Australian researchers were world leaders in discovery science but needed to improve the rate of translation into that real world, while China is the second largest investor in research and development worldwide.
UNSW is already one of the largest co-authors of scientific papers with the Chinese Academy of Science. The UNSW Torch program, which invites Chinese technology companies to locate on the UNSW campus, is a way to commercialize finds, he says.
"In doing so, we understand our responsibilities to work in a way that safeguards new ideas that we are developing and that protects Australia's defense and security," he said.
In responding to the recent report of the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, alleged Chinese military researchers worked on a high level basis with western universities, including UNSW, said: "We are going to a large extent at university to ensure we are doing due diligence with our partners. "
"We are complying very strictly with protection and trade controls. If we were to find any issues that we had raised we would take them very seriously … The support we received by DFAT, of defense, of ASIO is outstanding. We are in discussion and we have good advice. "
The federal government has raised the possibility of having a national interest test for ARC money.
Professor Jacobs defended the need for a peer-reviewed independent selection process to distribute public finance for domestic research, which was free from political interference. "The independent peer review is the best way to do it in the national interest," he said.
On Monday at the Beijing forum, artificial intelligence researchers presented their work on healthcare and surgical robots.
The chief scientist at The George Institute and Royal Alfred's Prince Alfred Alfred Anushka Patel said Chinese AI could help with community health risks such as cardiovascular disease.
"China's strength around AI, data science and computer science will be crucial in some of the solutions that we will develop with each other," he said.
CAS chemistry teacher Jianhui said he was working on new solar cell materials that could power the host of future devices connected to Internet Things.
He said that watching a smart would be more convenient if it was raised from the area from its area.
These new solar energy materials would need to operate in indoor light and not toxic.
UNSW's computer science teacher, Claude Sammut, said that the benefits of working with Chinese researchers were that the large size of the Chinese market made it financially to trade research in a way that could not be in Australia.
Professor Sammut is working on building trust and predictable in robots that could be used in age care.
Asks for criticism by the ASPI that Australian researchers should not work with Chinese colleagues on dual-known dual-tech technology that could have a military application, Professor Sammut said: "Most technology is a dual use."
He said even self-driving cars can be used in different ways. "It's almost inevitable."
Kirsty Needham is a China Correspondent for The Sydney Morning Herald and the Age