Student researchers can make valuable contributions to industry objectives, and one way that we are supporting this is by linking students with industry partners to undertake short-term research projects under industry and university guidance.

We have run the program for a previous CRC, and have seen the successful completion of hundreds of projects.

Industry partners range from start-ups, to SMEs, to the big brands. Projects are a broad spectrum of activities in keeping with the nature of the iMOVE CRC research themes. That can mean anything in the intelligent transport / mobility area – a fairly wide-ranging scope!

On the student side of the program, their projects involve researching a topic of genuine industry interest, to which they apply and demonstrate skills and knowledge to complete their university course under university supervision.

iMOVE provides additional learning experiences for students, including advice on networking, and how to present the work, culminating in an end-of-year video showcase of student project accomplishments.

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Benefits for Industry

  • Additional R&D resources
  • Test out ideas that might otherwise be resourced
  • Access to new about-to-graduate talent
  • Opportunity to connect with other industry partners through related events
  • Mentor opportunities for staff

Interested? We’ve interviewed past industry partners. Read what they have to say here: Companies benefit from student researchers – read how

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Benefits for Universities

  • Develop and strengthen linkages with industry
  • Deliver industry-ready graduates
  • Promote expertise
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Benefits for Students

  • Real-world experience
  • New technical and soft skills
  • Chance to meet potential employers
  • Create industry networks early

How does the program work?

Companies are invited to submit proposals for projects suitable for final year undergraduate students. Broadly speaking the proposals should be for a discrete piece of work, able to be completed within an 8 to 9 month timeframe. In the past projects have made contributions to other larger projects, although it is recommended that the work not be on the critical path.

Broadly, for the students, events of the program year includes:

  • Receipt of Welcome Pack
  • Introduction webinar
  • Skills workshop
  • Video showcase and Awards Gala event

Watch the award-winning student videos from past years:

      • 2018: Cognitive load impact of Human Machine Interface of C-ITS | How technology can be used to encourage cycling | Human Machine Interface of C-ITS | Tyres for electric motorcycles
      • 2019: UAVs in emergency situations | UAV delivery drones | SHIFT: Shifting you to more comfortable spaces
      • 2020: Buddy: Helping the elderly on public transport | How pedestrians will interact with autonomous vehicles | Australian Freight Carbon Calculator (Cargo2) | The last mile delivery problem
      • 2021: Development of a low-cost IoT solution to monitor the localisation of electric bikes in real-time | Socially-attentive pedestrian tracking in shared spaces | Autonomous steering
      • 2022: In-truck condition monitoring platform| Semi-autonomous rail robot | Vehicle security assessment platform | Alternative fuel sources for vehicles
      • 2023: Smart kerbside parking utilisation app | Simulation of public transport routing and service load analysis | VR and simulation to test human/vehicle interactions | Solar/battery application opportunities for EV charging

How to apply

We’re looking to recruit students for the 2023 intake now, through MOVE CRC partner universities, with a view to starting projects at the beginning of semester 1.

Interested companies and universities can download the scoping document, which we need filled out for each proposed project, and return to iMOVE via email. Applications for the 2023 intake need to be in by 3 April 2023. Companies will be notified if their application is successful by 17 April 2023.