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The mystery surrounding what happens when bubbles collide has finally been busted. And knowing how bubbles bounce apart and fuse together could improve the quality of ice-cream and champagne as well as increase efficiency in the mining industry.

The University of Melbourne, Alcatel-Lucent’s research arm, Bell Labs, and the State Government today launched a $10 million Centre for Energy-Efficient Telecommunications (CEET). The centre, to be based at the University, will focus on increasing the energy efficiency of networks and technologies.

Bionic Vision Australia (BVA) today unveils their wide-view neurostimulator concept – a bionic eye that will be implanted into Australia’s first recipient of the technology.

A team of researchers from the University of Melbourne is working on a program that will provide decision-makers in crisis situations accurate predictions of which buildings could fall following a bomb blast. The technology will also provide information about the vulnerability of critical underground infrastructures such as water, gas pipelines and urban utility networks.

Changes in technology and the development of the NBN could force the closure of almost 25% of companies listed on the stock exchange, University of Melbourne business systems expert Professor Colin Ferguson has warned.

The University of Melbourne’s Institute for a Broadband Enabled Society (IBES) hosted the launch of the Victorian eHealth Network, a collaboration that will promote and support the application of IT to improve health and wellbeing. 

Victorian life sciences researchers are set to benefit from a partnership between the University of Melbourne and IBM announced today by the Premier of Victoria, the Hon. John Brumby.

The service and application of broadband technologies in Victoria will be strengthened thanks to a collaboration between the University of Melbourne’s Institute for a Broadband Enabled Society (IBES) and Huawei- a leader in providing next-generation telecommunications network solutions for operators around the world.

The University of Melbourne’s Institute for a Broadband-Enabled Society (IBES) today announced its membership in a new research consortium - the Green Touch™ Initiative - which brings together leading Information and Communications Technology (ICT) industry players and researchers to fundamentally re-invent the network and reduce ICT energy consumption up to a factor of 1000.

 A team of researchers in IBES is investigating ways to reduce the energy consumption of the internet.  Like researchers in a number of other organisations, IBES has made progress in understanding how network energy consumption can be reduced.

Finding a comprehensive solution to the problem of growing energy consumption in the Internet will require strong collaboration and cooperation between researchers from different backgrounds and from different organizations.

“The Green Touch Initiative provides us with the best opportunity to make real and significant progress on this key research challenge,” said Professor Rod Tucker, Director of the Institute for a Broadband-Enabled Society. 

“IBES is delighted to be part of the Green Touch Initiative, and stand with other members of the consortium on the threshold of a new era in information technology and telecommunications.   Outcomes from the Green Touch Initiative will be critical to the future of the entire industry.”

About the Institute for a Broadband-Enabled Society
The Institute for a Broadband-Enabled Society (IBES) is a cross-disciplinary research institute at the University of Melbourne dedicated to technologies products, services, and innovations that maximize the benefit of broadband technologies to society. The Institute’s activities cover a wide range of fields including advanced broadband technologies, energy-efficient networking and cloud computing, online engagement, content creation and delivery, delivery of remote health services and education, business and service transformation, social networking, and entertainment. For more information about IBES, please visit: www.broadband.unimelb.edu.au.

About the Green Touch Initiative

Green Touch Initiative, a consortium of leading industry players, research institutions and non-governmental organizations to define the challenge, identify solutions and develop solutions with the goal to deliver the architecture, specifications, roadmap, and demonstrations of key components needed to reduce ICT energy consumption per user by a factor of 1,000 from current levels within five years. For more information about the Green Touch Initiative, please visit: www.greentouch.org.

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The University of Melbourne’s Institute for a Broadband-Enabled Society (IBES) today announced its membership in a new research consortium - the Green Touch™ Initiative - which brings together leading Information and Communications Technology (ICT) industry players and researchers to fundamentally re-invent the network and reduce ICT energy consumption up to a factor of 1000.

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