Your organisation may have a problem or seek innovation and development in areas amenable to solution through the application of mathematical and/or statistics. Our case studies are full of examples of successful collaborations. The IDTC program matches the brightest minds from across the ATN’s universities, working hand-in-hand with your choice of existing employee or hand-picked PhD applicant, to find tailored solutions to those needs.
The sole focus of a traditional PhD by research is a pin-point problem, producing a graduate of exceptional but highly discrete and specialised technical knowledge; there may be little opportunity to apply the acquired technical knowledge to other problems or industry, and limited prima-facie options for professional development outside academia.
More than just a traditional PhD experience, the IDTC program is also designed to benefit industry and student alike by delivering work-ready students with knowledge in a range of technical, professional and commercial areas of practical application to a broader range of industries and problems, and opportunities for career progression in the executive domain.
Students will be engaged with the industry partner from day one, spending up to two-thirds of their team at your organisation, working on the industry problem, delivering solutions. The IDTC program will also balance on-the-job and academic learning. Students will receive specific coursework training delivered through the IDTC to deliver technical skills critical to their project and professional skills, such as communication and project management, critical to operating effectively in an industry setting.
The research project is generated by your organisation, and then undertaken under the joint supervision of your organisation and the chosen ATN academic supervisor. The result is direct value specific to your organisation.
The IDTC provides a collaborative partnership with a highly motivated PhD student, with broad skills in the mathematical sciences, at an ATN University of your choice under the supervision and enrichment of Australia’s top academics, addressing your business challenge through research.
A PhD student chosen in consultation with you, based on your specific needs and the background, qualities and potential of the student. The student can be an existing employee of your institution who earmarked for development, who may have intimate knowledge of the technical, practical and economic needs of your organisation.
Your existing employee PhD student will continue to spend the majority of their time in your organisation. Rather than engaging an expensive external contractor to assist in solving your problems or providing innovation, your additional costs will be limited to the maintenance fee (see below). Your employee-PhD student will know the nuances of your organisation and can add value immediately and there is reduced risk of losing your cutting edge through IP leakage.
The best! They will be high calibre students who value challenging research as a tool to deliver outcomes. They will be students who are also eager to embrace and advance their knowledge and experience in non-technical skills such as problem solving, communication, teamwork, initiative and enterprise. There will be 25 accepted into the IDTC each year starting in 2012, five at each of the five ATN Universities. They will work over the four years of their PhD on either substantive long term projects or a series of inter-linked shorter projects.
The IDTC is all about partnership. While providing a high level of academic supervision for IDTC candidates, the IDTC is committed to providing the option for industrial supervisors to join the supervision team and participate in the research. Where the existing scale and expertise of the industry partner does not permit this, the IDTC will provide frequent reports/consultation on the progress of the project and the student.
In the United Kingdom IDTC’s, in many disciplines, have been successfully operating for a number of years; they are considered to be of high value and have attracted industry partners such as Jaguar Land Rover, Microsoft Research, GlaxoSmithKline, Novartis, Pfizer, AstraZeneca (pharmaceutical multinationals), Arup (Engineering & Design multinational), Ford, Unilever, BT, Met Office (UK), Shell Research, to name a few.
There are two main avenues for industry partnership in this IDTC:
Your organisation will receive the full commercial value of the IP, while the student and University receive the academic value of the IP (the University and the student retain publishing rights, rights to background IP, license free use of IP and sharing of any upside commercialisation of the IP).
The success of the IDTC relies heavily on industry collaboration. If you think you may have an industry problem or want of innovation that may benefit from the application of mathematics and/ or statistics, contact the IDTC Directorate or one of the IDTC Program Coordinators in the ATN university of your interest, to discuss the possibilities.
All ATN IDTC communication with the private sector is confidential, and we respect your commercial in confidence requirements at all times.