Our Research

areas of research


The School of Electrical and Information Engineering undertakes cutting-edge research across a wide range of engineering and information technology sub-disciplines.

The innovative, collaborative, cross disciplinary research detailed here is a hallmark of the School’s research, which integrates a diverse array of approaches, supported by excellent infrastructure and builds strong links with industry. This is evidence by the research productivity of the School is outstanding by any international comparison, with many DEST publications, the majority of which were in internationally recognised peer-reviewed journals.  Research productivity and citations are increasing, indicating a vibrant, growing academic community. Success in competitive grant funding is high and continues to rise. In the recent funding round the School was awarded six ARC grants totalling $1795 K and achieved a success rate of 42%, well above the national average.

Senior academic leadership is provided by two Personal Chairs (MinasianVucetic) and the Ausgrid-funded Chair of Electrical Engineering, all of whom are internationally recognised as leaders in their fields. In addition the School has 3 QEII and 3 APD Research Fellows and a wide range of honorary and emeritus appointments with strong industry links to ensure research, teaching and curriculum development remain relevant to real world demands.


Computer and  Software Engineering (CSE)

Has long been a leader in its field. There are five sub-strands in the area upon which the School has its focus – computer engineering, computing and audio research, image processing, software engineering and biomedical engineering.

Within these groupings exciting research is being undertaken in the areas of integrated circuit design, reconfigurable computing, FPGA design, neuromorphic engineering, modelling of biological visual and auditory pathways in software and silicon, smart sensors, audio research, augmented and virtual reality (3D) audio, human sound localisation, acoustics of listening spaces, multi-channel (64) loudspeaker playback, video and audio communication over wired and wireless/mobile network, software architecture, distributed components and middleware, real-time systems and performance engineering diverse applications in signals and systems with particular emphasis on image processing, parallel computing, financial engineering and web engineering.

CSE Research Photo Gallery


The Centre for Future Energy Networks (CFEN)

focuses on carbon-constrained power and energy networks for Australia’s future.

This is a recent initiative in the School and, to date, it has demonstrated significant potential for growth and collaborative ventures in an area of high national and international significance.

The  Centre works closely with Government and industry including networks businesses, vendors, the CSIRO and NICTA.

The research targets renewable energy systems such as wind and solar. Methods to plan and control such networks are explored and the associated electronics to facilitate energy conversion and integration with the electrical grid.

CFEN Research Photo Gallery


The Centre of Excellence in Telecommunications (CoE Telecom)

Specializes in a broad area of wireless communication systems, including transmission, adaptive signal processing, protocols, routing, network architectures, network security, location estimation and network traffic modelling.

The research outcomes have wide applications in cellular, sensor and intelligent power networks.

The laboratory is engaged in both fundamental and applied research.

The activities are focused on providing research support to the telecommunications industry. A wide range of research projects have been undertaken in cooperation with local and international industry.

CoE Telecom Research Photo Gallery


The Fibre-optics and Photonics Laboratory (FPL)

Specialises in research into advanced optical techniques for information systems.

This focuses on fundamental research in areas including photonic signal processing, optical communications, microwave photonics, nonlinear optical phenomena, optically-controlled phased arrays, and terahertz/gigahertz photonics in communication and radar systems. The Fibre-optics and Photonics laboratory is involved in collaboration with the Australian Photonics Cooperative Research Centre. Major funding for the research activities comes from the Australian Research Council, the Australian Photonics CRC, the Defence Science and Technology Organisation, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, and in close collaboration with industry.

FPL Research Photo Gallery