A strategic plan for Australia’s digital future is currently underway, and includes consideration of information and communication science, engineering and technology. The project is a partnership between the Australian Academy of Science National Committee for Information and Communication Sciences and the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE). This page will be updated during its development with supporting information, including about how you can get involved.
The strategic plan coincides with Australia’s broadening from a resources-based economy to one that more deeply embraces services and commercialisation of technologies. Information and communication sciences cover a range of disciplines, including computer science, software engineering, information systems, telecommunications, and networking. Developments in these areas underpin the broad technology area commonly known as information and communication technology (ICT), which is the engine room of much of today’s and tomorrow’s economy.
Future advances in areas such as Big Data, the Internet of Things, virtual reality, e-health, automation and smart cities will provide great opportunities for new and existing businesses in Australia. The strategic plan will specifically address how Australia’s ICS researchers can assist in furthering these opportunities.
The strategic plan aims to identify implementable actions that will:
The committee is committed to taking a broadly consultative approach to develop a representative strategic plan for the future of information and communication science in Australia. Five pubic workshops have been held that have engaged with various parts of the ICS community over the past year to develop the draft plan.
The process for plan development involves:
Written comments are currently invited on any of the documents, but feedback on the summary and recommendations document is especially sought.
Comments on any of the documents are welcome, but feedback on the summary and recommendations is especially sought by end-April 2018.
Comments may be sent directly to Steering Committee members or to firstname.lastname@example.org. To get in touch with the Steering Committee member most relevant to your area, please contact Alistair Usher (Senior Policy Analyst) at email@example.com or 02 6201 9439.
For completeness, supporting information to the summary document and recommendations is provided below.
Please feel free to contact us if you have feedback on the summary and recommendations document, or queries about the strategic plan for information and communications sciences, engineering and technologies.
Professor Rod Tucker OAM FAA FTSE FIEAust (Chair, National Committee for Information and Communication Science)
Phone: + 61 3 8344 7688
Dr Brent Davis (Policy Manager)
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