Advanced design and engineering

Our research actively collaborates with local and international design and manufacturing sectors. 

We’re focused on generating new alternatives for highly customised design, manufacturing practices and product applications.


We use future-focused design facilities and researchers with solid expertise in the areas of human interface, advanced manufacturing, materials, and micro and nano systems engineering.

Research areas

Advanced Manufacturing and Materials

The emergence of materials such as composites and multi-component alloys has drastically changed the manufacturing landscape. New material properties – such as high strength-to-weight ratios, fatigue strength, wear resistance, thermal stability and damping capacity – provide better choices for design engineers and the manufacturing industry.

Our research

We contribute to the development of manufacturing technologies in Australia. We concentrate on the machining aspects of newly emerging and difficult-to-machine materials, such as titanium, stainless steels and ductile iron. We also investigate the machinability of biomaterials and 3D-printed titanium components produced by selective laser melting (SLM).

Project Areas

Stainless steels

High Speed Machining of Duplex Stainless Steel: The purpose of this project is to investigate the machining response of duplex stainless steel alloys under the cutting conditions of high speed machining.

Heavy Metals

Feed Rate on Machinability of Austempered Ductile Iron: This case study explains the effect of feed rate on machinability of ADI using cutting force analysis and tool failure analysis.


Machinability of Biomaterial Prosthetic Acetabular: The main focus of this research is determining the machining conditions on surface quality and osseo-integration, work hardening and force analysing of prosthetic acetabular hips.

High performance and lightweight alloys

Machinability of Additive Manufactured Titanium Alloys: This project also investigates the effects of machining on surface integrity additive manufactured Ti-6Al-4V.

Human Interface

We specialise in the human-centred design of products, software systems and interactive media. Technology gives us a wealth of opportunities to lead more comfortable lives, so we explore innovative solutions that can assist all of us with daily tasks, better health, physical activity and social interaction.

Biological Micro Electro Mechanical Systems (BioMEMS)

BioMEMS is a key research area of the Advanced Design and Manufacturing group that spans several disciplines, including electronics, mechanics, biology, chemistry, medical and materials.

The mission of BioMEMS is to foster an environment of collaborative scientific excellence where research will lead to discoveries involving:

  • comprehension of micro-electro-mechanical systems that could interface with and operate within biological organisms
  • development of microsystems using micro/nano fabrication technologies for a variety of biotechnological applications.

Networked Sensing and Control (NSC) Lab

The NSC lab, within the Advanced Design and Engineering group, is engaged in conducting leading-edge research in wireless networking, Internet of Things (IoT) and system theoretic solutions aimed at biomedical applications.

Read more about the NSC lab

Our research

We focus on multi-disciplinary research and product development around human interaction technology. The researchers in our group represent a wide range of disciplines including:

  • engineering
  • industrial design
  • robotics
  • mechatronics
  • virtual reality
  • biology
  • education
  • architecture
  • social sciences.

Project areas


Smart pressure sensors: This project involved the design, development and commercial-grade production of large and small-scale smart pressure sensors for sports and rehabilitation applications using novel fabrication of circuits.


Vein Embolization in Cancer Patients: This project focuses on the use of advanced design and additive manufacturing technologies to utilise patient’s unique CT or MRI data. This help assists the planning and training of liver cancer embolization treatment.

Sensing and controls

Artimen: The system in this research is the first non-contact measurement system utilising Intel Perceptual Technology and a Senz3D camera for measuring phalangeal joint angles.

VR and human computer interaction

Micro-Robotic Intracellular Injection: Employment of advanced interaction techniques for improving operability in cell injection tasks. The project also investigates the ability to train operators offline in a virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) training environment.

Micro and Nano Systems

Miniaturisation of devices has been at the heart of contemporary technology and everyday devices. We're actively involved in the development of the next generation of micro-analytical devices, which involves manufacturing systems smaller than the width of a human hair and applying these systems to a diverse range of fields, such as medical point-of-care testing, chemical/environmental analysis, artificial organs and biomimicry devices.

Our research

Our miniaturised systems encompass technologies across:

  • microelectronics
  • sensors/biosensors
  • micro-fluidics
  • micro electromechanical systems (MEMS)
  • lab-on-a-chip
  • additive manufacturing.

Our research is highly multidisciplinary — with input from physicists, engineers, material scientists, biologists and chemists, from both industry and academia — and we're focused on applying micro and nano systems for practical technological solutions to challenges faced by modern society.

Project areas


Organ-on-Chip: Our attention is focused on mimicking flow conditions observed in primary organs and how this dynamically changes in response to debilitating disease or trauma.

Fundamental technology

3D Printed Microfluidics: In this project we investigate the ability of current 3D printers to fabricate various microfluidic systems and components.


Microfluidic Influenza Detection System: This work aims to create a portable device, encapsulating all reaction reagents on-chip, working like a disposable cartridge style system.


The Centre for Advanced Design in Engineering Training (CADET) is home to our research group. 

This $55 million facility is equipped with technology-enhanced laboratories, training spaces and design studios, providing significant advantages to rapidly develop groundbreaking engineering solutions.

Find out more about CADET

Research team


Professor, Advanced Design and Engineering Group Leader
Prof. Ian Gibson
Associate Professor 
Prof. Abbas Kouzani
Associate Professor 
A/Prof. Tim Hilditch
Associate Professor 
A/Prof. Matthew Joordens
Associate Professor 
A/Prof. Akif Kaynak
Associate Professor 
A/Prof. Pubudu Pathirana
Associate Head of School (Research)
A/Prof. Bernard Rolfe
Associate Professor 
A/Prof. Hieu Trinh
Senior Lecturer
Dr Paul Collins
Senior Lecturer
Dr Moshe Goldberg
Senior Lecturer
Dr Ben Horan
Senior Lecturer
Dr Sui Yang Khoo
Dr Subrat Das
Dr Michael Pereira
Research Fellow
Dr Samitha Ekanayake
Research Fellow
Dr Mazher Mohammed
Research Fellow in Manufacturing
Dr Ashwin Polishetty
Research Fellow in Engineering Design
Dr Clara Usma
Commercial Manager, Deakin Research Commercial
Andrew Rau
Research Partnerships Manager
Dr Ashley Bowen

Commercial partnerships

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We work closely with government and private enterprises to effectively implement research and development projects. To learn more about how to partner with us, please visit Deakin Research – Commercial.