The Pearcey Institute was launched during the '60th Anniversary of Computing in Victoria' celebration held on 14th June 2016 at the Melbourne Museum, Melbourne Victoria.
Chairman of the Foundation, Wayne Fitzsimmons, officially announced the formation of the Pearcey Institute. What follows is the excerpt from his speech relating to the Institute's creation:
We, at the Pearcey Foundation, feel that our sector (the technology sector) is not taken seriously by policy makers and legislators. This is no one else's problem but ours! For our part we have developed a plan to change the status quo. In July 2015, some 15 Pearcey stalwarts gathered at Swinburne University to develop a plan to create a new research body directed at increasing the value and success rate of research commercialisation. In this way we can demonstrate real industry-led leadership to Australia. We hope to show what alternative paths we might follow to successfully adapt to, and adopt, new and emerging technologies developed here or internationally.
I am especially excited tonight to announce the establishment of the Pearcey Institute, a not-forprofit tax-exempt accredited private research body. The PI will draw upon existing academic institutions, CSIRO, Industry Associations, CRCs, Industry Growth centres as well as industry expertise to collaborate on this broad high impact topic. Among other things, the Pearcey Institute plans to broker socio-economic research into the impacts of disruptive technologies in the Australian context.
The PI is building directly upon the work undertaken by the Centre for Innovative Industries Economic Research (CIIER) which since 2005 has undertaken numerous studies of the Australian ICT sector, for State and Federal Government, including the 2008-13 ACS Statistical Compendia. The body of research and data created at CIIER over ten years is now part of the PI's Intellectual Property. We are indebted to Ian Dennis for assisting the transition of CIIER into the Pearcey Institute.
Our first project commenced in March 2016 led by Professor Leon Stirling and Mr Colin Farrelly. The topic is quantifying the impact of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs or drones maybe more familiar terms used to describe these robots). We also are examining several use case environments across Mining, Petroleum, Energy, Infrastructure, Agriculture, Health and possibly more. As well the PI is 3Final draft 13-6-16 looking at an economic review of a new IT supported cancer patient support project about to commence trials at Melbourne's St Vincent's Hospital. We are also supporting early career researchers with Ms Kelly Hutchinson's PhD project into Digital Social Innovation at the University of Melbourne. Finally we are seeking broad private and government support to undertake these research initiatives.
NOTE: From 20th February 2018 it was amicably agreed that the transition of Centre for Innovative Industry Economic Research Inc. (CIIER) into the Pearcey Institute would cease, and that use of the name "Pearcey Institute" would revert to the control of The Pearcey Foundation Inc. Pearcey Institute is an Incorporated Association in Victoria Regn Number A0095266X.