Institute for Intelligent Systems Research and Innovation

The Institute for Intelligent Systems Research and Innovation (IISRI) contributes to research and development of robotics, haptics, and human machine interfaces, as well as process simulation, visualisation, and optimisation through state-of-the-art methodologies that provide practical solutions to real world problems with uncertainty, variability and change.


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Helping society through research

The main mission of IISRI is to make a substantial difference for society through our research. We are a team of 60 researchers who look to address the problems encountered by systems that operate with uncertainty, variability and change. This practical approach is complemented by research on next-generation robotic control systems and force emulation methodologies that improve process reliability, product quality and operator safety in complex environments.

Our research focuses mainly on five areas:

  • defense systems integration and robotics
  • haptics research
  • motion simulation
  • micro/nano system modelling and manipulation
  • process modelling and analysis.

We are very fortunate to work with major industry and government research partners, including Boeing, ABB Group, General Motors, Ford, Excellerate Australia, CAST Cooperative Research Centre (CAST CRC), Vestas, YTek, Air Radiators, BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance, Department of Defence, Department of Transport, Victorian Police, Defence Science and Technology Group (DSTG) and DOTARS.

With funding from the Australian Research Council, Australian Defence Force and numerous industry partners, we have been able to equip five research labs with state-of-the-art mobile robots, industrial robots, haptic devices (the largest number of devices in the southern hemisphere), thermal imaging systems, optical imaging systems, rapid prototyping machines, super computers and suites of process simulation software.

Find out more about our research

Go beyond with IISRI's resident haptics, AR and robotics specialist, Dr Mick Fielding.

Research with us

We are always on the lookout for dedicated and inspired students and postdoctoral fellows who want to further their careers in intelligent systems. We currently have opportunities for PhDs and postdoctoral fellows in all our major research areas.

Take a look at our future projects

If you're interested in researching with us, get in touch by forwarding your CV and academic transcript to Professor Saeid Nahavandi or Associate Professor Douglas Creighton via email.

Contact us

Institute for Intelligent Systems Research and Innovation (IISRI)
General enquiries
+61 3 5227 1352

Deakin University
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Waurn Ponds, VIC 3216