We are pleased to report that Cisco and Curtin University are planning to extend their partnership to support Innovation Central Perth ( for a further three years. After starting in 2015, this will take the Innovation Central collaboration to its 10th operating year in Perth.

ICP will incorporate a new operating model that brings ICP closer to the Cisco-Curtin Centre for Networks and the Cisco Networking Academy in the School of Electrical Engineering, Computing and Mathematical Sciences (EECMS). This will maximise new opportunities for students, researchers and industry partners.

This new model has been introduced in part to accommodate Andrew Bell stepping down from the ICP Manager and Curtin Cisco Partnership Manager roles to take on a new role within Curtin as Deputy Director for Curtin’s Trailblazer program. Andrew, together with some of ICP’s project management staff who are also moving to Trailblazer, are looking to create new initiatives and programs that build upon their success working  with  ICP over the past 2.5 years.

Going forward, Siavash Khaksar will replace Andrew as the interim ICP manager. Siavash has been the ICP Academic lead for the past two years and has been closely involved in the technical scoping and supervision of all ICP projects currently underway and in the pipeline. Contact:

Now in its seventh summer season, the ICP summer internship program will proceed as planned with minimal impact to our students, industry partners and their wonderful projects. We have received a very positive response to the recent EOI call for ICP industry projects and the technical scoping and student recruitment is well underway.

Recruitment has also started for a new  ICP manager plus a new Cisco-Curtin Partnership coordinator and ICP Project coordinator. Please direct any interest in these roles to the Cisco-Curtin Centre for Network Director, Prof Iain Murray:

We would like to take this opportunity to thank Andrew Bell, Nick Schols, Natalie Filipek, Angee Apps, Ethan Cob and Adil Khokhar for helping deliver so many great ICP projects that enabled Curtin students to learn with the latest technologies, gain invaluable industry experiences and build connections to Curtin researchers and Cisco’s global technology experts.

We look forward to more great things to come from ICP and the Trailblazer program.