Our research

At the Institute for Intelligent Systems Research and Innovation (IISRI) we're dedicated to advancing the global knowledge base of intelligent systems research. We focus on five main areas – defence systems integration and robotics, haptics research, motion simulation, micro/nano system modelling and manipulation, and process modelling and analysis.

Defence systems integration and robotics

IISRI creates systems and solutions for the Australian Defence Force (ADF). We have delivered multiple capability technology demonstrator-funded outcomes and have contributed to steering committees and advisory groups within the ADF. 

We hold a number of international patents, covering technology developed for counter improvised explosive device (CIED) robotics and motion simulators.

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Haptics research

IISRI uses, develops and tests haptic interfaces for medical, military and commercial applications. We hold a library of all commercially available devices and have developed many bespoke haptic interfaces. Our engineers can provide all haptic-related research, development and commercialisation activities, from components to turn-key solutions.

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Motion simulation

We research many aspects of robotics, including force control, fault-tolerant robotics, mobile robotics, parallel kinematics mechanisms and next generation robotic control systems. Our Motion Simulation Lab is home to a range of mobile and industrial robots. We have also developed the haptically enabled Universal Motion Simulator (UMS), which represents the next generation of vehicle simulation.

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Micro/nano system modelling and manipulation

Recent advances in nanotechnology have enabled widespread opportunities to investigate and manipulate materials at nanoscale. IISRI is one of the largest and most active haptics research facilities in the world – we have modelled and designed intuitive haptics interfaces for micro and nano manipulation systems, capable of operating in both dry and liquid conditions.

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Process modelling and analysis

We have focused on rapid modelling methodologies to generate complex models faster, at less cost and with incomplete information. Simulation models capture the variations in individual processes, resulting in higher levels of realism and more relevant outcomes. Virtual reality modelling demonstrates the changes graphically, effectively communicating concepts and implications.

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Future projects

As well as our five main streams of current research, we are also investigating and researching myriad other fascinating areas within these streams that will have impacts across a range of industries.

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Contact us

Professor Saeid Nahavandi
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Deputy Director
Professor Douglas Creighton
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Institute for Intelligent Systems Research and Innovation (IISRI)
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