Codan boosts R&D and offers scholarships

Codan Radio Communications

By Jonathan Nally
Tuesday, 19 January, 2021

Codan boosts R&D and offers scholarships

The company is boosting its investment in core and emerging technologies through partnerships and scholarships.

Codan has announced that it has formed a new Innovation Hub and CoLab in partnership with entrepreneurial innovation firm 11point2. The CoLab will be located at Adelaide’s advanced innovation precinct, Lot Fourteen.

In a statement, the company said that the development forms part of its “strategy to invest in core and emerging technologies to future-proof the business with a pipeline of differentiated intellectual property”.

The CoLab will focus on technology for situational awareness, especially non-GPS-based tracking and location. Key areas of research will include computer vision, RF location techniques, machine learning and data fusion algorithms.

“Codan is well known for a track record of innovation and product development: the CoLab with 11point2 will accelerate that process and ensure we are working on relevant industry problems,” said Codan’s Chief Technology Officer, Rory Linehan.

“The Innovation Hub will de-risk advanced technologies through research and proof-of-concept designs, with the CoLab driving market validation of key applications.”

Linehan said the move represents a significant investment in STEM and offers Codan an opportunity to recruit new research teams, further develop in-house talent and provide a platform for PhD research.

Being located at Lot Fourteen will provide CoLab with access to a global network of entrepreneurs, tech start-ups and world-class research centres, he added.

In related news, Codan has partnered with The Playford Trust to offer PhD scholarships to South Australian students.

Codan’s recently formed Research & Technology group is focusing on core and emerging technologies related to the field of situational awareness, with an initial aim being the development of dissimilar technologies to support GPS-denied ranging, location, tracking and navigation.

The scholarships will contribute to the Research & Technology group in the following technologies:

  • Application of machine learning to inertial navigation.
  • RF digital signal processing for wireless ranging and localisation.
  • Application of computer vision technologies for simultaneous location and tracking.

They are valued at $35,000 each, with the research to be conducted at Codan’s facility at Mawson Lakes.

The selection criteria and application platforms can be found at Applications close on 22 January 2021.

Information about the research can be obtained from the relevant faculty/college at each of the three South Australian universities: The University of Adelaide, Flinders University and the University of South Australia.

Pictured: Steven Marshall, Premier of South Australia; Rory Linehan, Chief Technology Officer, Codan; Mark Ogden, Managing Partner, 11point2; Diane Dixon, State Project Lead, Lot Fourteen; and Chris Kirk, General Manager, Stone & Chalk.

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