift from Samsung and Play Communications

Samsung and Play Communications

to Further the hopes and reams of the Magic Lab

Mary-Anne Williams

2008 – 2011

$270,000

Australian Research Council Discovery Project

University of Sydney

Developing and Managing Sustainable Technology-enabled Innovation Capabilities

This project will help organisations develop sustainable innovation capabilities using disruptive technologies.

Mary-Anne Williams and Peter Gärdenfors

2007 – 2011

$340,000

Australian Research Council Discovery Project

Lund University Sweden

Planning, Communication, and Collaboration in Cognitive Systems

This project develops a better understanding of collaboration in complex environments.

Mary-Anne Williams and Glenn Wightwick

2007 – 2008

$20,000

UTS Partnership Project + IBM Faculty Award 2007 – 2008

IBM Australia

Cognitive Agents and Robots in Virtual Worlds

Innovative methods for objects in virtual worlds and simulated environments

Mary-Anne Williams (Project Leader) across 6 Faculties involving 15 Researchers

2006

$30,000

UTS Challenge Grant

A Transdisciplinary Framework for Innovation and Collaboration

Innovation and collaboration are critical for Australia’s future growth, strategic positioning and competitive advantage.

Mary-Anne Williams and Niels Bjørn- Andersen

2006

$50,000

Denmark’s National Bank Project

Copenhagen Business School and Danmark's National Bank

Risk Management in Complex and Dynamic International Business Environments

Mary-Anne Williams and Deiter Fensel

2004 – 2007

$200,000

Australian Research Council Discovery Project

University of Innsbruck, Austria

Intelligent Agent and Semantic Web empowered eFinance: A Knowledge Management Approach to enable and sustain Innovation

This research project made strong theoretical advances by developing an integrated and scalable knowledge engineering approach to the problems confronting Australian Industry.

Mary-Anne Williams and Peter Gärdenfors

2002 – 2006

$200,000

Australia Research Council Discovery Project

Lund University Sweden

Agent-Oriented Concept Management

In order for agents to communicate effectively they must share concepts, and attribute the same meaning to shared concepts. Concept management is a new area of research with important application to intelligent systems.

Mary-Anne Williams and Grigoris Antoniou

2000 – 2003

$200,000

Australia Research Council Project Discovery/Large

University of Crete, Greece

Information and Knowledge Integration

One of the key issues in global information infrastructures like the World Wide Web and enterprise networks is the ability to combine information from different sources in meaningful ways. The problem of information and knowledge integration lies at the heart of the project.

Mary-Anne Williams, Didier Dubios and Henri Prade

1998 – 2001

$200,000

Australia Research Council Discovery/Large Project

CNRS, France

Exception-Tolerant Information Systems for Managing Uncertain Information

This project designed and developed exception-tolerant techniques to allow business systems to perform effectively when using qualitatively uncertain information.

Mary-Anne Williams and Grigoris Antoniou

1997 – 2000

$200,000

Australia Research Council Discovery/Large Project

Reasoning with Changing and Incomplete Information Project

Developed a decision making framework for handling decisions based on changing and incomplete information using techniques from Knowledge Representation and Reasoning.

Norman Foo, Pavlos Peppas and Mary-Anne Williams

1996 – 1999

$170,000

Australia Research Council Discovery/Large Project

University of Sydney

Entrenchment Based Reasoning about Action

This project developed innovative algorithms for challenging planning problems that allowed for changing requirements.