The University of New South Wales (UNSW) and Indian software services company, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) have announced an agreement to undertake joint research in areas such as machine learning, virtual reality (VR), robotics, data analytics and cloud computing.
The agreement was signed at the TCS Asia-Pacific Summit in Sydney by TCS’ Chief Technology Officer Ananth Krishnan and UNSW’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor Enterprise Professor Brian Boyle. Brian said,
There is a lot that UNSW and Tata Consultancy Services can offer each other. UNSW excels in taking our research breakthroughs and partnering with industry to make a significant global impact. Working with TCS will build on UNSW’s strong international links and help accelerate innovation by opening up new opportunities around the world.
Under a memorandum of understanding, TCS and UNSW will exchange scholars from UNSW, with internships for its students at TCS’ global research facilities. The organizations will work together on ideas which stem from pure technology research and give them the real-world application.
The university will also become part of TCS’ global network of academic partners, adding to the list of— University of Technology, Sydney and global institutions such as Columbia University, MIT and Indian Institutes of Technology.
In what is said to be bid to encourage new developments in the field of research, Tata Consultancy Services, which is part of India’s largest industrial conglomerate, the Tata group, has formed alliances with major academic institutions worldwide.
Welcoming the agreement Krishnan added,
TCS is delighted to form an alliance with UNSW and further deepen its ties with the Australian academic research community. Forming academic alliances is all about bringing technology breakthroughs to life. Working together we can help take promising ideas which stem from pure technology research and give them real-world applications.
TCS’ continued push to partner with educational institutions is part of what Krishnan describes as the importance of a consortia-based approach, where different stakeholders can work with each other to amplify their respective strengths.