Engineering and IT research

student and supervisor in lab

The Faculty's Engineering and IT research is conducted in a variety of areas with the support of talented and passionate academic professionals.

The University achieved the highest possible classification of ‘well above world standard’ in 14 key areas and another nine research areas received ‘above world standard’ and ‘world standard’ classifications. Read more about our University research rankings and for the full ERA results for the University, see our ERA outcomes.

Research supervision

You are welcome to contact the staff involved to learn more about the projects. There may also be opportunities to become involved in these projects in several capacities, namely (i) undergraduate study (eg final year thesis project), (ii) postgraduate study (eg PhD), and (iii) industry collaborations.

Research activities have been supported by funding from multiple sources including the Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery, Linkage and LIEF schemes, Australian Synchrotron and the Sugar Research Association (SRA).

Research is performed in collaboration with the University's colleagues as well as domestic and international collaborators in industry and academia.

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Excellence in Research (ERA) 2018 national report results

‘Well above world standard’

ERA Rating 5 in Civil Engineering (0905)

‘Well above world standard’

ERA Rating 5 in Resources Engineering and Extractive Metallurgy (0914)

‘Above world standard’

ERA Rating 4 in Engineering (09)

Research topics and projects

Discover the research topics and projects that our engineering students and academics have been conducting in several key areas. These research topics are broadly related to the built and natural environments. Specific areas include, but are not limited to, the following:

Area Academic
  • Palaeobiogeochemistry - Unlocking the history of Nitrogen cycling in coral reef systems
  • Understanding the pathways and fluxes of greenhouse gases in natural and engineered environments
  • Quantifying the pathways of nitrogen cycling in the environment
  • Waste energy and nutrient recovery.
Dr Dirk Erler
Project management of transportation and rail infrastructure projects. Estimation, risk evaluation and project governance.   Robert Rollin

IT research highlight

When AI meets aged care: using technology to keep the elderly safe

When an elderly relative falls over, help response time is critical. Left untreated, a fall can lead to injuries, health complications or fatalities. In a world-first, a new Australian-made artificial intelligence-driven fall detection device is expected to be a game-changer. Called, it monitors the interaction of objects and people within its surroundings and alerts carers or family members if abnormal behaviour occurs.

Learn how artificial intelligence can raise the alarm when the elderly fall over.
Smart device in foreground with blurred elderly couple in background

Contact the Faculty of Science and Engineering

Executive Assistant to the
Dean of Faculty
National Marine Science Centre
Kristy Cocks Reception
T: +61 2 6620 3557
T:  +61 2 6659 8100

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