A core objective of the Centre is developing unique intellectual property that we can license or sell in commercial markets. We have established guidelines and policies on how to manage our intellectual property, along with approaches for open-sourcing some of our technologies. The Centre maintains a register of all intellectual property that we develop during the course of our activities, along with any dependencies on background intellectual property. Individual researchers assign the intellectual property they have developed to their host university, as collaborating partners in the Centre Agreement. The Agreement sets out the terms of ownership among project parties, who consult with the Centre Executive on protecting and commercialising intellectual property as it is developed. In addition to commercialising our intellectual property, we can achieve further impact with our research through our open source policy. In cases where intellectual property we create has low potential for commercialisation, the Centre recommends the “BSD-3-Clause License” created by the Open Source Initiative ( Our monthly Centre News bulletin promotes the different code and their repositories, that our researchers open source.

One of the principles we adopt in the Centre is that of entrepreneurship. We encourage and support our researchers to attend entrepreneurship master classes, business workshops and start-up forums, keeping their minds alert and open to the alternative commercialisation pathways that are constantly evolving in our 21st century marketplaces.

Cartman picking and packing at the Amazon Robotics Challenge