UNSW and Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) have signed a memorandum of understanding to pursue technology research collaboration. TCS is part of the Tata group, India’s largest industrial conglomerate.

The agreement will enable the University and TCS to work together in areas of common interest such as machine learning, virtual reality, robotics, data analytics and cloud computing.

The MOU also opens the prospect of exchanges of scholars and internships for UNSW students at TCS’s global research facilities. 

The agreement was signed by TCS’ Chief Technology Officer Mr Ananth Krishnan and UNSW’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor Enterprise Professor Brian Boyle, at the TCS Asia-Pacific Summit in Sydney.

Welcoming the agreement Professor Boyle 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.”

Mr Krishnan said: “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 has formed alliances with major academic institutions worldwide to encourage new developments in the area of research. The academic alliance program, is part of the company’s Co-Innovation Network (COIN), which provides an environment for co-operative IT research in leading-edge technologies across multiple sectors.