Magic is how our great-grandparents might have described the idea of robots.
Now that they are becoming more and more a part of our lives, MAGIC is still the word used by an international consortium which is running a competition to find the best robots to do dangerous work for defence forces.
Winthrop Professor David Lumley, the Woodside-Chevron Chair in Petroleum Geoscience and CO2 Sequestration, and Research Fellow Dr Jeffrey Shragge take what they describe as ‘snapshots' of the earth that cost about $10 million each.
In the minds of many academics pure science and applied research are worlds apart.
Yet an applied research centre last year produced a third of the university's publications in Nature and Science, all from industry co-funded projects, demonstrating that astute research project design can satisfy both academic and industry priorities.
Tens of thousands of poverty-stricken people in poor countries scrounge from rubbish dumps to stay alive.
UWA's Professor of Engineering Education Caroline Baillie and her collaborators and supporters around the world are working to help these people make a living, while educating future engineers about using waste products.
Pioneering researchers from the Centre for Offshore Foundation Systems (COFS) are developing new benchmarks for deep water engineering and exploration to unravel the complexities and unique characteristics of the North West Shelf ocean floor.